We’ve all heard about HITT (high-intensity interval training) – now a popular and widely-adopted routine with athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. It's efficiency and effectiveness has garnered plenty of fans from all across the globe. However, few have heard about its cousins, HICT. HICT can stand for two different training methodologies — either High Intensity Continuous Training or High Intensity Circuit Training. If you are looking to improve or spice up your existing training regimen, be sure out check out these two alternatives!
High Intensity Continuous Training
This type of HICT is extremely variable as specific routines are usually chosen to train specific muscle groups and to achieve specific purposes. In a typical HICT session, the same set of workouts are repeated, but the difficulty level is set higher with each repeated set. As the name implies, HICT is comparatively longer in duration compared to HIIT. HICTs are typically conducted by experienced athletes or bodybuilders. As such, it is not surprising how these workouts tend to be more demanding and neurally draining as well.
High Intensity Circuit Training
This version of HICT is slightly less focussed than the previous one. It aims to train both your cardiovascular and strength training in the same session, thus allowing for a more well-rounded growth. You may have heard of two very popular methods of practicing this iteration of HICT without knowing it – namely CrossFit and F45. There are many ways to design a HICT workout, as they can involve simple workouts which do not even require equipment. During a HICT session, try to set up 8 fixed stations for yourself, which train different muscle groups in your body. Then, repeat your choice of workouts with intermittent rest (~30 seconds). HICT can also be conducted with minimal to no equipment, meaning that it's the perfect way to stay active even when overseas.
HICT is not a common term used in the gym-speak today but be sure to consider incorporating either of these two forms of training into your existing regimen. Without a doubt, they're both great ways to introduce variety without sacrificing quality.