Basic HIIT Exercises to Get You Started

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As the name suggests, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a high-impact form of workout where your maximum effort will be sure to yield maximum results. While it may sound overwhelming, there are plenty of HIIT workouts tailored for beginners to ease them into the world of physical wellness. Here are some basic HIIT exercises to help get your journey started.

Sumo Squats

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your toes pointed forward. Then, move one foot until your stance is about three feet wide, and point your toes outward. Move your hips back slightly and keep your chest up as you lower down until your thighs are parallel to the floor.

Standing Toe Taps

Stand in front of a box, step, or any other platform. Place one foot flat on the platform and keep the other foot on the ground. Push off from the foot on the platform and switch your feet simultaneously so they exchange positions.


Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your hands on the floor in front of your feet while trying to keep your legs straight. Walk your hands out until you’re in a high plank position and then walk your hands back until you’re back in the starting position.