Go hard at home with the best HIIT workouts to get the blood pumping

Whether you’re beavering away at your working-from-home setup all day, leading the homeschooling curriculum for the children, or using this lockdown period to kick back and relax, being at home all the time can mean we’re not moving our bodies as much as we usually do.

For those of us who are used to hardcore sweat sessions, getting an endorphin rush in the living room can be challenging — luckily, there are plenty of local studios and gyms offering online HIIT workouts to keep that fitness level up. Many of them pivoted to virtual classes last time we were in lockdown, so it’s easy for them to do so again.

Signing up for a subscription service with a local studio is also a great way to support them while they can’t be open to the public. Here are some options to get the blood pumping.

The slick design of Sala’s online studio almost makes up for not being able to work out in their boutique workout space in Ponsonby. The studio is renowned for its yoga classes, with plenty available on its online portal, but its HIIT classes are what we turn to when we want a serious workout. These include HIIT Pilates, HIIT Cardio, and Cardio Barre. Tune in and turn it up for only $25 a month, or go for a 14-day trial if you’re a first-time visitor.

Studio Box
The brainchild of Black Sticks player and celebrity trainer Dwayne Rowsell, Studio Box in Newmarket has been offering calorie-blitzing, muscle-toning classes since opening in 2019. As they did last lockdown, the team is offering at-home workouts that include HIIT and boxing on the Studio Box Instagram. Follow along live, or head to the grid where the workouts are uploaded for whenever you can do them. With Rowsell and trainer Micah Stininato sweating alongside you on the screen, they offer the perfect amount of motivation.

Les Mills
Currently offering free daily workouts on TVNZ at 10am, which you can also watch on TVNZ On Demand, Les Mills also has its internationally respected classes available online, including seriously sweaty HIIT classes. Go to the Les Mills At Home (LMAH) tab and there is a selection of great workouts available for free. When you work your way through those, you can sign up for the On-Demand app which includes over 1,000 classes. Trial the range of classes for free for 14 days before signing up, and if you are already a member of Les Mills’ physical gym you get a discounted rate for the online library.

Ludus Magnus
This may be one for those of you who are already pretty confident with your form and clued up on the terminology, but while Newton training centre Ludus Magnus is closed, it is posting workouts over on its Instagram — both re-grammed from founder Joe Naufahu on the stories, and on the grid. Just make sure you know your burpees from your bear crawls before attempting.

Fitness All Together
This exercise group is known for its emphasis on community, and isn’t letting any of its regulars (or newbies, for that matter) get complacent over lockdown. It has brought back its “Homework” series, founded in lockdown last year, involving a schedule of exercise assignments that are ever-changing to keep things interesting — from Zoom HIIT classes to Zoom yoga and self-directed running, keep an eye on the FAT Instagram and sign up on the website to be a part of it.


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