High Intensity Resistance Training v High Intensity Interval Training

In many ways High Intensity Resistance Training (HIRT) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) are very similar. Time-efficient bouts of intense exercise which deliver performance and aesthetic benefits. However there is a key difference… with its focus on strength exercises and progressive overload the former offers greater muscle-building potential.

High Intensity Resistance Training:

  • Short workouts
  • Strength-focused exercises
  • Max-effort sets
  • Short rests between exercises
  • Progressive overload
  • Muscle building, cardio and calorie-burning benefits

High Intensity Interval Training:

  • Short workouts
  • Cardio-focused exercises
  • Typically performed for time or reps
  • Short rests between rounds
  • Cardio and calorie-burning benefits

Both styles of training are effective and work well together in the same training program.(Click here for an example) but if you are looking for the most bang-for-your-buck high intensity resistance training gets my vote.