Looking to lose fat (while retaining your muscle)? Want to build more explosive power in your hips and legs? Look no further than your closest steep hill.
Hill Sprints by themselves are an amazing workout. It’s a great alternative to aerobic work and traditional cardio if you’re trying to lose fat. It’s also something that would benefit 99% of athletes. Who wouldn’t want more explosive power and endurance in their legs?
Time: You can complete a hill sprint workout with full benefits in less than 10 minutes! Does this mean hill sprints are easy? No. Try it and find out 🙂
How to do them: Find a hill near your house. The steeper and bigger, the better. Warm up by jogging for a few minutes. Position yourself at the bottom of the hill and sprint up as fast as you can all the way to the top. Jog down and catch your breath. As soon as you reach the bottom of the hill, turn around and explode right back up.
How many times: It depends on the size of the hill and your level of fitness. If you’re a beginner then try to work your way up to 10 hill sprints. Again, it depends on the size of the hill. If you’re an advanced athlete and you can do 10 hill sprints no problem, challenge yourself by doing a set of 10 burpees or 10 clap push ups at the top of each sprint.
Here’s a video of me running some hills:
This hill was particularly huge and nasty. Doing hill sprints in the cold builds character 🙂 (Note: If you are actually crazy enough like me to do hill sprints in the cold weather, make sure you warm up properly.)