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H.I.T. Gyms where 4 minutes = 90 minutes

The promise is attractive: a sweat-free 4-minute workout that will give you the same results as a grueling 90-minute workout session.

A Canadian company is making that silver-bullet pledge as it attempts to build a chain of store-front exercise havens for people who don't have the time to hit the local gym.

The company called H.I.T. (which stands for High Intensity Training) has opened its first "gym" in Toronto. It contains 5 narrow stalls, each one housing a $17,700 range-of-motion machine - it must be some serious magical piece of equipment to do in 4 minutes what it takes normal people hours to achieve. While the workout itself burns just 40 to 50 calories, it creates a lingering effect of burning an additional 500 calories over the next 24 hours due to its high intensity.

H.I.T claims using the Fit ROM machine is equivalent to approximately 45 minutes of resistance training, 30 minutes of running, plus 20 minutes of stretching.

H.I.T says it plans to open hundreds of such locations in Canadian cities within 5 years with membership dues comparable to traditional gyms.

So, does this really work? If you want to find out then

Of course, fitness experts say the company's bulky H.I.T Fit cross trainer, which looks like a slightly scrunched elliptical trainer stuck to the back of a rowing machine and centered around a flywheel, cannot replace more traditional methods of exercise.

A high-intensity 4-minute workout on the H.I.T machine may build muscle tone, but won't do much for burning calories.

Whew - Thank god. I was beginning to regret my hours on the treadmill working out. Looks like what we always thought was right - you've got to actually workout and sweat to stay fit and healthy.

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cfk87 cfk87 8 years
Their claims may not be entirely untrue. I have not seen the machines and I am sure they don't compare to a bar, bumper plates and dumbbells, but anaerobic workouts certainly can burn fat and build muscle. When you get out of the oxidative metabolic pathway and jump up into the glycolytic and phosphagen pathways your fat burning does continue past the time your exercise stops. Sometimes for many hours. The problem with doing exclusively four minute anaerobic exercise is you are missing out on all other modalities. You need to jump into the anaerobic pathways, as well as lift heavy weights, run, swim, bike short and medium distances. So don't completely count their ideas out, just know you have to add other work. High intensity functional exercise is the way of the future.
DavidLee62 DavidLee62 9 years
I notice none of the jugheads replying to the question has ever used the ROM machine. I have $100 or more if you like that says it works. Any takers? or are those yapping too yellow. This forum sounds like a city neighborhood when the sirens are whaling!!! I have a machine open for the challenge in Colorado Springs, CO. Call 719-637-3180 to make an appointment if your not yellow!!!! :-)
Neural Neural 10 years
Durnit! I totally hit the wall during my workout just now-- not even a full 20 minutes into it, I was wiped! So this post jumped out at me. Oh well. I guess every one can have a bad work out day.
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Sorry Suzanne - I hate to break it to you, but girlandetc is right - it's too good to be true.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Please God, let it be true!
girlandetc girlandetc 10 years
HIT or HIIT (high intensity interval training) has been a staple of the fitness industry for a while now. basically, consider your level of energy sitting around a 1; the most intense working out you can do a 10. HIIT is a way of working out that you get up to 5 or so, say jogging, and then slowly rev it up to 7 or 8 for a few minutes.. then down. then to 8 or 9. then down. then finally 10 for a bit. what HIIT does is give you both an aerobic workout and an anaerobic - which is why you burn fat even after you stop the workout. there's some info on an/aerobic and some info on HIIT. remember: if it seems too good to be true, it is.
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