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Having the right accessories can make or break any workout, but when it comes to a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout, it rings true even more. The reason? In this type of workout, you’re going to most likely be switching out equipment or moves fast since you’re doing short intervals, which means you’ll be using more accessories in general. So, if you’re not equipped with quality weights that are right for you, an accurate heart monitor that won’t get in the way and proper sneakers that will help you jump, hop and stabilize you while lifting weights, then you might not last through your workout.
We recently tapped Alissa Tucker, Master Trainer at AKT in Southern California, to reveal her must-have HIIT workout accessories that get her through a high-energy dance workout (and the one recovery tool she swears by). AKT is dance-based cardio fitness and offers interval and circuit training as well. If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about what you do — and don’t — need during one of the fastest workout you can do, it’s someone who basically eats, sleeps, and breathes it. But if you’re a beginner, never fear. HIIT workouts are for anyone — just take things at your own pace because no one knows your body better than you, so listen to it!
Below, Tucker took us through her can’t-live-without HIIT workout accessories, from the ultimate pair of portable weights (you’ve seriously never seen more cult-worthy ones than these) and the most supportive sneakers to ouch-free hair ties. Get ready to take your fitness routine (and recovery) to the next level! Now, let’s get physical.
A version of this story was published March 2019.