High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Classes at the JCC Indianapolis
FREE FOR MEMBERS
JCC Indianapolis offers a group exercise High Intensity Interval Training classes. HIIT exercises are a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods to provide improved athletic capacity/condition as well as improved glucose metabolism.
Benefits of HIIT
- Burns Calories Faster: One study compared the calories burned during 30 minutes each of HIIT, weight training, running, and biking and found that HIIT burned 25–30% more calories. The participants exercised for only one-third of the time compared to the running and biking groups.
- Higher Metabolic Rate: One of the ways HIIT helps you burn calories comes after you’re done exercising. Studies show that HIIT increases your metabolism after exercise more so than jogging or weight training. Additionally, HIIT shifts the body’s metabolism toward using fat for energy rather than carbs.
- Reduces Blood Sugar: Studies show that HIIT not only reduces blood sugar but also improves insulin resistance more than traditional continuous exercise.
HIIT not only provides the benefits of longer-duration exercise in a much shorter amount of time but also may provide some unique health benefits.
A HIIT Class Is Best Suited for …
- Working professionals, men, and women ages 24-55, who need to maximize their exercise in a short amount of time.
- Adults with hypertension have large benefits from HIIT by lowering blood pressure and increasing cardiovascular fitness (oxygen consumption).
- Men and women, ages 55-75 who are looking to improve cognitive function and flexibility.
HIIT is great for all age groups: young, middle-aged, and older adults.
JCC HIIT Instructors
Kylie graduated cum laude from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, and a minor in Spanish. She is a certified ACSM CPT and has interned at National Institute of Fitness & Sports and BASEC Training. In addition, she has shadowed 100+ hours of physical therapy, from geriatrics to pediatrics. Currently, she is a head coach of a T.I. Volleyball 15 Elite team and plays volleyball recreationally. Kylie is prepared to serve her clientele with fun, research-based training. She will challenge your mind and body to help you discover a newfound love—your best self.
Cara graduated cum laude with honors for excellence in Health Promotion from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Exercise Physiology. Her personal training clients ranged from DOJ attorneys to members of the U.S. Marshal Service. Cara also served as a trainer for the White House Athletic Center. Simultaneously, Cara served as a yoga and strength instructor for the Jewish Community Center in Fairfax, VA, as well as a prenatal fitness trainer for the Women’s Crisis Pregnancy Center in Washington, D.C. Cara is dedicated to her clients and receives no greater joy than seeing her customers attain their goals and be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle long after she has stopped training them.
Claire is an ACE certified personal trainer as well as indoor cycle instructor, shallow water aquatics instructor, and group fitness instructor. She loves to take her versatility and turn it into fun, challenging workouts. She’s passionate about members gaining confidence and knowledge about the gym and exercising. If she’s not in the gym, she enjoys being outside, making art, and playing video games.
Kyle Messer graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Currently in Indiana University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program. Certification is through NASM. He has gained experience in occupational, physical, and cardiac rehabilitation settings prior to training at the JCC. Kyle enjoys engaging in physical activity, playing sports, dancing, and hiking.
Zach is an ACE certified personal trainer with a focus on functional fitness. In 2019 he lost 70 pounds, and began studying up on different exercise techniques. After being successful on his own weight loss journey, he decided to use those experiences to help others. He believes that learning proper form for functional movements will improve the lives of anyone willing to learn them. When he’s not in the gym, you can find him watching comedies, taking a hike, or playing with his cats.
Fitness Is a Core Jewish Value
At the JCC, fitness isn’t just something we do; it’s who we are. Although exercise is not mentioned in the Torah, taking care of one’s health is. In fact, while other belief systems advocate for the healing power of prayer, Judaism encourages people to look after their health and seek counsel from medical experts. In Judaism, good health is not a goal in itself; rather, it is a means to an end – to serve the Creator.