5 min HIIT Express Workout: Morning Metabolism Boost

by Sarah on April 8, 2014 · 6 comments

I love to work up a sweat first thing in the morning but since I’m not an early riser, I don’t always have the time to get in a full workout. I uploaded a new HIIT express workout today to my YouTube channel that takes just 5 minutes. We shot the video in real time, so you can just hit play and workout with me. This is an intermediate workout that requires no equipment but will really get your heart rate up in a short amount of time. High intensity interval training has been found to be the most effective use of time when it comes to maximizing the benefits from exercise in a short amount of time. It will raise your metabolism for hours after finishing unlike steady state cardio, burning calories like you worked out for longer.

I’m challenging you to do this workout with me 5 days in a row. See how it energizes you. I also find that a little movement in the morning helps my brain focus better and reduces bloating, which helps me get camera ready! I never skip a workout before a shoot even if it’s only 5 minutes.

If you wake up early can like to fit in a full workout, try one of my longer HIIT workouts using a treadmill and resistance band below.


Do you wake up early enough to fit in a full workout?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Livi April 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I love HIIT workouts for a busy day!!


2 Ashley @ A Lady Goes West April 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

Hi Sarah,

I used to work out every single morning before work, which meant a 5 a.m. alarm clock. It was hard to transition to that at first, but I never regretted it. These days, because I teach so many group fitness classes, I only do one early morning full workout and the rest is in the evenings. But I agree, even if you plan to work out later, a little movement in the morning is a great way to start the day.

HIIT is the metabolism boosting trend of the moment for sure. Thanks for sharing!



3 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment April 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I worked out in the morning for a long time but I found I did not really like it. I prefer to work out at night but a little yoga or a quick walk in the morning when I have time is awesome.


4 Runner Girl Eats April 10, 2014 at 6:39 am

Love these! I am up early but I love my early routine: coffee, read, watch the news, so I rarely get in a full workout. I think I might add these in though…thanks!


5 Katie April 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I am definitely a morning person, but oddly enough, I’m a morning person in the sense, that I’m most creative in the morning, and so I tend to want to get to work right away, and end up working out later at night, which is why I usually opt for 100 abs and push ups in the morning. I do like 5min of something, as it makes me feel better :)


6 LInda March 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Hi Katie,

I’m learning all about interval/metabolic training and am trying to incorporate the recommended 15 minutes (including recovery periods) into a morning workout. Can I do your HIIT workout AS my metabolic workout? And can you recommend any sites that might have these shorter, but intense workouts? REALLY sick and tired of everybody trying to SELL me THEIR particular workout series…any suggestions?

Thanks mucho!


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