Why I Started 30-Minute HIIT Fitness And How It Has Personally Saved My Life
Updated: Nov 13
My name is Chris Ownbey.
I wanted to write a quick article on the reason why, 15 years ago, I started 30-minute HICT fitness for men and women 40+. I want to talk about the challenges I went through personally, how it has helped me, and how I think it will help you too.
60-minute fitness programs have been the norm for trainers for years. I'm often asked why I started 30-minute HICT fitness, the same program that has allowed me to be rated one of the top trainers in Dallas for the past three years.
Quick background on me: I have been a personal trainer for over 30 years. In those years, I have been a competitive athlete since I was 15. I was a state champion powerlifter, a bodybuilder, a competitive mixed martial artist, and an avid golfer. All my life, I have stayed in shape, eaten properly, and taken good care of myself.
Now, here is the good news. On Christmas Day of 2012, I was blessed with a new granddaughter.
Here is the bad news. A week later, on January 2, 2013, I was in an emergency room with elevated blood pressure.
I’m not going to blame just one thing; I take 100% responsibility that I let myself go physically.
That visit to the hospital emergency room was a wakeup call. Things had gotten out of control.
I knew I had to take control and action!
I had a health club membership I had not been using, so I decided it was time to change things.
Though I had been a ‘gym rat’ in my early days, something about walking back into that club again felt alien to me. I picked my way through a sea of treadmills and cardio machines and headed for the free weights that had been my old stomping grounds.
After ten frustrating minutes, I ended my workout.
The next day, I found myself head down, headphones blaring, wearing a baggy t-shirt, and running on a treadmill like a hamster. I looked into joining an exercise class, but the class times were not convenient for my schedule. It was a busy club and I would often find myself driving through a full parking lot for thirty minutes, unable to find a spot.
Repeatedly, I left without even getting out of the car because I needed to get home to my family. I would promise myself to make up for it by working out extra hard the next day, but that rarely happened. Clearly, my motivation had waned.
I had no consistency in my workouts. For the first time in my life, I felt I had lost control of my personal health and fitness. I had to come up with a solution that would allow me to work out and still keep my busy schedule.
So, I decided that when I could find a 30-minute break during my day, I would lock my studio doors, blast music through my headphones, and do half of a normal one-hour workout. I knew that a quick 30-minute workout was better than nothing and would better fit my schedule, and I hoped it would get my health and fitness back on track.
A short time after I had gotten into my 30-minute workout routine, a client was late to his session and only had half an hour to work out. I decided to take him through the 30-minute workout I had devised for myself. Remember, at this time in my life I was over 45, I stayed away from the what people believe 30-minute workouts are, such as body weight exercises like burpees, or what I called “millennial workouts” because, at my age, I should not be leaving the ground, or putting too hard on my joints.
At our next session, to my surprise, the client, who was over 55, suggested we do another 30-minute workout! He began to enjoy the new routine so much that I began to offer it to my other clients. They liked the setup, and the fact we worked to time training vs counting reps was a winner too.
My 30-minute program is called HICT. It's a time-efficient, joint-friendly workout has allowed me to be rated as one of the top trainers in Dallas for the past three years.
It is designed for people 40 years and older. We use a combination of core exercises, stretches, balance drills, strength training, and cardio set up in a 30-minute circuit-style system, which is why I named it HICT: high interval circuit training. We do not leave the ground or do movements that could cause injury to your lower back, shoulder joints, knee, wrist, or ankle joints. It’s safe and efficient.
Ask yourself, are your workouts as effective as they should be? Are you training as you did in your 20s with no clue on how to work out in your 40s, 50s, and 60s?
Our reasons have changed. it's not about vanity anymore, it's about the longevity, so our workouts should change as well.
My 30-minute workouts are for general fitness as well as golf performance. https://www.chrisownbey.com/
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