I always enjoy working with Livestrong.com to produce quality health and fitness content. My recent project with them was no exception!

When asked to write and produce a photo shoot of HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercises that are safe for the knees, I was immediately challenged. I’m a pilates instructor. Oh, I teach high intensity-style pilates, to be sure, but this was way out of my wheel-house, you guys! So, I reached out to ACE (a personal training certification program) and was thrilled to be connected to ACE certified fitness professional Stephanie Thielen from Kansas, who graciously provided me all the information I needed. When I was able to coordinate working with Heather Dorak, owner of Pilates Platinum, to perform the exercises for me… well I was elated.

Here are some behind the scenes shots from the photo shoot:

HIIT Routine That Won't Hurt the Knees: Behind the Scenes of Photo Shoot

HIIT Routine That Won't Hurt the Knees: Behind the Scenes of Photo Shoot 2

Once I started to see what was involved, I immediately asked if we could shoot video of the routine, because providing one or two photos for some of these moves was going make learning the moves extremely difficult for our online audience. The solution was to shoot the piece as a series of GIFs at the Demand Media studio! You can go through the entire routine here at Livestrong, but below is just a sample of what you’ll find:

Warm-Up: Side-Step Touches

Taking its cues from the classic aerobics move, the side-step touch is a safe way to continue to warm up your muscles and joints for the high-intensity workout to follow. HOW TO DO THEM: Stand with your feet together and arms bent, holding hand weights if you prefer. Engage your core and step your right foot out wide to the right side, then… read the rest at livestrong.com

A HIIT Workout That Won't Hurt the Knees!

Get on over to Livestrong.com to view all of the HIIT Exercises you can do! CLICK HERE.

That said… here’s an example of what NOT to do!


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Lisa Jey Davis is a health advocate, pilates and fitness expert, and an award-winning and best-selling author. Her eBook ("Ahhhhhh...Haaaaaa Moments With Ms. Cheevious - a Yoga Routine for All Levels," is offered free to new email subscribers (normally sold for up to $4.95). A certified Pilates instructor, Lagree Fitness trainer and a yoga instructor, Lisa Jey is a go-to authority on health & fitness. Her workouts vary depending on the goals of the clients, but range from hard-core boot camp style, to classical pilates, as well as therapeutic pilates for post-injury or surgical recovery! For a more detailed bio click here.