open ended, yes, but really good topic IMHO.
there a many varying parameters: intensity, rest:active ratio, musculature involved, ability, work capacity, tolerance to training, etc.
HIIT: sprints, hills, stadiums, stairstepper, bike, swimming, etc?
GPP: weights, sled, tires, farmer’s, etc?
one thing i notice is that most conventional cardio/HIIT are primarily leg driven exercises, whereas GPP tends to involve the whole body more. that alone makes comparison difficult.
how exhausted are you after one vs the other? how does it carry over or interfere with weight training? all individual dependent.
i am a big proponent of HIIT. i think CW’s skinny leg article got some of us rethinking that. (right?) i like running the stairstepper with a weighted backpack. it’s most joyous.
then i read about tabata last year. i do that occasionally and like it but feel my shoulders getting overworked with the prescribed exercises.
the experts talking about the advantages of OL’s got my little brain to fire up a 2nd neuron. how to work some of these into my program?
add in all of the positive energy around GPP and strongman type training. cordoza’s thread - that shit looks fun!
wow … utterly … foncused!
i personally like the weight room and prefer working out at the gym and not exercising at other places. that’s where i get it done. period. so i use HIIT and tabata and GPP variations with powercleans, farmer’s walks (tuff in the gym), 1 arm db snatches, etc.
yes, people look at me really funny.
a sled would be cool. i could ask the fat gym employees to stand on it while i drag them around the gym?
these activities are timed on a macro (daily/weekly) scale around my weight training. ie. no full body GPP before shoulders and no HIIT before legs. i even do (gasp) regular cardio for 10-15 minutes a couple times per week now.
i’m rambling, but my big point is that the answer to your question is dependent on so many variables that each individual will have their own answer.
lastly, your original post was not a useless inquiry, but my response may be useless indeed!