I have a quick post for you today to tell you about my new favourite thing: Tabata Training. Though I do a lit of HIIT, I never really incorporated real Tabata Training into my workout routines. Electra and Meg have done a great job at summing up what Tabata is in the past.
What is Tabata?? The Tabata Protocol is based on 4 minute high intensity workout sessions.
How do you do Tabata?? Perform one exercise with all out effort for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat 8 times (for a total of 4 minutes).
Why do Tabata?? It increases aerobic and anaerobic capacity, results in the “after burn” fat-burning effect, and can be as or more effective than long steady state cardio.
(above info taken from Electra’s Talkin’ Tabata post)
I did a full body workout the other day using this Tabata Training method. I did 4 exercises during my lunch break (totalling 16 minutes) and 4 exercises after work (another 16 minutes). Seems easy breezy, right? I think not. My body hurts and I love that feeling so much that I will be doing Tabata on a regular basis now! It’s perfect for squeezing in an amazing workout in a short amount of time.
Here are the 8 exercises I did for a pretty well-rounded workout:
- Weighted sit ups (using my pink sandbag)
- Treadmill sprints
- Weighted oblique twists (using my pink sandbag)
- Weighted squats (using my pink sandbag)
- Pushups (using my equalizers)
- Reverse pushups (using my equalizers)
- Jump rope
- Upright row (using my pink sandbag)
It was fan-freaking-tastic. I did another session this morning that included more bicep and tricep work!
Have you ever tried Tabata training?
What are you eating for lunch today?