Tabata Training: Guaranteed to Kick Your…

16 05 2012

Last week, we went into a bit of detail about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).  For those who are newly-minted GymGeeks,  essentially it’s intervals of high-intensity cardio for a short spurt, followed by medium-intensity for longer periods (only to return BACK to a level of high-intensity).  Intensity can be measured either by speed, resistance or both!

Today, we’re going to measure it in terms of time…

Tabata training is something I discovered a few years ago just reading and researching.  Having tried it, I can say with absolute certainty that THIS is the most efficient way to get your butt kicked in the gym and ignite that metabolism.

Created by Izumi Tabata, the concept is to do as much activity in 20 second spurts, followed by 10 seconds of rest, then repeated for eight rounds.  This is the opposite of normal HIIT, which has a prescription of “rest” (in the form of moderate cardio) of double to time of the high-intensity activity.

Most Tabata training plans are only 4 minutes long.  This means you GymGeeks complaining about a lack of time are out of excuses!  More importantly, the only thing you ABSOLUTELY need is a timer!  Timing your rounds is essential to get the full effect of Tabata.

The activity can always vary.  For example, one round can be push-ups, while another can be chair dips, followed by pull-ups.  I dig the versatility of routines, since it causes muscle confusion (probably getting sick of me saying that by now…but it’s a big deal!).

Here’s an example workout video for you guys to check out.  Has anyone tried Tabata before?  I’d love to hear a GymGeek’s experience with it!

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