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Tabata is a form of cardio that is short in duration and high intensity. It is a very efficient form of cardio for people that lack time. Tabata is done for a length of 4 minutes. In those 4 minutes you do 8 rounds: 20 seconds of high intensity, 10 seconds of rest. This may not seem like much, but it is one tough workout! You are either doing the same exercise for 4 minutes or a circuit of exercises. And if you are doing it like it is designed, you are putting in maximum effort for all 4 of those minutes. By the end you are toast!

So what are some examples of Tabata workouts?

Example 1

  1. Mountain Climbers – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest
  2. Burpees – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest
  3. Plyometric Lunges – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest
  4. Speed Skaters – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest

REPEAT

Example 2

  1. Jump Rope – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest
  2. Jumping Jacks – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest
  3. High Knees – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest
  4. Toe Taps – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest

REPEAT

Example 3

  1. Squats – 20 seconds fast, 10 seconds rest

REPEAT  8X

So, how do you know if this type of cardio is right for you? When we work together we will come up with a ‘recipe’ for you fitness goal! Tabata is a great form of cardio, but should not be done every day. It should be incorporated into a well thought out workout plan! Are you ready to turn up the ‘intensity’ on your current workouts? Email me and let’s create a plan!

 

*Have you ever done Tabata before?

*What is your favorite form of short/intense cardio?

 

8 Comments
  • Ah, the tabata!!!! I think it is a love/hate relationship. :)
    April 30, 2014
    • same! i just made my class do this yesterday too. haha
      May 1, 2014
  • I LOVE tabata workouts! I really have only done them in spinning. And tried it on a short run before, but I love them in spinning! GREAT workouts!
    April 30, 2014
  • I love Tabata's! I typically do one at least once a week.
    April 30, 2014

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