What is Tabata?
It is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout where you go as hard as you can for 20 seconds and follow it with 10 seconds rest. Than repeat that 7 more times.
You should be at 100% maximum intensity during the 20 seconds of work, and when the 4 minutes is up, you should be spent.
Why do it?
It is worth it! Experts state it can increase your aerobic capacity, VO2 max, resting metabolic rate, and help you burn more fat than a traditional 60 minute aerobic workout.
Here is what you need:
A good interval timer app and some exercises to do. I like this one and it’s free!
I did these all for 8 rounds and was wrecked afterwards.
Do 4 minutes of each exercise at a time. (8 rounds of pushups, followed by 8 rounds of squats, etc…)
Situps (cross fit style)
Lunges (alternating legs)
24 minutes of hard work. (Pushups were by far the hardest for me.)
Have you ever done a HIIT workout?
My favorite spin instructor used to do a tabata session every class. It was brutal. In a good way 🙂