I’m sure you’ve all heard of Tabata before, for example I posted a workout where you could do Tabata workouts on a treadmill. Tabata training is a kind of interval workout where you will push hard of 20 seconds at a high intensity doing as many reps as you can, followed by a ten second rest. You will repeat this sequence 8 times. If you did the math, yes this workout is only 4 minutes long. May sound suspicious how you can get a good workout in only 4 minutes time, but trust me it will feel like the longest 4 minutes of your life. According to Men’s Fitness, it can will help you burn more fat than a standard workout.
A few tips to get you started:
First and foremost you need to decide what workouts you want to do. There will be 8 intervals total, so a common thing to do is choose 4 workouts switching between intervals of the four. For example:
- Pushups for intervals 1 and 3
- Body weight Squats for intervals 2 and 4
- Medicine ball slams for intervals 5 and 7
- Sprinting or jumping rope for intervals 6 and 8
You can choose any 4 exercises you want. And don’t focus on a specific number of reps, just go as hard as you can for the full 20 seconds pumping out as many reps possible.The take that 10 second rest. Like so…
You will want to make sure you start out with a 10-minute warm-up on your treadmill or elliptical trainer just to “to get your blood flowing and musclesloose”. And end with a 10-minute cool down to get your heart rate back down to normal, cause trust me it will be pumping hard!
This type of workout is a very intense workout, and you will feel sore the next day. This is not the kind of workout it would be beneficial or safe to do everyday. Try for only once or twice a week. You will not need much more than that to see the results in a few months time.
If you cannot decide what workouts or exercises you want to do, check out YouTube for some inspiration. They have loads of different Tabata Training workouts to help you get the idea.
Give a try and let me know what you think!
Any of you tried Tabata Training? What are your thoughts on the workout?
Know any good Tabata workouts worth sharing?