Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tabata

Do you know what a Tabata is? It's short, only 4 minutes, but will have you huffing and puffing by the end.

The 4 minutes is broken up into 8 rounds, with 10 seconds of rest, and 20 seconds of work. The easiest way to try out a Tabata is to pick 1 high intensity exercise like a squat jump. You have to pick something with explosive moment to really get the full effect. A simple bicep curl isn't going to cut it here.

It will look like this:

10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jumps

10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jump
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jump
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jump
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jump
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jump
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jump
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jump

In total, the above workout equals 4 minutes. That's it! You can download apps on your phone that will time your 10 off/20 on, and let you know when it's time to work. I use "tabata timer" and it was free. Once you feel comfortable with the format, switch up the moves.

Last night I did 3 rounds of this Tabata:

10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jumps
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- mountain climbers
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- high knees
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- burpees
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- squat jumps
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- mountain climbers
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- high knees
10 seconds- rest
20 seconds- burpees


Try it out, and let me know how many rounds you can do!














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