I had been hearing a lot about the latest fitness trend of Tabata workouts and its fat blasting, muscle-building capabilities and I was itching to try it out. Therefore, I was super excited when I walked into my kick-boxing class last week and heard the instructor announce that we were going to do our kickboxing workout Tabata style!
For those of you that are unfamiliar with this latest fitness trend, Tabata is named after its founder, Japanese professor Izumi Tabata, who led a 1996 study¹ comparing the benefits of longer, moderate-intensity training verses shorter, highly intensive training. What he found was that the same, if not greater, results can be achieved through training in a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) format. A 20 minute Tabata workout has been compared to approximately 45 minutes of steady-state cardio, ie.-jogging.²
On paper, the Tabata method seems simple enough, but be warned, it’s NOT easy to do. Tabata workouts are broken down into rounds. Each round is 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes (1 Tabata). It’s a great home work out because you can literally choose any exercise you want—push-ups, jumping jacks, lunges, squats, you name it, you can Tabata it. Seems easy, right? Wrong! Keep in mind that if you are not working out as hard as you possible can manage for the 20 seconds, you aren’t really doing Tabata. End result – Tabata workouts are brutal! [Read more…] about Tabata Workout: 20 Minute Fat Blasting Workout Routine