We are all so time poor these days that most of us would opt for a more intense 20 minute workout verse a 1 hour moderate workout. Right?
Tabata is the way to go. It’s a style of workout that combines 20 seconds at an intense level followed by a 10 second rest. Between each exercise you take a break to rest and recover to prepare for the next round. This pattern is continued throughout an entire workout (30-45 minutes or whatever you can afford).
You don’t need to be a personal trainer to do Tabata – it can work for everyone! And it fits into so many different workouts. Whether you’re on a treadmill, vibration machine or exercise mat. You can do this anytime, anywhere. Even if you only have five minutes to spare, you could do a round of squats (20 second on, 10 second off), in a commercial break or between netflix episodes.
Tabata has a fair amount of science behind it and was invented by a professor who studied athletes doing long periods of cardio exercises verse those performing short bursts. What it revealed was that the latter group saw better aerobic and anaerobic outcomes.
Want to try Tabata?
Here are some of the exercises that you might see in a Tabata workout;
5-minute warm up
8 reps of jump squats (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
8 reps of burpees (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
8 reps of switch lunges (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
8 reps of mountain climbers (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
5-minute cool down