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Getting Started With Tabata Training

By March 28, 2012

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"Is it just me...(gasp)...or is this...(gasp)...the most torturous...(gasp)...workout...(gasp)...ever?" This is the question a client posed to me in the midst of a set of burpees (indeed, a torturous exercise). She was asking this because of a new type of training we were trying that, according to her, "Should be taken out back and shot."

When I told her it was only 4 minutes long (well, each set is only 4 minutes), she suggested I do something with the stopwatch I was holding that could, possibly, require hospitalization.

The workout she was so thrilled with? Tabata Training, a form of high intensity interval training that lasts for 4 minutes but feels like 4 hours. On the upside, it not only improves performance and boosts both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems (I knew you were concerned about that), it burns lots of calories.

This type of training certainly isn't for everyone (especially beginners...or people who don't like torture) but, if you're an experienced exerciser or athlete looking for a new challenge, you'll definitely find it with Tabata Training.

You can get the details in my latest article, Tabata Training and, if you're game, I have a couple of Tabata workouts for you to try: Tabata Cardio Workout, which includes 4 Tabatas of alternating high impact exercises (like burpees and squat jumps) and Tabata Strength Training which uses the same format with strength training exercises.

Have you tried Tabata Training? Leave a comment and tell us what you think about it.

Comments
March 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(1) pizza_eater says:

High Intensity Interval Training is very effective!

Tabata takes the HIIT concept to a new level. The key here is to work at your 100% If you’re not about to cry/vomit/die at the end of each interval you are not working hard enough.

Commit yourself to the program for a month and you WILL see results.

March 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm
(2) Aprice says:

I’ve been doing tabata workouts off and on at the Krav Maga center I train at. They are certainly intense, but they’re also a fantastic way to push yourself. I always tell myself, “you can do anything for 20 seconds!”

March 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm
(3) Flashfast says:

Done it. Hated it. Made me sick. Loved it.

April 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm
(4) Pam Ellis says:

Done it, in combination with the Supreme 90 day system. It’s killer to be sure but I feel great afterwards.

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