Last year, I posted an in-depth blog post about Tabata training and, from some of my reader comments back then, it was obvious that Tabata workouts were already gaining momentum.
If you don't know, Tabata Training is a form of high intensity interval training that goes like this: You do something very, very intense (like sprinting, for example) for 20 seconds, then you rest for 10 seconds. You repeat that 8 times for a total of 4 minutes, at which point you feel like you've actually exercised for 4 hours.
The workout actually originated with the Japanese speedskating team as a form of very high intensity training. Now, it's everywhere as fitness pros have taken the concept and, ahem, run with it.
I bring this up because there are tons of great Tabata workouts out there for you to try. That may be the perfect thing to push you through this last part of winter.
First, I'll toot my own horn with some of the resources available here at About.com:
- Tabata Training - This is an article and it explains things in a bit more detail.
- Tabata Cardio - This, obviously, is a Tabata-based worked with high impact cardio exercises. You don't need any equipment, but you do need energy and courage.
- Tabata Strength - The great thing about Tabata is that you can do it with any type of exercise, including strength training.
Now, on to other great Tabata resources:
- Cathe Friedrich Tabatacise - I love Cathe's Tabata workout which, at 45 minutes long, is just enough to kick your butt. I like that Cathe does 4 different moves for each Tabata (repeating them all one time)...it makes the workout fly by. She does use a step, but only for short cardio segments between Tabatas.
- Chris Freytag's HIIT Series - I'm really enjoying this video series, which includes four 30-minute Tabata workouts, each with a different focus: Total Body, Upper Body, Lower Body and Core. She does tons of great combination exercises using weights and sprinkles some cardio in there as well.
- Motion Traxx Tabata Coach - This workout, which is available for $7.99 in iTunes, is perfect if you like guided audio workouts. The instructor, Jessica Smith, coaches you through 6 rounds of Tabatas with music by Deekron that keeps you moving fast. This is great for those travel, basement or hotel room workouts.
What about you? Do you Tabata and, if so, what's your favorite workout? Leave a comment and tell us about it.