Tabata training is a type of high intensity interval training that has become increasingly popular due to its’ proven effectiveness. These workouts are great for building muscles and endurance. Tabata training was developed by a Japenese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata. In a Tabata workout, you basically exercise in intervals. You go from pushing yourself as hard as you can, to taking a short rest. You do twenty seconds of the high intensity exercise and then rest for ten seconds. This is considered to be one set. You will go on to complete about eights rounds of this.
Tabata is great because you can mix up your workouts with any type of high intensity exercise that you would like to do. This can be push ups, mountain climbers, squats, burpees, kettlebell exercises, and so on.
Tabata has been found to be very effective at increasing both your endurance and muscle tone. Another reason that I believe Tabata workouts have become so popular is because they are shorter, more effective workouts. This is great for fitting exercise into your busy lifestyle. You can fit Tabata into almost any busy schedule, and still reap all of the benefits of a full workout. You can complete an effective Tabata workout in as little as four minutes!
In order to get the most out of this type of training, you have to really push yourself. Go all out for those twenty seconds. When it comes to the last rounds, it is even more important to keep pushing through. You will feel tired, but you will see the most change in your body when you keep that high intensity all the way to the end.
If you are short on time, do a quick four minute Tabata workout to get your heart pumping and to burn an extra few calories. These workouts are also great as a warm up before weight training. However, these workouts don’t have to only be four minutes. You can do multiple rounds of the Tabata intervals over a twenty to thirty minute time span. Believe me, after those twenty minutes, you will feel very accomplished!
So if you are looking to mix up your workout routine a little bit, give Tabata a try…You can do this!
Here is a Tabata workout that you can try out at home, no equipment needed!