Please, don’t laugh, but yesterday was the first time I tried a Tabata workout. I know, it’s kind of shameful given that I’m a fitness enthusiast, but hey, at least I FINALLY know what it is. And let me tell you, I love various HIIT workouts, but Tabata is something else!
A little bit of history. It was founded in Japan by Izumi Tabata. What he found out is that high intensity interval training had more of an impact on the aerobic and anaerobic systems as opposed to moderate high intensity training.
So how does it work?
You can incorporate pretty much any type of exercise into the Tabata training; however, the following rules have to be followed:
- 4 minutes long
- 20 seconds of intense training
- 10 seconds of rest
- Total of 8 sessions/rounds
Sounds simple, right? But believe me, you’re going to be SOAKING WET after this workout. WORD!
It consists of:
- 6-minute cardio warm up
- 48-minute HIIT/Tabata & abs routine
- 6 minute cool down & stretch session
I think this picture describes the best how I felt right after the workout.
Let me know what you think, but also tell me know about your favorite Tabata routine.