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A Super Intense 60-Minute HIIT/Tabata Cardio, Abs & Obliques Workout

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!

Exercise Motivation

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

By the way, you’ll be glad you did the plank workout and the core building routine with me last week!

I think this picture describes the best how I felt right after the workout.

sweat

Let me know what you think, but also tell me know about your favorite Tabata routine.

xoxo
Olena

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Making Your Fat Cry

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned a weird obsession of mine: I LOOOOVE making my fat cry. I guess you could call me HEARTLESS! But gosh, I love that feeling when you get into the car right after your workout, and the windows fog up. I remember it once happened to me this summer; my husband even had to roll down the windows because of that! On second thought though, I am not sure if the fog was the only reason… Hmmmmm… How dare he?! I’ll have to speak to him about his manners tonight!

Please, don’t misunderstand me, however; I don’t like to be sweaty and stinky in public! What I love though is to have an extremely productive workout, when you leave the gym knowing that you did your best and feeling accomplished… and sweaty!

After a successful workout

I love getting my heart pumping. And what can be better at that than getting some cardio done?!

I’m not trying to fool anyone here. Running on a treadmill can get super dull. Especially, if you get on it and, say, run at 6.5 miles/hour for 30 minutes. BORING!!!! To be honest, I prefer running outside! But then, when it gets cold, you don’t have much of a choice, do you?

One of my ways of making a treadmill workout more fun and exciting is changing up the routine; more specifically, the speed and incline.  I like to warm up and cool down between sprints at 4.5 miles/hour and incline 7, and then change up speed between 6 and 8 with incline of 1 or 2 during my actual run. This way the time flies by super fast! But there also MAY BE a *tiny tiny* chance of me loving it just because it feels sooooo good when I stop! HA! Did you see this one coming?

I compiled a list of 12 benefits of Incline Treadmill Workout for you. Hopefully, it motivates you just enough to try it out. Personally, I was SOLD on beautiful legs and a nice behind! Between us girls, isn’t it the thing that should matter the most anyway?!

12 benefits of incline treadmill workout

It is important to remember to introduce inclines gradually, honor your body first and foremost! Also keep in mind the following tips:

  •  Watch your form
  • Don’t hold on to the handles
  • Slow down if you need

By the way, have you embarked on the Spartan 30 burpees for 30 days challenge? *#30burpeesfor30days on Twitter*

#30burpeesfor30 days

If not, and you would like to, read on more on it here. If yes, let me know about your progress! I’m already on Day 16! AROO!

Have a super sweaty workout!!! *an incline treadmill workout + burpees are a perfect duo for that*

xoxo
Olena

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