This week’s Workout Wednesday is all about TABATAS
The Tabata-style workout was invented by scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata. It’s a form of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) that involves 8 rounds of:
20 seconds all-out effort
10 seconds rest
Each Tabata lasts only 4 minutes total, so it’s great for people who are very short on time. The short bursts of all-out effort, followed by very short rest periods, is very beneficial for improving the body’s aerobic (cardio – with oxygen) and anaerobic (power – without oxygen) systems. Doing regular Tabatas boosts the metabolism, increasing the body’s Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR – the amount of calories your body burns at rest, as if you did nothing but lie in bed all day). A super simple workout with super awesome benefits.
Today, I’m giving you 4 Tabata options. You’ll pick 3. If you’re up for all 4, then by all means.. crush it. If any of these movements cause you pain, then let that Tabata be the one you skip. If you don’t want to skip any, then replace it with any other move that your body feels good with. As long as you’re moving and keeping your heart rate up. NO PAIN OR STRAIN!
Here are your Tabatas:
Lateral/Skater Jumps (fast steps to modify. Go hard.. the video is a slower demo to show form)
Plank Jacks (step outs to modify – in video)
Bicycle/Oblique Crunches (oblique crunches to modify – in video)
Squat Jumps (speed squats to modify)
*Bear with me.. I’m hoping to up my video-quality game in the near future*
So for example, if you started with Lateral Jumps, you would complete 8 rounds of 20 seconds of jumping (or fast stepping), followed by 10 seconds of rest. 4 minutes total. Then you would move on to the next Tabata of your choosing. This may start off feeling easy-peasy, but trust me.. it all adds up. You’re gonna feel WORKED if you push yourself enough. Allow at least one minute rest between each Tabata.. and stay hydrated!
If you try this out, please tell me about it!
Now get that body moving 🙂