Ta-what-a? That was the question I asked when my friend invited me to a Tabata class in late summer. I have been a huge fan of this form of exercise ever since.
Tabata is: A unique form of intense cardiovascular training created by Japanese scientist Izumi Tabata, where you train in intervals. The intervals are intense for 20 seconds, followed by a 10 second rest/recovery. This is done for 8 rounds and is 4 minutes in length.
Benefits of Tabata:
- Dr. Tabata’s theory is that you burn more calories and fat through intense intervals rather than going for long stretches on a cardio machine, such as an elliptical or treadmill.
- It is a fun and fast paced form of cardiovascular training.
- Can help to avoid cardio machine monotony while increasing your endurance and stamina.
- An efficient workout that is perfect for people who do not have a lot of time to spend at the gym, but still want the benefits of a cardio workout.
The Tabata class I attend is 30 minutes. The instructor guides participants through a 5 minute warm up, 20 minutes of Tabata intervals, and a 5 minute stretch and cool down. So we are adding 16 minutes more of Tabata training than Dr. Tabata’s scientific findings. Trust me, after 3 or 4 rounds of jumps squats or knee highs, I am sweating profusely, and it takes a lot for me to sweat. (I’m more of a light perspirer.) There is also a one hour session offered, but personally I find this too physically demanding. I still enjoy running on the treadmill, but at times Tabata is just the change-up I need in my cardio routine, not to mention it’s a great T-Rex/pear shape destroyer (also what I need!)
My next post, I will include ideas to incorporate interval training while on the treadmill.
*It is always advisable to consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Tabata is very intense, so physical limitations and injuries should always be taken into consideration, and may not be suitable to an individual just starting to implement exercise into their daily routine.*