What is Tabata?
Tabata is one of the most popular forms of High Intensity Interval Training
. It is typically is made up of 30 second intervals (20 seconds max effort followed by 10 seconds rest) for 8 cycles. That's right, only 4 minutes of activity for an amazing fat burning workout. However don't let the duration of the workout fool you. By alternating between all-out physical exertion and rest your cardiovascular system will be taxed just a short way into the workout. The best part about Tabata intervals is that they are versatile; it can be applied to just about any exercise. We like to combine 2 different exercises, alternating interval cycles with each. For example:
Example - Kettlebell Swings and Push-ups
All out Kettlebell Swings 20 seconds - Rest 10 seconds - All Out Push-Ups 20 seconds - Rest 10 seconds
Repeat the same exercise 4 times
Our Three Favorite Tabata Workouts Using Two Exercises
1. Push-ups and Mountain Climbers
2. Kettlebell Swings and High Knees
3. Burpees and Squat Jumps
Use it with Any Form of Cardio
This interval scheme is not just for resistance exercises. Apply the 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off to any form of cardiovascular training (biking, running, swimming, jump rope, etc). For the 10 seconds off, simply bring your pace down to little or no physical exertion, then crank it up to full speed for twenty seconds.