If you, like most of us, don’t enjoy nor have the time to spend 60 minutes a day doing long boring workouts in the gym; then this workout is the best one for you! You can effectively burn more calories and get better results following the 4 minutes Tabata workout! In the 1990s a Japanese professor made a ground-breaking study showing that exactly 4 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT) was just as effective as hours of lighter workouts.
What is the Tabata workout?
Tabata interval workout is all the rage these days. But what exactly is Tabata training? Simply put, Tabata training is all about doing one exercise as hard as you can for 20 painful seconds (“on” interval), followed by 10 seconds of rest (“off” interval). Repeating these on and off intervals for 8 rounds will complete your 4 minutes of Tabata workout And don’t forget it’s always wiser to warm up for 10 minutes before blasting into a high interval session.
Why Is It Effective?
Tabata training – like interval training- raises your metabolism and heart rate instantly. Since you are performing these exercises at a very high intensity, your body will have to work much harder to keep it up. This will cause your heart to pump fast and your metabolism to jump, which you want if you are working on burning more body fat. Your metabolism will stay at that high not only during the workout, but after the workout as well.
Tabata Workout in ACTION!
The cool thing about the Tabata workout is that your 20 seconds “on” period can consist of ANY of your favorite exercises as long as you go-all-out for it. Your “on” periods can be formatted in different ways, including doing the same exercise for your entire “on” periods, alternating between couple of exercises in each “on” period of your 4 minutes workout.
If you have no favorite exercise in mind, you can mix and match from squat jumps, burpees, skipping ropes, or sprinting. If you want to go for strength training as well, you can still incorporate push-ups, pull-ups, and deadlifts in your rounds. Your options are limitless and never boring!
The problem of not having enough time to workout is solved now. Tabata workout can be squeezed in any day even the busiest ones. All you need is 4 minutes and a timer to trigger your on and off periods. It gets even easier; there are many Tabata songs created specifically for Tabata workouts that tell you exactly when to start, and when to stop during your workout. Not only that, but also the beat of the song can help you hold a rhythm and keep the perfect pace throughout your workout without having to constantly look for the clock.
Have some Tabata fun, and achieve a killer high-intensity workout!