If you’re looking for a heart-pounding and extremely effective exercise program to add to your workout routine, it’s time to give Tabata a try. This super-efficient form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) works by pushing your body to the extreme. Once you experience it, you’ll understand why fitness enthusiasts around the world swear by Tabata as one of the best ways to change your body and your life.
How Does Tabata Training Work?
By definition, Tabata is a four-minute exercise routine. Although that doesn’t sound like much, it’s likely to be the longest four minutes of your life. It consists of completing a single exercise for 20 seconds while pushing yourself as hard as you possibly can. You’ll then rest for 10 seconds before repeating the sequence seven more times. Once you finish eight rounds of a single exercise, you’ll rest for one minute before repeating the pattern with your next exercise.
You can do Tabata with just about any type of exercise. Some of the most popular options include running, bodyweight squats, pushups, burpees, and mountain climbers.
The 20-10 design of a Tabata workout taxes your body by pushing both your aerobic and anaerobic capacity. This drastically improves your cardiovascular performance while also helping you build muscle. By resting for only half of the time that you exercise, your body is never able to fully recover. This means you’ll be working at maximum capacity by the time you’re half-way through your workout.
Health Benefits of Tabata Exercise
Although Tabata workouts are definitely not easy, they’re totally worth it. Pushing yourself to maximum capacity during your workouts raises your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) so you burn more calories even after your workout is finished.
Not only does a Tabata workout burn more calories than traditional cardio, but it also helps increase bone density and drastically improves your endurance.
If you’re trying to shed some pounds but still want to maintain a healthy, athletic build, Tabata is a far better choice than steady-state cardio. This style of exercise builds and preserves muscle mass and bone density. Long cardio sessions, on the other hand, can do the opposite. It’s also far more efficient, so you can spend less time in the gym and more time out in the world enjoying your new body.
Experience Tabata for Yourself at West Conshy Athletic Club
While it’s certainly possible to create your own Tabata routine in a gym or at home, most people find it far easier to follow along in a class setting. Attending a class led by a qualified instructor means you don’t have to decide which exercises you’ll perform or keep track of your own time intervals. You’ll also find that a group setting offers more motivation and accountability, and the class energy is contagious.
Are you ready to see what a Tabata class can do for you? Sign up for our Wednesday night Tabata Bootcamp and experience the difference for yourself. This 45-minute class only holds eight people at a time, so reserve your spot today!