Let’s enjoy an exception to the usual disappointment of things being too good to be true. If this is the first time you’re hearing of Tabata workouts, listen up!
Let’s answer the easy question first: What is a tabata workout?
From Active.com’s Fara Rosenzweig “Tabata training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.
Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes. The first group trained at a moderate intensity level while the second group trained at a high-intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high-intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes and 20 seconds (with 10 seconds of rest in between each set).
The results; Group 1 had increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). Group 2 showed much more increase in their aerobic system than Group 1, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.
In conclusion, high-intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.”
In case you were distracted reading that, let me reiterate those results. Group 2, the high intensity group following the Tabata workout, worked out ONLY 4 days per week, each workout lasting ONLY 4 minutes and 20 seconds. That’s incredible! And, group 2 show dramatically higher gains for both their aerobic and anaerobic system.
If you think time is the biggest reason you don’t exercise, you literally have no excuse not to try this. The mere idea of getting more out of 4 minutes and 20 seconds than what you got out of an hour in the past has to be the most exciting fitness news since Richard Simmons had us sweating to the oldies!
For examples of Tabata workouts (we put a few movements together for a workouts that 24 minutes or less), check our WOD’s (you can sort by that category from the mainpage).
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To read the full article, visit http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/what-is-tabata-training
For more on Tabata workouts, visit http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-tabata-revolution-explained-what-why-and-how-to-tabata
For other ideas on Tabata workouts, visit: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Printable-Tabata-Workout-23498981