What is Tabata?
Among the multitude of workouts that are available to people out there, there are a few that stand above the rest as innovative and effective routines. CrossFit was one of the first in a crop of brand new workouts that took the fitness world by surprise and created an entirely new niche. As time has marched on, more people have been asking for workouts that challenge and excite them. This demand grew, and a new high intensity interval training was developed. One of the most popular workouts in this group is called Tabata.
Scientist Izumi Tabata and a group of his peers studied two groups of athletes and documented their aerobic and anaerobic progress over a fixed period of time. After observing the differences between one group performing at moderate levels of intensity, and another group performing at high intensity intervals they discovered that they second group was already performing quite a bit better after only 6 weeks. This second group became the scientific foundation on which the Tabata method was built.
How It Works
Today, Tabata is quickly becoming one of the most well-known workouts in the high intensity interval training category. It uses eight rounds of high intensity sets in a timed interval of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, to achieve fast and pleasing results. Whichever movement or exercise you choose, to be properly done Tabata style, you must do that one exercise and go as hard as you can for the designated intervals for an entire 4 minutes. This is far more challenging than it sounds and that intensity will take you out of the game for a bit afterwards. In fact, it’s even been said of Tabata, that if you’re not completely exhausted after you’re done, then you didn’t do it hard enough.
Essentially, one of the biggest benefits of the Tabata workout, is that you don’t need to dedicate a lot of time to get your fitness in a day. Since the workout only take a total of 4 minutes, you have your entire day ahead of you. To keep things interesting, it would be very easy to switch things up and make sure that you have something different to focus on each day. You can even do a Tabata workout along with a short normal intensity workout and achieve extreme results.