By: Shannon Boyce
Have you heard about Tabata Training? You may not have yet but trust me – everyone you know will be talking about it soon. This is a seriously intense training method that is thought to burn 13.5 calories in a single minute. Even better, it is also believed to double your metabolic rate for an entire half hour after you work out. It all sounds a little too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, have no doubt, this training is not for the faint of heart. If you want those results you are really going to have to work for them. Are you ready to find out more about Tabata Training? Let’s take a closer look at what it is and how you can get started.
Exactly What Is Tabata Training?
You already know that Tabata training is super intense and can burn a crazy amount of calories in a single minute. What you don’t know is what this type of training method really is. It was originally created by a Japanese professor, Izumi Tabata in the 90s as a way to help speed skaters prepare for the Olympics. Since then, it has been used to get in shape…fast!
What is so impressive about Tabata training are the results of a study done about the workout. They found that this type of exercise could boost your metabolism quickly. They estimated that it would normally take five times the amount of cardio exercises (time on the treadmill or speed walking) to burn the same amount of calories that are burned in just 4 minutes of Tabata. Yes, Tabata training lasts for just 4 minutes yet can do more for you than exercises that last for much longer. Talk about impressive!
Tabata Training: The Basic Format
Now that you know how awesome Tabata is for your body, you’re probably dying to learn how you can do it for yourself. Well, it is essentially 4-minutes of explosive moves. Each high-intensity move is done for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest. You repeat this routine 8 times until your 4-minute training is over. The intervals are effective and really help you break a sweat!
One of the biggest perks of this type of training? You don’t need a ton of money or fancy equipment to get a high quality workout. All you really need is a bit of space to do it and a stopwatch. Why a stopwatch? To complete this type of training properly, you’ll need a watch or some sort of another way that will help you keep track of your time. An app on your smart phone is a convenient and free option if you’re looking to save a couple of bucks.
How You Can Include Tabata Training Into Your Workout
Ready for some more good news? Tabata training can be worked into your regular fitness routine. Any type of cardio will work! Things like squat jumps, burpees, and high-knees will help you burn a ton of calories. Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to give each move everything you’ve got. The more you put into each interval, the more you’ll get from your workout!
You can try it NOW below! 🙂
The video below is from Brad Gouthro at Live Lean TV