Tabata workouts are the latest trend in exercise. They only take four minutes each, so even the busiest person has no excuse for not being able to fit exercise into their day. However, it is an extremely intensive form of interval training, so you may wonder after your first Tabata routine why anybody does it again. Unless you are completely exhausted and on the verge of collapsing, you have not put enough effort into the routine.
A Tabata workout involves twenty seconds of maximum effort exercise, followed by ten seconds of resting. This will then be repeated for the duration of the four minute routine, so in total there will be eight bursts of exercise. You can choose almost any form of exercise, but you should make sure it is something that you are familiar with and can put all of your effort into doing. Running is a popular choice, but you could cycle or choose many different exercises instead.
What are the advantages of doing a Tabata workout? There are many reasons why you might want to start incorporating Tabata style workouts into your normal exercise routine. The high intensity interval training burns fat in your body extremely effectively, giving you the lean, toned figure that you may have been trying to achieve for some time. If your training has reached a plateau and you do not seem to be losing any fat, then Tabata can kickstart this process for you.
It also helps to increase the level of lean muscle within your body. Muscle is denser than fat, so you may find that your weight is not changing much, even if you can see noticeable changes in your body shape. Increasing the amount of lean muscle will not only improve your strength and fitness, shortening your recovery time after any form of physical exertion, but will also lead to an increase in your basal metabolic rate. This means that your body will burn more calories than before, even when you are resting, and this will help you to lose weight faster.
It is usually recommended that you choose a form of cardio exercise for the Tabata workouts, but if you are looking to do strength training, then the same idea will also be effective. However, you need to make sure that you choose your weights carefully, or you will not achieve the maximum benefit. You will need to be able to complete eight cycles with your chosen weight, but it also has to be heavy enough to provide enough of a workout. Once you are able to complete the entire routine with relative ease, then you need to increase the weight that you are using.
If Tabata workouts are something that you are interested in, then you may want to start tracking your exercise and the changes that it results in, such as reduction in body fat, and waist/thigh circumference. Get some baseline measurements before you begin, and then save these on your phone, using an app such as Gorilla Workout. This means that you can record the changes on a regular basis and keep track of the improvements.