Discovered by Dr. Izumi Tabata, Tabata training is said to produce as much muscular endurance as forty five minutes of regular cardio training. This type of training consists of intervals following this structure:
Push hard for 20 seconds
Rest for 10 seconds
Repeat 8 times (total of 4 minutes)
You can do this in sprint/cardio form or incorporate exercises such as push ups, front squats, or burpees to mix it up. Try this Routine:
Set 1: Medicine Ball Slams
Set 2: Push Ups
Set 3: Squat Jumps (or Squats depending on fitness level)
Since this is considered a high intensity workout, you wouldn’t want to do this type of training every day. If you are able to, you’re not doing it correctly because your body should need more time to recover in between training if you’re really pushing yourself to the max like you should be.
I love Tabata training because for one, it’s very time efficient. You can’t beat working hard for 4 minutes and getting the same benefits that you would in a 45 minute cardio session. Also, I love that this can be for anyone from Olympic lifters to weight loss clients. The exercises can be modified for everyone and everyone. Whatever your goals are, this type of training is definitely going to help you meet them so give it a try!