What IS Tabata???
Answer (as found via a Google search)
“The World's Greatest Fat Burning Workout” source
Sounds perfect right? Possibly. Also sounds a little too good to be true so let's look at it in a little more detail:
Created by Izumi Tabata from Japan, the Tabata Protocol is a supra-aerobic cardio workout created to substantially increase V02max and burn fat. The premise is that a series of short bursts of intense intervals followed by even shorter periods of rest your body pushes past your Target Heart Rate (THR) thereby pushing you into an anaerobic or supra-aerobic zone that torches calories and fat.
The original workout was created as follows:
•5 minutes of warm-up
•8 intervals of 20 seconds all-out intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest
•2 minutes cool-down
The recommendation is to slowly work up to this level of intensity by building endurance over time.
Monitoring heart rate is considered vitally important as this workout can push your heart rate well over 200BPM which is unsafe.
Calculating your Maximum Heart Rate in beats per minute:
Calculating your Target Heart Rate (bpm)
Your THR is between 60%-80% of your MHR
MHR x .60= 60% THR
MHRx .80= 80% THR
For example: My MHR is 192 which means I should aim for a THR between 115 and 154.
Tabata can be performed with exercises that solely rely on body weight resistance, potentially making it a good choice for an at home workout.
Other methods use kettlebells, hand weights, Elliptical trainers, stationary bikes or other cardio equipment.
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Happy Friday everyone!
So tell me, what do you think about Tabata? Have you tried it? If you haven't would you?