Our lives are packed with endless to-do lists and in the midst of our busy schedules, it’s often tough to find time for a workout. If you’re short on time but still want the benefits training has to offer, look no further than Tabata. This four-minute workout discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata is guaranteed to satisfy all your workout needs and more in the shortest time possible. If you think you’re too busy to train, think again.
Tabata is simple yet demands strength and offers some of the most intense interval training you’ve yet to experience. The structure of Tabata is to work out hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and complete 8 of these rounds. You can do pretty much any exercise you want, and it is the exercises that target large muscle groups that are highly recommended.
If the whole Tabata workout only lasts four minutes, targeting 3 specific areas will fit in a great workout in less than 15 minutes. Try starting with push-ups, squats, and sit-ups to target major areas that you want to work on. This simple routine will get your heart pumping and tone muscles quickly.
Tabata works wonders on your metabolic rate and can burn almost 14 calories per minute. Looking at this in terms of a “normal” workout, it would take five times the amount of typical cardio workouts to get your metabolic rate up as quickly as Tabata does. Although intense, it is a great way to work in a workout when you can’t seem to find the time.
Tabata can also be used in any area. Not limited to simply squats, push-ups, and sit-ups, Tabata training can be done by swimming laps, doing sprints, or even jumping jacks. The key of Tabata is to put in your best effort. When you give it your all, Tabata quickly gives right back.
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