What is it?
One Tabata interval requires only four minutes, but they will be four of the most intense you’ve ever experienced. For 20 seconds, you go as hard as possible, churning out as many reps as you can, or, if you’re doing cardio, moving as fast as you can. Rest for 10 seconds, then immediately repeat the 20/10 interval, for a total of eight times.
What’s in it for me?
- The potential to burn 13 or more calories per minute
- A killer metabolism to help you burn calories and throughout the day, even while you’re sleeping
- Shreds major fat in just four minutes
What should I wear or bring to class?
- Yourself; your body is a major piece of equipment.
- Comfortable workout clothes
- Water; you will need it.
- Cross-training shoes might be your best option, but whatever footwear you choose, make sure it provides decent shock absorption and sole cushioning, flexibility, adequate ankle stability and lateral support.
How fit should I be?
Tabata training takes your body to the extreme, so it’s best if you’ve been working out regularly and are very comfortable with specific exercises. This ensures that you have better awareness of how hard to push your body (or when to back off) and that you have the know-how to maintain form (or modify your weight or exercise) when your body tires as you progress through the intervals. With that said, beginners can try Tabata-inspired intervals at a lower intensity that’s more appropriate for their fitness level. However, anything less than maximum effort won’t get the true Tabata training results. As always, if you’re trying Tabata — or any new exercise — for the first time, it’s good to get it approved by your doctor and work with a fitness professional until you feel comfortable doing it on your own.
How often should I take a class?
Tabata training may help you get great results, but it certainly shouldn’t take the place of all of your workouts. Because it’s done at such a high intensity, you should only participate in classes a few times a week so that your body can fully recover (We pretty much guarantee you’ll be sore from it.). And consider this: While there is plenty of research on Tabata and its ability to boost a person’s fitness level, there’s much, much more research that confirms how moderate exercise can improve your fitness and health. So it’s best to continue a routine that also includes traditional (think longer, less-intense) cardio workouts, strength-training sessions and flexibility training for a well-rounded fitness plan.
Can I attend classes while pregnant?
Yes, as long as it’s OK with your doctor. Please contact us for details regarding required modifications for the safety of both you and your baby.