If you’re an advanced gym goer and are looking for something that’s a bit more challenging, then Tabata training might be right for you.
Named for its creator, Japanese doctor Izumi Tabata, Tabata training involves between 6 and 8 high-intensity intervals. Each of these involves 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. The workout itself only lasts 4 minutes – but this is likely to be the longest four minutes you’ve ever experienced!
Though Dr. Tabata’s original research involved static bikes, most large muscle exercises can work as part of the programme. Think squats, kettlebells, and burpees.
A full Tabata workout should last around 20 minutes, but the benefits you get from it could last far longer. It’s lightning-quick; not many people could argue they don’t have 4 minutes spare a day. A Tabata workout can also help you to build muscle tissue, rather than damaging it. And like other forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT),
Tabata training improves your VO2 max. If you’ve read our previous article on HIIT training, you’ll know that this is a measurement of the maximum volume of oxygen your body can use. A higher VO2 max means you can exercise for longer and burn more fat.
Always consult a trainer before taking up a new regime. Tabata training isn’t without risks – but its level of intensity could be just what you need to take your fitness to the next level.