Perhaps you’ve heard the term Tabata floating around and wondered what it means. Is it a specific practice like Pilates? A class like Zumba? Well, it’s not either of these, exactly.
Actually, it refers to a high-intensity interval workout, where the basic structure is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of recovery. This is repeated eight times, and then a new move or exercise is performed. Sample exercises can include almost anything: bicycle sprints, jumps or squats, and even jumping rope.
Why is a Tabata workout so effective?
It promotes endurance, strength, speed, and agility. The simple moves burn fat and help boost your metabolism, so you can continue burning fat even after the workout is over.
Another benefit is that it takes up less of your time than traditional cardio workouts such as walking or running. You would need to walk or run at a higher intensity for a longer time to get the same results.
The name comes from Izumi Tabata, the Japanese founder and creator of the routine. Research studies on the aerobic and anaerobic effects of short, high-intensity activities convinced him that this type of workout has great benefits.
We agree, and we offer a group Tabata class led by a fitness expert who has chosen the most effective exercises for a fat-burning, high-intensity workout. Come join in the fun while working your body to the extreme.
Some tips for getting the most out of your workouts:
- Rest and nutrition are important. If you do a high-intensity workout and find that your muscles are sore, you should rest them the next day.
- With any type of workout, remember to warm up, stretch, and cool down properly.
- Eat the right foods before and after your Tabata session or class.
- Before starting a new exercise program, check with your doctor and be aware of any potential problems such as heart issues or high blood pressure. Take whatever steps are necessary to avoid injury during a high-intensity workout.
If you want to learn more about how an exciting Tabata workout could benefit you, contact us today for more information.