High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been taking over gym classes and personal fitness programs all over the workout world. Whether it’s hill sprints, bike intervals, or fast-rep circuits, HIIT is stripping away fat left and right for people who use it in their own regime. Tabata is a way for a person of any fitness level to get in on the HIIT game.
“A Tabata workout consists of alternating short periods of intense exercise with short periods of rest for a period of 3 to 4 minutes. A wide variety of exercises are compatible with the Tabata protocol, including resistance exercises such as lifting weights and aerobic exercises such as running or rowing.” – Livestrong.com
Essentially, Tabata is short, high intensity sessions that melt fat by increasing your metabolic rate to an extreme (in a good way). It’s all about short-lived stress on your body and muscles. This short stress on your muscles tells your body it needs more muscle tissue which in turn can increase the lean mass and gets rid of fat.
Because of the high intensity of Tabata, it also increases your anaerobic and aerobic capacity. Anaerobic capacity means the energy you can produce withOUT oxygen, which means an increase in stamina.
Now, it must be said this kind of intense exercise does a number on your body and it is recommended by doctors to only be done about twice a week max. That also means you’ll feel the benefit a lot more when you do it. SO give Tabata a try, whether you do your own workout at home or with a trainer in the gym, there’s no excuse to not be able to spare 4-8 minutes!
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