Tabata Method – 4 Minutes of Intensity

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Can you get an intense workout in about 4 minutes? According to the Tabata method you can. I have only recently heard of Tabata which is a method of exercise named after Izumi Tabata, PhD., a former researcher at Japan's National Institute of Fitness and Sports.

The Tabata method is simply a form of interval training that works out like this:

  • Choose an exercise
  • Perform as many repetitions of the exercise for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • Repeat 7 more times

Performing an exercise that works a large number of muscles makes Tabata more effective. The two most common exercises are the Tabata squats and the Tabata thrusters.

Example of Tabata Thrusts

Tabata doesn't seem like something that would be performed every day and definitely not something to try if you are out of shape.

I did come across an online Tabata clock which is cool:

Online Tabata Clock

Have you ever tried the Tabata method? Do you like it?

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