Tabata Training

Ask any of my clients what is  Tabata  training and you’ll see a face full of dread, slightly weepy eyes and a vein in their forehead pulsing.

 Tabata  protocol as detailed below:

  • warm up
  • 20 hard seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest
  • repeat 7 more times

Easy I hear you mutter, invented by Dr. Izumi  Tabata  and his team at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo and it’s now commonly used by many bodybuilders, Olympic lifters and gym goers alike in order to strip away body fat.

The effects of  Tabata  are increased calorie utilization through the day and more importantly, an increased rate of fat burning in the hours after training.  Tabata  uses both anaerobic and aerobic training systems. This is really hard work and 10 times better than using a Crosstrainer for 30+ Mins (slow and steady).

 Tabata  works well with all body  exercises  keeping the same load and choosing exercises that won’t over stress the body, a deadlift for example wouldn’t be a great exercise to use due to bad form during the fin al rounds and grip might also be a factor.

So to start Select your chosen exercise, I have listed some you could use which I have used with my clients. Then Perform as many reps as possible for the 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds only. You then repeat this cycle for 7 more times. 4 minutes in total.

Easiest to hardest exercises

  • Star jumps
  • Rowing Machine
  • Squat jumps
  • Skipping
  • Gliding plates running
  • Squats thrusts
  • Squat Presses
  • Boxing bag (hard and fast)
  • Burpees

When to use  Tabata  Always near the end of a workout it’s tough and should be very demanding so if you’re short on time then you’ll love them, I get clients to use different  exercises  for each workout and using the progression tips below.

Progressions You could start to play with the number of rounds and active time. Maybe adding a extra round each week and building up to 10-12 rounds, then using active time once you’ve reached your target number of rounds, 30secs instead of 20sec and reducing the rounds back down until you can make 10-12 again using 30sec.



Source by Andreas Michael


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