Thursday, August 8, 2013

Get FIT in just 4 minutes? Why this works!

Tabata seems to be one of the new fitness buzzwords, but in fact, it’s a concept that’s been around for over 10 years.  In 1996, Dr. Izumi Tabata used a specific method of interval training for his study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. In the study, he had cyclists perform 20 seconds of all-out effort followed by 10 seconds of rest.  The participants repeated seven to eight sets of the exertion-rest intervals, equaling just about 4 minutes of actual workout time.  The results were so amazing that this type of training was named after the creator, Dr. Izumi Tabata.
Tabata training can deliver big results in little time, but TRUE tabata training requires you to push yourself to the absolute max.  Tabata training requires you to push your body to the extreme. It is important that you know the proper form for the exercises that you plan to use this training principle with. Tabata training is perfect for lots of exercises, some of my favorites are: burpees, squat jumps, pushups, planks, jack knifes, sprints and so many more.
Tabata is a good form of training that you can add to your current workout schedule to help boost your metabolism and burn fat.  Tabata training is also good for those days that you are pressed for time and still need to get in a workout.   Remember that true weight loss comes from making lifestyle changes and there are no miracle exercises, diets or tricks that will give you the permanent changes you are looking for.

- Paula Bennett
Van Alstyne Texas Fit Chicks
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