Tabata 101

Tabata 101

Fast results and short classes make Tabata a great option for squeezing an effective workout into a busy schedule.

 

What is Tabata?

Tabata is a new sensation in working out. Tabata classes are a way of getting your high intensity interval training in and having fun. The session is made up of 4 minutes of intense interval training mixed up in a number of different combinations over a period of up to 1 hour.

 

Who should try Tabata?

Tabata is great for anybody, the short bursts of intense workout mean even beginners can give it a shot and not feel overwhelmed.

 

What to expect?

Tabata training works out every muscle of your body and there are a wide range of different combinations and exercises involve. Tabata sometimes involves barbells, dumbbells and kettle bells though some instructors simply use bodyweight exercises. Weights or not, Tabata is designed to make you sweat and push you to your limits.

Tabata classes can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as an hour. The exercises are very simple and designed to work out the whole body, combining both cardio and strength training. The original Tabata idea was developed by a Japanese scientist but variations have been taken up by gyms around the world, with all sticking closely to the idea of four minute bursts in a longer session including rest breaks.

 

What to wear?

Above everything else, you need to be comfortable and you need to be safe. When getting stuck into a Tabata class it makes sense to wear your regular gym attire, ensuring clothing isn’t too loose. Lightweight clothing is the best option because you are bound to work up a sweat and don’t want to get too uncomfortable too quickly.

Tabata is one way of getting your training over and done with very quickly but it’s also great fun. All class members can go at their own pace and set their own limits, the only rule is that you push against them and ensure you keep that intensity up and keep the heart pumping.

 

Comments

Matthew C.
17 July 2014

Matthew C.

This is definitely not for beginners. And more gyms should do it. I can;'t find any gym near me which does a class.

Trevor D.
17 July 2014

Trevor D.

I think I might be on the floor in four minutes; but simple exercises are always good and it looks like it would make a difference quickly.

Olivia C.
16 July 2014

Olivia C.

Clare - I agree that it doesn't look particularly novice-friendly! Perhaps this is best for people who are already fit-ish?

Clare R.
14 July 2014

Clare R.

this looks good for the time-pushed - but is it really for those who are not fit at all?

Tom D.
13 July 2014

Tom D.

I have been watching videos of this on YouTube, definitely want to try a class now.

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