Fitness Friday: Tabata™

Happy Friday to you all!

Continuting my series of reviews from my Fitness Fiesta weekend – this week we’re getting all hot and sweaty with HIIT – That’s High Intensity Interval Training.

HIIT is the latest craze hitting the fitness scene (some places it’s hit already – you see what I did there!) and I was blogging about my tabata rowing class back in August.

Its effecient because you don’t have to work out as long – you work out at your maximum for short bursts, exhausting your body quicker.  Taking you into the anaerobic zone (where you can’t breathe so your body is working ‘without’ oxygen.

And because the intensity kicks your body into hyperdrive you burn more fat and calories (than a steady pace run) in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout just to recover!  In that vein, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great because HGH increases caloric burn and (supposedly) also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out! (source) Hey, I don’t make this stuff up, I’m merely reporting the facts.

I did two HIIT classes during the weekend: Tabata™ and Insanity®.  There’s a lot to explain, so today I’m going to talk about the Tabata™ class.

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Tabata (taken from their website)

My first was Tabata™ – designed by a Japanese scientist, Professor Izumi Tabata, you work for just 4 minutes: 20 seconds intense exercise to 10 seconds rest x 8.  The whole class only took 20 minutes, including a 10 minute warm up and a 6 minute cool down.

What did they say about themselves:

Tabata™ – the 4 minute workout scientifically proven to get you fit. Short, sharp bursts of intense full bodyweight exercises repeated over just 4 minutes. With warm up & cool down you are done in just 20 minutes

It did exactly what it said on the tin 🙂 I was in the class for 20 mins 34 seconds, and we really did work hard for only 4 of those.  It’s true that we warmed up with some pilates moves to get the body ready to work, and we ran through the two exercises as a practice so we knew what we were doing.

When I walked into the class there was the young male instructor with two young women with the ‘bodies beautiful’ – all wearing the mandatory white kit that seems to be on all the marketing materials.  I heard one woman say – “If that’s the body I get doing this, I’m in” 🙂

We did two intensive exercises, alternating each for the 20 seconds work, meaning we only did 80 seconds of each in total – yup 1 minute 20 of each exercise.

The two exercises were:

  1. Burpees with froggy heel touch/tuck jump
  2. Sargent jumps from side to side

I’ve nabbed these videos from youtube:

And that was it.  Ok, that makes it sound easy, and it was far from easy!  I was knackered, and I’m fit! My heart rate hit 176bpm according to my heart rate monitor – one of the hardest classes all weekend (it was topped in BodyAttack and Beamfit on Friday).

Have you tried HIIT?  Ever done a tabata circuit?  What did you think?

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3 thoughts on “Fitness Friday: Tabata™

  1. ranchcookie March 28, 2014 at 9:36 am Reply

    I have tried HIIT it is killer! I love the burn though haha

  2. […] during our Fitness Fiesta.  I wrote about the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) last week. They call Insanity ‘Max Interval Training’ because you are working to your maximum […]

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