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Tabata training

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I remember reading about this particular mode of training in a recent inbox mail that I received from Sparkpeople and decided to try out this unusual 4-minute workout about a week ago. As my friends are aware, I am 52, and a doctor to boot, so I decided to skip their advice to take medical advice before going in for this form of training. I said to myself that I would regulate my own self based on perception of the following symptoms: feeling of fatigue, palpitations, the amount of sweating and the degree of muscle pain.

I remained within the parameters set for my age and saw to it that I did not cross a heart rate of 156-160, which is about 75% of my target heart rate. The first time, I could complete about 4 legs of the training circuit, taking about 2:56 minutes to do so.

At the end of this 1/2 training, I was dog tired and slowed down with difficulty before sitting ( I should say plopping) down on a cafetaria bench just outside the garden where I did the training (and where I do my daily walk-jog as well).

Then, after a gap of six days, I decided to do the Tabata again. This time, I completed 5 cycles of run-walk in just over 3:00 minutes. The end result was the same level of fatigue and heart rate. emoticon

I am extremely happy with this method of training and would recommend it to all, with the rider that if you are not a doctor or medic, DO take a doctor's opinion before embarking on it. Happy exercising!

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WALLAHALLA 3/7/2012 8:19PM

    I love tabata training. I am staying within the perameters my doctor gave me. I feel like it is making a difference!

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50+ and going on

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I shifted to Saudi Arabia about 2 months ago; when I left home (in Mumbai, India), I weighed about 82 kg, give or take a few hundred grams. I now weigh 77.5 kg or thereabouts. Part of my weight loss could be due to change of dietary schedules and customs, or because I don't get that many opportunities to eat fried foods, mid-meal snacks and endless cups of tea and milk. However, I must give equal credit to my regular - daily evening walks; I usually go out after my last prayer of the day, and in the company of another doctor colleague. The walk is about 4-5 km, and is completed in 60 minutes or a little more time, as we do slow down at times.

I am very happy with my progress, and my aim is to shed at least another 5 kg before September 2012.

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GOODWITCH333 1/27/2013 11:31AM

    Good on you!
I wish more people could understand that you don't have to spend hours at the gym to see results. Walking is a great way to ease into a regular exercise schedule.
Keep up the good work!


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    Wow, you are doing great. That is good progress. Congratulations!
I see you have found some winning combination for you.
I am eating non processed and swimming. It is working well for me.
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Things aren't so easy sometimes

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

In Mumbai, where I live, summer is setting in, and how! At the gym today, with the air-conditioners in full blast, members, including yours truly, were all sweating and sighing as the heat outside threatened to derail our motivation and goals.

I huffed and I puffed, and eventually managed to put in 9 exercises, with 2 sets of each (15 reps), before calling it quits. My hand towel was completely drenched and my 500 ml. bottle had got over some minutes ago! The bath after the exercise did not refresh much; it merely served to get rivers of sweat out of my face and body. Who needs steam in such conditions? (Our humidity is above 65% anyway, and touches almost 100 % in the rainy season (monsoon).

With such profuse sweating, one should have thought that one could lose weight easily, the appetite having fallen as well, but - things aren't that easy, you know. I have fight left in me, and by God, I am not going to give up as yet.

Comments, please?

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HEALTHYWRITER 4/25/2008 10:08PM

    Hang in there and trust the process.

Try a cool, invigorating shower instead of a hot, steamy one. It'll get you just as clean, and maybe leave you feeling refreshed instead of wrung out and sleepy.

I don't have to tell you how your body and metabolism work. You know it better than I do. All that sweating and sighing results in water loss. (We only WISH that sweat were melted fat, dripping off us like candle wax!) Are you counting all the calories in and out? That will do more for weight loss than anything else. The exercise will build strength and endurance and help regulate your appetite (sounds like you and I have that in common - exercise suppresses my appetite, rather than stimulating it).

Try smaller, more frequent meals - but over all, count the total daily intake and no cheating! Avoid those pharmaceutical reps, unless they're taking you out to play golf - not to eat and drink! ;)

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LILHLFPINT 4/23/2008 10:40AM

    (i know what you mean, i'm really, really slow at weight loss. i somehow managed to lose 10 pounds in 1 year.

if we keep at this - eventually we are bound to lose some weight, right? or at the very least - get healthier!)

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One more month later

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The more things change, the more they remain the same! I am stuck at 80.5 kg, although, technically, I did register a loss of about 500 gm for this month. As my medical work has increased, I have become a bit irregular - not so much as to say less than 5 days a week, but yes, I do miss all sundays, and now, at least one more day in 2 weeks. Other than that, I don't find time to do steam as frequently as before, and I sometimes skip a few reps to save time. I do feel guilty about all this, but there is no other option.

I have, though, started paying a little more attention to diet. Earlier, I was not so particular about having veggies and fruit, but now I am. I have also cut down on beef and have either fish or chicken as part of my protein quota. I do consume Whey protein even now. My brand gives me 26g protein in 1 scoop, which I normally have just after finishing my work-out in a glassful of water.

As to emotions and mindstate, you could put me in a "stable" category. At 48, I do not get irritable that easily, I can absorb failure more calmly, and I don't get excited seeing females that often. I am faithful to my lawfully wedded wife, and likely to remain so for the rest of my life.

I do not smoke or drink, do not take drugs, write as a hobby, always wear a seat belt while driving a car, and usually do not wear a helmet while on a 2-wheeler.

That about sums me up for today.


Negative results

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Unlike my first stint with fitness and work-out (April 2007 to mid-September 2007), where I lost almost 12 kg and felt and looked much better, the current session, where I joined a professional (multi-gym chain all over India) gym (since Dec 1, 2007) has not been rewarding in respect of weight control.

In fact, instead of losing any weight, I seem to have PUT ON 3.5 kg instead! However, to the credit of my re-joining, I feel better, although I have not shes any weight so far.


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