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.
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!