Thursday, December 27, 2012
Reading SP blogs pays off again. I was reading the recently posted most popular blogs blog. In the list was an article about Tabata. In short Tabata is an exercise technique introduced in the 90s by a Japanese speed skating coach. It is a form of HIIT where you do 20 seconds of absolutely all out exercise and then rest for 10 seconds until you are trashed. The normal repetitions is 8 for a total exercise of 8 minutes. You need to warm up before the Tabata and cool down after it so the total exercise should take 20 to 25 minutes. A number of studies have shown tremendous benefits from this program in both weight loss and improved conditioning. It also has the advantage of being easier on the body.
I had to miss my KB class today because of my ref commitments so I did my first Tabata with Kettlebells. I did 8 minutes of swings with a 45lb KB doing 13 swings per 20 second interval. With my warm up and cool down I worked out for about 25 minutes and burned 300 calories according to my HR monitor. I am going to do this at leas 3 times a week.
I am about 13lbs from my goal and my body is now fighting me more than ever. I am hoping that this new level of intensity will help me break through and also ramp up my fitness level. If successful this may become a key part of my maintenance plan fitness routine.