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Tabata Kettlebells

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JACEUG 12/30/2012 4:32AM

    Sounds interesting! I am gonna try it!

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NORWOODGIRL 12/28/2012 10:41PM


I'm with Jaxmommy --- Waiting to hear how astonished your family was by your transformation!

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 12/28/2012 10:17PM

    Way to go! I said it before, I'll say it again.... You are awesome and always inspiring! Keep up the awesome work! Those 13 pounds will bbe gone in no time! What did your family say when they saw you? Please blog about that!

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/27/2012 10:57PM

    I came across an article about Tabata too, but since I don't have KBs yet, and don't know much about using them, I found it a little hard to follow. Got my exercise today behind a snow blower, and plenty of steps. It's a longish driveway.

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ITSMATT 12/27/2012 10:07PM

    Hey there - how are you doing?

Interesting blog post. I've been thinking about starting kettlebells. I've had issues with plantar fasciitis (a painful foot problem) and walking walking for any appreciable distance has been difficult. Kettlebells look like a great workout. If you have a moment to respond to a sparkmail, I'd like to ask a few questions.

Make it a great day!

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