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What do you eat before a tabata workout?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What does one eat before a tabata workout?

Well, I really couldn't tell you. It feels like I should be eating my last meal, but those are notorious for steak and apple pie. And since I'm not eating either, I need to get better at providing my body what it needs.

Here's what I decided on this morning:

A nutribullet smoothie with romaine, banana, strawberries, cinnamon and nutmeg extracted with water

100 g of roasted sweet potato with a serving of Cocono Deluxe trail mix (raisins, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts)

What do you think? Will it sustain me through a tabata workout and beyond?

Several have told me they don't know what a tabata workout is.

As I understand this, you warm up, and then go to intervals of
20 seconds of a workout at the highest intensity you can muster
10 seconds complete rest

repeat 7 more times for a total of 4 minutes (tabata workout)

Then you do a cool down period.

Except at the Wellness center, you substitute a stay warm period for cool down and do Tabata a 2nd 4 minutes, stay warm, do tabata a 3rd 4 minutes, stay warm, then kill yourself with 5 minutes of leg flutters and scissors with NO REST.

Extreme workout. For ME!!! Can you believe I'm actually doing this stuff? And I have to be there ready to go at 8:30.

I'd better get going. I wanted to walk beforehand, because the legs won't walk afterwards!!

Nicole's blog about Tabata

Note after workout: I'm home, cold, tired, but my breakfast has stayed with me, and I'm not ravenous like I have been after other morning pool workouts. So perhaps I have stumbled on the right combination so I don't need to snack before lunch!! The added sweet potato and extra .5 ounce of nuts evidently did it. I didn't even want to stop for ice cream after the workout. (The shop was closed that early!!) WooHoo

I wonder if they are doing a Tabata workout in the pool at the Y in Florida?
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