I've done a Tabata class several times and hated it in the most loving way possible. :) It was a GREAT workout, and such a different format from anything else that I have done, hence the loving it. Hated it only because I worked myself hard, I was tired, sweaty, sore (in the good way), and just done when it was over. :) Just wish that it was on the fitness tracker so that I could properly put in my workout. I try to remember each exercise that we do, but when I put all in it says that I've burned maybe 100 calories total, when I know it was so much more than that.
This is how karate is often practiced, and it's a very good exercise because it gets the whole body, and concentrates on the midsection (because everything starts from the center). I built a karate dummy out of old tires a few decades ago that I beat up with my hands and feet, baseball bats, and other things. The effort is always full speed and full power. It's an excellent workout, and good self defense training at the same time, so you get added value for the time you invest.
Just tried this- not a full Tabata workout as described, but adding 3 intervals of it in the middle of my stationary bike routine. Definitely added a higher intensity to the entire 2nd half of the workout. I've liked adding HIIT to my routine in the past (did really well for about 16 weeks of Body For Life), but I eventually found I was dreading the 1 minute at highest intensity, which made it really easy to skip. 20 seconds is much more do-able :)
So basicly you are still doing 25 minutes of cardio with the warm up and cool down. This article is misleading. It makes people think they can get a workout in in 4 minutes. Tabata training IS effective. I;m just saying you could have left out the 4 minute time and just explained the concept.
Yesterday was my 3rd time to try Tabata in the past week.....and I loved it! Our class is 35 minutes long, (our instructor sets a timer, ha!), but it's 20 seconds on/10 seconds off. It's very high impact (HIIT), but in the end, I feel if I give it 100%, GREAT results are going to come from doing it, and the 35 mins. goes by very fast, and I do leave there feeling like I WORKED OUT.....HARD!!!!
The trainer who does a bootcamp class at my gym has been having us do this for the last 2 weeks. It's been very tiring.
7/18/2012 9:20:13 AM
Just watched a presentation last night on The Future of Health Now 2012 website about this. Also attended a fitness class that is based on HIIT (www.dustinmaherfitness.com). While HIIT or Tabata doesn't burn many calories while you are doing it, you continue to burn calories for 24 hours after you're done, so as far as the calories in/calories out, it seems to come out in the wash.
TFoHN presentation also stated that they had people only do HIIT (for the fitness side of things) and be very successful with it for weight loss and for health.
CHRISKELLEYUSE, I don't know if you will see this, but I wanted to try and answer your 2 questions. Your first question was asking why only do 4 minutes. If you've ever tried this, going for a long period of time (say 30 minutes) is extremely difficult. When you push yourself into the anaerobic zone, than you will tire very, very quickly. Even a great athlete cannot keep himself in this zone for very long, which is why no one ever sprints an entire marathon, your body cannot handle it. 4 minutes sounds like nothing, but when you actually do this training, it feels like forever.
Your 2nd question about using this method to replace cardio exercise, the answer is no. As stated in the article above, while Tabata helps burn more fat and increases your metabolism, however it does not burn much in calories. And in the end calories in vs. calories out is the key to weight loss. So, as stated in the article, doing this in addition to regular cardio and weight training, can help boost your weight loss, but is not meant as a replacement for exercise.
There are other forms of this type of training such as HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Burst Training to name a couple.
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