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Tabata Training 101

Does This 4-Minute Fitness Technique Deliver?

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MARYO125

3/7/2014 5:03:37 PM

Tabata is a great workout that you can do at home with little to no equipment. I use the 'Tabata Coach' album of coached workouts by Motion Traxx. They have a certified fitness instructor guiding you through your Tabata routine. AMAZING!! Itís on my iPod so I can use it anywhere, anytime: http://bit.ly/TabataCoach_iTunes.

HEATHERL2011

9/21/2013 9:17:18 AM

I think I will try this today as part of my work out and see how it goes:-)

DELLMEL

9/13/2013 9:23:21 PM

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I might think about it.

LBRAUN5

4/5/2013 9:30:29 AM

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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.

DEPSERV

3/26/2013 12:35:20 PM

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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.

4EVERNESS

3/26/2013 12:32:35 PM

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I just worry that people will use this as one more excuse...and not use it properly..well they do Tabata training.....

OBIESMOM2

3/26/2013 2:41:41 AM

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tried my first Tabata class last week. BEST. WORKOUT. EVER.

by the end of the class, I had nothing left. I was drenched, worn out and exhilarated.

This is my kind of workout. I'll be at that class everytime I can possibly get there!

BRENNA84

1/19/2013 3:18:31 PM

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I think it might be a better idea to try more moderate interval training before even attempting Tabata training if you're an interval newbie.

just my opinion.

SPRING1973

10/18/2012 4:59:35 PM

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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 :)

EASH5M

7/31/2012 8:47:23 PM

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This sounds like a good workout, I plan to try this?

MSMOSTIMPROVED

7/18/2012 3:36:20 PM

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I bought a Tabata training track to help with keep up with timing. I alternated planks & lunges to spice up my workout.

CANEPAFAM

7/18/2012 12:51:05 PM

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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.

TOREASO

7/18/2012 11:14:39 AM

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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!!!!

NELLIE_RAMONA

7/18/2012 9:30:01 AM

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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.

ENKSMOM

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.

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