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Saturday, June 14, 2008

This is why I love sharing on MMM! Donna posted a youtube workout of High Intensity Interval Exercises that only lasts 4 minutes. I was ready to see this routine for several reasons: I have been working on my own Crossfit training (otherwise known as "HELL" for the past couple of weeks). And I have been wanting to get into exercising in the mornings without a whole lotta thought, a just "DO" kinda routine, that won't take up a lot of time either. Well, thanks to Donna, I have found it!

Tabata is the name of this high intensity routine, and just like Crossfit, you modify it to your own abilities. A Tabata workout is comprised of 20 seconds of max intensity exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, then repeated without pause 8 times for four minutes.

Background info for anyone interested. Tabata is named after "Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo, Japan. Their groundbreaking 1996 study, published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, provided documented evidence concerning the dramatic physiological benefits of high-intensity intermittent training. After just 6 weeks of testing, Dr. Tabata noted a 28% increase in anaerobic capacity in his subjects, along with a 14% increase in their ability to consume oxygen (V02Max). These results were witnessed in already physically fit athletes. The conclusion was that just four minutes of Tabata interval training could do more to boost aerobic and anaerobic capacity than an hour of endurance exercise."
My summary is: Dr. Tabata found a way to work smarter, not harder! I am ALL for that!

This is what Donna posted. I did it today but, Crossfit style which means I went for 20 minutes. I gave myself about 30 seconds between sets to rewind the video and take a little breathe! Holy Moly!

You can download your own Tabata clock on from this site for free so you can easily keep track of your time! What do you have to lose except maybe Fat!! Bye, Bye Jiggle!

THANK YOU DONNA!!!! You may have found the answer to my Morning Exercise Dilemma!! Priceless!!! Love ya Babe!
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    Those are similar exercises we do at my health club's body challenge class, except we do each cardio session in between strength training exercises. The instructor just changed the format for the month of June to incorporate a BOSU in all of the cardio and strength training exercises. It was a challenging class, but I loved it!

    Keep up your great work, Gabrielle!
    4795 days ago
    Okay so hopefully these will be on SP for all time. Or until the time that I don't pant and faint just watching.
    4796 days ago
    you did this for 20 MINUTES??? girl, you gotta be kidding!
    okay, i hope this will teach the last of that jiggle, but don't kill yourself doing this!
    4796 days ago
    COOL beans Gabs I will soo have to check that out...I started doing HIIT this week with sprints (similar ratio and time length as you mentioned) and it is kickin' my butt all over the place....I will so check into this. emoticon

    I just went and watched it....that is similar to a I have to totally try this :)
    4796 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/14/2008 3:53:57 PM
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    Gabs, You are going to be both a beach babe and siren when Summer hits. Ooo La La! The blonde girl is going to have a body of steal.
    Strut your stuff girl, you have earned it. I'm proud to have a smart and beautiful friend in you, Gabs!
    P.S. Donna is one smart cookie and a powerful prayer partner!
    I love and admire you, Donna! emoticon
    4796 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/14/2008 3:34:38 PM
    Whew! Seems a little daunting, but I can see how it would give you results. Good for you, Gabs!
    4796 days ago
    She likes me, she REALLY likes me!!! emoticon
    4796 days ago
    Gab, You're my hero and my inspiration.
    Hugs, Pattie
    4796 days ago
    I'm with Kylie! I can't handle it either......for the 'high knees' I could just march in place, and got out of breath just doing that.....
    In my younger years I could have done it, but now with both arthritis and COPD, it's a bit much!
    Good for you though, Gab!!
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    4796 days ago
    I hope it does what you old body can't handle that! Wish it could! Hugs, Kylie
    4796 days ago
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