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ENGINEERMOM's Photo ENGINEERMOM Posts: 744
10/15/18 1:39 P

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I should specify, this is a class that takes place in a workout studio, typically aided by medicine balls or hand weights. It is definitely NOT anything like the intensity of CrossFit. I started taking it because I wanted to add something that would focus more on core work and general strength training, as I have plenty of cardio in my routine. It's been very good for core, and even for lower body and the amount of upper body I can do - I have chronic tendinitis in my right shoulder that makes many "typical" weightlifting exercises either uncomfortable or dangerous for me. It also fits into my weekly routine well, which is important, too!

The way the class is structured:

7 minutes of warm-up time, typically jogging in place and some dynamic stretching (not holding poses, but flowing through to get the muscles moving).

Then for 25 minutes, it's a cycle of 40 seconds of what is supposed to be high-intensity work (the specifics of what they have us do don't always get my heart rate up very high, as it can be things like doing a plank or other isometric exercises that are still challenging if not heart-rate-raising), followed by 20 seconds of "active recovery" (marching in place, dancing in place, step-ups on a low bench, etc.).

7 minutes of cool-down time with stretching.


The actual intensity level varies considerably from class to class, in terms of heart rate.

Reading the article on Tabata training, this is not truly Tabata training. That article pretty much describes my weekly spin class, though, except there are usually some other intervals that involve challenging one's endurance (keeping the rpm the same, and adding resistance every 20 seconds through a 4-minute song, or cycling while continuing to move up in resistance - level 1, 2, 3, 2, 3, 4, 3, 4, 5, etc.). I hit anaerobic multiple times during that class! To me, anaerobic was best described as an effort level you couldn't sustain for more than 30 seconds - if you can go longer, it's not anaerobic.

I think this particular class may track better as circuit training. It's like a slightly more intense version of Curves, which I did years ago.

Thanks, everyone!

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10/14/18 10:35 P

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Engineer - one way of tracking this would be to add up the total duration of the intense intervals and track that at high intensity.

And then add up the total of the warm-up/down and the recovery intervals, and track that seperately at lower intensity.

So you might track 15 minutes at very high intensity, and 25 minutes of moderate intensity.

And don't let the average HR fool you - the lower HR during recovery intervals may drag the average down, but Tabata is a VERY intense workout.

Edited by: MOTIVATED@LAST at: 10/14/2018 (22:37)
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10/12/18 8:17 P

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" I did one today at my gym that was 40 minutes long. "
wow.. that must be a record! Good on you!


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10/12/18 11:35 A

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Here's some info on Tabata training that you might find interesting:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
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Based on what you've described, I don't think it's true Tabata training. It wouldn't really be possible to do 40 minutes of Tabata because it's such a high-intensity, maximum effort workout.

If your class incorporated both cardio and strength training, then I'd probably track it as circuit training instead.

Hope that helps,

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10/12/18 10:44 A

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Hello!

What would be the best way to track a Tabata class? I did one today at my gym that was 40 minutes long. My heart rate averaged 132, max 163bpm.

For reference, when I do a 50-minute spin class, my HR averages ~165, max ~185bpm, so this was a lower-intensity class for me. Good core and decent upper body work, though!

Thanks!

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