In our “Exercise Excitement” for the week we introduced a fantastic Tabata routine created by Chris Freytag for Greatist!
According to the article, “This week is all about high intensity interval training.
The key to HIIT training that makes it different than basic intervals is that the high intensity intervals involve maximum effort, not just a higher heart rate — So you really have to push yourself to the max during the work portion! My absolute favorite type of HIIT is Tabata Training.
A Tabata workout consists of eight cycles of 20 seconds of all-out effort, followed by 10 seconds of recovery, totaling 4 minutes. During the 20-seconds of work, try for as many reps as you can do without compromising form or range of motion. Take 1 minute of rest between each 4 minute Tabata. With the warm-up and cool-down, each workout is less than 30 minutes long.”
They also suggest using the Tabata Pro App for your iPhone or iPad. The app is only $2.99 and will help you easily keep track of your Tabata time so that you can focus on your workout!
Check out Greatist for the full routine and other great health and wellness tips!