So, it turns out I’m kind of into the whole tabata thing. You know, those quick and very dirty workouts that make you feel like you’re going to die??? Yeah, love ‘em.
For those of you not in the know, tabatas are a type of interval workout that involve doing an exercise for 20 seconds with 10 seconds of rest before going on to the next exercise in the circuit. You keep going through the circuit, or tabata, until 4 minutes are up, then move on to another tabata.
While you’re not burning as many calories actually doing the workout (because it’s so short), your metabolism stays high afterwards, making for maximum return on investment.
Recently, I decided to turn the Iron Strength Workout featured in Runner’s World into my own version of a tabata. I do each tabata 2-3 times, depending on how ambitious I’m feeling, and it kicks.my.butt.
Full disclosure: this is NOT fun. It’s challenging and sort of makes me want to cry. But the fact that you only have to do each exercise for 20 seconds is a huge bonus. To get through those 20 excruciating seconds, I say cheesy things to myself like, “You CAN do this! You ARE strong! Don’t be a p—y!” I’m so nice to myself. But really–think of some mantra to get you through these because they are killer! But worth it. Promise.
Are you on the tabata bandwagon yet?