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Friday, 15 August 2014

10 Workout Shortcuts to Maximize Your Calorie Burn

The pick of the week is this article, which summarizes 10 different types of training, intended to maximise your results and calories outburst.


1. Pyramid Training
2. The Tabata protocol
Dr. Izumi Tabata’s high-intensity interval-type training (HIIT) protocol calls for just 20 seconds of all-out drop-dead effort, followed by a mere 10 seconds of rest. This intense cycle is repeated eight times. This protocol reduces your risk of diabetes, increases your maximal aerobic power and anaerobic capacity, and:
“Another soon-to-be-published finding, which Tabata describes as ‘rather significant,’ shows that the Tabata protocol burns an extra 150 calories in the 12 hours after exercise, even at rest, due to the effect of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. So while it is used by most people to get fit – or by fit people to get even fitter – it also burns fat.
3. Interval Cardio
4. Mix Cardio and Weights
5. Drop Sets
6. Plyometrics
7. Super Sets
8. Compounds Sets
9. Giant Sets
10. Combine Two Moves Into One

News on Tabata!

The key word "Tabata Training" is still very active this week!

Albert Lea Tribune
Tabata workout is offered at the Albert Lea Family Y
Working in-tune to fast-paced music, instructor Jessica Williams led ten women through a Tabata workout July 28 at the Albert Lea Family Y.

Irish Independent
Let 100 fit days plan whip you into shape for 2014
These form the basis of your exercise programme for your first seven FIT days. You will perform these exercises in the Tabata style of training.

Short Bursts of Exercise Are Better Than Exercising Nonstop
“The return on investment of interval training is fabulous, and it keeps ... more extreme, it can mean high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata.

Don't Let Your Fitness Routine Become 'Groundhog Day'
Pick six to 10 Tabata exercises for your total workout, performing eight sets of each exercise for 20 seconds with a 10 second rest after each one.

Fitness Wisdom: 4 Minutes Of Cardio
Some of you may know him or his work already through fitness classes at your gym or a torturous workout. His name is Izumi Tabata, and he is the ...

Daily Life
The 30-second gym routine everyone should follow
This is when I lean on my old friend Tabata. No, not a Japanese energy drink, but rather a form of high-intensity interval training that gets you in and ...

10 Workout Shortcuts to Maximize Your Calorie Burn
By increasing the intensity of your workout and interspersing it with short ... Dr. Izumi Tabata's high-intensity interval-type training (HIIT) protocol calls ...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Muscle & Fitness:Fast Fat Burn: 30-Min Tabata Workout

Muscle & Fitness proposes a circuit training, based on Tabata intervals, but not intensity.
Indeed, some of the exercises proposed will never reach a 170% of VO2Max (especially the abs exercises).
However, this routine doesn't need equipment and work out the major muscles groups.
180 Jump Squats
Squat Jacks
Fast Feet 20
Quad Touch Jump Squats
Mountain Climbers
T Jacks
Single Leg Burpees
Fast butt kicks
Plank Ups


Friday, 25 July 2014

Tabata workouts aim for fitness in under five minutes

Lengthy article about Tabata, Channing Tatum, Crossfit or (aged) 50-plus.

Interesting tips for doing Tabata at home:

"Try Tabata at home
Local certified personal trainer Debbie Plath shares her tips for an at-home Tabata workout.
The gist: Do one move for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Do a different move for 20 seconds, rest for 10. Repeat until you’ve reached the four minute, 20 second mark.
Typical Tabata moves: jumping jacks, push ups, squats, burpees, renegade rows, high knee jumps, knee butt kicks, etc. One’s routine depends on if you’re focusing on lower or upper body strength, cardio or targeted areas like abs.
Music: Pick songs that are at least 132 to 135 beats per minute, like Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” which can also be a good motivator.
Time trackers: There are many Tabata apps and timers on the market, such as Seconds and Bit Timer.
Goal: Increase number of reps per 20 second session. For instance, if you can do 20 squats in 20 seconds, next time aim for 25 or 30. "

Read again this one: "For instance, if you can do 20 squats in 20 seconds, next time aim for 25 or 30. "
First, can you do 20 squats ( with proper technique) on 20 seconds? It's very challenging...
Second, going from 20 to 25 is a 25% increase, and 20 to 30 is a 50% increase! 
It will take some time, if even possible, to progress so much...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tabata, Yoga and Core Training

This is an example of session for Core training, Yoga (flexibility / joints), and Tabata (HIIT, Cardio, Body weight training):

1) Yoga : 20mn, with 1mn for each position. Mix of standing positions
For instance (swap left and right side):

(Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose)
(Extended Side Angle Pose)
(Revolved Triangle Pose)
(Tree Pose)
(Standing Split)
(Warrior III Pose)
(Warrior II Pose)

2) Core-training 10mn non-stop : Turkish get-up, with kettlebell, dumbbell or big bottle of water
3) Tabata
3 rounds of Tabata with repeating for each round:
  1. Max Burpees for 20s, 10s rest
  2. Max High knees for 20s, 10s rest
  3. Max Air Squat for 20s, 10s rest
  4. Max Mountain Climber for 20s, 10s rest
  5. Max Burpees for 20s, 10s rest
  6. Max High knees for 20s, 10s rest
  7. Max Air Squat for 20s, 10s rest
  8. Max Mountain Climber for 20s, 10s rest
Repeat 3 times the full sequence with only 1mn rest between each Tabata round

TOTAL : 20mn YOGA + 10mn CORE + 15mn TABATA (3 rounds of 4mn + 3 x 1mn rest) = 45mn


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tabata something else with a twist

For beginners, or for indoor training, this session is a good balance between Tabata style, HIIT and body weight workout. Some exercises like push-ups are not intense enough to push your VO2max to the 170% level required for Tabata, but it's still an efficient routine.

There are 4 repetitions of Tabata, with 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work-out with 10s rest as usual. In between repetitions of Tabata, you can take 1mn rest (and drink, wipe your sweat etc...)
Repetition 1:
Round 1A : 20s of push-up, 10s rest, 20s of pull-ups,10s rest, 20s of air squat, 10s rest, 20s abs, 10s rest and go to Round 1B
Round 1B : 20s of push-up, 10s rest, 20s of pull-ups,10s rest, 20s of air squat, 10s rest, 20s abs, 10s rest and then go to Rest 1
Rest 1: take 1 minute maximum for rest and then start Round 2A:
Round 2A : same as Round 1A
Round 2B:same as Round 1B
Rest 2: take 1 minute maximum for rest and then start Round 3A:
Round 3A : same as Round 1A
Round 3B:same as Round 1B
Rest 3: take 1 minute maximum for rest and then start Round 4A:
Round 4A : same as Round 1A
Round 4B:same as Round 1B
Rest 4: last recovery of 1mn of more
And it's over! 4 Tabata = 16mn, plus 3mn rest you should be under 20mn

Here is an example of one session I did in the afternoon around 4pm ( after 1h swimming in the morning and 45mn low intensity cycling before the session):

 Pull-ups are done with rings and strict. Abs are crunches with fingers to ankles or toes.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Four Minutes to Fit: How to Train with Tabata

Interesting article with a good summary and advices...until it explains that we can do Tabata with Abs exercises... ouch!

"Even if you can't hit that Olympic-athlete level of intensity, you can still reap Tabata's benefits. "The key is hitting your max," says Michele Olson, an exercise physiologist at Auburn University at Montgomery, in Alabama, who studies Tabata. "You should be pushing yourself hard enough that you can't utter a word, and if you're not sucking wind by the end, you need to work harder."

Full article: link

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Losing those final few pounds

Libby Norris is helping to  break out of the winter blahs and get in shape for spring!

Tabata style…
Dr. Tabata's research has inspired a whole new trend in training.  We're applying the principle of the timing in our Active-8.
  • 4 conditioning exercises + 4 cardio or plyometric exercises
  • alternate conditioning with cardio
  • 20 seconds work as intense as you can + 10 seconds rest/recovery (30 seconds in total)
  • repeat each exercise 2 times (so that's 1 minute in total for each)

Sunday, 18 May 2014

4-Minute Fat-Blasting Tabata Workout

Tabata for beginners:


Tabata Workout: High Knees

To do this Tabata workout, set an interval timer or stopwatch for 20 seconds during the work phase and 10 seconds for the rest phase.
Stand tall, engage your core, and drive your knees up to your chest as fast as you can. Continue for 20 seconds. During your 10 seconds of rest, walk it off nice and easy. Repeat this sequence seven more times. 

Full article: link