Friday, 25 October 2013

High-Intensity Tabata Training Deemed An Effective Workout, Study Says

In this study:

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Department of Exercise and Sport Science administered a 20-minute, full-body, Tabata-style workout to 16 healthy, fit volunteers

“There is no such thing as a miracle workout,” ACE Chief Science Officer Dr. Cedric Bryant said in a statement. “While Tabata-inspired workouts are shorter, they are also extremely tough. This study showed that fit participants perceived the workout as hard, therefore these type of workouts could be demotivating or too challenging for those not as accustomed to strenuous bouts of exercise.”
Therein lies the catch: You've got to be in pretty good shape already to handle what a Tabata workout throws your way. "It could be dangerous for [non-exercisers] to be working this hard," John Porcari, Ph.D., head of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, told ACE. "Before people even attempt Tabata they probably need to have a pretty decent baseline level of fitness."

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