Tabata - An efficient training technique for those with little time

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Submitted by campbell on Sat, 09/15/2018 - 08:00
Tabata - An efficient training technique for those with little time

After being extremely lazy this past year, I only recently got back into my gym routine. I'm sure those of you who have stayed away from the gym for a while will know exactly what I'm talking about. The longer you stay away from the gym, the harder it is to get yourself back into that routine.

I decided since I’m going to have to start all over again, I might as well try a different approach to training. After a bit of research and a whole lot of guilt from seeing so many fit people on fitness websites, I decided that interval training will be the best way to go about this. I came across a style of interval training called ‘Tabata training’, and so far it has been working great!

Tabata provides the same health benefits as a cardiovascular exercise routine, possibly a bit more, but it at the same time builds muscle. Any specific exercise can be done in a Tabata way.The brilliant thing about Tabata is that due to its high intensity, you do not have to spend hours exercising.

A full round of Tabata training will typically last only 4 minutes, and it is broken down like this:

  • 20 seconds of intense training (pushups, crunches, weights, squats, anything)
  • 10 seconds of rest.
  • Repeat 8 times.

If you are a member at a gym, you can time yourself using their ‘Super Circuit’ timing lights and buzzer. Alternatively you could get yourself a Gymboss, a personal timer that is completely adjustable to fit your timing needs. It is designed specifically for interval training, and is also great for motivation for those of you who like hitting the punching bag every now and then. Or you can just stick to using your mobile phone!

I have seen great results in only a couple of weeks, and although I might go back to different forms of training eventually, I don’t think I could have gotten a better jumpstart for my training plans.

Give it a try!

Local Cape Town author who loves to write about South Africa.