Tabata is a very short high-intensity workout protocol that has fitness and weight-loss benefits. Invented by Japanese physician, Dr. Izumi Tabata, he wanted to find our if athletes would benefit from a four minute all out exercise session.
The exercises can vary, carrying them out in Tabata fashion, helps to raise your metabolism and heart rate immediately, since you are performing them at a high intensity. If your objective is to lose fat, then this is a good thing, since the intensity level will cause your heart to pump faster as well as raise your metabolism during and after the workout.
Translation? Your body will still be burning fat, even hours after your workout.
Of course many exercises and types of equipment can be incorporated into your Tabata workout. Form push ups to planks, resistance bands, weights, squats, etc. It good way to start is to simply incorporate four exercises per routine.
Here’s an example of a typical Tabata workout:
Medicine Ball Slams
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Caution: “Tabata training is best for advanced exercisers who are comfortable with high-intensity exercise,” since the intensity accumulates, especially near the end. As such, “it’s easy for the intensity to become too challenging if you’re not used to this type of training.”