Tabata fun

Since my tendonitis diagnosis, my training regime has changed a lot. It’s taken me a few weeks to settle into a structured and consistent routine, and also quite a lot of thinking to find things to do that are don’t use upper body, are challenging and (just as importantly) fun. You probably know that I don’t rate long sessions of moderate intensity cardio, preferring to go for interval training and short bursts of lung-exploding effort, and Tabata sets are just the ticket.

The Tabata protocol, invented by a Japanese guy who did some of the early research into interval training, is a perfect way to train something very intensely without completely killing yourself. 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds. I mean really, how exhausted can you possible get in four minutes…? ;)

I’d been thinking about this set for a while – squat-kicks on the bag. Yesterday, despite being monumentally hungover from the studio Christmas party the previous day, I decided it was the day to video it and put it to rest so I can start working on the next one (which is even worse).

Other Tabata sets that work well are:

  • burpees
  • lunges (especially weighted)
  • jumping jacks (a bit easy IMO but a reasonable warm-up in conjunction with other things)
  • plyometrics
  • other intense but not too skill based exercises – push-ups, abs etc.
If you are looking for a challenging but varied workout, then you may well like this, which I saw on my Facebook page (via Ray Levitt) this morning:

‎”Tabata This!”

Tabata Row
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Squat
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Pull-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Push-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Sit-up

When I’m back to normal training I’m going to give it a go :)

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