How It Works

The concept behind Dr. Tabata's work involved intense bouts of exercise for 20 second intervals, followed by a 10 second rest period, repeated 8 times. This form of training works the body both aerobically and anaerobically. Tabata intervals are very intense. This form of training can be applied to almost any exercise. Let's look at a sample Tabata interval, using Bodyweight Squats for the exercise.

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

Bodyweight Squats

x

20

seconds

Rest 10 seconds

As you can see, you first perform 20 seconds of Bodyweight Squats, then rest 10 seconds, and continue this pattern until 8 rounds of exercise are complete.

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