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Happy New Year!

Looking to get into incredible shape? If so, you need to look no further than to a method called Tabata training. This form of training can easily take any stale old cardio routine and turn it upside down, not only boosting your fitness level, but sending your fat burning potential to a whole new level.

Tabata training, is a form of training that is like interval training only supercharged. But, it’s not for everyone.


What Is Tabata Training?

Tabata training is basically a super short 4 minute interval workout session. Rather than doing longer 30-60 second intervals, your intervals for this protocol will be just 20 seconds in length. But here’s the kicker. Rather than taking twice as long to rest between intervals as is traditional, you get only 10 seconds. Then it’s time for the next interval.

You repeat this just 8 times (but trust me, it will be the most intense 8 intervals of your life!) and you’re finished. Start out with a good warm-up and finish with a cool-down.

You can have your entire workout done in less than 10 minutes.


Who Should Do This Workout?

So who is this routine best suited for? First, you must have a good cardio base behind you. If you’re a beginner, steer clear of this one. You’ll only end up injured and overtrained.

Second, it’s great for those who like to workout at very intense paces and push their limits. If you prefer the slower, more moderate paced cardio training, this isn’t your workout. It’s for those who love to sweat.


How To Add It To Your Routine

So if you’ve decided that you’re a candidate for Tabata training, how do you add it in?

First, do it on a day where you preferably have no other training. This will ensure you are as fresh as possible for the workout at hand. Then, choose 1-2 major movements to do for your intervals. This could be running sprints, uphill sprints, burpees, kettlebell swings, or anything of that nature. Just as long as it’s intense.

Then find an open space and go at it. This workout should only be done 1-2 times per week because it is so intense and otherwise you could risk overtraining.

So don’t let cardio boredom get you down any longer. If you’re in the physical shape to do it, give Tabata training a try.


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Dr StStacey McCoy PharmD, BCPSacey McCoy is a Clinical Pharmacist, marathoner , amateur triathlete and Beachbody Fitness coach. She’s been a practicing pharmacist for 11 years and loves to see the change in clients lives when they experience a physical transformation with Beachbody Fitness and Nutrition.