Tabata: high intensity, fast results

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2012 - 9:00 AM

With short, all-out blasts of energy and even shorter breaks, the 30-minute workout technique is drawing clients who want results fast.

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aviendhaNov. 18, 1211:40 PM

I've done Tabata intervals in my own HIIT cardio, and they're great, but they are TOUGH. Be advised that this is not an exercise for beginners or for people who want to get a jump start on their New Year's resolution. Tabata's research was done on Olympic athletes. Of course I'm no Olympian, and the great thing about intensity-centered workouts is that you're always doing "your best" even if you're a beginner or a gym rat. But Tabata intervals are meant to tax your system harshly, and people who are new to interval training, who are significantly overweight, and/or who are coming back from a long trip on the couch, should NOT start out with these. Please, save yourselves the trouble of a heart attack and start with regular interval training and develop a good sense of your physical peaks and valleys. Once you've built up your cardio conditioning for a few months, start shortening your intervals, THEN give Tabatas a try.

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westroad18Nov. 19, 1210:34 AM

I'm with aviendha. This has long been a facet of crossfit routines and a newcomer would be wise to build up some reasonable cardio before trying to maintain that kind of heart-rate for 20-30 minutes. This isn't the "make sure your heart it healthy enough for sexual activity" kind of warning, it's "hey if you haven't worked out in two years are are looking for easy weight-loss then start on a stationary bike for a month or you might explode your heart"

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wagn0404Nov. 19, 1211:02 AM

This is all fun and neat, but what's in the video is not Tabata training. Tabata training is sprinting done at 170% VO2 max for 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of recovery. What's presented in the video is high-intensity interval training done in 20-10 intervals.

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