Tabata training is one of the most popular and highly raved about forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). What distinguishes Tabata from other styles of HIIT training is that it consists of eight rounds of ultra-high-intensity exercises in a specific 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off interval.
Traditionally, Tabata training cycles through a single exercise for four minutes, however for those really looking to get their bodies rocking, it’s easy to take the principles of Tabata and create highly effective and fun Tabata Inspired HIIT workouts.
I currently have many of my clients doing Tabata inspired HIIT session with myself in the gym as well as at home as part of their fitness programs.
So why am I such a fanatic of Tabata inspire HIIT sessions? Well, the benefits are simply amazing:
You can burn a lot of calories and fat during and after exercise
HIIT workouts, especially Tabata, the average person can burn a crazy 12-16 calories per minute.
Tabata style HIIT training can also double a person’s metabolic rate for 30 minutes post workout and 24 hours after a HIIT workout your body can still be burning calories and fat.
It’s very time effective
Studies show that 15 minutes of high intensity interval training burns more calories than jogging on a treadmill for an hour.
It can make you happier
Regular exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids) which can have a really positive impact on a persons emotional being and mental state. Participating in regular exercise has been shown to have profoundly positive effects for those suffering with depression, anxiety, and/or ADHD as well as relieving stress, improving memory and sleep quality, and boosting overall mood.
Plus, in my experience, it’s also a lot more interesting than jogging/running on a treadmill for any length of time and gives you better results… score!
You can lose fat whilst maintaining lean muscle and improving cardiovascular endurance
HIIT workouts combine the best of both aerobic exercise and weight (body) training. This means HIIT workouts can help you burn fat whilst maintaining your lean muscle mass and improve cardio endurance.
So whether you’re a looking to run long distance, lose weight or improve your cardiovascular performance whilst maintaining your hard earned muscle, you can enjoy HIIT training without having to worry about it affecting your overall fitness goal.
You can do it anywhere and anytime
HIIT workouts utilize your own body weight, so not only can you get your heart rate up quickly with plyometric exercises such as high knees and jumping jacks, but you can do it anywhere!
Ready for a challenge? Want to give one of my favourite styles of training a go? Come back next week on Monday (27th Feb) to the Konquer Fitness website or Facebook page to try your hand (well, more like full body) at my first of 7 Tabata Inspired HIIT Workouts Over 7 Days.
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