Give Tabata a Try For a Cardio Boost and Muscle Power!

Posted 05/03/2013 | By HealthCorps

It’s been credited with boosting cardio-respiratory fitness and muscle power.  Tabata is named after its creator, Japanese researcher Izumi Tabata, who wanted to help cyclists improve their fitness level in less time than traditional interval training.

After a warm up that lasts for 4 – 5 minutes, go all out in a sprint or do consecutive plyometric moves (jumping on and off a step) for 20 seconds and then allow only a ten second rest.  Immediately repeat for 7 more cycles.

Tabata is better suited for an experienced and conditioned athlete, since the ten second recovery period is quite short.  Beginners typically need longer recovery times, and someone who is overweight or has cardiac disease could actually have a cardiac event during Tabata.

Always make sure to consult your doctor before starting an exercise program and especially before dramatically changing the level of intensity of an exercise program.

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