Tabata – What is it?
Please understand that the idea of this post is not to take away the importance of Steady State Cardio routines/training system. This post might be more geared towards heavy duty athletes. Disclaimer is done.
Tabata was named after a Japanese scientist, Izumi Tabata, when his team compared the results of moderate intensity training with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). They conducted a six week (5 day per week for moderate intensity and 4 day per week for HIIT) research on a group of athletes, and concluded that athletes who trained at HIIT/Tabata style training routine increased aerobic and anaerobic capacity.
What’s amazing is the Moderate Intensity routines were 5 days per week with 1 HOUR each day. The Tabata style routine was based off of a 4 day per week, but only 4 MINUTES per day. 4 MINUTES? Did I read it right? I think so. But those 4 minutes are not reading a book while walking on a treadmill. Nowadays, reading such Facebook statuses and wondering if the investment in the treadmill was worth it or not. Get off the treadmill if you’re reading this 😉
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