A few years ago I was introduced to a workout called Tabata. It is now my nemesis and friend and it never gets easier. However despite being one of the most difficult workouts, I fell in love with it because it is short and EXTREMELY effective. Tabata goes very quickly, it’s 4 rounds of 4 minutes totaling a 16 minute workout. Sounds really easy right? The first time I tried Tabata I thought it would be a piece of cake. Not so much. Each of the 4 rounds is 20 seconds of total, all out, as hard as you can go, exertion, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Repeat for 16 minutes and see for yourself how quickly 10 seconds of rest feels.
Basically, your body never has a chance to fully recover, resulting in an elevated calorie expenditure and increased endurance. There are studies that show short Tabata workouts are more effective then 60 minutes of jogging on a treadmill. So why not shorten your workout and get better results?
My favorite way to Tabata train is to use a treadmill, but you can do it pretty much with any cardio or low impact strength training (just not with heavy weights). As with everything see what works best for you, and try not to hate me when you’re on your second round of Tabata.