Four Tabata Style Workouts

Tabata Style WorkoutsI’m sure you’ve heard by now that steady cardio for long periods of time are a less effective workout.  Repetitive workouts can become ineffective as your body soon adapts to the workouts and they no longer give you the same results.  Our bodies are smart like that! Feeling like a hamster on a wheel does not make you feel good or make you want to workout! Change it up and keep your muscles guessing.

Tabata workouts or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is the best way to get your heart rate up, work your muscles and burn fat all in about 45 minutes – pretty awesome, right?  When it comes to spending time at the gym, I’m all about getting in and getting out.  Why spend 2 hours on the elliptical when you can get better results in half the time.  This means you have to work a little harder and push yourself as far as you can go.  You will be a sweaty mess by the end but the pay off will be worth it.

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Start with 5 minutes of stretching.  Then warm up with 5-10 minutes on the treadmill, bike or elliptical.

Then it’s right into the workout.  Pick one below…

ShouldersTabata Shoulders

Armstabata arms

Chest/BackTabata Chest Back

LegsTabata Legs

Rest for 30 seconds between each exercise and 2 minutes between each circuit.

Choose a weight that you can comfortably preform 10 reps.

For the Tabata portion, complete each exercise as hard as you can for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat 3 more times for a total of 2 minutes.  For my timer, I use a free app on my phone called Tabata HITT Timer.

I alternate these workouts throughout the week as well as two running days (I’m prepping for a 10 km in April).  So feel free to add in your favourite cardio in between, but don’t forget to take a rest day!  It’s important to let those muscles recover.

Looking for an easy at home tabata workout that requires little or no equipment? Check out my video below…

DISCLAIMER: I am not a personal trainer or a medical doctor.  Consult a physician before performing this or any exercise program. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury.   If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge The Happy Health Freak from any and all claims or causes of action, know or unknown.

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