Friday, September 6, 2013

First Tabata Workout!

Happy Friday!

Guess what's making me sore today? TABATA. Yesterday, one of my best friends Katie and I tried our FIRST Tabata workout! We both wanted a short workout we could finish before out 8 a.m. classes and this was a great choice!
Don't know what Tabata is? Tabata is a new method of interval training that improves your aerobic abilities immensely. Each each circuit is 4 minutes long and has 8 rounds of 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest. Tabata is very versatile and you can basically do any exercises you choose. Read more about Tabata here! The mentality behind Tabata, for me, is that I can do anything for 20 seconds! So before I knew it 20 seconds were up and it was on to the next one!

I created this "Do-Anywhere Tabata" workout from a modified version I found on pinterest. There is zero equipment needed, except for a repeated interval timer, which you need for any Tabata. Normal stopwatches will make this workout inefficient. I recommend the Gymboss timer. If you have a smart phone there are plenty of repeat interval/tabata timers. Also if you are able to have your laptop near, you can also Google for plenty of free online tabata timers.
If you've never tried Tabata you NEED to try this one! With 5 circuits it was under 30 minutes of exercise and I am definitely sore today! Love it!

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For each circuit set your timer to 8 rounds of 20s work and 10s rest. Rest for about 1 minute in between each circuit, then reset and keep going!
With good music and great company this workout flew by and I had so much fun with it!

Let me know what you think!



  1. I keep thinking about how great that work out was, and how possible it will be to keep it up since it´s so short! and since I have such a great workout buddy (:
    Note-- I did another circuit of Tabata with a youtube video this morning, and they did burpees with a PUSHUP?! Talk about bringing it to another level! :P
    thanks for the great post, sara! xox

    1. So glad you liked the workout, I think it's great for days I am super busy! Burpee and pushup, wooh! Makes my shoulders sore just thinking about it, but sounds great!