Happy Tabata Tuesday!
I want to give you the best concepts to help you achieve your fitness goals without any additional cost, time but maximum effort within 20 minutes. Below are 10 of the best Tabata practices to springboard your success.
10 Tabata Best Practices
To get the most out of your intense and highly effective workouts, here are some tips and guidelines to follow:
- As part of the original protocol a 10 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down is highly recommended.
- Use full body exercises that engage many muscle groups.
- Feel free to use free weights, bodyweight, weighted vests or ankle weights as this will increase intensity.
- Go all out in the 20 second intense intervals, never slow down, and push yourself to the limits.
- Except to be gasping for breath, literally gasping, this is where you want to be.
- Make every attempt to find your breath in the 10 seconds of rest, good luck.
- Cool down for at least 5 minutes.
- Prepare to get really sweaty.
- Don’t give up if the first, second or third time you do a Tabata routine you feel like you want to die or throw up or you can’t finish. This is typical.
- Don’t give up if the fourth, fifth or sixth time you think you can’t do this ever again. You can, you will, you should.
I hope this provides some clarity for you to focus on accomplishing your goals. If you need some additional direction or want clarity about how to defeat your fitness “pleateau”, contact me here for a free strategy consultation.
Yours In Success,
Let’s face it…while we all would love to hit the gym an hour a day, five days a week, our lifestyles often won’t allow that to happen. Just because you’re hard-pressed for time doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Here’s a simple, at-home or at the gym, 10 Minute Total Body Workout to get you going when time isn’t on your side.
A pair of 10 to 20 pound dumbbells (lighter if you aren’t as strong), some floor space, yourself, a mirror (optional).
This workout is designed for two things: to maximize your output in a small amount of time, and to hit all of the major muscle groups. Not only do total body workouts compress your workout time, but they can also help boost your overall metabolism and help you achieve overall fitness.
Directions: Perform each exercise for one set consisting of as many repetitions as you can for 45 seconds. Then rest for 15 seconds before beginning the next exercise. Once completed with all exercises, rest for 45 seconds then complete two more sets of each exercise.
Exercise #1: Dumbbell Push-Up to Plank Rows
Begin in the pushup position, using the dumbbells as grips, much like a push up machine. Perform a regular push up then hold the top of the pushup position. From this position, perform alternating straight rows by pulling the dumbbell towards your chest. Alternate arms and repeat for the set.
If you don’t feel comfortable using the dumbbells, you may perform a regular pushup, then rotate your torso towards the ceiling, extending one arm towards the sky. Return to the original position, then alternate arms.
Max this move’s effectiveness: engage your core muscles–pretend like you’re about to take a punch to the gut…feel that? Core engaged!
Exercise #2: Dumbbell Squat to Shoulder Presses
Take an overhand grip on the dumbbells (like you’re holding the handlebars on a bike), standing with your legs nearly shoulder-width apart. Hold them at shoulder height with palms facing forward. Perform a regular squat. (Note: You should imagine that you are sitting down on a chair to achieve the optimal squat form. Remember to keep your back straight, bent slightly forward at the waist.) In one fluid motion, return to your beginning position and press the dumbbells overhead, fully extending to achieve maximum range of motion. Return dumbbells to shoulder height and repeat.
Be explosive during the shoulder press portion of the exercise. You should feel like you’re pushing your feet through the floor, practically coming up on your tippy-toes. Take a tip from Exercise #1: engage your core the whole time!
Exercise #3: Shadowboxing
Cardiovascular endurance can help maximize your performance in a lot of places: the gym, work, or even the bedroom! A great way to get high intensity, interval cardio is through shadowboxing.
Stand approximately an arm’s length away from your mirror (if you’re using one). The point of this exercise is to stay moving the whole 45 seconds. Practice throwing punches towards your doppelganger (in the mirror) or a spot in space where your “opponent” would be. Throw punches in combinations of 1, 2, 3, and 4 punches. To maximize the effectiveness of the exercise and to gain that total body workout, practice bobbing and weaving: move your torso in a “V” direction, to bob move your torso left to right and vice versa like in a windshield-wiper like motion. Stay active for all 45 seconds of the exercise.
So there you have it, short, powerful and motivating!
Have an awesome day!