Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tabata anyone?

You may say toe-may-toe.  You might even say toe-mah-toe.  But me?

I say TABATA. 

Yes, I'm crazy.  Just move on and keep reading.  I do have a point.

Have you guys ever heard of this?  Tabata?

Well, I'm going to try it.  I might die trying but I'm going to try anyway.  After hearing about the tabata style of working out, I tried to find it on DVD.  Let me tell you - it's either so new or so old - that there aren't any out there.  I found about two and the reviews on this one were amazing. 
So I got suckered again and I bought it.

This is the DVD.


Yes, the fact that this DVD is smothered in my favorite teal/mint green color may or may not have influenced my decision to purchase it.  I may or may not be that shallow and lame.

Here's one reviewers description of this DVD and this style of workout.

This is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout based on the tabata protocol, which means you go full intensity cardio for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds. This is repeated 8 times per exercise interval. There are eight intervals in this workout. Between intervals, there is a short recovery period where you are performing a low intensity move while Amy runs through the next series of exercises. For each interval, there are three levels of intensity (beginner, intermediate, advanced). There are two other exercisers in addition to Amy who perform either the beginner of the advanced workout. This workout requires no additional equipment (you use your own body). Many of the exercises are high impact (with the exception of the beginner's level). Amy is very personable instructor with a great you-can-do it attitude.

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Here is a break down of the workout:

Approximately 5 minute warm up


Interval one, jumping jack series. Beginner is basic jumping jacks. Intermediate, squat jacks. Advanced, jumping air jacks.


Interval 2, Side skater series. Beginner is basic side skate. Intermediate adds a touching the ground on skate. Advanced, side skate landing on one leg and touch the ground.


Interval 3 is the volley ball jump series. Beginner is a basic squat and shoot. Intermediate, burpee stand up and shoot. Advanced, Burpee jump down to a hover in a plank jump up and shoot.


Interval 4 is fast feet. Beginner is fast feet. Intermediate run with high knees. Advanced open legs wide and do wide high knees.


Interval 5 is the core kick series. Beginner is mountain climber, intermediate is a butt kick (plank and jump and kick your self in the butt). Advanced is a donkey kick (from a plank, jump and kick your legs up and out.


Interval 6 is the power lunge series. Beginner is a reverse lunge. Intermediate two jump lunges and hold. Advanced is jumping reverse lunges (keep going without break).


Interval 7 is squat series. Beginner is squat with high punch low punch 2 times then change sides. Intermediate squat punch low come up punch high reverse side. Advanced is 180 degree squat jumps with a punch.


Interval 8 is pogo jumps. Beginner is leg back and forward. One side only. Change legs for next interval. Intermediate. Lunge back come up and bring knee to chest. Advanced. Lunge back jump up into the air bringing fist into the air.


Cool down.
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Now I'm going to refrain from mentioning that MANY reviewers said they are skilled and heavy worker-outers and they nearly died and were dripping sweat.  Oh shit - that wasn't refraining was it?

For those of you who are brave enough to try this - you don't need the DVD.  You can do this on a treadmill or elliptical too.  You just go all out (for example - sprinting if on a treadmill) - so fast you feel like dying for 20 seconds.  Then rest 10 seconds (do nothing but try to catch your breath).  And you do this 8 times for a total of 4 minutes.  And done!

That's beginner Tabata.  It is literally a 4 MINUTE WORKOUT.  They say you should start out by doing one 4 minute workout once a week in between your other normal workouts until you work up to more.  But who am I to ever do what experts "recommend"?  Ima gonna try 50 minutes - day 1.  Let's just be up front and admit I'll be doing the beginner mode of EVERY interval.  I'm no hero.  I'm just stupid.

Anywhoozle, get this!  Rambo has agreed to do this WITH me.  Pick your jaws up off the floor please.  I'm not kidding.  Tomorrow we're giving it a go.

Oh and I'm happy to report that Monday night I did an hour on the treadmill and tonight I did 75 minutes.  1/2 hour of running and the rest was incline work up to 12%. 

Sucked donkey balls but this fat has got to go!

I shall blog about how 'tabata' goes tomorrow if I'm still alive.  The point is that you are toning, gaining endurance, and losing weight/fat faster than going at a moderate pace for twice the time.  It's supposed to be exhilerating and is used in many Olympic training facilities to boost endurance.

So totally me.  Cuz I'm so an Olympian. 

Uh-huh.

17 comments:

Cat said...

Wow. Amazeballs. Please let us know how it goes. Assuming of course you aren't dead. :)

Kelliann said...

I LOVE me some Tabata - do it, girl!! You will love/hate it as much as I do!!!
Can't wait to hear the results!

Angela Pea said...

Yep. My kettle bell workout is pure Tabata intervals. Cardio+weights, all on for five minutes, off for three. I started out with a 30/10 second split and have worked up to the five minutes.

Oh, and when I say 'all on' that means working so hard you think you'll pass out. Then you get to breath for a few minutes and do it all over again!

LOVE IT! And yes, for me, it works.

mallory said...

Can't wait to hear about this tomorrow. I've been really curious about this tabata business.

Jacquie said...

I love Tabata! It will kick your butt and you will love it too!

JOURNEE KAPRI said...

i am going to try this

MandaPanda said...

Looks awesome! Can't wait to hear how it goes. :)

Miss April said...

Never heard of it. Great news on the treadmill time though - keep it up!

Amanda said...

Tabatas are freaking brutal. That said, they also do awesome things for my cardio fitness.

Heck, go for it!

Michelle said...

Let me know how it goes - it sounds intense! At least you have a cute workout partner. :-)

o.c. bandster said...

Love, love, love your post. Because you made me laugh, I will try the damn TABATA as you described it!

(Afterwards, while I am dying on the ground, I will fondly think of you. ha ha)

Joanna said...

Hey, that's what I had to do when I did the Boot Camp. They were called Drill Circuits. They sucked MAJOR donkey balls, but were so effective!!

I felt like a total warrior when I finished my first set. We did 60 seconds at each circuit, and there were 6 circuits. After a week, we did the circuits twice, and the third week we did 90 seconds with three rounds of the circuits. My strength and endurance increased by about 70%!!

I want to hear more about this work-out, and how you like it. I think I might try some Tabata at the gym tomorrow night. :)

Brenda said...

I want to know how it is!!!

trisha said...

ok, I haven't heard of Tobatomatoa, but I HAVE heard of HIIT workouts, some of my MFP talk about doing it. (coincidence all of them are the already super skinny fit ones?! i think NOT....)

Ronnie said...

Ooh, fabulous! I might have to try that, sounds interesting. :)

Kelly said...

Hmm. I've never heard of this Tabata. I'm all over google now as we speak!

Beth Ann said...

We do tabata drills at CrossFit sometimes and my runner friend's swear by tabata sprints. It is amazing how long 4 minutes can be!! :)