My husband has introduced me to Tabata training. I’d never heard of it before but from the sounds of it, it sounded quite uncomplicated and easy. Squats for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds rest? Too easy!
OK I’ve had to eat my words like a pregnant woman eats a buffet.
I’ll let you look up the history of Tabata training yourself – essentially it is a type of high-intensity interval training.
There are many ways to design your Tabata training… we did 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, for a total of 8 rounds for each exercise.
Here’s what we did last weekend:
– Body weight squats
– Push ups
– Hill sprints
NB: for the first time in a LONG time, I nearly felt like spewing on the hill sprints. All I could think about was Arnold Schwarzenegger in Pumping Iron telling me not to be afraid to vomit. (I was a little afraid).
– Sit ups / (I did plank as 5-weeks post-C-section and crunches not recommended)
– Pull ups / (I used 12kg assist)
– Skipping / Running
Plank was very difficult as my core is still shot. But, highlight of the day was that I have dropped my assist weight for pull ups (to less than my pre-pregnancy assist). Which means I’m 12kg away from doing unassisted chins. Yay for me.
Overall the workouts were great…
- Pros: lack of boredom, short workout time, super high intensity (creating an after burn), studies have shown that this type of training improves both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems (whereas aerobic training has minimal or no effect on your anaerobic system)
- Cons: only if you’re afraid to vomit 🙂