Tabata… What?


If you want to lose fat, increase your anaerobic and areobic capacity and raise your metabloism to a higher gear in a short amount of time then a Tabata workout is for you!

The Tabata workout protocol was discovered by Dr. Izumi Tabata a Japanese physician and researcher.  He conducted a six week study using two groups of athletes.  One group was instructed to workout at a moderate pace 1 hour a day, five times a week.  The other group worked out using Tabata style interval training.  The Tabata style training requires the participant to workout hard for 20 seconds then rest for 10 seconds and repeat each interval 8 times before resting.  The group that trained using the Tabata interval training not only increased their aerobic capacity but increased their anaerobic capacity by 28%.

What is the benefit of having a better anaerobic capacity?  Anaerobic capacity is the ability for your body to perform without oxygen, compared to aerobic capacity that requires oxygen for the body to function.  When your body is trained in an anaerobic way the body becomes more efficient using ATP (Adenosine triphosphate). ATP is fuel that comes from the food we eat.  When our body is oxygen starved such as during Tabata training it must us ATP to provide our muscles with energy.  Improving the system of using ATP for energy, increases the level in which our metabolism runs.  This increases our fat/energy burning system.  It also improves our ability to recover quickly from short bursts of activities and increases our endurance levels because our body now efficiently provides fuel for the muscles to burn.

At Evolution fitness, we’ve used Tabata training in our finishers for years.  Now there’s a whole class of Tabata training.  Check out Express C this month.  To get the most out of Tabata training, you must push yourself hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds but be ready to hit it hard again when your hear the buzzer.  By the end of the 8th set you should feel oxygen deprived and ready for the minute rest.  As always, remember to use good form.  As the month goes by increase your intensity as your exercise form improves.

Put your Metabolism in high gear!  Get ready to improve your recovery and endurance time in just 30 minutes.

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