This week’s “HIIT Day Wednesday” post features an example of a killer interval training regimen, which can be performed with multiple mediums at any gym – running on the treadmill, cycling/spinning, elliptical, and even weights!
I am recommending Tabata Intervals. Yes, this form of interval training is widely discussed in the fitness literature and can be considered one the the many “fitness trends.” I incorporate this type of training in my spin classes as well as running on the treadmill – and, wow, I always feel the burn!
Specifically, Tabata Intervals consist of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of recovery. Each 20-10 repetition is performed 8 times (sets), or approximately 4 minutes. Work, whether it is on a treadmill, bike, or elliptical, consists of a fast, all-out sprint (but always in control!). Recovery consists of a slower pace or jog. If you apply this type of interval training to weight-lifting, perform as many repetitions as you can within 20 seconds (maintaining good form is critical) followed by a 10 second rest period.
The Apple store features a very beneficial application called “Tabata Timer,” which keeps track of each 20-10 repetition, beeps at the beginning and end of each interval, and hosts a clear easy-to-read display.
For more information about Tabata training, visit http://tabatatraining.org/?p=18
Have you ever tried Tabata training? If so, please comment below and share your thoughts! If not… have questions? Ask below!