Here's What Tabata Really Means...And Why You Should Be Doing It

By Katrina Scott on

Heyyyy babe! It’s week 4 of your Summer Series and you're doing incredible! By now you’re hitting your stride, which is THE perfect time to switch things up to avoid hitting a plateau. So what’s a HIIT lovin’ babe’s next move? Tabata! It’s one of my fave forms of high intensity interval training because the rounds are short (just 20 seconds each!), sweaty, and seriously effective. And TODAY in your Tone It Up app I’ve got a brand new Tabata Tone workout just for you! In just 20 minutes, you’ll rev your metabolism like crazy, tone your total body, and build endurance you didn’t know you had! This was THE hardest workout I’ve done since having Bella! Soooo many jump squats 🔥💪 Keep reading to learn what Tabata really means, how it works, and why you should get your cute booty to Tabata Tone with me! Can’t wait to see ya in the Studio! xxo, Kat

Wait, What’s Tabata Again?

You’ve heard of HIIT, now how about Tabata? As if high intensity interval training wasn’t tough enough, Tabata takes HIIT up a notch! So how are they different? Tabata is an even MORE intense form of HIIT where the intervals are shorter — and so are the rest periods. The basic structure looks like this: ✔️Go all out for 20 seconds ✔️Rest for 10 seconds ✔️Complete 8 rounds Traditionally, all 8 rounds will be just one exercise. Yup, that’s A LOT of jump lunges (or whatever move you choose). If you do the math, that’s 4 minutes to be exact! On a scale of 1 (cake) to 10 (omg this is the hardest workout everrrr), you’re aiming for an 11! 🔥🔥🔥

The Benefits of Tabata

Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata developed his namesake protocol as a method of training Olympic speed skaters. Compared to a 60-minute steady state cardio session, athletes who did just 4 minutes of Tabata showed better cardiovascular fitness, boosted metabolism, and leaner body composition. Like all forms of HIIT, Tabata also gets your heart rate up fast and burns more energy in less time. And thanks to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), aka the after-burn effect, you’ll keep on burnin’ long after your workout ends. Not bad for just 4 minutes of work! And why stop there? In today’s Tabata Tone routine in your Tone It Up app, you’ll get FOUR Tabatas in a single workout, so you’re guaranteed to sweat, sculpt, and get amazing results! Unlike the traditional form of Tabata, each block alternates between two moves so you never get bored. Head to your Tone It Up app for the complete Tabata Tone workout...and so many more HIIT routines On Demand! The Tone It Up App will help you achieve your fitness and workout goals. Strengthen and tone your butt, abs, back, legs and total body.  

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