#FitTipFriday: What is Tabata?

I know that I hear the word “Tabata” around the gym and I read it online, but what does the word really mean? I spoke with Katie Mitchell, NAC personal trainer where she explained what Tabata is super simply.

Tabata is: a HIIT workout that lasts for 4 minutes- 20 seconds all out work, as hard as you can go, with a 10 second rest to follow.

HIIT training keeps coming up at the NAC this week as Krista Williams designed a HIIT Partner Workout Program for you and a friend to tackle together each week during September – check it out here! 

Katie often uses Tabata in her personal training as a “finisher,” with either kettlebell swings or squats, just to name a few. Really any exercise can be done in the form of Tabata training.

An example with kettlebell swings would be:

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Katie holding a kettle bell in starting position for a kettlebell swing.

20 sec. KB swings/10 sec rest

20 sec. KB swings/10 sec rest

20 sec. KB swings/10 sec rest

20 sec. KB swings/10 sec rest

20 sec. KB swings/10 sec rest

20 sec. KB swings/10 sec rest

20 sec. KB swings/10 sec rest

20 sec. KB swings/done!

 

 

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