The Tabata Method was developed in 1996 by Dr. Izumi Tabata of Japan. It involves high-intensity spurts at 170% of one’s VO2 max. The workouts total four minutes and involve 20 seconds of high intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight cycles. The recommended frequency of Tabata workouts is between two and four times per week. Tabata is best for those who are looking for a workout that requires very little time. The Tabata Method can also be performed with strength training movements.
To implement the Tabata Method, try the following:
Start with a three-minute warm-up, then complete 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for each exercise. The exercise combinations are endless but here is the first of many to come:
Star jumps - 20 sec work:10 sec rest x 8
Rotating plank - 20 sec work:10 sec rest x 8
Sit ups - 20 sec work:10 sec rest x 8