Tabata training is your ultimate weapon for fat burning. The Tabata method was created by Dr. Izumi Tabata while he was the head coach for Japan’s national speed skating team. The Tabata protocol puts short but intense stress on the body to boost the metabolic rate, increase strength and stamina. When this intense exercise occurs on a regular basis the body increases its resting metabolism to handle the new demands. This means you will begin to burn more calories even when you are resting. A study by Dr. Tabata showed that using his method five days a week for six weeks produced a 14 percent increase in the participants’ aerobic capacity and a 28 percent increase in their anaerobic capacity.
To follow the Tabata protocol it only takes 4 minutes! You begin by picking an exercise and performing it for 20 seconds at your maximum capacity, rest for ten seconds and repeat the cycle seven more times. You can pick any exercise from cardio to strength and could do just one or alternate two exercises. You can also create an entire Tabata workout. Sometimes I pick 5 exercises and do each of them Tabata style and have a nice well rounded half hour workout (including the warm up and cool down). I am going to start posting some Tabata ideas so you can add them into your daily routine. If you want to try it out right now just jog in place as quick as you can for twenty seconds, rest for 10 and repeat for a total of eight rounds. If you aren’t used to exercising this is a great way to get started. Everyone has four minutes to spare, no excuses!