Cardio training for a lot of people is simply a ‘chore’, which they do just to get into shape. There is something more fulfilling and enjoyable about weight training, cardio can get very boring, very quickly! Today, I wanted to show you a slightly unusual approach to fat burning CV exercise, this form of training is known as Tabata Training.
As you know, cardio training is vital in order to keep the fat off your physique for most athletes, however, it can be very time consuming and also very tedious indeed! Tabata can change all of this. So what exactly is Tabata training? The training protocol of Tabata works on the principles of varying intensity during a continuous cycle of training, but for a very short period of time, in fact an entire Tabata workout lasts just four minutes! As an example workout, take kettlebell thrusts for instance. Using the principles of Tabata training, you would perform as many body thrusts with the kettlebell for 20 seconds, then for the next 10 seconds do as many as possible only using your body weight. Following the first ‘set’, you would then repeat this seven more times taking you to a grand total of four minutes workout! The intensity is extreme, when you consider just how hard it would be to do this for 4 minutes, without any break.
So do the Tabata training principles really work, and, is there anything to support these claims? In one word, YES! Studies carried out on individuals using low intensity conventional cardio and others using Tabata certainly proved some interesting points. Individuals using Tabata training only burned half as many calories as those using low intensity cardio for long periods of time; however, they had the benefit of nine times as much fat burning per calorie burned. This is because high intensity cardio done in short periods of time, using the whole body, causes a lot more calories to be used. It also continues to burn body fat for up to four hours after you have finished training. So in short, Tabata in fact showed itself to promote more fat loss in just four minutes than conventional low impact cardio carried out over longer periods of time. I would not replace low impact cardio with Tabata permanently; because I feel high impact cardio like this would cause a degree of muscle loss. However, as an alternative to low impact cardio, IF, you were short on time one day or fancied switching things up, Tabata could be for you!
There you then have a very interesting and new take on cardio, which will just take twenty minutes of your time a week, even if you performed five cardio sessions a week!