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Tabata Training!

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!

I was always the small kid since I can remember and it was always the same when I started football when I was just 8 years old. This didnt change until I was 16, where for all of my sporting life until that point I hadn't had the luxury of being strong on the field or powerful. I remember I always wanted to have a '6 pack' so I would do around 2,000 sit ups a night (no that is not a typo) but apart from being seriously fit I didn't get many gains in the form of aesthetics. So in the summer of 2006 when I was 16 I bought a 50kg weight set from Argos where I trained my heart out in my bedroom 3 times a week completing a full body circuit and yes, I did grow! As soon I lifted my first weight my arms always seemed to grow well and my chest didn't and that is the same today! Then at the start of 2007 I was fortunate enough to meet for the first time I guy some of you may of heard of, Kris Gethin. It is by no coincidence we share the same sir name, he is my bigger cousin (older as well :)). Kris took me under his wing, gave me a training programme and a diet and said follow this, so I did. Kris probably got 10-20 emails a DAY asking questions because I wanted to learn and wanted to know everything right away! Over the years since then Kris always guided me and put me in touch with Neil Hill who I am blessed enough to call a very close friend today. Neil now guides me with my nutrition and training and that basically explains my background to date. In the last year I have also written masses of articles for various companies and magazines in the industry and I am also the editor in chief of my own magazine which came out January of 2011, Elite Physique Magazine! My future aspirations as an athlete is to achieve a very aesthetic 'beach body', my ideal would be a mini version of Arnie, that classic shape is unbeatable in my opinion. As an individual I strive to always better myself and my knowledge and to help others who are starting out like I was 5 years ago! Above all else, it is an absolutely huge honour to be the online editor of MonsterSupplements.com!

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