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Tabata Interval training

The Tabata Protocol: A 4 Minute Fat Burning Cardio Workout

What if I told you that you could get all the fat burning benefits of an hour long cardio session in just 4 minutes?  What’s the downside?  You have to exercise harder and more intensely than you ever have before.  Still with me?  Then I’d like to introduce you to the Tabata protocol.

The Tabata protocol is named after Izumi Tabata, a former researcher at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Japan.  Tabata evaluated a high intensity interval training routine developed by the coach of the Japanese speed skating team.  The routine involves maximal effort sprinting for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest.  This is repeated for 6-8 sets for a total of 4 minutes.

4 Minutes of Pain

Now this may sound easy on paper, but once you sprint all out for 20 seconds and have almost no time to rest, you get winded very easily.  It’s not uncommon to feel nauseous after completing this routine.  Needless to say, this routine was used with world class athletes.