Tabata: A fancy sounding word for just four minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT).
A tabata is eight rounds of 20 seconds of work + 10 seconds of rest. Tabatas are a great way to increase your fitness in a short amount of time. During the 20 seconds of work, you’re going all out. This type of program is high intensity, so make sure you have a decent fitness base before trying some of the more difficult exercises.
The eight rounds add up to just 4 minutes, which means that it’s really easy to squeeze them into your day. They’re the perfect break from studying to get your heart rate up and clear your head. If you don’t have time to get to the gym one day, you definitely have a few four-minute breaks here and there to fit a tabata in. (more…)