I tried and conquered the four-minute workout.

thumbs up for Tabata workoutsAs promised, I tried the four-minute workout this morning. Here is my take on it.

  1. You will definitely sweat. Be ready to sweat! I can guarantee if you go at full-out intensity you’ll be dripping by the end of it. Yahoo!
  2. You must be coordinated. So some of the workouts require different positions, make sure you know them ahead of time. You want to perform safely!
  3. You must be organized. Using an app helps here. But know the order of your Tabatas.
  4. You must let go of all self-consciousness. Don’t worry about people staring at you.  Who cares? Haters gonna hate. LOL.
  5. Don’t quit your regular cardio. As great as a four-minute workout is, it does not replace regular cardio (and the benefits from it).

Last night I got busy preparing to try out the four minute workout (aka TABATA workout). I read somewhere online that there are a few apps, so I downloaded one (wasn’t that impressive, can’t believe I paid for it.) At any rate, I set it up on my phone for todays workout and hit the hey. I didn’t make it to the gym this morning because it was too snowy, but the beauty of this workout is that you don’t need any equipment (save your gym clothes + sneaks.) So as soon as I got up, I got ready and hit start button on the app. It kept track of 5 second prep time, 20 seconds of workout and 10 seconds of rest, I just wish it would have had coaching on there so I wouldn’t have to keep referencing a print-out. You know what I mean? Eg: TABATA One: Jumping Jacks. REST. TABATA Two: Mountain Climbers. REST. etc.

At any rate, part way through I was mocked by the peanut gallery wondering what in the heck I was doing. I was informed of how silly I looked (like I really cared.) And also told it wouldn’t replace cardio. Duh. So that’s really the only other point I wanted to make. The TABATA workout was a terrific change of pace and I think it could be a really good challenge. With that said, it DOES NOT replace cardio. The guidelines published by the American College of Sports Medicine suggest 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 5 days a week, or vigorous cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Doing a four-minute workout every day isn’t enough. And if you want to reduce your risk of heart disease,there’s no way around it, you’ve got to incorporate a large dose of cardio into your everyday life.

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