Alright – so lately I’ve seen several posts on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest about “four-minute workouts.” I thought it must be bollocks because I’ve always been under the impression that to get the best results you need slow, controlled movements. So I started to dig in a little deeper to learn more about these work outs and came across loads of articles about TABATA (which is what these four-minute workouts are modelled after.)
Am I the only one living in the dark-ages? How come I’ve never heard of this little gem before now?
“Tabata” is the name of a particular type of workout program that provides similar health benefits to cardio workouts, but it’s a little more challenging in a sense. Instead of spending 45 minutes to an hour on cardio, Tabata can be completed in just four (4) minutes!!!! This type of training falls under the category of high intensity training or high intensity interval training.
History: (from tabatatraining.org):
Tabata was founded by a Japanese scientist named Izumi Tabata and fellow colleagues at a department of physiology in Japan. Izumi and his fellow scientists decided to conduct a study to compare moderate intensity training with high intensity training.
He conducted the tests on 2 groups of athletes; 1 of the groups used the moderate intensity interval training and the other using high intensity interval training.
In group one; the athletes were training in moderate intensity workouts (70% intensity) for five days a week for a total of six weeks with each training session lasting an hour.
Group two trained in the high intensity workouts for 4 days a week for a total of 6 weeks with each session lasting 4 minutes, at 20 seconds of intense training (170% intensity) and 10 seconds of rest.
Apparently, most people do not complete this correctly so the results vary. So saying that it’s more effective than running thirty minutes may be outlandish for one person and not the next. So because I’m still not totally convinced that it would feel like exercising, I decided to try it out tomorrow at the gym – why not, eh? I’ll report back tomorrow. Hope I don’t embarrass myself!
Here is the workout from FitSugar.com: