All About Tabata

From active.com | By Fara Rosenzweig

Excerpt: “Tabata training is a high-intensity interval training workout, featuring exercises that last four minutes. You push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. This is one set. You complete eight sets of each exercise.

Tabata was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo. Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes to examine the difference between moderate intensity level and high-intensity level training.

They found that athletes who trained at a moderate-intensity level increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). The group that trained at a high-intensity level showed a greater increase in their aerobic system, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

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