Tabata, also known as the interval workout, can take less than 8-20 minutes to complete. And hey, just because it is quick does not mean you won’t be sweaty and breathless at the end.
Let’s put it this way, if you’re still breathing easy and dry as toast, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s how to get started with Tabata. All you will need is yourself and about 10 minutes.
Do each exercise for 20 seconds, as vigorously as you can, then rest for ten, and repeat for each exercise 5-10 times.
Oh, also, ALWAYS STRETCH BEFORE AND AFTER.
- Hindu Squats
Rather than stopping midway, like a normal squat, drop your butt towards the floor until your fingertips brush the ground. Rise back up. Do as many as you can for 20 seconds and don’t give into the burn!
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Oh yes, these are intense. But hey, it’s only for 20 seconds! From the standing position, drop to a squat with your hands on the floor. Kick your feet out behind you like you’re about to do a push-up and keep your arms fully extended (add a push up or 3 if you’d like). Then, pull your feet back into the squat position and spring up, clapping your hands over your head.
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- Toe-Touch Crunch
Lying on your back, reach your arms and legs toward the sky and pull your upper and lower body off the ground while you try to touch your toes without bending your arms or legs. Now that’s what I call Ab-intense.
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- High Knee
Standing in place or moving, lift one knee at a time up to your chest. Try not to lean down or use your hands to lift your leg. Use that muscle.
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