The latest fitness craze sweeping the nation is Tabata, a workout routine that involves four minutes of repeated 20-second bursts of exercising with your maximum effort followed by recovering for 10 seconds.

Recent studies have shown that Tabata can help you to shed 13.5 calories each minute and double your metabolic rate for 30 minutes after your workout at least. But how do you get started with Tabata training? For whom is Tabata ideal? What should I know about Tabata before I get started? We’ll answer all this and more.

Who Can Try Tabata?
The truth is that just about everyone can benefit from Tabata training. Depending on your health, however, you may want to start at a more basic level and work your way up at a slower pace.

If you have a previous injury or pre-existing condition such as asthma or heart disease, you should consult with your doctor or physical therapist before trying Tabata training; they may be able to give you more specific guidelines to help with your unique limitations.

If you’re nervous about figuring out a good exercise routine to try out Tabata training with, you can always seek out a trainer or find videos online to coach and guide you through the new experience.

How Do You Get Started with Tabata?
You can use the Tabata training method with almost any workout routine; all it requires is reaching maximum intensity quickly. Great exercises to include when Tabata training can include: burpees, cycling sprints, squat jumps, and mountain climbers.

So long as you keep pushing yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds for a total of four minutes. If you feel more comfortable working with a predesigned routine, you can find videos on YouTube and frequently on streaming services to help guide you along your routine.

You could also find a trainer at your local gym that likely has experience or at least knows about Tabata training to help guide you.

What Should You Know about Tabata Before Starting?
It’s important, when Tabata training, to listen to your body and keep yourself hydrated. Everyone’s maximum effort is different and, the more you do it, the higher the cap on your maximum will go and the harder it will become to reach maximum effort because you’re more fit.

This just means you have to work that much harder to get to your maximum effort cap. It’s recommended that, when using machines like a cycling bike with Tabata training, you opt for the machines with a resistance knob, rather than a tech console so it’s easier to make your quick interval changes. As we said before, if you’re worried about your condition, have a serious condition such as heart disease or uncontrolled asthma, or have recently been injured, you should consult with your doctor before jumping into this workout to prevent any potential harm from happening.

Tabata training is a great way to mix up your regular workout routine, shock your system a little bit by getting you out of a workout rut, and help you to jumpstart your metabolic rate while shedding calories.

Almost anyone, despite current fitness level, can try this amazing training regime of highly intense exercise for 20 second increments followed by ten seconds of rest for four minutes. If you’re new to working out or you’re coming back to it after a long time away, it’s a good idea to start slow and work your way up to the more intense stuff.

If you have serious pre-existing conditions like uncontrolled asthma or heart disease, you should consult with your doctor before trying Tabata training.

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