I first encountered Tabata workouts when at CrossFit. They’d program 4 movements (like burpees, sit ups, etc.) and you’d do as many repetitions as possible in 20 seconds and then be off for 10. They were HARD workouts, deceptively so, but I left CrossFit those days feeling that “runner’s high” every time. You don’t love it while you’re doing it, but you certainly love it after!
When I saw that Peloton offered several Tabata classes, I cautiously clicked on one. I had the same experience: it was a tough class, but there’s nothing like that feeling! This left me wondering about the origins of Tabata.
Apparently in the 90s, Dr. Izumi Tabata (yes, that’s his name) did some research on the efficiency of high intensity intervals versus long, sustained moderate-intensity exercise. The research found that after six weeks, the test subjects doing high intensity intervals benefited more aerobically AND anaerobically versus just aerobic fitness improvement in the moderate exercisers. It’s more efficient and doesn’t need to be done for quite as long. Adding this in to your routine 2-3 times per week could certain save you quite a bit of time!
It’s not easy, but most things worth doing aren’t. Give it a try if you’ve never done it and let me know what you think!