Tabata training does not sound like one of the most effective fat loss methods you can use to help you reach your physical goals, but it is. So what is it?
What is Tabata training?
Based on a study by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata, the Tabata training technique is about as short and simple as exercise gets:
- Pick an exercise with a light-moderate weight or cardio exercise (more on that below)
- Perform as many reps as possible in 20 seconds
- Rest for 10 seconds
- Repeat 8 times for a total of 4 minutes.
- That's it - Seriously, that's it!
It goes against everything anyone is led to believe about training for fat loss. Whilst long slow cardio training will make you smaller, it will also burn a lot of that hard earned muscle too and take 10 times as long.
With Tabata training, something happens for a long time after you finish your four minutes of work which is hard to explain. It's as though a furnace is burning inside you for hours after the workout finishes, and the science backs this method up as one of the most effective methods of training for pure fat loss. The number one problem people face with tabata is they never feel like they are doing enough in which I respond to give it a go and they quickly go off the idea of doing anything else after that four minutes.
Which exercise to pick for TABATA training?
There are many great exercises you can choose for Tabata training, here are some of my favourites:
- Front squats
- Rowing machine
- Kettlebell swings
The list goes on and on but all that matters is that you give tabata a go! It has become the foundation of my conditioning work when looking to lean out and I do not think can be beaten for convenience, effect, or intensity.