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Shut the Tabata up



Interval training is a great way to maximize the use of your exercise time. It involves targeted work sets ( time or reps) and defined rest periods. The work and time periods can vary but they need to be defined to be an interval. Three sets of ten reps is great but it could take 10 minutes or 100. The combinations are limitless but knowing how the body uses energy and what you are preparing it to do are the primary concerns when defining work and rest periods. There are many different types and names for intervals. A tabata work out is an interval work out characterized by eight rounds of :20 all out work followed by :10 rest. In 1996 Izumi Tabata conducted a study on Olympic speed skaters. The study involved four training sessions per week. Each training session involved an eight round session on a bike consisting of :20 seconds of all out work followed by :10 seconds of rest.  The results of this study were pretty impressive. The athletes involved had a sharper increase in V02 max ( how well) over the traditional steady state heart rate trained control group. This gave coaches some element of scientific proof to what they had already known. Train really hard for short periods of time, rest and repeat as opposed to drone on for a long time. Even in the world of exercise going on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on is less effective than just getting to the point. Now you know what Tabata means. With great knowledge comes great responsibility. So when you see an app timer that is called Tabata_____ and it does not contain the properly timed work and rest sequences you know it is an ISIS trap, go no further. Additionally if you hear someone say "hey can we tabata this" when referring to a basic interval that their motives also warrant a closer look.