What is a Tabata Workout?

Tabata is a special kind of cardiovascular workout in which you get more benefits that many of the traditional workouts that are being performed. The best thing about Tabata style is that you can use any type of workout, like sprinting or weightlifting and add it into the training style. Many people think that this training style is rather new, but it’s been around for quite a while. The developer of this style was Izumi Tabata, a Japanese professor. He used Tabata training techniques on the Olympic skating team of Japan. Tabata is one of the very rare training methods that have incredible cardiovascular and anabolic effects on the body in a very short duration. There was a study which was conducted on cyclists which showed that a 4-minute workout was much more effective than an hour of cycling.

Here’s a little idea of how Tabata Training is performed:

  • 20 seconds of hardcore training. (Pushing the limits)
  • Rest for 10 Seconds
  • Repeat at least 8 times.
  • The whole session should last for 4 minutes.

There are many amazing benefits of Tabata Training. Some of the best are mentioned below, take a look:

Release and Burn Fat

Tabata training raises your metabolism and takes it at its peak as quickly as it can go. This is because your body needs to keep up with the high intensity workout, to do that it burns energy. The metabolism stays high during and after the workout. Which means that you will be burning fat even if you aren’t doing anything. In other types of cardio, the body needs to be taken to a certain fat burring stage to start burning fat, and it ends as soon as you finish your workout. With Tabata training, you burn your fat and keep it burning for hours even if you aren’t training.

Muscle Tissue Protection

With Tabata training, you are always going to gain muscle. In regular cardio, you eat away your muscle to produce more energy. But in the High Intensity Training Method of Tabata, you are stressing the muscle tissues, which tells the brain that more muscle tissue is required there. And as a result of that, your overall muscle to fat ratio goes up.

You Don’t Have to Spare Time

The best thing about Tabata training is that it doesn’t require a lot of time. You don’t need to spare hours for it. All you need are 4 to 8 minutes and you are good to go. This is one of the things that makes Tabata training one of the best workouts ever.

Anaerobic and Aerobic Capacities Increase

Anaerobic capacity is the capacity of the body to produce the maximum amount of energy in the absence of Oxygen, whereas Aerobic capacity is the maximum amount of Oxygen that can be taken up by the body. A study showed that participants that did Tabata training had an increase of 14% in their aerobic capacity and 28% increase in their anaerobic capacity. As a result, they had more stamina, energy and a much more resistance to consistent effort and stress.