Day 4 of #2017TabataChallenge at North Bondi with Anna Kooiman
Back to the grassy knoll of North Bondi, no alcohol allowed, so instead we’ll have some squat jumps to keep us warm and social.
Just in case you’re not sure what all this ‘Tabata’ stuff is about, Dr. Izumi Tabata was a Japanese sport scientist tasked with developing a training protocol for Olympic speed skaters off the ice. His team found that 20 seconds of high intensity work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times, produced the biggest gains in both aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Since then ‘Tabata’s’ have become hugely popular for fitness around the world.
The key to a good Tabata is intensity. Intensity is what makes the magic happen. That’s why the intervals are short – so you can be working as hard as possible. Keeping honest with the rest is also super important otherwise the intensity and the magic drops off. Using a timer or stopwatch is going to help you keep track of both.
If you are looking for a simple, time efficient way to get fit, Tabata’s should definitely be on your list. If you want to tone your legs and bum at the same time, then squat jump Tabata’s as demonstrated by the good-looking crew above, could be the way to go!