Traffic today was HORRIBLE!!!! It took me about 10 minutes just to get near to get onto the highway and when I approached, it was DEAD stopped. Not happy with the traffic for making me miss Crossfit I whipped a U-ie and headed home to go for a run. Accomplishing 4.5 miles for the first time in 2 weeks felt awesome but I still felt like I needed something more. That’s when I remembered this little thing I had heard about and read about called a Tabata.
I had first read about Tabata’s on the Fitnessita’s blog. (find it here http://fitnessista.com/). A tabata is a 4 minute blast of a workout. You do 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off or resting). You go through this 8 times and the goal is to keep the same number of reps each time. The smallest number of reps becomes your score for the Tabata. Keep track of the score because when you do the Tabata again, you want to try to beat your previous score. It’s quite motivating and you feel awesome when you put up a new higher score.
Today’s Tabata is actually 3 tabatas in a row, each working a different body part: legs, arms and abs.
Only do as much as you can handle, but push yourself, you’ll be surprised what you can do!
3 tabatas in a row, 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest. Repeat 8 times for a total of 4 minutes.
Keep track of your lowest score to motivate you to go harder the next time.
Tabata #1: air Squats
Tabata #2: crunches or sit-ups
Tabata #3: push-ups
Rest for about for a few minutes between each, no more than 5 and feel the burn in your muscles!!
Printable version 8/21 Tabata