4-Minute Tabata Workout… Too Good to Be True?

A four-minute workout may sound too good to be true, but when it’s done Tabata-style, it can be the most efficient and effective four minutes of your day.

The secret is in the format: 20 seconds of high-intensity work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Repeat for eight rounds for a total of just four minutes and reap the rewards.

Tabata is a very specific type of HIIT that was originally developed in 1996 by Dr. Izumi Tabata to try and improve the performance of the Japanese speed skating team.

The Tabata Theory

One of the best things about Tabata is that it can be tailored to any fitness level. Remember you are working at YOUR maximum intensity level, which is not one-size-fits-all.

The Benefits of Tabata

If gains are what you are after, lifting your max load for the 20-second duration will help build your strength and muscular endurance.

You can do a quick 4-minute Tabata warm-up or add it on as a finisher. You can stack Tabata for a solid 20-minute workout, resting for 30 seconds after every eight rounds.

How To Tabata

Tabata one: Squats. Tabata two: Pushups on the knees or toes. Tabata three: Alternating forward lunges. Tabata four: Triceps dips on the floor or a chair.

20-Minute Beginner Body Weight Tabata

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