Do you Tabata?

>> Thursday, April 23, 2015

It was over 70 degrees on Saturday. I walked around the yard barefoot and drank a huge glass of wine while we cooked veggies and flatbread on the grill. “Ahhhhhh," I thought. "Spring has finally arrived!” And then today I woke up to the sound of wind. I immediately discovered grey skies spitting out fat snowflakes. My heart dropped in my chest and I had to go dig out my running tights, hat, and vest.

But I did it!

Today’s workout:
  • 1 mile stroller run. The BOB was only full for .5 mile. Then I dropped Ada off an got a 33-pound break on the way home. 
  • 10 minutes body weight + kettlebell moves (pushups, burpees, planks, squats, mountain climbers, swings, etc.)
  • 1 mile interval run
  • 10 minutes body weight + kettlebell
  • 1 mile all-out run
BOOM! I haven’t exercised at a high intensity in quite some time, so it felt both grueling and amazing. I’m pretty sore right now, and I’d like to try and do something like this at least once a week. I need to learn or at least write down some more body weight exercises so I don’t just keep doing burpees when my mind blanks.

What are you favorites?


I’m really intrigued by this whole Tabata thing, you guys. I know some of you have commented on posts in the past when I’ve asked about different at-home workouts to try . . . and I definitely stored the word in the way, way back of my mind. I’ve been researching an article on fitness videos, and it finally clicked today.

Tabata sounds, well, awesome.

For those of you unfamiliar, this method of working out was created by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers. The gist is that you do high intensity moves in a 10/20 format. So, 10 seconds of rest with 20 seconds of work for eight cycles, which equals just four minutes total. Tabata works on both aerobic and anaerobic systems with quite a powerful punch in such a short time. You can read more about it here.

In addition to all the miles I slog, I know I need to get more intense bursts of activity and strength into my routine. (Which is why I mixed stuff up today.) The moves you do for Tabata workouts are really just body weight stuff. Pushups, planks, squats, kettlebells, etc. Anything and everything that works large muscle groups. I just love that it ’s SHORT. (Of course, you can string them together as well.)

Anyway, here’s a great example:

Do you Tabata?

Any good videos or workouts to share?

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