Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tabata ideas

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I found out this week, by sneakily reading a friends facebook page, Gymboss (the wee little gadget that I just LOVE) has its own iPhone app.  My hubby has downloaded it for his gym sessions. I still think the small clip-on version is better than taking your iPhone to the gym, but its somewhere to start.

There are loads of ways to use the Gymboss, but I thought I might post some Tabata ideas to help you along the way. Remember that Tabata is about flat-out rock-hard work. You may not be able to finish all 8 rounds - AND you should try to perform as many reps as possible in the 20 secs work set. And yes making funny grunting noises is permitted!

Bodyweight squats  although when I do the squats rather than walk around for 10 seconds, I hold the squat in the down position, your legs will just burn.
Sprints  I forgot just how hard it is to sprint - it seemed so easy when I was at school!
Try these exercises too, burpees, squat jumps, lunge jumps, dumbbell or kettlebell swings, exercise bike (for some reason this one just kills me! - I keep the cadence about 120 rpm with high resistance)

My friend Jane over at has a great article on Tabata thats worth checking out too! And I believe is bringing Tabata to Toronto! I might just head over and try one of those classes!

Whats your favourite Tabata exercise?


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