Tabata Style: Tabata’s are a short version of the classically known HIIT workouts. Tabata means 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest, eight times. This is a great style of workout to do when you only have a couple minutes. Maybe you do it right before you take a shower, when you need a five-minute study break, or right before you go to dinner every night. It only takes four minutes but the beauty of it is you can repeat it as many times as you want and even change the exercises to give yourself some more variation. So, here’s what it might look like.
20 seconds of work
10 seconds of rest
Repeat eight times (aka four minutes)
Complete one exercise for this entire four minutes to help maintain and keep desired intensity. To make the workout longer, simply do another Tabata with a different exercise, or rotate through multiple exercises for a longer period of time!
Sample exercises you can do anywhere:
- Squats: make sure you keep your heels on the ground and your chest up!
o Challenge: make it a jump squat
o Challenge: hold the bottom of a squat during the 10 seconds instead of resting
- Push-ups: no shame in doing them from your knees if it means getting more reps in!
- Walking lunges
- Tricep dips (use a chair or the edge of a couch)
- Plank holds
- Mountain climbers
o Challenge: hold a plank during the 10 seconds instead of resting