Do you have great experiences that you just have to share with the world?  I had one this past weekend.  I had the opportunity to take a training course with one of my favorite fitness professionals, Mindy Mylrea.  She is the creator of Tabata BootcampTM which I think will be the next fitness craze in North America (move over Zumba…there’s a new workout in town).  Her energetic personality and ability to speak to people are just a couple of the many reasons she is so successful.  As a group we were definitely kept alert with the 3 workouts and dirty jokes Mindy worked into the training (we don’t play with shriveled balls & a true Tabata is like an orgasm) just to list a few. 

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So, what the heck is Tabata? 

Tabata was founded in Japan by Izumi Tabata. He conducted tests on two groups of athletes; comparing moderate high intensity training with high intensity interval training.

The results were that the athletes training in high intensity interval training improved their aerobic systems as well as their anaerobic system. The athletes who did the moderate high intensity training only improved their aerobic system and had little to no increase in their anaerobic system.

Any exercise can be incorporated into the Tabata training. However the basic outline of the Tabata training method are as follows:
•     4 minutes long (whole Tabata Session)
•     20 seconds of intense training
•     10 seconds of rest
•     Total of 8 sessions or rounds

Doesn’t seem too bad right?  Wrong!  This style of training is intense and takes your body a while to recover.  You wouldn’t be able to to a true Tabata training again until a few days later.  Maximum you would do this style of training is 2 maybe(that’s a big maybe) 3 times a week.  It’s very demanding on your body and your cardiovascular system.  A great way to improve your lungs and O2 (oxygen) consumption.

If you want to learn more about Tabata BootcampTM as a business you need to check out the facebook page and get certified by her.  Need a visual? Check out Mindy’s youtube page.  I guarentee your participants are going to be begging you to teach this class and pretty soon we will be seeing this format as a standard in commercial gyms.

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