Having been a bride I know how hectic your schedule becomes when you’re working your full time job and planning a wedding in your off time.  It seems like there’s no time to fit in ‘you’ time (grocery shopping, cleaning, hanging out with friends, etc.) let alone a workout.

I have the solution for you and it’s called Tabata!

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

The exercises should feel intense right from the beginning and should be multi-joint, high energy movements. You can train using a true tabata format which is repeating the same exercise for all 8 sets or you can get a better bang for your buck by completing 2 different exercises, alternating after 2 sets or 4 different exercises changing it up after 2 sets of each exercise.

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 do 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.

Here is a sample tabata workout to get you started.


Plank jumping the legs side to side like a pendulum

Push-up to 2 point bridge

Split lunges

After you complete the workout, comment below on how you enjoyed it, how you felt afterwards and any questions you have.  I can’t wait to see what you all think of this type of training and look forward to answering your questions.  Fitness and helping people is my passion in life!

Have a fit day!