Sports News Article
Published: 1st February 2012
by Kelly Gorringe, Personal Fitness Trainer based in Berkhamsted
A short burst interval training system.
It’s great for many reasons but most importantly you don’t need any equipment and it can be done anywhere and it only takes 4 MINUTES.
Most people hit the gym jump onto a piece of equipment like a treadmill, cross trainer or a bike. They do the same exercises week in week out. They struggle to lose body fat, change body shape and as a consequence lose motivation. Incorporating some tabata training into a gym or home programme has many benefits. I’ll give you two great reasons why you should use the Tabata Training Method instead of long distance running and other long hours of cardio training.
One of the down sizes of doing long distance running or any cardio training is that it takes too long – not only to do, but for time for your heart rate and metabolism to shoot up. Because it takes time, you’ll have to work longer and harder in order to see the results (losing fat and/or improving cardio). However, with Tabata, you can gain more results in less time.
If you don’t know already, Tabata is a four minute session. Each Tabata has 8 intervals of which you exercise at a very high intensity for 20 seconds. After 20 seconds, you have 10 seconds to rest. Tabata is a form of high intensity training and one of the benefits of high intensity training is that it can boost your metabolism and heart rate up in a matter of seconds. Long distance running requires anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 in order to get your heart rate up. Not only that but you have to maintain that heart rate for the rest of the jog to get your body to burn fat.
2. Losing Fat
Tabata training will raise your metabolism and heart rate up in no time. Because you are performing these exercises at a very high intensity, your body will have to work much harder to keep up. This will cause your heart to pump faster and your metabolism to rise; which you want if you are planning on losing fat. Your metabolism will stay at a high not only during the workout, but after the workout as well. This means that your body will be burning fat even when you aren’t doing anything.
Having said all of the above, due to the high intensity of this type of workout I would always recommend a visit to your GP if you are new to exercise. It’s always worth getting your blood pressure checked before embarking on a new fitness programme. Within my free consultation I offer blood pressure check, body composition analysis including - body fat, hydration and lean muscle tissue measurements. I can help you set realistic fitness goals and give advice on how to incorporate this type of training into your current sessions.
For more information about Kelly Gorringe and her personal fitness training call Kelly on 07711 500033 or visit http://www.berkhamstedoutdoorfitness.co.uk/
Author: Kelly Gorringe
Kelly has been in the fitness industry since 2001. She offers personal / group training and runs the Metafit Classes in Berkhamsted. See http://berkhamstedfitness.com