Tabata is a form of high-intensity interval training (HITT) that alternates short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with short periods of rest.
Tabata was originally created by Izumi Tabata, Ph.D in Tokoyo at the National Institute for Fitness and Sports – this guy knows his stuff! His method alternates between 20 seconds of maximal effort, followed by 10 seconds of rest, and then repeated for 8 total rounds.
If you’re not accustomed to working at this anaerobic intensity, this fitness class can be quite challenging!
Visualize yourself doing an all-out sprint for 20 seconds followed by a slow walk for 10 seconds, and then repeat it for a total of 8 rounds. The great thing about Tabata training is that it can be done with any exercise imaginable. For our classes we use bodyweight, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, bands, and plyo boxes.
Tabata will burn fat, build muscle, tighten and tone, force your body to shed unwanted weight, greatly improve your cardiovascular efficiency, and even improve your basal metabolic rate and overall metabolism.
Our favorite part about Tabata is something we call the afterburn effect. You’ll burn a ton of calories during the class, but the best part is, you’ll continue to burn more calories after the class as well. Your metabolism gets super stoked performing Tabata and you’ll leave the class as a calorie-burning machine.
And no worries, Tabata works for all fitness levels as you are in control of how hard you push yourself on each exercise.
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Our Tabata classes in Schaumburg are taught by Sylvia Ott-Durkin.
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