Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Workout Wednesday - Body Blaster Tabata

Happy Hump Day!

I wanted to thank everyone for their comments on yesterday's post: Be Kinder to Your Body. Calories are Not the Enemy. It sounds like it resonated with many of you.

Today I wanted to share a new workout with you. I've been working on interval workouts for some of my clients. I try to give them the most bang for their buck (time). I know that in an ideal world, we would all have time to do longer workouts. There would never be scheduling conflicts, sick husbands or kids, or sick us.

In reality, workouts need to be effective and efficient. And they don't have to be lengthy to be effective and efficient either. There's no need to spend hours in a gym to get in a good workout.

Interval workouts like HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) or tabata, or even interval running are great ways to get in a fantastic workout in a short amount of time and have many benefits. You can read more about Tabata workouts here.

The benefits of this type of workout are:

  • Increases metabolic rate for fat loss.
  • Retains muscles because you're engaging them encouraging muscle growth. 
  • Increases anaerobic and aerobic capacity.
  • Saves time!

Also in a perfect world, we'd only have to think about working out to get the full effects and eating pizza every day would be acceptable ;-)

But, since that's not the case, here's a Body Blaster Tabata workout you can do pretty much anywhere.

Please Note: 
As with any workout, please make sure you properly warm up and cool down. If you are a beginner, modify the moves in ways that prevent high impact. As an example, when doing Burpees, do not jump up at the end, do alternating lunges instead of the scissor lunges, try pushups against a wall.

Do you like to do interval style workouts? 

Video examples:
Plie Jacks
Burpee
Low Jacks
Triceps Dips
Mountain Climbers
Scissor Lunges
Up/Down Planks


*Disclaimer: Although I am an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, you should consult a physician before starting any exercise program or diet plan. If you choose to do any of the workouts featured on this website, you do so at your own risk.