What is all this Tabata about?

As some of you may or may not know, I am on the quest to find fun fitness.  On Wednesday 30 July 2014 I was invited to and took part in a Tabata class conducted by none other than GymNerds at the lovely Synergy Fitness.

Tabata training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo.

The Tabata Program

The Tabata workout lasts only four minutes, but is one of the longest four minutes you’ll encounter. The structure of the program is:

  • Workout hard for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • Complete eight rounds

You push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds until you complete eight sets.

An example of a 20-minute Tabata workout looks like this:

  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Rows
  • Sit ups


GymNerds treated us to a grueling 60 minutes, that is one hour of this Tabata workout, alternating between two exercises in each crippling round.  Yes I said crippling!! I found myself praying for my 10 second rest between sets and the 30 second rest between rounds.  Although tough I could tell this workout would be an effective addition to my programme and now that I can walk properly again (lololol) I would highly recommend it.

GymNerds definitely knows his stuff and was highly attentive to my flailing and uncoordinated limbs offering me suitable (easier) alternatives to each exercise throughout.  So if you are in the Barkingside area on a Wednesday evening at 7pm or a Saturday morning at 9am visit Synergy Fitness and give it a go, it will be £5 well spent (I promise!!!).

Love and Light

The Baking BodyBuilder

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