Tabata Training

Heard of Tabata training? Gym classes are popping up nationwide in aid of this new found craze and it's hardly surprising. This high intensity interval training certainly is intense but there are many benefits involved. Not only is this quick to carry out, but it can be extremely beneficial when it comes to burning fat. We've weighed up the pros and the cons so that you can decide whether this type of training is right for you. 


How It Works:

This training typically works by carrying out 20 seconds of high intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of short rest. The optimum time to carry out this exercise is 16 minutes in total. After this point, your body will certainly be feeling fatigued along with the satisfaction that usually comes after a long grueling gym session. 

See below for the exercises that you could choose for Tabata training: 

  • Mountain Climbers
  • Burpees
  • Sit-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Squats
  • Crunches
  • Sprints
  • Spinning (cycling)
  • Shoulder Presses
  • Leg raises



The advantage of Tabata training is that you can use any almost any exercise move you wish. The short spurts of impulsive exercise causes your heart rate and metabolism to increase immediately which is ideal for losing weight.

Another benefit of carrying out this method is that your metabolism will stay at a high even after you have finished your session meaning that your body will continue to burn fat for hours after. 



Although the above sounds great, there are some important factors to consider. Firstly, Tabata training should not be carried out if you're just starting out with the whole 'fitness thing'. It is called high intensity because it sees you working at your absolute maximum which carries the risk of becoming too much for beginners - you don't want to be put off by feeling nauseous after the first session. Instead, build up your fitness levels and give it a try when you are feeling up to a challenge. 

Another limitation is having a lack of variety involved and you may become bored with the exercise that you have chosen. Pushing through this exercise flat out for 16 minutes can become monotonous for anybody so make sure you choose an exercise that you enjoy. Another way around this is by taking part in a class, for example a spin class. By doing the Tabata training session on the bike, not only does the motion keep you going but the people around you will keep you motivated and determined to reach the end.


Overall, we think that this is a great way to challenge your body (if you can manage this). Not only is it great those who are time-poor but it is one of the most effective training methods for burning fat. What's not to love?