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Tabata Attempt #1

So, in reference to my original post on the subject of Tabata training…:

It was the gym tonight, and I tried out the routine mentioned in the above post (20/10 interval training on a treadmill, with the incline set high to keep the speed down, so jumping on and off can be done without severe injury).

In total, 12 minutes including the warm-up. Certainly a killer! I could probably have bumped up the speed a little bit, but I didn’t want to risk taking a tumble when still getting used to the system. And it did feel a little strange to be jumping to straddle the treadmill every 20 seconds.

But it felt right. To be specific, it felt like I was being pushed as in Judo Randori or Shiai. Very equivalent: Bursts of doing something, then a rest period.

After that, some cable-pulley work and some very experimental squats with a barbell. I need to go back to this when I return to work and my usual gym, so a good way of warning my body 😉

Tabata fever: Treadmill

Ah, so Tabata training CAN be performed on a treadmill.

This is a run Tabata on treadmills done at 12% grades, and an appropriate speed for the individual. They will start with a warm-up and then get into 20:10 x 8! Foot pull speed is very important as the slower the pull you will begin to push and end up fatiguing much sooner.

Video, courtesy of CrossFit and Newport Beach.

20:10 is the typical Tabata interval (20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest).

Speeds used: 7 – 7.5mph.

Not that I will actually have much access to a treadmill over the Christmas period. Hmm, will have to translate it to a track somewhere…

Within the box

It was probably the last Boxercise circuit class today for this year (It is a work gym and I’m off work for Christmas shortly). People are certainly dropping out for the usual seasonal reasons: Only three people were there!

Anything which encourages movement as well as a work-out is definitely what I am after. It’s also semi-interval training-esque (60 seconds of work-out, then 10-15 seconds rest as you change partner, repeat!)

And this seems a great link for more information on the whole Tabata thing:

Tabata Intervals.

Thin Simplicity

I love the simplicity and honesty of this:

“There are just three rules and one exception:
No Snacks
No Sweets
No Seconds

Except (sometimes) on days that start with ‘S'”

The No S Diet.

I’ve not made the best start on this conditioning. Pizza, and that’s not a good combination with both Christmas and access to Judo restricted over the period.

That said, if I think back to when I first started getting fit, it was just before Christmas when I joined a gym and got started on all of this!