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 😉
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…
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:
I love the simplicity and honesty of this:
“There are just three rules and one exception:
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!