Re: Salty I hate you for even mentioning the word Tabata to me...
Pure Tabata intervals will half-kill you if you are not already in good shape. I wouldn't recommend anyone to jump right into it without some preparation.
Consider what makes Tabata intervels successful? Is it simply intensity? What's the key thing thing here?
Now the key thing here of what Tabata intervels owes its success to is the 100 percent effort for 20 seconds and the just-as-crucial "short rest periods." This semi-explains why other forms of training do so well. Take for instance HIIT (Hight intensity interval training), as well as Circuit training.
Tabata drills is that it doesn't include active rest, in contrast between wind-sprints which may alternate between walking, jogging and sprinting, Tabata drills have 10 second breaks in between. Now the 10 seconds may not feel like much of a relief but it does allow you to push yourself harder than otherwise.
Nonetheless it can be like a bitch-on wheels if you are not ready for it. I think that taking from the idea of shortening the rest periods between your exercises will allow you gradually ease into the groove of Tabata intervals without the feeling like you've been having sex for 24-hours straight.
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