At IntoYou, we are constantly on the lookout for methods of training that make your workout more effective. High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, has long been an effective form of maximising your “bang for your buck”. Tabata Intervals are just another pretty pattern with seconds and exercises, however that does not take anything away from the fact that they are extremely effective. Performing just 20 minutes of Tabata Intervals will elevate your metabolism, and fat burning, for a further 20-30 minutes after you finish training! This is called “post exercise energy consumption” and is important that you harness it if you’re time poor.
Perform each of these exercises for 20 seconds, have 10 seconds rest, then move onto the next exercise. Repeat until you’ve completed 20 minutes in total (or less if you are new to HIIT!):
- Burpee (a modified version, dropping your knees and omitting the pop jump, is more appropriate for post natal women)
- Jump squat, fast squats, or shoulder-weighted squats
- Mountain climber
- Woodchop left side
- Dumbell deadlift and row
- Bike sprint
- Woodchop right side
- Overhead squat and press
- Turkish get-up
If you feel any of these exercises affect your pelvic floor or back, seek professional training advice before continuing this program. For the most part, if you keep your core “SET”, like we’ve taught you in previous blogs, you should be comfortable with everything in this program.