Tabata | High Intensity Cardio Workouts | Portland, Oregon

The Tabata WorkoutNo, this isn’t a new and invigorating branch of yoga that involves putting your ear under your foot.  Tabata workouts are incredibly high-intensity cardiovascular workouts that were pioneered in the 1990s by Izumi Tabata.  Essentially, a Tabata workout is a short, high-intensity workout that will help you increase your VO2 max and cardiovascular endurance during the winter months.The workout is done thusly: twenty seconds of 100% maximal effort exercise, followed by ten seconds of rest, repeated eight times.  That’s it.  So, if you were to run this, it would be done by sprinting as hard as possible for twenty seconds, taking a ten second break, then sprinting as hard as possible for another twenty seconds.  It’s a quick workout, done easily within twenty or thirty minutes, including a proper warm-up and cool-down.  However, the workout must be done expressly as instructed; otherwise the benefits won’t be as great.  It also doesn’t need to be done just with running.  Any maximal-effort activity sustained for twenty seconds, followed by ten seconds of rest will do.The Tabata workout is similar to HIIT workouts, through theoretically more intense because everything is done at a maximal effort. Doing work at a maximal effort forces your body to learn to uptake oxygen more effectively.  This increases your VO2 max and cardiovascular strength.  Not bad for a workout that takes under five minutes to perform.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241