Are Tabata Workouts Really That Good?

Tabata Workouts May Not Be For Everyone

The American Council on Exercise sponsored research to evaluate the physiological responses to the popular high-intensity interval workout known as Tabata.

Although deemed highly effective, the Tabata Protocol may not be for everyone.

If you’re just beginning your fitness program and have been more of a couch potato than a coachable fitness buff, you may want to wait a bit before taking on Tabata workouts.

Read on for the short story from the American Council on Exercise

Basically, if you work hard enough, even for just four minutes, you really should be able to get into decent cardiovascular shape. Do the full 20-minute workout shown here and your results will be much better. . . . .

That said, based on the intensity of a Tabata workout, the average non-exerciser should be very careful with this type of training. “It could be potentially dangerous for them to be working this hard,” he says. “Before people even attempt Tabata they probably need to have a pretty decent baseline level of fitness.”

Thus, Emberts recommends only doing Tabata-style workouts two to three times a week with 48 to 72 hours rest between each session. And Porcari puts it all into perspective: “People need to realize that to get into shape, to really reap the benefits of Tabata training, it’s the intensity part that gets you into shape, not the four minutes.”

Four minutes to fitness? Maybe not, but clearly, based on the evidence, short-burst, high-intensity training is the real deal. And adapting Tabata-style training to fit your client’s workouts is without a doubt another very effective approach you can employ to help them achieve their goals.

To get the full story read the American Council on Exercise’s full article.