In 1996, Dr. Izumi Tabata introduced a select group of septuagenarians to one of the most diabolically effective training methods ever conceived by the mind of man:
And for the next 13 years, these four women endured the physical torments of Dr. Tabata’s training protocol.
I am pleased to say, that after 13 years, not only have these women completely transformed their bodies, they have each carved out lucrative careers as female fitness models….just kidding.
Aside from burning off pounds and pounds of excess body-fat, Tabata Training can help you:
How’s that for a fitness training method?
The basis for all of the excitement surrounding Tabata Training comes from the good doctor’s 1996 research study published in the journal – Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
In that study, Dr. Tabata concluded that high-intensity intermittent training (HIIT) was a much more effective and efficient training method than tradional cardio training.
Not only was Tabata Training more effective at improving anaerobic endurance, it was also more effective at improving aerobic or cardio-vascular endurance.
Dr. Tabata believed that the reason behind the success of his training protocol was:
The good doctor believed that exercising at a high level of intensity for a short period of time was more effective than exercising at a low intensity for a long duration.
And he wasn’t alone.
Ever since Dr. Tabata released the scientific genie from the bottle in 1996, other researchers have built upon his work. Here are just a sample of the available research:
And there is lots more where this came from.
I just did a quick PubMed search and came up with 1110 studies related to Tabata’s work.
Dr. Tabata’s training method is a very specific version of High Intensity Interval (or Intermittent) Training.
In his 1996 study, Dr. Tabata had seven subjects perform:
And still, the Tabata workouts were more effective than the cardio-vascular workouts.
I am glad you asked.
In tomorrow’s post, I will give you two Tabata style workouts.
Each workout is to be performed 2x per week for the next 6 weeks.
I guarantee that those of you willing to give this program a serious effort will see some serious improvements in their physique and their overall level of fitness.
And while it’s not required, I highly recommend using an interval timer with your Tabatas. Trying to watch the clock an do these workouts is a real pain in the butt.