The GymIt team loves to see our members busting their butts in the gym—even if they don’t have a lot of time to get in a long session! And for time-crunched days, we’re all about a Tabata workout.
This interval-style exercise, created by Japanese researcher and doctor Dr. Izumi Tabata, is a high-intensity workout that helps you burn calories, bump up your heart rate and metabolism, improve your cardiovascular fitness, and gives you a great sweat. A “true” Tabata interval lasts just 4 minutes: 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest.
You read that right: a 4-minute workout! But don’t let the short time domain fool you: the quick 2:1 work to rest ratio allows you to keep your intensity super high, meaning you could end up doing more work in less time compared to a long, low-intensity aerobic session.
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