This Is the Ultimate Science-Backed 20 Minute Workout

Not to worry if you're new to Tabata. It's actually a very simple concept to learn and can truly revolutionize how you train.Jean-Philippe WALLET / Shutterstock
With today’s busy lifestyle, it can often be hard to fit in that ideal two hour workout a few times a week, which is exactly why people are turning to the solution of Tabata. Amazingly enough, you can replace that two hour workout with just 20 minutes of Tabata and still enjoy amazing benefits to the body and mind.

Not to worry if you’re new to Tabata. It’s actually a very simple concept to learn and can truly revolutionize how you train.

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Where Did Tabata Come From?

Tabata was invented by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata. By definition, Tabata features high-intensity interval training. Dr. Tabata and his team determined that by using these high intensity interval training workouts, people could achieve the same and often better results than by following a traditional two-hour session. What that means for you is you’ll be able to burn the optimum amount of fat and calories in the shortest amount of time possible.

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Creating a Tabata Routine

There’s no need to join a special class, purchase expensive equipment, or read a dozen books just to create a Tabata program that works for you. The basic principle of the program is relatively simple. You will pick an exercise and train at high intensity for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds. You need to do this cycle eight times. To create a 20 minute Tabata routine you can pick a few exercises you want to perform. One important rule though is once you finish eight rounds of the exercise you need to rest for a full one minute before starting the next cycle.

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What Exercises Should You Use?

As far as picking the exercises to use, there are all kinds, which allows you to really cater the program to your own personal needs. You can incorporate such things as squats, push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, sprints, Kettlebell swings, and so much more. Perhaps you may want to focus on a particular area of your body one day then switch it up the next day. Or maybe you’re the type that enjoys variety, so you can address a few areas of your body all in one workout. It’s a wonderfully versatile program, which is another aspect people love about Tabata.

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