“3…2…1…WORK!” If you ever take a Tabata class, you’ll hear a guy on a recorded track say that about 64 times during the hour long class. Tabata has been one of my favorite forms of working out lately because 1) it’s a different workout but with the same overall class structure every time, and 2) it’s a fun, upbeat way to get your workout in!
Okay, so I know right about now about half of y’all are probably thinking “what in the world is a ‘Tabata‘?!” Let me explain. The technical definition of a Tabata, according to Very Well, is a type of high intensity interval training (aka HIIT; aka the death of me) that follows a specific format:
- 20 seconds of a very high intensity exercise (e.g., sprints)
- 10 seconds of rest
- Repeat 8 times for a total of 4 minutes
So basically one ‘Tabata’ is a set of 8 rounds of exercises, and the entire workout consists of 8 Tabatas (8 rounds of exercises x 8 Tabatas = 64 rounds of HIIT exercises!). The fun part about it is that depending on the class instructor, each round of exercises can be so different, while simultaneously also a great full body workout.
My favorite place to do Tabata classes in Houston is Westmere Fitness! (see photo above, and don’t mind sweaty Gopi on the left 😉 ). Carlos, the owner, is so cool and genuinely seems to care about his customers. If you ever take a class led by Carlos, just mentally prepare yourself beforehand that you’re going to be working out hard. 😉 However, the last few Tabata classes I took there were led by Shira, and I was just as sore after the class! She adds fun twists to every exercise that really make it an awesome full body workout.
Overall, Tabata is a great way to do your workout if you’re struggling to find that motivation from time to time, because it’s not your average workout class that repeats over and over again. Find a class near you and try it out – you’ll be sure to thank me later! 🙂