Plugging away at a moderate pace on the elliptical may be comfortable, but we all know it’s not effective. If you’re looking for real change, you have to work harder, not longer. In fact, perhaps the most effective workout only takes four minutes. It’s called Tabata. Before you get too excited about your new express workout, just know those four minutes will be the most heart-pounding, sweat-dripping four minutes of your life.
Scroll through for all the details!
Tabata is nothing new. It was actually developed decades ago by the now world-renowned scientist professor Izumi Tabata as a method of training Olympic speed skaters. Today, you’re probably familiar with a version of the training method: HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Tabata takes HIIT a step further. Tabata intervals are shorter (that means shorter rests, too) and more intense than the ones you’re used to. It’s intense in order to deliver results. Over the past 20 years, study after study has confirmed this type of exercise’s ability to improve cardiovascular fitness, boost metabolism, and change body composition. Research shows that Tabata burns over 13 calories per minute.