The plan today was to step up the intensity.
Rest assured we did.
The Tabata Protocol is basically 20 seconds of sprint followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 repetitions. This often translates into four minutes of hell. And then a two minute break.
We did four exercises by the protocol, (although admittedly the rests often stretched to 15 or 20 seconds, so we could survive).
20 seconds @ 85+ RPM and 10 seconds @ >55 RPM x 8 sets
Getting much easier, but also first.
5 repetitions and 10 seconds rest x 8 sets
Squat, hands on floor, step back each leg to high plank, hand release push up, step up with each leg into squat, stand. In pain and breathless.
Dumbbell Clean & Press
5 repetitions @ 30# and 10 seconds rest x 8 sets
At this point just trying to make it to the end.
Swiss Ball Crunches (Myotatic Crunch)
10 repetitions and 10 seconds rest x 8 sets
Stomach cramps on the outside.
This was a great workout for us.
Right at the edge of what we could do in half an hour.