Tabata Thursday

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).

Elliptical Machine
20 seconds @ 85+ RPM and 10 seconds @ >55 RPM x 8 sets
Getting much easier, but also first.

Controlled Burpees
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.

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