Let me be honest by saying, I had never heard of ‘tabata” before taking an exercise science class where one of my former classmates was doing a workout with her client, and I decided to ask what it was and she explained to me that it was called “tabata”. Watching her and her client do the workout made me sick thinking about it, because it was so high intensity and had so many rounds, not to mention the exercises weren’t exactly that easy in the first place (Although there are more beginner tabata workouts for those starting out). Don’t get me wrong, I have done high intensity workouts, and survived just fine, but have never done tabata, and still haven’t done it. I have been thinking about it, but first wanted to see what was all out there and of course there are many different tabata workouts depending on your skill level, goals, and whether you want to use equipment or not. I will begin by saying if one didn’t know any better they would normally call it a regular circuit exercise, but actually tabata is different in nature and I want to share with you what Tabata is and what it does for the body depending on what your goals are.
‘Tabata’ – A form of HIIT training, it consist of eight rounds of ultra high intensity exercises in a specific 20 seconds-on, 10 seconds-off interval. (The video will give you some insight)
What to know about ‘Tabata’:
- Fitness & weight loss benefits
- Short workout usually no more than 20 minutes long, but it can go longer depending on the class and how long you choose to go
- The name was invented by the physician and researcher Dr. Izumi Tabata who conducted a study to see if athletes could benefit from a 20/10 HIIT training.
- Some may argue to say Tabata is not for beginners, I would say, it isn’t something I would start a beginner off with, but one can do it with practice and discipline. A beginner tabata class may be slow paced at first but eventually it will get faster and harder, so one should be at certain fitness level before jumping into this routine.
- Greater risk of injury, because of it being HIIT , something to speak with your doctor about if you have prior injuries or conditions that need to be evaluated before starting Tabata. I would say it is greater risk if you don’t know how to perform the movements with proper form/technique.
- Anaerobic and aerobic capacity increase
I would highly recommend that you watch some videos on Tabata to get an idea of what it is, and the type of exercises that can be included in it. Here is a short list of exercises that are popular:
- mountain climbers
- sit ups
but many more other exercises one can add to their tabata routine. I would also recommend that you wait until you are at a comfortable fitness level (fairly high) so that you can do the exercises with minimal injuries, and are able to keep up with the 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off routine. I hope those of you who have done tabata can share your experience with me and others, letting us know if you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading, please feel free to share this!
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Have any of you ever booked a hotel based on it having a fitness facility (among other amenities) and because you booked a luxury or upscale or semi upscale hotel, you assumed all their amenities would also be that way, but when you arrive and after checking out the place, you are distraught by the size and lack of equipment the hotel gym provided. I know I have many of times, and it bugs me to think that my workout can be compromised because of the lack of equipment. In the recent years that I have booked hotels, I don’t normally book the most expensive hotel and I don’t book the lowest priced hotels, but stay somewhere in the middle if possible and base my search on location, amenities and reviews that I read online (not to mention the pictures) and obviously the price of the room each night. I tend to always like my hotels to come stocked with a gym, because well, I like being able to still workout whenever I am out of town unless provided I am spending more time with someone and less time on my own but it seems like the more hotels that I have gone to, the smaller the gym and more inadequate it is. Almost makes me laugh when I see a gym with one treadmill, one elliptical machine and one dumbbell with a yoga mat (yes this has happened to me before). Most people might find this to not be of a bother because the pool, the hot tub, the space of the room, location, and space inside in the room seem to the most important aspects when others look for hotels, but for me, I want a good quality gym and if not in the hotel, I am always hoping there is one nearby that I have a membership for or I am doomed to use what I have.
I am going to share with you ways to cope with a gym that is lacking when you are staying in a hotel.
- Check out the location of the hotel, is there a gym near you?
- is the hotel located on a safe road where running is a option (outside)
- do you have any family or friends in the area that have a gym membership or can provide you with information on nearby parks, etc
- does the hotel have a gym?
- bring your own equipment (small things) no need to pack the whole gym with you, but bring small dumbbells, kettlebells, TRX, etc with you if you wish to use them
- ask the hotel rep what their gym is like
- make do with what the hotel gym has, if it has cardio machines, use them. If it has one dumbbell and a mat, be creative.
- Look at reviews to get an idea if anyone mentions the gym
- do some online researching to see if any of the hotels in the surrounding area are said to have good quality gym facilities
- how long is your stay, is it going to be a HUGE deal if the gym sucks?
- bring dvds if the room has a dvd player and do workouts via the TV
- is there a swimming pool, if so, use that to get a good workout in. Swimming is a total body exercise
- Go for a walk to nearby shops and eateries, to get out and move
- rent a bike for a day if possible and ride around the area
- you can do crunches, push ups, planks, mountain climbers, supermans, side bends, etc all in your room. NOT ALL EXERCISES REQUIRE A GYM!!
Hopefully this list of ideas will help those of you who have had this same issue. Sometimes you have to prepare for things to not always be perfect, so when you book a hotel, try to think outside of the box, especially when you are expecting a lavish stay and want the works. The gym facility doesn’t have to be top of the line in order to be of use to you. Not all exercises require a gym, sometimes you have to be creative and to be honest with you, as long as it makes sense, creativity can be a great source of exercise. Thank you for reading.
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