Intense wrote:Sorry to criticize and to spoil the fun but these routines being posted are not the types of workouts Dr. Tabata prescribed. 1 4 minute set balls to the wall with an exercise that should be challenging enough to make you fail and to have you on the ground gasping for breath...Olympic athletes testing this fell to the floor unable to do anything else after 4-5 minutes so when i see 10-20 minute "Tabata" routines i get skeptical.
If you want to extend the routine simply do a true 4 minute tabata set with a hard exercise. I suggest sprinting(hardest) or punch out drills. After that jog around skip rope and just do things for 10 more minutes....but please don't call what you do after the first 4 minutes tabata.
Not spoiling any fun.
When I do my tabata cycles, I give my all every 20 second interval, and am ready to die after the 4 minutes, trust me. But after a minute rest I am able to go again. Sure the 2nd one won't be quite as intense, nor the 3rd as intense as the 2nd, because exhaustion is now accumulating.
But that does not make what I do any less "tabata" just because I don't stop after the first four minutes. Trust me, I cannot possibly work any harder than I do, during every single high intensity cycle. I may be exhausted and physically incapable of punching as fast, or doing burpees as fast, but I am still pushing as fast as I fucking can.
So, you can consider me as doing 1 tabata with a 12 minute finisher if you want. That more acceptable to your grammatical palette? :P
The beauty of doing tabatas this way, as opposed to how the man himself put them out, is we get the benefit of working through exhaustion. I want to learn to keep working even when I am gasping for air, so what better time to do that then when exhaustion is accumulating?
To me all that is required for a tabata cycle to be called that is a 2 to 1 ratio or work/rest or work relief, where the work intervals are as hard and intense as you can possibly do. My workouts meet that criteria. The fact I do a few back to back does not mean I am not trying 100 percent during the work cycles, it is a testament to my mental toughness and my improved recovery time that I worked so god damned hard for.