Friday, April 11, 2008

Tabata intervals

I tried the so called 'Tabata intervals' today for the first time. 

The protocol consists of eight 20-second maximal sprints, with a 10-second recovery period after each sprint. So the whole exercise takes only four minutes. 

Naturally you should reserve time for a warm up and down in addition to this tough exercise.

Tabata intervals are based on the famous 1996 study lead by Dr. Izumi Tabata in Japan. The study showed that this simple and short exercise is very effective for raising your VO2max.

Also in this blog there was a posting about the same subject recently.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The study also showed a 25% increase in anaerobic capacity vs. no increase in a group who trained at 70% VO2 max 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The tabata group trained with tabata intervals 5 days a week for 6 weeks.