If you think a short and intense workout is your saviour in your busy life, you might like to try this 4 minute one. It uses the method called Tabata. It’s named after the Japanese researcher called Professor Izumi Tabata who came up with this method.
It’s an extremely short workout system. You simply exercise all out for 4 minutes. I’ll give you the workout plan in a moment.
Understand this concept for this to work ...
To make up for the benefit of spending only 4 minutes for your workout, you have to exercise at your maximum intensity. It’s cramming about 2 hours of moderate exercise into 4 minutes. At the end of it, you feel like you’re lucky to be alive.
If you’re up for this challenge, here’s the workout plan.
You’ll need a reliable sport timer as the timing is critical for this method to work.
Choose a whole body exercise. (See the recommended exercises below.)
And then …
Repeat this cycle 8 times continuously. This makes a total of 4 minutes.
Now, even though you can choose any exercise, here are some I’d really recommend for this workout.
So, What Are The Benefits Of This Method?
Obviously, you save time since it only takes 4 minutes.
You’ll lose fat effectively. Your body will have a higher metabolism for days afterwards.
The reason is that this intense workout is like having a tsunami hit your body. So, it has to wake up suddenly and start re-building quickly. That’s why this is a good way to break through a fat loss plateau as well.
But There’s One Not Very Appealing Thing …
It’s 4 minutes of complete and absolute torture.
In fact, if you don’t feel like you’re completely wiped afterwards, you haven’t done the workout properly. So, you won’t get the full benefits.
Warning: don’t try the tabata if you’re not already reasonably fit.
They don’t call this intense for nothing you know.
So, What’s My Take On This Intense Workout Method?
Well, to tell you the truth, I choose not to do it.
I don’t mind hard workouts, but there’s a limit. If I feel like it’s better to be dead than alive during the workout, I’d rather not do it.
I do longer and easier interval workouts. Note that I don’t say “easy”. Just “easier”. At least you won’t feel like you’d be better off dead during the workout.
I don’t believe in torturing myself to the extreme. That’s all.
If you feel the same way, you’d be much better off doing these longer and easier workouts. Check them out here. They’re mostly about 20 minutes or even less.
But you know what? Everybody is different.
There’re people who have successfully used this tabata method and lost weight and got ripped. If torture doesn’t deter them, good for them.
Just because it’s not for me doesn’t mean it’s not for you. At least, you can try this tabata intense workout and decide for yourself.
But don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;-)