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I'm just getting ready to go super excited to being running in Circles this weekend. The weather looks great so it should be fun.
Today I did an easy WOD Tabata abs and push ups. Well the push ups were hard I'm not going to lie. 20 seconds of exercise and 10 seconds rest 8 rounds rest 3 min. In between before going to the next Tabata workout.
Heres a little beta about Tabata
The Tabata interval training method is simple:
Train at a high intensity for 20 seconds
Rest for 10 seconds.
Repeat as many times as desired.
How Tabata method was developed
Everyone has heard about interval training; it has been around for many decades. In an interval training session, intervals of high-intensity exercise are interspersed with intervals of rest. Since the training is intense, it is a great method for improving both aerobic and anaerobic fitness.
The training session intervals may be varied in three ways: the intensity (speed), the work period, and the rest period may each or all be varied. With so many possible variations and without an accurate analysis of the aerobic and anaerobic energy demands of each variation, one cannot say which variation is more effective, or which variations place the same demands on the body’s energy systems.
In the late 1990’s, Izumi Tabata and his colleagues at the Japanese Institute of Fitness and Sport measured how two different types of interval training sessions affected the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. One type had longer active and rest periods than the other. Aerobic energy demands were measured directly by measuring the amount of oxygen used during exercise in milliliters of oxygen used per kilogram of body weight per minute, presented as a percentage of the VO2max, which is the maximum amount of oxygen per kilogram per minute that the body may use. Anaerobic demands cannot be measured directly since the energy is fuelled from the breakdown of phosphates and glycogen stored in the muscles, thus making it is impossible to measure directly exactly how much energy has been released. However, anaerobic demands may be measured indirectly by measuring the accumulated oxygen deficit.
As exercise intensity increases, more and more oxygen is used until VO2max is reached. As VO2max is neared, some energy is fueled by the anaerobic process, but after VO2max is reached, any further increase in exercise intensity will be only be fuelled by the anaerobic process. Up until VO2max, there is a linear relationship between the energy output and the amount of oxygen used. One may predict the theoretical amount of oxygen required to at intensifies higher than VO2max by extrapolating from the linear relationship between intensity and oxygen to intensity levels above VO2max. The difference between the theoretical level and the actual maximum represents the anaerobic energy demands, expressed as an oxygen equivalent. The difference between actual and theoretical oxygen usage is called the accumulated oxygen deficit. The Tabata team used this method to measure the anaerobic demands of interval exercise.
Their research showed that an interval of 20 second of intense activity followed by 10 second of rest puts both the aerobic and anaerobic systems at peak stress and improves both aerobic and anaerobic capacity. Longer rest periods do not put either of the systems at peak stress; however, they do allow more high-intensity work to be done in total, which help improve recovery mechanisms.