Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tabata interval, what is it ?

Tabata intervals consist of 20 seconds of maximum intensity exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. The cycle is repeated 8 times (= 4 minutes). Tabata protocol can be applied almost to any exercise, but its recommend to use an exercise that activates alot of muscles. Tabata method is very demanding and you should consult your doctor before beginning tabata interval training

Studie that shows the effectiveness of Tabata training:

A popular regimen based on a 1996 study uses 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise (at 170% of VO2max) followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles). 

In the original study, athletes using this method trained 4 times per week, plus another day of steady-state training, and obtained gains similar to a group of athletes who did steady state (70% VO2max) training 5 times per week.

The steady state group had a higher VO2max at the end (from 52 to 57 ml/kg/min), but the Tabata group had started lower and gained more overall (from 48 to 55 ml/kg/min). Also, only the Tabata group had gained anaerobic capacity benefits.

(source wikipedia)


N@D said...

could be great to change interval times.. i don't necessary want to use a 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest interval... so, useless to me...

Janne said...

Ok. Thank you for the feedback. I was thinking of updating the feature you suggested. I will update it next week. The mobile version already has the ability to change the values, so if you have android phone you can use it.

Sloth753 said...

can we do that with the PC version as well?

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