Tabata workouts are a type of high intensity interval training circuit. For me, they’re a great backup workout to have on hand on days when things get too hectic and I can’t make it to the gym. They challenge me and help me work up a great sweat.

Here’s the basic formula:

Workout hard for 20 seconds.

Rest for 10 seconds.

Repeat a total of 8 times.

Total = 4 minutes

Do this for 4 separate exercises and you’ve completed 16 minutes of hard work.

It may sound simple, but it’s not. The main thing is that for those 20 seconds of work, you’ve really got to give it your all. Modify your level as needed, but whatever level you choose to work at, really go for it.

Remember, always warm up and cool down, stay hydrated, and exercise with safety in mind.

Here’s my list of tabata workouts. (Oh, I downloaded a tabata playlist off iTunes; it’s great because it counts down the work/rest time so I don’t need to worry about checking a stopwatch.)

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