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Sunday
Feb212010

Tabata Complex: Cable Bands

For those who are unfamiliar with a Tabata workout, it's essentially a series of full-intensity bursts (:20-30 usually) with VERY brief rest periods (roughly :10 at most).  There can be between 4 and 5 different exercises, and one rotation through completes one Tabata circuit.

Tabatas are a great way to get an intense workout in when crunched for time.  People exercising on their lunchbreak who need to get their heart rate up and break a good sweat without time to spend pounding away on the treadmill can see real benefits.

Here's a description of a typical Tabata workout structure:

  • 5 minutes of warm-up
  • 8 intervals of 20 seconds all-out intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest
  • 2 minutes cool-down

Tabata-style workouts are also beneficial when traveling or on vacation, since if there is no real gym access, you may only have room in your travel bags for one singular peice of equipment.  These can obviously be done in a body weight format with drills like burpees, mountain climbers, and plyo jumps for example, but here is an excellent video of Baltimore-area trainer Nick Tumminello demonstrating an upper body Tabata circuit with cable resistence bands.

Here's another with one of his clients, Alli McKee doing similar exercises:

Reader Comments (1)

Hi Ward,

I just came across your website and wanted to say THANK YOU for your kind words and spotlight...what a pleasant surprise! I appreciate that you mentioned my training style as a "huge departure from the average female." I take great pride in training hard and don't think training should be gender specific! You have a great site here full of great content! Stay in touch, as I am about to launch into my next endeavor and hope to provide additional great content!

Thank you again and Cheers!
Alli McKee

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlli McKee
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