OK, not addicted, but I am enjoying my newest app addition. The Tabata Timer.
For those of you not familiar with Tabata training, it is a method of high intensity interval training where you perform 20 seconds of incredibly intense cardio-vascular exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, based on a 1996 study by Dr. Izumi Tabata. This interval is repeated eight times, making your total Tabata-thon 4 minutes long. The benefits include increased anaerobic capacity (the ability to sprint for longer and more intense periods) as well as possible long term fat burning benefits. Can I get an “Amen!”?
So then I find the app. Very simple to use, it gives you a timer that splits each interval into 20 and 10 second periods and keeps track of how many cycles you have completed. When you arrive at the eighth and last cycle, you are rewarded with a medal-clad figure throwing its arms up in victory. Angry Birds doesn’t give you that!!
So check out the app HERE and send me your feedback, both on the app and the workout!
Videos to come!!
- First, I start with 5 minute warm up on the elliptical machine.
- Next, I choose five exercises, A thru E.
- Each exercise should work a different body part: legs, arms, abs, etc. I will also add a cardio vascular exercise like Mountain Climbers or Jumping Jacks
- I start with one set of exercise A. Then I wait 30 seconds. Then I do exercises A and B. Wait 30 seconds. A,B and C. And I continue on until I have A,B,C,D, and E.
- Now I start with E. Wait 30 seconds. E,D, wait 30 seconds. And all the way back to E,D,C,B and A
Each Diamond should take about 15 minutes to complete. If I have 30 to 45 minutes to workout, I will do two Diamonds back to back. And the great thing is that I can keep changing the exercises from Diamond to Diamond so that I never get bored.
It is a high intensity workout so be careful and patient the first time out. But give it a try and you’ll find the Diamond is a fun, creative way to make the time fly by in the gym.