Calorie Torcher of the Week: Tabata Training

26 Feb

Just when I thought I’d done it all, Erin pulled a new workout out nowhere and naturally, convinced me to try it.

I’d heard of Tabata training a couple of times, Rachele at Fantastically Fresh & Fit has talked about it and it seems like a buzzword in the fitness community, but somehow I hadn’t given it a whirl yet. In fact, my head got a little big and I thought that it might not be a very challenging workout, so I may or may not have skipped over that one.

Until tonight.

After a 2 mile warm up run on the beach, we found a grassy area to bust out some moves. Again, I wasn’t particularly concerned about the difficulty factor.

Yeah, so about that. Tabata, as it turns out, is a real butt kicker. Like, legit.

To put things in perspective – E was wearing a heart rate monitor, and noticed that she burned around 200 calories during the 20 minute run, but just 23 minutes of Tabata intervals had our hearts pounding like crazy, sweat dripping down our faces and over 400 calories burned.  I mean literally, my legs and butt were sore by the time I finished. I kind of wanted to die when I realized we still had to run 2 miles home (and we had to run, because there were jalapeno raspberry skinny margs waiting for us at home)

I think I might have some trouble walking tomorrow.

So what is Tabata? According to, it falls under the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) umbrella, and the basic outline of the Tabata training method are as follows:

•     20 seconds of intense training
•     10 seconds of rest
•     Total of 8 sessions or rounds

The beauty of this workout (beside the fact that it torches calories like it’s nobodies business and tones all over) is that you use your own bodyweight and don’t need any equipment whatsoever. You can knock it out in 20 minutes or so, so it’s perfect for you busy little bees.

The app we used, Tabata Timer, can be found here. You choose from a number of workouts and it has a timer to keep you on track. If you want to revel in your calorie burn, Erin bought this nifty heart rate monitor for about $70. It’s not a necessity but is nice to have if you’re curious how hard you’ve worked.

BTW- it doesn’t hurt to have a gorgeous setting in which to work out.


beach2It also helps when you know that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…happy hour! In spandex and ponytails, of course. NBD.


Skinny Rasberry Jalepeno Margs & Spicy Edamame.drank3






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