Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- If you’ve resolved to lose weight in the New Year, experts say you need a plan. That plan may include a new workout craze that’s yielding some impressive results.
Cathy Cailleo has been teaching fitness classes for 25 years, but even she’s surprised at the results her clients are getting from Tabata training.
Tabata is a type of interval training. You do 20 seconds of ultra intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. You repeat the cycle for four minutes. Studies on athletes show the intense bursts of exercise not only improved their cardiovascular system, their muscles also showed results.
There’s also a psychological component to Tabata. The idea that you can do anything for 20 seconds, but this is not for couch potatoes and even if you’re in shape, it’s not a workout you should do every day.
If it does interest you, remember, it’s 20 seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for a total of eight rounds.There's a free "Tabata Timer" available on the web, iPhone/iPads, and Android phones.