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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tabata Tuesday - Workout 1

Feeling a little sluggish? Want to lose weight without having to work out for hours on end?
Then, boy, do I have the thing for you! I am excited to share with you a new and challenging 20 minute Tabata workout every Tuesday to help you reach your fitness goals and get in the best shape of your life! (For more information about Tabata and why it is so awesome, click here)

I personally have been doing Tabata for years, and as a certified personal trainer, I think these are the most effective workouts around! I teach two Tabata classes a week, and I also do them in my own home. They have helped me stay in the best shape of my life, even though I have had 3 kids in the last 5 years!

This first workout is a great total body workout. It is only 20 minutes long, so you can definitely fit it into your day. Do this workout 3 times this week, every other day, and then I will give you a new workout next week to keep your body guessing and the fat flying off!

Tabata 1

This is an interval workout that consists of hard work for 20 seconds and then 10 seconds of rest directly following that. You repeat that pattern for 8 sets. That is one round. You can choose to do as many or as few rounds as you would like. This workout contains 5 rounds. Do as many as you can and challenge yourself to finish them all!

Round 1 -  In and Out Squat Jumps - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
 Start with feet together, butt down, knees bent. Staying low, touch the floor as you jump your feet in and out. Point your toes to the corners to get more inner thigh work.

Round 2 -  Pushups to Side Plank - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
Perform a normal pushup, either on your knees or toes. As you come up out of the pushup turn to your side into a side plank, either on knees or toes. Then, back to pushup and into side plank on the other side.

Round 3 -  One Leg Bridge Hold - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
Lying on your back, lift hips up from the floor, balancing on one foot. Lift the other foot straight up into the air as high as you can. Hold for 20 seconds. Switch to other side for next set.

Round 4 -  Plank Jacks - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
 Holding a solid plank position on toes, jump feet out and in like jumping jacks. *For an easier version, step feet out and in instead of jumping them out and in.*

Round 5 -  Running in Place Lunge - 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest - 8 X
 Holding a lunge position stable without moving your legs, pump your arms back and forth like you are running in place. Be sure to switch legs on next set. *To make it harder, hold 2-8 lb dumbells in each hand.*

That is it! Rock this workout out, and you are going to feel amazing! Remember, do this 3 times a week to get in awesome shape and join me next week for another great Tabata workout!
*Feel free to ask any questions. Also, please remember to consult your doctor before beginning exercise. I am obviously not responsible for any injuries or accidents that happen during or after this workout. Be safe and be healthy!*


  1. Replies
    1. Now, aren't you sweet? Well I will take that compliment, thank you very much!

    2. AWESOME! I knew I missed you as a friend, but this reminds me how much I miss you as a trainer! I don't think anyone compares!

    3. Cathy - that is the best compliment! Thank you! I miss you more than you know. Hope you enjoy this workout. Play your CD as you do it!

  2. This will be a great workout for me to tackle after I have my baby. I know my free time will be nearly non-existent so any exercise I can do in the comfort of my own home would be perfect.

    1. Yes, these are perfect for that! I have three kids, so I am all about keeping things short, effective, and worth your time!


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