Monday, March 7, 2011

Tremblay Rest

Between second and third of six Tabata rounds of push-ups.
I could still write then.

I am not the only one who loses count as she loses the ability to take in enough oxygen! In the middle of Gymnastabata (or gym-nasty-bata as I call it) at CrossFit the other night, we each wanted to make sure that we recorded our repetitions correctly, and so kept our notebooks nearby.

But what is wrong with this picture? Clearly, one of these folks is not taking advantage of the Tabata-rest (Stephen).

So what is Tabata?

Tabata is the high intensity interval training (HIIT) named after Dr. Izumi Tabata based on his research reporting that brief high-intensity work cycles were better than traditional cardiovascular methods at improving metabolic efficiency (e.g. increasing muscular endurance, improving fat burning, increasing resting metabolic rate, and improving insulin action in the body) using 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest.

The eponymous Tabata notwithstanding, there have been others who tested and developed this idea before Dr. Tabata: most notably, Angelo Tremblay. In homage to his efforts and because his name is close to my heart, I shall henceforth use it when referring to my own rest cycles.

Pictured entitled "Old Lady Squat" found here.
I could not NOT post it. Click on it for action. 

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