It’s been a while since I posted a workout. I guess you could say it’s not my real focus on Cotter Crunch right now, but I still think fitness is important! Let’s talk fitness tips. Let’s talk tabata training!
Tabata workouts involve short intervals of high intensity. Yes! This is my thang. I dig it. I usually teach a tabata class once a week, and if I do it right, it takes the rest of the week to really recover. Hey, the kiwi and I are both getting older, we need more recovery days now! But also, it takes me (and my class) more time to recover between sessions because we focus on COMPOUND exercises during each tabata training workout. That’s a lot of muscle work in a short period of time!
Four of my favorite compound exercises are:
- Squat with med ball toss –> Works shoulders, core, and legs
- Chaturanga push up (or divebombers) with plank knee hugs –> Works core, shoulders, chest, back, hamstrings. (see video below)
- One legged mountain climbers –> works shoulders, legs, core
- Resistance bands Bear Crawls –> Works core, legs, and shoulders. You don’t have to use a resistance band, but if you have a partner to hold you back with the band while you crawl, it makes those legs really burn. Trust me! You can also use pole to wrap the band around and then crawl out and back with the band around your waist, if you don’t have a partner.
And if you dare to include more into your tabata training workout, try this snatch with squat jack.
This workout with warm up and cool down can take anywhere between 30-40 minutes. Sometimes I will throw in a little core at the end too. And like i mentioned before, if you do it right, you won’t need (or want) to workout any longer. Instead, focus on moving and getting in more steps throughout the day.
Bonus tip –> Take a few walks around the grocery store or park further away. The past few days I’ve done this and hit 10,000 steps , and that’s without any running, just walking.
Post Tabata Training Workout Tip
Need a fast protein rich snack post workout? Try Flapjacks new Healthy Bites inspired recipe! The Cookie Crumb Protein bite. I usually grab a few Healthy Bites after a workout to keep me going till lunch. Can’t wait to try this next!
Are you fan of structured workouts or do you prefer play? Both are great! Just depends on your goals.
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