Breaking Muscle: Tabata Training and the Myth of the 4-Minute Workout

Great article by coach Matt Beecroft on the bullshit way that high intensity training is sold to the consuming public. The takeaway from this is that in order to do Tabata training, you have to do it in the way that it was done in the original study. You’re not doing that. Neither am I.

Interval training has value, and it does not need to induce vomiting to deliver the goods. One of the many reasons that I love kettlebell training (and by extension…sandbag training) is that you can build programs that allow the development of strength, power, endurance, and mobility with just one or two simple tools, and titrate or vary the program parameters as you need to or as your goals and abilities evolve.

Don’t kid yourself. Achieving and sustaining fitness is work. I know. I have trained four-to-six times weekly for 43 consecutive years. It’s about discipline, not motivation, and about understanding the value of effort and persistence. Start small, build slowly, but simultaneously challenge yourself along the way. And walk as much as you possibly can. If you can hit 5 miles daily at a nice steady pace, you will find that it is a key tool in the battle against excess body weight. But have a plan; work with a coach who actually knows something; follow directions; and, aspire not to vomit but to grow as a person who is in command of an ever-increasing range of capabilities. It doesn’t matter whether you can do what I do; it matters that you do the best YOU can do.

Real Tabata training can be downright brutal. I don’t want to scare people back onto the couch because of the intensity that is required to train this way, especially if they are just getting back into health and fitness. Considering the overall health and comfort factor when training obese or very overweight clients, or those suffering from cardiovascular disease, steady-state cardio is my go-to. People need to get healthy before they get fit. And if we don’t terrify them, they might stick to it for longer.

Breaking Muscle: Tabata Training and the Myth of the 4-Minute Workout. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwrL-2sDQ

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