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Fast Exercise for Janathon

I’ve planned a lazy day so my exercise needs to be over and done with quickly today. Time to call on Fast Exercise, which is the term coined by Dr Mosley, of Intermittent Fasting fame, to describe a variety of High Intensity Training routines.

The book is all the rage at the moment but I’m not actually going to call upon it for todays routine, as I’ve mentioned in an earlier review of Fast Exercise, the book is a bit dull and gives very uninspiring HIT sessions.

It offers a grounding in the fundamentals of Interval training and some beginner level routines. The routines themselves are so basic though, that anyone who has ever stepped on a treadmill or read a running magazine will be able to conjure up more imaginative or challenging routines.

Today I will be calling upon the fastest of fast exercises – Tabata training. A session that will come closer to killing me than any other but which requires a mere 2.5 mins of real effort. It’s amazing how gruelling those 2 and a bit minutes can be though.

20140105 185724 Fast Exercise for JanathonThe Tabata routine requires you to put out 20-second intervals of maximal effort interspersed with 10-second rests. You then repeat this cycle between 6 and 8 times for a sweaty 4 minute workout.

This style of 20/10 maximal effort interval training is best suited (but not limited) to cardio exercising such as stationary bike or treadmill. Due to the rapid cycling of all out effort I find that when on a treadmill you need to get used to jumping on off – the speed controls will not react quickly enough for Tabata.

For me that means setting the treadmill to 15kph, hitting the start button on my Tabata timer and then jumping on and off as instructed. A crazy routine but it’s over in 6 minutes including a 2 minute warm up to prepare my body for the shock.

I’ve just completed the session and it seems the warm up wasn’t sufficient to prepare my body – I’ve pulled both hamstrings but I still consider it a success that I wasn’t catapulted from the end of the treadmill.

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  • kim 5 January, 2014, 8:10 pm

    Oh, this looks interesting. Since I’m so pressed for time with the plowing I may do this later today after I get some rest. Thanks for the idea and for stopping by my blog.

  • warriorwoman 5 January, 2014, 8:56 pm

    Its certainly worth doing if you’re pressed for time but it does leave you feeling pretty shattered.

  • fitflo 5 January, 2014, 10:13 pm

    teehee – this phrase had me giggling, I’ve so been there to! “I still consider it a success that I wasn’t catapulted from the end of the treadmill”

  • Emma @ Stripes and Snapshots 5 January, 2014, 10:36 pm

    Wow I’ve always wondered what tabata was. Sounds perfect for when you have no time but still want to exercise!

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