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O's Trial tabata™

17 September 2013

Players put new fitness technique to the test at club partners Loughton Leisure Centre

tabata™ is fast becoming the most popular form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in the world amongst both professional athletes and enthusiastic amateurs.

The official tabata™ method will initially be available as group exercise classes in seven hand picked Everyone Active run leisure centres of which Loughton Leisure Centre is one.

The official tabata™ method was developed by renowned Japanese scientist Professor Izumi Tabata (recognized as the ‘father’ of HIIT), whilst he was working with the Japanese Olympic speed skating team on their fitness programme. He discovered that short sharp bursts of intense exercise are the best way to get fit fast and effectively. His tabata™ method consists of a combination of 20 seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest to a rotation that lasts just 4 minutes. The tabata™ method has been scientifically proven to be the most effective way to increase both aerobic and anaerobic fitness.

Everyone Active’s instructors have worked with a highly qualified tabata™ master trainer to ensure they are fully equipped to deliver the 20 minute class. In Loughton, Leyton Orient FC striker Yohann Lasimant and team fitness coach, Lee Southernwood, took part in the launch class to try out the latest fitness craze.

“These are workouts that provide some real intensity over a very short time period,” comments Scott Rodwell, one of the Tabata™ instructors.  “It was great to see what the professional sports people made of the class and I think this encouraged the others who were taking part to try a little harder!”

The workouts feature dynamic new moves that have a heart-pumping effect at their core, which aims to get participants up to their maximum heart rate over the crucial four-minute tabata™ rotation. Each 20 minute class includes a mobilisation warm up and cool down routine.

The science:
Tests using the tabata™ system increased VO2 max – the gold standard test for fitness – by 13% in 6 weeks. In contrast a trial using 30 seconds bursts of intensity, with 2-minute rest periods was not as effective even though the exercise was more intense and longer lasting. tabata™ classes will also be short and effective at 20 minutes with the most intense section being just four minutes long. Professor Tabata’s latest research shows that if this is followed correctly, using the authentic tabata™ programme, the body will continue to consume more calories for up to 12 hours after the exercise class. These are additional calories to those consumed by the body at rest – so over and above the so-called RMB or Resting Metabolic Rate.


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