For a while exercise hasn’t exactly been included in my weekly, let alone monthly schedule. I play basketball once a week, but that’s about it. Food-wise, I developed some pretty good and balanced eating habits, but lately I’ve been feeling a bit bored, or unchallenged you might say. I don’t know what influenced my decision to start exercising again, but once I introduced it back into my life again, I was hooked. That may be slightly exaggerated as it was only a week ago that I started doing it again, BUT STILL, i have been constantly searching for new workouts and inspiring routines to start my morning. And I did find gold during my search, not just gold, but a treasure trove of diamonds and pearls galore!
I introduce to you: Amanda Russel. I stumbled across Amanda the other week whilst surfin’ one of my new favorite health blogs, pure2raw. Amanda is a former 10km runner and fitness junkie who makes these AMAZING workout videos! She knows pretty much everything there is to know about fitness and transforming your body, and has some pretty great tips on nutrition too.
This workout video has got to be one of my favourites. It’s based on Tabata Training, which basically includes you working your ass off until you just want to collapse in a heap on the floor panting like a dog in the heat for a short period of time. Tabata Training method is based on a system of 20 seconds of INTENSE (the harder you work during these 20 seconds, the better your results) physical activity, and 10 seconds of rest, which is typically repeated 8 times. I did this workout the other day, and I will warn you, it’s not easy, but don’t be put off because the results afterwards are way worth it. I did it in the morning before breakfast and I felt energized for the rest of the day! Workouts like Tabata and high intensity interval trainings increase your heart rate and pushes your body past its limits, which is great for your heart and pretty much every muscle in your body, and leaves you burning fat even after you’ve finished working out (even when you’re sleeping). How great is that?! Yeah. I thought so 🙂
Butyeah, I can definitely say that I will be including this routine, or something similar, into my workout routine once a week.
What’s your take on Tabata Training? Do you prefer short, high intensity workouts, or cardio for an extended period of time?
Lemme know 🙂