What is your favorite type of workout? Is it doing a killer butt and ab workout in a class like Butt N’ Gut? Is it more relaxing like the Yoga Flow class? Perhaps it’s working out in the comforts of your own home with your cat present for moral support? Whether you like working out at home or being lead by a fitness trainer, Tabata is an excellent type of training for anyone to learn and practice.

working out with a cat

Tabata is another one of the new, free fitness classes being offered at WSU this fall! This week, I attended this new class for the very first time. If you are interested in joining me next week, here is what you can expect!

Tabata training consists of very short workouts, each with extremely high levels of intensity. Every exercise in a Tabata workout lasts only about four minutes. To get the most out of a Tabata training, it is important to push yourself as hard as you can during the short four minute intervals. The structure of the class is as follows:

• High intensity workout for 20 seconds

• Rest for 10 seconds

• Repeat this circuit 8 times for a total workout time of 4 minutes

Last week I shared about my experience attending the new “HIIT the Core” class for the very first time. The “HIIT the Core” class is similar to Tabata in that it is also a form of high intensity training, but the layout and structure of the classes are different. “HIIT the Core” consists of four circuits with five moves each, and each move is done three times for thirty seconds. Therefore, the “HIIT the Core” circuits are a little longer than the Tabata circuits. Also, the Tabata class is intensity training that focuses on working the entire body. Whereas “HIIT the Core” is more focused on only working the abdominal muscles.

All evening fitness classes offered at WSU are only an hour in length. At the end of the hour long fitness class, you will be very sweaty and the next day you will feel incredibly sore all over. However, the feeling of accomplishment that you get after an intense workout outweighs the cons by far!

So, Warrior, if you want high intensity training, I recommend you head on over to the WSU Fitness Studio (IWC first floor) on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m. for this new class, Tabata.

If the type of training used in these two classes do not excite you, I would encourage you to check out the full list of weekly WSU fitness classes. WSU offers about twenty different classes per week! Stay tuned for more reviews of the new WSU fitness classes in the coming weeks.

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Alex Carter

Alex Carter is a Public Relations major with a minor in Marketing who graduates in 2018. She is from Argyle, WI.

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