Tabata Training For Seniors And Elderly Adults

The science of fitness has grown enormously over the past two decades. We’ve learned how different fitness activities produce different results, how some forms of exercise are more efficient than others, and how the benefits of activity vary with age.

But some of the most important advancements in our understanding of fitness came from a Japanese researcher name Dr. Tabata. While studying the athlete routines of Olympic speed skaters, Dr. Tabata was among the first to recognize the special benefits of high intensity training.

What’s a Tabata Workout?

When comparing athletes who performed four minutes of high intensity exercise, and athletes who had performed an hour of moderate exercise, Dr. Tabata was surprised to discover short and intense exercise produced better results.

It wasn’t long before an exercise methodology began to develop around this discovery – the Tabata workout. The idea is simple. You’re supposed to perform high intensity exercise for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and then begin your next repetition. The exercise can be almost anything, and the benefits of Tabata can be spectacular.