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“Tabata” is Japanese for “sadist”

May 15, 2009
Concept2 Model C rower

Concept2 Model C rower

Humility is good for the soul and there’s no quicker, more efficient way to regain your humility than by doing tabata invervals on the Concept2 rower.

Tabata intervals are named after Dr. Izumi Tabata, whose research showed that 20 second intervals of all-out maximal physical effort alternating with 10-second rest intervals provided a high level of metabolic conditioning.

In Dr. Tabata’s study, subjects improved their anaerobic endurance by 28% and their VO2max by 14% with six weeks of training.

The standard way of doing tabata invervals is eight rounds of 20:10 intervals for a total of four minutes.

Of those 240 seconds, 160 of them are work and 80 are rest. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it. The difference between how bad it sounds and the destructive force of a single set of tabata intervals is where the lesson in humility comes in.

Dr. Tabata’s subjects performed their intervals on an indoor bike, but many other exercises lend themselves very nicely to this protocol. Including the Concept2 rower.
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