Many campers have asked where we get the concept for tabatas. Well you asked, and here's your answer. This posting is in honor of Dr. Izumi Tabata!!
Dr. Tabata is a Japanese fitness researcher. The Tabata Protocol was developed for Olympic caliber athletes. It consists of six to eight 20 second full speed sprints followed by rest periods of 10 seconds. Dr. Tabata’s study found that doing this kind of exercise 5 – 6 days a week increased both aerobic and anaerobic capacity at a greater level than an hour of endurance exercise.
The key to the Tabata Protocal is the rest periods. Conventional training suggests that a rest period should be 3 times as long as the period of work. But the Tabata protocol calls for a rest period that is half as long as the period of work. This gives a physical and mental break while keeping the intensity at a high level.
At boot camp, we have learned that you can apply the tabata protocol to almost anything. Tabata squats, tabata sprints, tabata, push-ups, tabata dips…well, you get the point! But apparently The Tabata Protocol can be influential in all aspects of life. Check out this article called Tabata My Job about working more efficiently.