Workout I Did: My First Tabata Workout


The Tabata Timer app will keep your Tabata workout on track.

I’ve been seeing the word Tabata thrown around a lot lately. We covered it over on Fit Bottomed Mamas recently, and of course I couldn’t just write about it. I had to try it out, especially because I never had before. For those not familiar, Tabata is a high-intensity interval workout where you focus on one move for four minutes before moving onto the next. Twenty seconds of work followed by 10 of rest may seem easy on paper, but it truly is hard work and I was sweating by my second round of push-ups. How Jenn managed to do 40 minutes of this is a testament to how much of a bad-ass she is. I loved it because the time flies. I hated it because who knew 20 seconds could feel like an eternity?

So if anyone is curious as to why I was so sore last week, here’s the workout that did it. Darn push-ups!

Quick Tabata Workout

Perform 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off / 8 rounds of each exercise.

Move 1: Push-ups. You can always drop down to your knees to modify.

Move 2: Jump rope. If you don’t have a jump rope, you can do high knee runs. (I alternated faux jump rope with high knees.)

Move 3: Squats. (Make these plyo squats if you’re feeling especially motivated!)

Move 4: Mountain climbers.

See? It looks so simple written down! Tune in next week, and I’ll share tips for trying your own Tabata workout! —Erin


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  1. Mary says:

    I love tabata workouts. So effective and so fast to get done. Also you can tabata all your favorit exercises. Burpees and kellebellswings are my favorite.

  2. mackenzie says:

    How funny- I did my first Tabata workout this morning, too.

    What app do you use? I tried two different ones and didn’t love either.

  3. Miller P. says:

    More power to you. I tried a tabata workout, and I gave out after about 15 minutes. I guess I need to try again now.

  4. Erin says:

    Mackenzie — It was just Tabata Timer — it whistles when you need to work, and whistles when you rest. Simple, but it was all I needed.

    Miller P. — 15 is about how long my four moves lasted…and it was enough! Short, sweet, effective.

  5. It sounds like you truly enjoyed tabatha’s program. I hear great things about it around the board. I hear it being compared to Shaun Thompson’s Insanity as well as Tony Horton’s P90 experience. Since I like hight intensity intervals this sounds to be right up my alley(Yay!).

    Kind Regards

  6. There’s nothing like a tabata workout to get your heart racing!

  7. Sherrill says:

    Great post. Just looked up some Tabata youtube videos. There is TABATA TIMER MUSIC! Just search Tabata Songs, and you will find a bunch of stuff. Seems a lot better than the timer apps

  8. Tabata routines are awesome, they spike your HR to give you a natural energy boost, torch fat and whip you into shape in no time. I love how multi-functional the moves are especially if you are limited on time. If you do different moves 3-4 times a day you’d be amazed at how quick you can get into shape.