Thursday, February 7, 2008

Domo Arigato, Mr. Tabata

Today was the first workout in a loooong time where I thought I was going to throw up, pass out, and/or die.

I went through a set of Tabata intervals for the first time, today. I did four intervals. I wanted to do six. I'm working up to eight (assuming I ever try this insanity again). And by the end of the second one, my body was trying so hard to slow down, I didn't think I could do a third, let alone a fourth.

But the workout only took twenty minutes, and by the end my throat felt raw (you know where you feel something like the metallic taste of blood) and I wanted to drape myself over my handlebars like a wet transition towel. I had to force myself to finish up the last five minutes of my cool down, because I wanted so badly to hop off the bike and curl up in the fetal position on the floor.

In short, it was an awesome workout.


  1. Those sound awesome! I really want to incorporate those into my Spin classes, but people might get pissed off if I send them home after 10 minutes on the bike...

    Maybe I'll try it out on the trainer this week. I'll let you know how it goes.

  2. Yeah, I don't think they'd work in a regular spin class. I'm fortunate enough to teach multisport-specific bike classes a couple times a week, and they were game for them. After we finished the cool down, we did an extended stretching session to fill out the time. They really enjoyed that, so maybe it could work for spinning classes . . . At any rate, let me know how your intervals go!

  3. I wrote an article about Tabata intervals done on a CompuTrainer you might find interesting: - they truly are one of the harder interval workouts I've ever done!