…it’s not that tough. [/quote]
Horseshit…you do not understand how to properly perform tabata. Several of the exercises you listed are appropriate, but if you get to the end of the four minutes and can make the statement ‘it’s not that tough’. You have performed the work at an intensity level well below what is stated in the protocal. Interval work and tabata are two different things.
Totally agree with this. I see people doing programmes with multiple Tabatas and they’re just clearly not doing a Tabata. It’s not the kind of thing you can do more than once a day if you do it right, nor on consecutive days unless you’re of the caliber of the Olympic speed skaters originally tested.
I don’t see a problem with people doing that stuff if it gets them results, they just shouldn’t call it Tabata.
In response to the OP - yes it works. But it is far more mentally and physically demanding than most people could handle imo.[/quote]
Spot on. If you look at the original protocol the subjects were going at a level well above 100% of VO2 max. Most people claiming to do Tabatas are nowhere near that level of effort - most don’t even hit max HR. What they’re doing are intervals and it’s why you see them using all kinds of exercises where it’s impossible to tax the CV system at the level called for before the muscles they are using give out. Nothing wrong with intervals and most everyone will benefit from doing them. It’s just that what most people call Tabats ain’t it. It’s more than a 20 second interval with a 10 second rest.