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Tabata Protocol: Sprinting vs. Mountain Climbers


#1

Hey! With winter here, the roads are icy, so it's hard to sprint on them. I was thinking of just switching to mountain climbers when I do Tabata protocol. I just want to know using mountain climbers is less efficient at burning fat than sprinting during the Tabata protocol. Any answers would be appreciated!


#2

If you do em hard enough that could be a great workout. Burpees might be even better though. just saying...


#3

Do it on a bike.


#4

HIGHLY less effective than sprinting. sprinting is a real total body killer, mountain climbers aren't all that difficult in my opinion. I'd agree, i'd go with burpees (jump squats with a pushup at the bottom), OR Jumping jacks both top and front claps. Also, shadow boxing, provided you know what you're doing is pretty awesome.


#5

I actually created an account to share this with you. I do Tabata sprints on the tredmill when the weather sucks too bad to run outside in FL. Set the incline to 9 and the speed to 9 and proceed with the normal 20/10 interval.

If that's to steep or fast bring it down to 8 and 8, (10 and 10 to make it more painful or any combination you want). Do 8 rounds, 12, 52 or however many you can until you're too gassed to maintain the Tabata interval. These are easily just as taxing as sprints. Enjoy.