So I tried the Tabata at the end of my workout on saturday, which consisted of:
4 x 6 iron cross (see Davies, NOT the gymnastics position)
4 x 6 the bear with only 35kg
some forearm work
TABATA front squats with only my 7 foot bar
The minimum number of reps I pumped out was 12 in the 7th interval. The most was 20 in the second interval.
I hadn’t done front squats that fast before. Aerobically I was puffing a little, but my legs felt like they were on fire by the end.
Yeah, I am a weak sob…
Two days later and I am still sore in the quads. Earlier today I accidently bumped into a desk and thought someone had stabbed me…is this a common response to this exercise?
Possibly shouldn’t have done the bear before it.
Great fun though.
My wife walked in on the last two intervals and commented that there was no weight on the bar, why were my legs shaking. I offered the bar to her at the end and suggested she give it a try…didn’t take me up on it.
I might try db thrusters next Saturday.
Good stuff! This reminds me that I really have to start doing Tabatas more often (have only done them once). I would say that if you can get 20 reps out in a set and 12 on the 7th then you might need to increase the weight slightly, then your legs will still be on fire but you will also be puffing A LOT at the end and you will want to keel over and die in the squat rack, lol! I would say reaching about 15 in the early sets is a good aim, but then the article said it will take a few workouts to get the correct weight.
As for doing “the bear” and Tabatas at the same time, are you crazy??? I would think that you would alternate these exercises as a conditioning workout, not combine them, but then that’s just me…