I love tabatas! I may be in the minority with this, but I love the way my body feels after a tabata workout. For those of you who have never done a tabata I’ll break it down for ya. You do a specific exercise for 20 seconds, and then you take a 10 second break. Repeat for a total of 8 times, so your whole tabata equals 4 minutes. It is 4 minutes of sweat and you feel awesome afterwards!
Below is a tabata and strength based workout. It is a great introduction to tabatas, since each tabata is broken up with weighted moves. This will bring your heart rate back down, and give those lungs a chance to recover.
I taught this workout a few weeks back, and only a few swear words were thrown my way.
**Instructor Note**: If you are going to teach this in one of your fitness classes, make sure you give alternatives to the burpees, mountain climbers, etc. Also, at the very end I gave the option to just hold a plank in the last tabata.