My life is imitating the blogosphere! What a coinkydink!!
This morning, as I do most Mondays, I got to the office early & got caught up on all the blog action from the weekend. One blog I read each & every day (unless she's on a blogging hiatus - lol ) is Charlotte.
A word in the title of today's post caught my eye.
Where have I heard that recently? I thought to myself. No sooner had I thought that very sentence than was I assaulted right between the eyes with a vivid flashback of Friday evening - dizziness, flashing lights, tunnel vision, incredible sweating, elevated heart rate, puce coloured face. Traumatised I recalled the unholy terror that was Friday night's pt session.
Japanese for cruel + unusual punishment. Not really. I made that up. But it should be.
Yes, pals, on Friday I was introduced to the mad, mad world of Tabata intervals. Simply put, 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Save me retyping a definition, go read Charlotte's post all about it here and then read on!
I am always suspicious when I arrive at the studio and see Chris with a stop watch. It never turns out good. And always means hard work.
"Are you ready? Tabata!" - he said, all smiles and cheery disposition.
Having never heard the word before, I assumed he'd said "Are you ready to batter?"
Had I realised it was a 'thing', I'd have immediately demanded a full explanation. What can I say? I like to know what I am getting myself into, particularly when paying for the privilege.
As it was, I hopped unsuspectingly onto the treadmill to warm up with a quick 1k. What followed is something of a blur, but roughly included this:-
1. Lateral jumping side steps over the bosu. 20 seconds. 10 seconds rest. repeat. 8 times. With the added bonus of the last interval being 30 seconds.
2. Hammer curl to shoulder press. With 3kg dumbells. 20 seconds. 10 seconds rest. repeat 8 times. With the added bonus of the last rep being 30 seconds. (Getting the picture?)
3. MB sledgehammer. With 8kg kettlebell. 20 seconds....yadda yadda yadda.....
4. Fast step ups on a step.
5. Jumping over a cone. Fast.
6. On treadmill. 14kph run at a 2.5% incline for 20 secs, 10 secs rest walking at 6kph. 8 times.
7. MB pullover to crunch with medicine ball using rebounder to throw + catch MB.
Each exercise might sound pretty tame and do-able but try doing all that in the space of an hour whilst trying not to throw up. Or faint. Or both. De-light-ful.
Oh, did I mention that I was only allowed 1 lousy minutes' rest inbetween each exercise.
That my friends, was my induction into the world of Tabata (my 'to batter' doesn't seem so stupid now, does it!!!!)
I swear my face has never been so red following exercise. Ever.
It was bloody good though! I worked flipping hard. I would never push myself that hard alone. I guess you should only try it though at a level that's reasonable for you and your level of fitness, or under instruction of a qualified professional because it is reeeeeallllly hard....
(I remain convinced that the 1.5lb loss this week happened entirely on Friday night - hahaha!)
Happy Monday dudes!
Love Lizzie xoxoxox