Tabata VS HIIT

Aug 17, 2022

The love-hate relationship we have with HIIT and Tabata is equally as vital.

We love their results but curse after each timer beep to cue the next interval.

However, both types of training may not be for everyone. HIIT training stands for high-intensity interval training. This type of training includes very intense work periods followed by short rest periods.

A HIIT session encompasses whatever duration of time is needed to achieve your fitness goals. This could range from 1 minute on, 20 seconds rest then repeated 10x for three sets or 45 seconds on paired with 15 seconds rest for five groups. These are just two examples of what a HIIT workout would look like.

The HIIT training workout you create will depend on your individualized needs and goals. The duration of work vs. rest will be tailored to the intent of the movement. The exercises will typically include cardio or body type exercises to use major muscle groups. Still, depending on the purpose and duration of the activity, any movement could be included in this type of training as long as you continue to move for the entire round while increasing your heart rate.

HIIT training is not for someone with a heart condition or on mediation because it will cause your heart rate to rise quickly in a shorter time. Raising your heart rate upwards to 85% of your heart rate reserve to see the benefits of HIIT training on a cellular level and improve your body composition is vital.

Tabata is a specific type of HIIT training designed to see if athletes would benefit from these 20/10 sessions repeated eight times, equaling a total of 4 minutes. Dr. Izumi Tabata, a Japanese physician, researcher & creator of the Tabata method, found that individuals that practiced this Tabata method for over six weeks improved both aerobic and anaerobic fitness.

Tabata is a specific type of HIIT, whereas HITT is a more general term for various types of interval training. Ultimately HIIT is used as a cardio-based workout that will include muscle building and an increase in metabolism for up to 24 hours after your session.

HIIT is good for someone looking for an alternative to cardio and boosts their overall fitness level. A beginner or advanced can engage in this type of training when taken at their own pace. Tabata is more specific and is intended to improve an athlete's anaerobic and aerobic fitness levels. The overall structure of this method is more intense.

In conclusion, Tabata is a specific interval structure where HIIT can include multiple networks.

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