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Most Effective 20 Minute Cardio Workout - Tabata Style

amanda russell
This workout consists of 4 different exercises. It is in Tabata style but with a slightly lower level of intensity and will be targeting the whole body for an all-out incredible workout. The idea here: quick, painful, and truly effective. In just 20 minutes you will put your metabolism into overdrive for the rest of the day, burn tons of calories, tone up the whole body and get you to your 'fittest you' ! This cardio workout is basically high intensity interval training (HIIT) based on Tabata protocol. Tabata protocol was created by Dr. Izumi Tabata at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo, Japan. So What Is Tabata? 4 minutes of near max exertion effort which consists of 8 rounds 20 seconds max effort + 10 seconds rest. Those 4 minutes a day are worth the equivalent to more than an hour of normal 'endurance' style cardio. It's now used by professional athletes and many top trainers are saying that it's possible to shed 7% -- 10% body-fat within a month if you do this workout 4 times per week. The intensity of the Tabata Protocol might be dangerous to anyone with heart disease. So be wise, and get physician clearance before you try this workout. You can still get incredible results with the Tabata Protocol while going at your own safe pace. It will also allow you to do more than just one exercise.


I hope you will enjoy the benefits of this workout

Round 1:Jumping Lunges (8 rounds of 20 second intense effort + 10seconds rest)
1 min rest
Round 2: Knee Push-Ups (8 rounds of 20 second intense effort + 10seconds rest)
1 min rest
Round 3: Mountain Climbers (8 rounds of 20 second intense effort + 10seconds rest)
1 min rest
Round 4: Scissor Crunches (8 rounds of 20 second intense effort + 10seconds rest)

You're DONE!

FYI: Sometimes you just won't be able to make it the whole time and have to slow down or sit out some of the sets. If you just can't make it through the whole round, that's OK! You are still getting the benefits of this cardio workout and the more you do it, the stronger you will get. Just do your personal best -- don't get discouraged, the key is sticking with it!

Tabata Cardio Workout
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