The Power of a Tabata

I had never heard of a tabata until I started working with my personal trainer. Within the 2nd session together, he had already introduced me to it and boy he had no mercy. I have a love-hate relationship with tabatas. They are extremely effective but make you feel as if you are going to die any second.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with a tabata, it is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) and high intensity is the perfect name for it. When I am doing a tabata, I feel as if I’m going to puke, faint, and die all at the same time and maybe everyone doesn’t feel this way. It may just be my personal trainer that pushes me to my max because he knows I can do it….dang you Phil. Despite the agonizing pain during the workouts, a tabata has amazing benefits for your physical health.

I’m going to go a little more in detail about how a tabata works. It is a series of different exercises that you do as hard as possible for a certain amount of time – I usually do it for 30-45 seconds, then you get about a 7-10 second break and you go onto the next exercise and you mash that one out as hard as you can. This process keeps going with typically three or more different exercises for about 3-8 rounds each. Tabatas can last from anywhere between 5-20 minutes or however long your body can take it.

The great thing about a tabata is that your body can burn fat for up to 24 hours after the workout. When I began doing tabatas 3 -4 times a week, I started seeing results fast. Now I was also eating a high protein and low sugar diet but I have never been so fit in my life! My cardio improved and since my trainer was also incorporating weight into my tabatas, my muscles toned fast. I became stronger, much stronger than I have ever been before, and other workouts seemed so easy in comparison.

My relationship with a tabata is purely love—hate. I love the results but hate it while I’m in the process. You may think that the more you do it they easier it will get and well that is just not true. Yes, it will be easier if you do the same exercises for the same amount of time every time you workout. But if you are doing it right, the tabata is there to challenge you and to help you see how far you can push your body.

I have been doing tabatas for over a year now and I consistently do them about 3 times a week. Warning: if you have never tried a tabata before and you want to give it a go, you will feel like you are sweating your face off but it is totally worth it!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Instagram – @the_healthyhippie

  • Hooray, it’s almost the weekend!! So treat yourself with these delicious maple vanilla blondies! They are so easy to make. All you have to do is put all the ingredients into a food processor. It doesn’t get much easier than that! ⁣
Be sure to check out the recipe to see two different ways you can make these wonderful sweet treats. Website link in my bio #blondies #sweet #weekendmood
  • Missing lovely Savannah. The amazing food, beautiful architecture, and tropical weather. It is one of my favorite cities. ⁣
If you are considering taking a trip to Savannah this summer (and you definitely should) be sure to check out my two travel blogs on all the wonderful things to do there! Website link in my bio. #savannahgeorgia #historiccity #travel
  • The day of the week I enjoy working out the most.....any day I do boxing! I just started boxing a few months ago & it is so much fun! Find an exercise you enjoy & you will do want to workout regularly. ⁣
If you live near Clemmons, NC definitely check out @titleboxingclubclemmons for their classes & personal training. It’s phenomenal! 💪🏻 #boxing #titleboxing #workout
  • Because our skin is our biggest organ.....⁣
It is so important that we put sustainable clean ingredients on our face. It can make a difference in the entire complexion of our skin. ⁣
Today on the blog I’m sharing the 11 beauty products I cannot live without! Be sure to take a look, there may just be a few discount codes for you 😉 #beautyproducts #cleanproducts #healthyskin
  • I was raised by a strong, independent woman who wanted me to be bold and not afraid to take risks and speak my mind. I have to say she succeeded. Because being a woman is great! Happy International Women’s Day!! ⁣⁣
Be bold, classy, and willing to help your sistas out. That’s what @primallypure is doing today. In honor of International Women’s Day, they are increasing the % code to 15% off your purchase! And it gets even better. They are extending the 15% to the entire month of March! ⁣⁣
It’s so important that we pamper ourselves and take care of our skin and any product from Primally Pure will do just that! So don’t wait any longer, go visit their website today & use the % code healthyhippie15 to get your discount 🙌🏻⁣⁣ #primallypure #internationalwomensday #pamperyourself
  • Here in NC it has been raining for almost a straight month and it snowed today! When the weather is cold & gloomy, soup is the best meal. ⁣
New on the blog today, my version of vegetable soup. It’s so good and all you have to do is throw everything into one pot That’s my kind of meal! ⁣
Check out the recipe now. Website link in my bio 🍲 #soup #healthyrecipes #easymeals
  • I love my local coffee shop! They have started writing the cutest calligraphy on random cups. What kind of coffee are you drinking today? ☕️ #shoplocal #localcoffee #americano
  • Are you a coffee or an herbal tea person? I thought I was a coffee gal all the way but it’s turns out, I’m both! ⁣
I never realized the benefits an herbal tea can have until I started drinking Raspberry Leaf tea. It has amazing benefits for women & my experience with it has been phenomenal. ⁣
Today on the blog, I talk about the wonderful benefits of this herbal tea & why I drink it twice a day! Website link in my bio 🌿⁣ #herbaltea #raspberryleaftea #teadrinker
  • In the Coggins household, weeknights are always crazy. I rarely have time to cook a nice meal that takes more than 30 minutes. ⁣
So the recipes I come up with are geared towards those with busy schedules. ⁣
I am so excited about this new recipe that is live on the blog today! It’s my 15 minute Bang Bang Shrimp! It is so easy and best of all, the sauce only has 3 ingredients! What could be easier than that?!? ⁣
Head on over to the blog now to check it out! Website link in my profile. #bangbangshrimp #15minutemeals #easyrecipes

Follow Me!