What’s up, everyone? How’s your week going? Mine is flying by and I’m A-OK with that.
Yesterday wrapped up nicely with an epic tabata WOD. I don’t know what it is about the word “tabata,” but every time I heard it I instantly think: “IT’S PEANUT BUTTER TABATA TIME”
Ya, who knows…
- RX Tabata:
- Double Unders
- Wall Ball
- Hip Extension
Before I jump into this beastly WOD – did you know where the word “Tabata” came from?
In 1996, Dr. Izumi Tabata published the results of a study
demonstrating, with speed skaters, that the aerobic and
anaerobic pathways could be trained simultaneously
(Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 28).
This finding was incredibly groundbreaking- you can read more about it here, but the main point is – when athletes train in this format, they will see significant gains in work capacity. Not to mention, Dr. Tabata is quite possible the coolest name ever…
Pretty neat, right? I personally, LOVE tabata WODs because I’m the type of athlete who likes to go all out for 20 seconds and recover for 10, then hit it again – I’m able to maintain the intensity the entire time, which is normally is difficult during a longer WOD. Ha!
Anyways, last night was really fun. Because we had such a large class, we broke up into groups and stationed ourselves at different movements, then rotated throughout the series. For whatever reason, I was started at the hip extension station with a fellow coach and a couple of the fire-breather guys. Definitely a dumb idea. My posterior chain was lit up after the first couple of rounds, and of course, being grouped with competitive guys brings out the uber-competitor in me so I had to pace them rep for rep (most of the time).
Rowing wasn’t so bad (I kept my pace sub 1:50) and my DUs are looking better every day…Though I must have looked ridic trying to crank out quick sets in 20 seconds.
Lucky for us, we ended the series with wall balls. Yuck. People take note: during tabata wall balls, do not drop the ball. Just don’t. I did early for one round and I felt like the biggest puss.
When it was all said and done, I was so proud to keep up with big dogs and I felt like our group had a little moment when the suffering ended.
Tonight we’re hitting a nice little snatch/endurance WOD, which could be pretty brutal, but I know my legs will need some mobility work or my legs will be fried tomorrow. DOMS, anyone?
What is your favorite tabata workout? How do you fight off DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)?