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TABATA


Research shows Tabata can bring about improvements in both aerobic and anaerobic fitness


effect. Indeed, professor Tabata’s main motivation in creating these routines was that he saw lots of people doing so-called Tabata routines incorrectly on YouTube – the exercises weren’t true to his research and wouldn’t get the results published in his trials. In their Tabata training, instructors will be taught how to avoid this and make sure their clients are working at the correct level.


Who's the target market? The great benefit of Tabata is that people of completely different fitness levels can share a class and reap benefits from it. Team Tabata has developed a system of levels within the workout, with adaptations of exercises to suit beginners as well as advanced clients. Many of the bodyweight moves, for example, will involve jumping for the fit, but not for the beginner. Every class will have an easier option for less fit participants.


What are your top tips to ensure gyms deliver Tabata properly? Training is crucial to ensure Tabata is delivered correctly. Also constant


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"Trainers must stick to the moves that bring the authentic Tabata result, otherwise it won't be any different from other circuit or HIT classes"


quality control: although trainers will be encouraged to use the moves in the main Tabata section in any order they like, there’s sometimes a tendency for these exercises to be adapted in a way that will no longer bring about the benefits clients want. Trainers must stick to the moves that bring about the authentic Tabata result, otherwise it won’t be any different from other circuit or HIT classes.


Why is Tabata really only now coming to the forefront? Professor Tabata has never given his backing to an official Tabata exercise system before. Until now, it has just been gyms interpreting his research – and getting it wrong a lot of the time. Professor Tabata wants to see his clinically proven research used in a way


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that will really benefit the population. He’s already been approached by the Japanese government to help tackle the obesity epidemic there, and is keen to see Tabata used in other markets too – in the correct way – to help combat this growing global crisis.


What’s Tabata's relationship with Universal? Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) joined forces with fitness programme producers Big Shot Productions to license the Tabata exercise system based on professor Tabata’s research findings. Universal had for some time been looking to find a fitness system that it believed had global potential – in the Tabata Protocol, it felt had found something with precisely that worldwide appeal. ●


June 2013 © Cybertrek 2013


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