Friday, March 25, 2016

Tabata Workout: Upper Body

By Nadia Marshall

      To tone up that upper body, try these Tabata exercises! Do each exercise for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, then repeat the set 8 times.
  • Pushups- Any variation is fine, but try to change it up every round. For example, make 1 round regular pushups, make the next one wide arm pushups, etc. If these are not as comfortable, rock out pushups on your knees and kill that round!
  • Side Planks- Rotate each side every round. Try to keep your hand directly below your shoulder to help you balance on your side. If you want a challenge, try lifting one leg in the air and holding.
  • Plank- Mix this one up too. Do a plank with your hands one round and one round on your forearms.
  • Tricep Dips -Make sure your hips are not sinking down when you do this exercise. It is important your back stays straight like a tabletop for this exercise.

If needed, rest 1 minute in between each round. If you would like a challenge, complete the whole workout without 1 minute rest in between workouts!

Tabata apps for your phone: Tabata HIIT Timer or HIIT interval training timer. These apps keeps track of your work time, rest time, and tells you how many rounds should be completed.
Beeps indicate when to work and rest so you don’t need to worry about timing yourself!