Monday Mayhem: Tabata Mania!

Good morning and Happy Monday!

This weekend my husband and I retreated to a remote bed and breakfast in Andrews, North Carolina called Hawkesdene. In a word, it was amazing!

I’ll share more about the vacay in another post, but for today’s Monday Mayhem, I’m pushing myself as I push all of you to jump back into the work week with both feet! Here’s how:

I’ve already shared my new favorite HIIT workout–Tabata–in an earlier Monday Mayhem, now here’s another resource for you. Fit mom, Lindsay Brin shows us 20 high energy exercises with modifications that we can do every morning to get our hearts pumping and blood flowing!

You don’t have to do all 20 at once, just pick and choose what you want to do for each day’s workout.  Just remember:

  • each set is 20 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest
  • two sets per minute = 1 round.
  • a complete Tabata is 8 sets or 4 rounds = 4 minutes

You can choose to repeat the same exercise for each set or do a different exercise for each set as long as you maintain that 20 seconds work/10 seconds rest ratio! Allow yourself an extra minute or two to recover after every round and do as many or as few rounds as you have time (and energy) for! At the very minimum, do one full Tabata (4 minutes). At the maximum do fifteen Tabatas (60 minutes), but I would recommend four to six Tabatas (apx 20-30 minutes). That’s really all you need every other day to get (or stay) in shape.

Have fun!

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