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Back to School Boot Camp: Four-Minute Tabata Training [CC’s ShapeU]


With the official end of summer – and all the fond, tan memories it sucked away with it – we find our semesters in full swing. We’re busier than ever, and we’re dealing with the realization that it’s unnervingly early to be living for the weekends already – is it friday yet? That being said, our final installment of the Back to School Boot Camp Video Series has just what we need for an awesome workout in no time at all! Yes, to the tune of four minutes long, it’s tabata time.

If you’ve been keeping up with ShapeU, you’re no stranger to tabata training! One simple tabata session will give you an amazing, heart-pumping, calorie-burning workout in only four minutes! Using tabata as a form of cardio has proven to be more beneficial than a regimen that sticks to steady paced cardio, like running. That’s because these fast-paced intervals are all about maximizing results in a short amount of time, which is why they require you to go ALL OUT during your periods of work! In fact, check out this post from CC’s ShapeU and see why tabata workouts are the go-to for the fitness inclined on a tight schedule.

Talk about a no excuses workout: with no equipment needed, and an awesome website that gives you an online tabata clock to break down the intervals for you, you have no reason not to try out this killer routine! I’ve even included a mini tutorial in the video to help you use the website!

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Remember to check out the modifications if you need, and include a warm up and cool down in your workout to prevent injury and to get the best results! Here are two great links to help you both pre- and post-workout! This two-minute warm-up routine from SHAPE Magazine is easy preps you for the tabata moves. And don’t forget to cool down at the end! Pick a few of these easy stretches, and stretch out so you aren’t sore!

Tests are fast-approaching, deadlines for preliminary assignments are creeping up from what we think is out of no where, and we’re still trying to catch up on all the episodes of Revenge before the start of the new season! With all these pressing matters to attend to, this tabata routine is perfect for saving our time, burning some serious calories, and giving us some not-so-mid-semester energy so we can actually make it to mid-semester. You won’t regret it!




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