Have You Tried Tabata?

18 Apr

One of our new classes in Club W: the YWCA Health & Fitness Center is Tabata, which meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30 am. This high intensity class is 30 minutes, allowing a members to fit a great workout into their busy days.

tabata-training-stop-watchNot sure what Tabata is? Tabata was founded in Japan by Izumi Tabata. He conducted tests on two groups of athletes; comparing moderate high intensity training with high intensity interval training. The results were that the athletes training in high intensity interval training improved their aerobic systems as well as their anaerobic system. The athletes who did the moderate high intensity training only improved their aerobic system and had little to no increase in their anaerobic system. Tabata is fun, blasts calories, and moves so quickly it’s hard to get bored. You do 20 seconds hard work, with 10 second rest then repeat for a series of cycles with a 30 second rest in between.

 The Wednesday class is taught by Ashleigh Shuford, a AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, TurboKick and PiYo Strength Certified Instructor. She’s instructing classes for over 6 years (with a small break to focus on her little one). Says Ashleigh, “My favorite part of being a fitness instructor is motivating people to have a great time while working hard. I think exercise should be fun and a reward to yourself, not a chore! It’s awesome and super-rewarding to see people feel proud of themselves after a tough workout…that’s what makes them come back for more week after week!”

We encourage you to give Tabata a try! You can find a schedule of all of our Club W classes on our website. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Director of Health & Fitness Susan Macdonald at 254-7206 x 113 or smacdonald@ywcaofavl.org.

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