By: K. Aleisha Fetters
Getty ImagesDon't let the treadmill thumpers fool you. It only takes four minutes to fire up your fat burners.
No, this isn't an infomercial, we're just legit excited about the Tabata Protocol, the high-intensity interval training method that requires going all out for 20 seconds, resting for 10, and completing the entire bout eight times for a grand workout total of just four minutes. Done right, it's ridiculously difficult, potentially vomit-inducing, and more effective than you can imagine.
According to research by Izumi Tabata, the Japanese scientist for whom the protocol is named, itty bitty four-minute Tabata workouts can increase your aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, VO2 max (maximal oxygen consumption), resting metabolic rate, and help you burn more fat than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout.
Seriously-how's that possible? First, a quick biology lesson: Your body turns food into energy through three metabolic systems-two anaerobic and oneRead More »from The Ultimate 4-Minute, Fat-Blasting Workout of Your Dreams