After 3 months of adopting a pure Tabata routine, I am happy to report losing 3 inches of fat around my waist and for the first time in my life, I can actually see my six pack forming. My body fat percentage is now around 12.5%. Target is to get it to 10% – 11% range.
I definitely think that high-intensity interval training really does burn fat and develop muscle (aside from improving overall fitness). There’s no going back for me now. I am addicted to the intensity and adrenaline rush of each workout.
Something new this week – I started a trial membership at a local Crossfit gym and so I have started to get into Crossfit exercises too. What this means is that I’ve started to do Crossfit WODs (work out of the day) that aim to hit a certain number of repetitions instead of just pure time-crunched Tabata exercises as I have been doing for the past few months.
The Crossfit exercises are really challenging to say the least but as tough as it is to do say 100 pullups, it does not leave me feeling as intense as just 4-minutes of doing Tabata style pull ups. With the modified WODs from this gym, I am doing about 8 different exercises instead of the 2-4 Tabata exercises that I normally do.
The verdict? I think its still too soon to tell which program I will adopt long term. I am attracted to the Crossfit culture but I also like the intensity, effectiveness and brevity of my Tabata workouts.
I am going to continue with the Crossfit program as is for another couple of weeks but I am planning to modify some of these exercises in Tabata style. For example, instead of doing 50-30-20 Kettle Bell Swings as prescribed by the Crossfit trainers I would do the Kettle Bell Swing but do as many as I can for 20secs with 10sec rest for 8 rounds.
Anyway – more updates as I progress. In the mean time, continue to enjoy the Tabata workout videos as I collect more here on this blog. 🙂