by Jessica Murden

One of the most well-known exercises in CrossFit is known as Tabata.  The Tabata method of training is based on high intensity interval training.  Developed by Dr. Izumi Tabata at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo, Japan, the Tabata training method has become one of the most integrated and performed regiments in CrossFit.

What is Tabata?

Tabata is a type of training in which each assigned exercise is performed, for the max amount of reps, for 20 seconds, followed by a 10 second rest.  It is then repeated seven more times for a total of 8 intervals.  The total exercise takes 4 minutes.  The score is the least number of reps out of the eight performed intervals.


What is V02 Max?

V02 Max is defined as “the highest rate of oxygen consumption attainable during maximal or exhaustive exercise.” The point at which oxygen consumption begins to plateau defines the VO2 max or an individual’s maximum aerobic capacity.  A person’s V02 Max is one of the best indicators of cardio endurance and aerobic fitness.  Therefore, increasing the body’s oxygen uptake will increase athletic performance.

How can this be done?  TABATA!

A typical TABATA workout may consist of, but is not limited to:






Each exercise is performed for 8 rounds, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.  Your score is the least amount of reps for each exercise performed.

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