Madonna may have said “we only got 4 minutes to save the world,” but I’m telling you all you need is 4 minutes to change your waistline, if you’re willing to work hard enough.
While you might think clocking 2-3 hours at the gym is impressive, you are probably doing more harm than good. More is not necessarily better when it comes to exercise. Hitting the gym for too long (more than 90 minutes or so) can diminish your returns and even make you prone to injury. What’s all that mean? Essentially, your body will stop burning fat and building muscle – and start storing fat and burning muscle. Not good right? You CAN however, get a super effective workout in a short period of time. Plus, who has time to be at the gym forever anyway.
Tabata is a type of interval training developed by Japanese scientists in the 1970’s to better train their Olympic athletes. The findings, short bursts of high intensity exercise with even shorter recovery, showed a tremendous increase in performance for their athletes, especially when compared to more steady-state cardio.
On my WIMBERLEAN DVD – I showed one of my favorite circuits to get you breathless in just 4 minutes. Feel free to try your tabata with any exercise you like, and once you take a minute to catch your breath, do it all over again. Exclusively for “Dirty and Thirty” readers, the video is now available on my official YouTube channel.
Celebrity Trainer, Group Fitness Guru, and Creator of WIMBERLEAN
Following a career as a professional dancer, Wimberly turned his love of health and fitness into a successful career in group fitness and personal training. Having taught over 3000 group fitness classes at some of the top gyms and studios in the country, you can now find Jason at Equinox Southern California. He is also a Master Trainer for Revolution Studio, a premier indoor cycling studio, in Texas. Voted one of the “Hottest Trainers in LA,” by Racked and Rate Your Burn, Wimberly has appeared on MTV’s “Made” and been profiled by the “Los Angeles Times.” His training philosophy is centered on proper form, perfect posture, and a balanced physique. Visit www.wimberlean.com to learn more about