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Fantastic Tabata Workout,
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This review is from: Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie Burn (DVD)
First, a disclaimer: When I found this DVD, I was already familiar with the Tabata protocol from taking classes at Equinox clubs in Chicago, so luckily I knew what to expect in terms of format, intensity, etc. That said, I am awarding the first two stars for the mere fact that this DVD exists at all - Tabata is a tough workout - even at the gym we only go for 45 minutes, this workout is an hour and adds at least 3 intervals to what I've been doing in live classes. Go Amy! That said, you CAN do this workout (yes you can!) - there is no need for fear or dread factor. Amy gives some advice at the beginning that can't be over-emphasized: go at your own pace, mix up the levels if necessary (this single piece of advice alone can get you through the entire thing), and if you're not feeling it, SKIP that interval. Now, that's obviously harder to do in a live class situation and not my favorite option (read: I'm stubborn!), so I made use of "mixing up the levels" a lot. One Tabata Interval contains 8 sets total: you can do the first 2 at Level 1; try Level 2 for the next 2 or 3; recover for 1 at level 1; and then push yourself again at the end. Of course, you can adjust the ramping up and recovery, the point is that mixing it up is a very good way to improve your endurance - and it will improve! Also, if you feel like something is just not working, pick the level you like and stay there. A good example of this for me was the "Mountain Climber" series. Mountain Climbers are tough - even at the first level. I watched the Butt Kickers (Level 2) and the Level 3 option and decided that, at least the first time through, I'd stick with level 1 and adjust the speed if I felt up to it - and that was plenty. My final piece of Tabata advice: my favorite live instructor always reminds us that "The last 2 sets are purely about mental toughness!" You'll be exhausted, breathless and ready to quit, but push yourself for just 2 more sets and you'll start to see some fabulous results. Good Luck!