Conditioning and Tabata

Don’t let yourself go this holiday break, instead try a Conditioning or Tabata workout if you’re strapped for time or gym access.

Conditioning is fun and challenging. It’s not your traditional cardio, or even high intensity interval training for that matter. Conditioning can be done mostly anywhere!

When I’m feeling bored with my high intensity interval training, I change it up to a conditioning routine. For example, I’ve done Kettlebell Conditioning in which for 20-30 seconds I do as many kettlebell swings as I can, then take a few breaths and repeat until my 10 minute timer goes off. You wouldn’t believe the workout you get! And just like that I’ve competed a ‘cardio’ session!

T-Nation said it best in this Body Conditioning article. The article explains how conditioning work can be done with ropes, sprinting (all variations), jump roping, medicine ball throws and sled work. Or in my case, you can always use a kettlebell to get that conditioning workout in.

Something similar to Conditioning is doing Tabata. If you’re really strapped for time, doing Tabata will be your best friend.  Tabata is about 4 minutes total workout time–so no excuse here! You perform 20 seconds of intense training, 10 seconds of rest for 8 sets totaling 4 minutes. I suggest downloading a Tabata timer app for your smartphone for easy timekeeping. My fitness idol, Erin Stern, has this great video demonstrating Tabata workout.

Don’t get discouraged by the intensity. You have it in you to do this workout and so much more!

This type of ‘cardio’ will melt that body fat right off! Don’t waste your time on that treadmill, instead chose a conditioning program that you’ll enjoy! You will de-stress while battling those ropes or pushing that sled, or as in the wise words of TNation Predator Conditioning on Heavy Bag work, “Beat it like it’s wearing an Affliction T-shirt.”