Hey, it’s National Workout Day!
Well, not technically (and that might not actually exist), but I think there are traditionally a couple extra faces at the gym on January 2.
For those of us who are used to being spoiled by rows of empty treadmills and tons of extra elbow room in group classes: let’s be cool about this. No secretly wishing early failure upon the New Years Resolution crowd, or looking forward to the place clearing out again in a few weeks.
And if you’re a fresh National Workout Day participant: BRAVO! Just try to look extra irritated and bored at the gym today, so no one gives you the stink eye for taking their favorite elliptical. (Just kidding.)
In either case, if you’re not up for joining the pandemonium at the gym, I have a quick at-home workout for ya.
This workout was born out of the fact that I recently discovered something called the Tabata Timer. Have you seen this thing?? It’s amazing.
I hate it when workouts are too logistically challenging, with lots of patternless rep counting or clock-watching, but this website (also an app) manages all the timing for you. It tells you exactly when to start, when to rest, when to switch to the next tabata, and when you’re done. Too easy.
During the time you should be doing an exercise, it looks like this:
And it says “WORK” in a weird little robot voice. So that’s a perk.
During rest time, it looks like this:
When there are 3 seconds left before a switch, it starts beeping to warn you. There’s a buzzer sound at the end of the work portion and a whistle sound at the end of the rest period.
Not only does this method save you brain juice, but it can give you a greater sense of urgency, upping your workout intensity, and it forces you to stay on track, so you’re not tempted to take extra-long rests. Triple win.
Anyway, here’s the workout I put together to use with it (not that you have to). There are 15 exercises that you do for 30 seconds each. Repeat twice for a 20 minute workout or 3 times for 30 minutes.
P.S. I’m calling this a tabata because of the timer, even though I think tabatas are technically 4 minutes long, not 10 like these are. My apologies to any tabata purists out there.
Here’s what you want to plug into the Tabata Timer:
Enter 2 or 3 tabatas, depending on the number of times you plan to run through the circuit (aka whether you want a 20 or 30 minute workout).
Also, since you don’t have to count reps or seconds anymore, you might as well throw on some high-tempo jams in the background to keep your intensity up and boredom level down. When I did this workout last night, I used this fun techno workout mix and highly recommend it!
Happy Thursday/Monday! (Right…?)