No Gym? No Equipment? NO PROBLEM! Get Your Sweat On With TABATA!

Being able to respond to viewer’s questions is one of my favorite things to do!!!! And today on CTV Morning Live we provided a very simple answer to the most common question (watch the segment HERE):


‘If I don’t have time to get to the gym, is there a type of workout I can do at home that will still get me results?’…The exciting answer is YES! What would I recommend? HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training!


Here’s why! Routine is the enemy – doing the same thing over and over again gets boring, not to mention your body and mind needs variety in order to achieve optimal results. High intensity interval training is a way to escape the tedious long, boring cardio sessions. And HIIT is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio because the high intensity leaves you burning more fat.


…The best part – YOU CAN DO THESE AT HOME…before work, after work…whatever works for you…there are several variations of HIIT routines BUT for now let’s focus on the TABATA version. Why is it my favorite? Because each round is ONLY 4 MINUTES!!!!


Ask yourself, how bad do I want to see results? If you really want to lose weight, improve your cardio, and gain strength, use Tabata!!!!


Here’s how it works:

Any exercise can be incorporated into Tabata training. However the basic outline of the Tabata training method are as follows:
•     4 minutes long (whole Tabata Session)
•     20 seconds of intense training
•     10 seconds of rest
•     Total of 8 sessions or rounds




You can get a Tabata app on your phone so it beeps every 20 seconds to do work, and 10 seconds to rest! OR like my Mom does, just look at the clock and do work every 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat!


Since most of the demand is for at home workouts – lets go with NO equipment and use body weight movements!!! You’d be amazed how much of a sweat you can get just using your body!

20 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest:


Lunges…looking for something more challenging? Try Jumping Lunges


20 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest:

Mountain Climbers

Air Squats … looking for something more challenging? Try Pistol Squats


20 seconds of work/10 seconds of rest:

Single Skips – looking for something more challenging? Try Double Unders

Plank Hold


What will Tabata accomplish? It will help accelerate fat loss, improve aerobic and anaerobic endurance, and get you results in a short period of time. HAVE FUN, MIX IT UP, AND GET READY TO SWEAT!!!


Here we are ‘chest proud’ at CTV Morning Live bright and early ready to ROCK! Thanks to Linds & Bull for their awesome demonstrations of movements! And of course CTV host Aamer for attemping a pistol squat in suit pants!