Wednesday, January 4, 2012

No Excuses Sweets

Hello Sweets!

Hello season 13 of the Biggest Loser!!!!!! I love this show the way some people love The Bachelor! Last season was called the battle of the ages but I am more excited this season because it is called No Excuses. I love it. Bring it on! Make them cry/puke Bob!!

I am so excited to hear it is the season of no excuses. We all make excuses and hearing some of my favorite excuses coming out of the mouths of the contestants reminds me how I let little things derail my workouts (or at least that has been true in the past). I think the most common excuse, both in last night's episode and reality, is the time one. As in, I don't have time to workout.

Well last night at BifG, I was introduced to a new type of workout. It is perfect for those who are short on time. Maybe you have heard of it maybe you haven't. It is called Tabata.

I will probably die at this gym...

Borrowed from my buddy Wiki- here are the basics:

"A popular regimen uses 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise (at an intensity of about 170% of VO2max) followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles). The Tabata workout has shown to increase anaerobic capacity."

I followed the definition above- 8 rounds of 20 seconds and then 10 seconds of rest.I repeated it for multiple exercises. The exercises included:

Jumping Pull Ups
Sprints (like a football player- touch a line and back)
Push Ups

The workout took 34  minutes (2 minute break in the middle). Quick and dirty. My type of workout!!! Of course my trainer didn't let me just leave after it was over....stair climber, level 8, for 10 minutes? Ah gee, thanks.

My arms and legs are dead after the Tabata workout. You sweets ready to give it a whirl? You can use a free Tabata time that will count it down for you, rests and all!

Try It
I love the Biggest Loser because I find it inspiring. These people are pushing themselves. Sure, they have more "time" but they are still putting in the work. If you are short on time, try the Tabata workout. It is a festivus for the rest of us. Seinfeld? Anyone?


  1. We keep doing Tabata burpees as a warm up at crossfit. It will kill me eventually. And then my ghost will haunt them.

  2. Wow! What an awesome blog! I found your blog through a search and really like it. I have never heard of lululemon. I typically just buy the cheap workout clothes from TJMaxx. Do the lulullemon clothes really make a difference or are they just mostly for show?

  3. Thanks! I think there is a significant difference with lululemon gear. For one, it does not fade like my other clothes fade. Which is good since you have to wash workout clothes so often! Now some people get things in every color and print. That is a bit of hype. But I am guilty.

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