Fun fact: Your metabolism isn't set in stone. Exercise—especially strength training and high-intensity sessions—can have lasting positive effects on your body's calorie-burning rate. Tabata—a super-effective method of interval training using a 20 seconds on/10 seconds off formula—is the perfect way to rev up your body's resting metabolic rate, VO2 max, and fat burn. (Here's everything you need to know about the benefits of Tabata.)
That's where this workout comes in. First off, grab a resistance band, which you'll need for some of the exercises. You'll start with a two-minute dynamic warm-up, then proceed to a 10-minute Tabata-style circuit including plyo moves like star jacks and MMA moves like sidekicks and uppercuts. Even though you may feel totally wiped, it's important to give every single interval your max effort. You'll cool down a bit (but keep your body working) with a 13-minute resistance band strength routine to finish it off.
When you feel like you can't keep going during those cardio intervals, remember that it's only 20 seconds. Push through, and the core section will be a breeze.
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