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This Tabata Workout Is HIIT's More Aggressive Cousin

What if we said you could get strong and lean with a 40 minute workout twice a week? Your dreams are about to come true in the form of the Tabata method. Tabata is a variation on the ever popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) method. Each workout involves 20 seconds of high intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times. (See: What Is Tabata?)

Studies show that Tabata training provides superior aerobic and anaerobic training effects compared to moderate intensity training. That means you can get better results in less time—not a bad deal!

Led by Grokker expert Kelly Lee, the workout below will challenge even well conditioned athletes. It's also a great workout for beginners using the modifications Kelly demonstrates. Try this workout twice a week for a month, and you'll begin to see amazing changes to your body and stamina. (Want more? See this 4 minute fat-burning tabata workout).

Equipment Needed: Dumbbells (optional), bench or chair

Workout Details:
You'll do a 3-minute warm-up, followed by eight rounds of squats, push-ups, crunches, burpees, thrusters, planks/mountain climbers, and dips. Each exercise round is four minutes long with a one minute rest between rounds. Each exercise is performed for 20 seconds at a high intensity, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times.

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