A few weeks ago i published my first post about my fitness journey which actually plays a huge part in my life since i already mentioned that i’ve always been pretty athletic and always enjoyed being active. So today i want to talk about my experience when it comes to working out at home.
A year ago i tried out Kayla Itsines’s 12-week Guide but after week 8 i realised that i’m not the type of person who loves to follow a certain plan which someone else created. So since youtube not only taught me how to use a camera properly and get your color grading to the next level when it comes to photoshop i thought it might be also the right place to search for workout sessions that i can choose by myself. Because whenever i’m trying out something new i noticed that i get much more motivated and enthusiastic in contrast to a finished plan. It’s not about loosing weight it’s all about getting leaner, stronger and fitter! So first things first - we all know that nutrion plays a huge part and it’s true that abs are made in the kitchen but today i’m showing you my favorite workouts when it comes to train at home! I know that at the beginning it’s really hard to get motivated and overcome the inner laziness – especially when you thinking about working out at home – hello cozy couch! But like i said it’s all about trying out different exercises and have fun with new ways to train your body instead of following a certain plan which in my opion often put yourself under pressure follwed by a negative impact on the brain – and in all honesty i have always been a strongly believer that you should have a nice balance when it comes to your personal training programs and simply stay away from anything that screams „this is the only way that works“ because what works for my body might not work work for you since everyone’s different – starting from the metabolism to the bone structure etc.
Personally i love doing 50 % of my workouts at home (doing cardio & lifting weights at the gym) it’s just more time effective and honestly i’m someone who’s not a big fan of doing my sessions in a room full of people! So most of the time i only workout with own bodyweight because there are so many exercises that you can do without any equipment. And yes it’s possible to get fit without any tools! So besides my gym routine i also added HIIT workouts but also Tabata Training to my schedule – and let me tell you - this form of exercise will push the limits of your body and simply make you sweat like you just got out of the shower. This high-intensity Japanese exercise regimen promotes short 20-second bursts of maximum exertion, seperated by 10 second rests, 8 times in a row. It really gets your heart rate up plus if you’re short on time and want to train uber-efficiently, then this is the best you can opt for - why?! - simply because you push yourself to the max for short periods of time with short periods of rest in between. Sounds logical – right! So what’s the difference between HIIT and Tabata Training!?
HIIT Training stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is considered to be one of the best ways to burn fat without causing your body to burn your own muscle tissue because it utilizes a lot of fast twitch muscle fibers and this helps to mantain lean muscle during your cardio workout.
The difference bewtween HIIT & Tabata is in the length of your intervals and resting periods. As i mentioned before Tabata training is 20 seconds of all-out, maximum effort followed by 10 seconds of rest for a total of 4 minutes. On the other Hand HIIT Training generally requires you to work out for anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, followed by a 30 second to 2 minute recovery period. While HIIT workouts can be anywhere from 20-40 minutes Tabata workouts are traditionally 4 minutes in duration.
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So long story short – here are my current favorite HIIT & Tabata workouts which helped me getting the results i was looking for. So i would suggest try both and see which workout style works best for you!