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    Does anyone else feel freakishly strong the following day? I just started doing TS and my whole body feels "charged up", also, I'm blasting through other plateauís.

    Compared to other forms of running, my heart rate was back to baseline faster and I don't have the soreness/fatigue that I used to get with running for distance!

    BTW, what is the consensus for TS frequency?

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    Originally posted by Kiowa View Post
    Does anyone else feel freakishly strong the following day? I just started doing TS and my whole body feels "charged up", also, I'm blasting through other plateau’s.

    Compared to other forms of running, my heart rate was back to baseline faster and I don't have the soreness/fatigue that I used to get with running for distance!

    BTW, what is the consensus for TS frequency?
    I will tell you tomorrow as I just started sprints this AM. However I had not eaten breakfast and was planning on waiting for lunch since I had a good size dinner last night (you know, experimenting!)... BUT I felt VERY hungry from 10am on... A little light headed too. And I had no snack with me I guess I'd better plan my IF trials outside my sprints, did not work good for me today!
    Funny because last week I did a 24hr fast (more situational than anything, away on business and no great options around me, so I 'waited' to get home to eat) and it was fairly & surprisingly easy.

    What do you eat before/after your TS - anything different than your non-workout days?

    I think Mark recommends sprints every week or once every 10 days or so.
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    • #3
      I can tell you my ass hurts after doing them! I feel like I have an invincible ass! Hmm maybe that explains my superman undees.
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      • #4
        I honestly don't know how tabata sprints are possible.

        Sprinting for 20 seconds and resting for 10 seconds (x8) !!!

        I do Tabata with other exercises and it works great but Tabata with Sprinting is nigh on impossible in my experience
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        • #5
          I do my own version of TS once a week on the treadmill. Consists of sprinting for 30 seconds and walking for 30 seconds. Do this for approx 5 minutes. My biggest worry is falling off the treadmill.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AdamC29 View Post
            I honestly don't know how tabata sprints are possible.

            Sprinting for 20 seconds and resting for 10 seconds (x8) !!!

            I do Tabata with other exercises and it works great but Tabata with Sprinting is nigh on impossible in my experience
            Remember that Tabata is about intensity. You can do plenty of exercises to a (20/10) x 8 timing protocol but that does not necessarily make them Tabata.

            Things like sprinting will require a high VO2 max which is ideal. Even if the legs and lungs get tired it is all about maintaining the cardiovascular intensity.

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            • #7
              I get that but sprinting for 20 seconds is a long time and you have to do this 8 times after 10 seconds rest.

              i consider myself pretty fit but I don't even think superman could do balls to the wall tabata sprints.

              I am just wondering if this is really Tabata running rather than sprinting.

              I tend to do Tabata protocol with Kettlebells which i find works quite well for me.
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              • #8
                It's not an all out sprint, a faster jog at best - video is the only thing that would convince me otherwise. How you "feel" doesn't really matter, ie: you may feel like you're sprinting, but you're not.

                However, you're moving baby! kudos to you.
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                • #9
                  Froggie- I have found that I get the most out of my TS when I have a more carb heavy meal, but make sure it is well digested! I was sprinting 2hrs after dinner the other night and felt a little bogged down. Also, instead of resting between sprints I like to do push-ups or dips when I am feeling really ambitious!

                  You were right about the frequency, the primal workout pyramid is on the main page today. I’m not sure I would want to do them more than once a week anyway- they are pretty intense!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AdamC29 View Post
                    I get that but sprinting for 20 seconds is a long time and you have to do this 8 times after 10 seconds rest.

                    i consider myself pretty fit but I don't even think superman could do balls to the wall tabata sprints.

                    I am just wondering if this is really Tabata running rather than sprinting.

                    I tend to do Tabata protocol with Kettlebells which i find works quite well for me.
                    You may be right. Certainly the first 2-3 sets shouldn't be too much of a problem to complete at a sprint (I normally peak around the 3rd set), but by the last couple you will certainly be slowing down. It's just important to keep the HR high and not relax out for the max benefit.

                    Kb swings can work pretty well as a Tabata exercise, I think snatches have a bit too long of a cycle period, by that I mean that a snatch takes around 2 seconds to complete so you can end up with anything from an 18/12 or 22/8 timing ratio if you are not careful, which is quite a big difference. I think thats why VWC uses 15/15 for snatches.

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                    • #11
                      It seems no-one here knows what Tabata actually is (no offence!) Let me clear that up for you.
                      The original scientific study was based on using a stationary bike for 8 cycles of 20/10 done 4x per week plus one session of what I suppose would be considered "chronic cardio". Nothing that anyone has described above actually conforms to the Tabata protocol. That is not to say it isn't beneficial, it just isn't Tabata.

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                      • #12
                        I've done tabota on the rower and was wiped at the end. I've have come to the conclusion that tabota should be a curse word.

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                        • #13
                          I did one round (4 minutes) of tabata sprints today at the gym on the treadmill. My sprints were 10 mph and I almost cried and felt like I was going to puke! haha Somehow I kept my intensity up until the last 20 second sprint.

                          I've only had the crying/almost puking reaction only once before today. Pretty intense.

                          My heart rate did seem to be lower during the inclined walking I did after the tabata sprints today compared to the walking I do after HIIT.

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                          • #14
                            What works best for me is to jog 1 mile over to the track as a warm up then sprint 100 yds down the straights and walk 50 yds, slow jog 50 yds around the corners and repeat 10 times. Then jog the 1 mile home.Challenging but seems to allow just the right amount of rest. I vary this once in a while by doing 200 yd sprints X 5 sets. Also once in a while I will sprint on the turf pulling a resistance sled - very intense!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by zilog View Post
                              It seems no-one here knows what Tabata actually is (no offence!) Let me clear that up for you.
                              The original scientific study was based on using a stationary bike for 8 cycles of 20/10 done 4x per week plus one session of what I suppose would be considered "chronic cardio". Nothing that anyone has described above actually conforms to the Tabata protocol. That is not to say it isn't beneficial, it just isn't Tabata.
                              I always thought it was 2 times per week. Like every 3 days or something.

                              I use my elliptical, though I am not consistent, but going to focus on that, thus my snooping around over here on the fitness threads.
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