Lesson to be learned, do your research, but I digress.
Before I dig any deeper into this, check out yesterday in Tabatas Training.
So, back to my progress in the tabatas training experiment.
There’s good news and bad news.
Let’s start with the good news. These high protein shakes appear to be working (at least so far). While I feel that my muscles are definitely tender from the pushups yesterday, they feel less tender than they might otherwise if I hadn’t consumed enough protein. Yay for whey protein!
Now, on to my lessons learned.
By the end of my pushups yesterday, I was sloppy and pitiful. I’ve done some research and I have some answers.
Basically, the goal of any kind of high intensity interval training is to completely burn the glycogen in your muscles in an anaerobic exercise. Alright, that mission was accomplished yesterday, but my form still suffered. So, I needed some more thought in this. A bit of looking online found that there were other people facing that problem.
There were two different theories I found on the web. One suggested that Tabatas training should be done like circuit training intervals. This means you burn all the glycogen from multiple muscle groups. The other theory is that I should start with doing cardio exercise, as it’s crazy to start with weights until you have the physical conditioning necessary to do it properly.
Well, I have a reasonable amount of physical conditioning. I see the logic of the cardio angle, and I wish I’d thought of it before my previous HIIT Training experiment. However, I think I’m committed now. If you are starting this from a low-level of fitness, starting an experiment like this as cardio and working up to weights in a couple of weeks makes sense. As usual, I don’t recommend you follow in my footsteps. I’m crazy, you do what you do at your own risk *grin*
Tabatas Training Day 2
Today, I’ve decided to go with the circuit training today because I found that Justin at Limitless365 has an amazing section of exercise videos.
I’m always up for new things and fun challenges. This seems to be a great way to learn new exercises while trying my experiment. Today I did the bent over row (I love how he shows the move with different equipment):
and the inchworm (it looked fun):
Justin, you have given me the tools to make this experiment fun. Don’t get me wrong, today still hurt, but I was smiling at the end of my last race around as an inch worm.