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The 2 Best Time-Crunch Tabata Workouts

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The 2 Best Time-Crunch Tabata Workouts
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The 2 Best Time-Crunch Tabata Workouts
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The popular HIIT style known as Tabata is the ultimate time-crunched workout method in that you can work your entire body, if you want to, in just four-minute increments. It may seem too good to be true, but “the short duration of a Tabata workout increases a person’s willingness to complete it and the possibility to build the habit and do it regularly,” says trainer Selena Watkins. Shorter durations also means less stress on the body.

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Workout 1

Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Exercise 1 of 4

Kettlebell Swing

Equipment
Kettlebells
Sets
8
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
--
Exercise 2 of 4

High Knees

Equipment
Sets
8
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
--
How to
Exercise 3 of 4

Bodyweight Dip

Equipment
Dip Station
Sets
8
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
--
Exercise 4 of 4

V-Up

Equipment
No Equipment
Sets
8
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
--
Alternate exercise — jackknife

Workout 2

Exercise
Equipment
Sets
Reps
Rest
Exercise 5 of 4

Pushup

Equipment
Sets
4
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
--
Equipment
Dumbbells
Sets
4
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
--
Exercise 7 of 4

Burpee

Equipment
Sets
--
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
--
How to
Exercise 8 of 4

Mountain Climber

Equipment
No Equipment
Sets
4
Reps
4 minutes (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Rest
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