Aug 29th, 2006
By Max Lewin
We at CrossFit Oakland would like to suggest all CrossFitters start their day with a Tabata protocol shower. 20 seconds of hot water followed by 10 seconds of very cold, repeated 8 times. It’s not as crazy as it sounds! The cold water will drive the blood to the internal organs as the body moves to protect them from the cold. Blood will then rush to the extremities as the body works to move the excess heat out of the body via the skin. A great morning circulation booster!
Seriously the Tabata Protocol produces stunning results. Check out the below article from cbass.com the amazing website of Clarence Bass, author of "Ripped For Life".
Can less really be more?
You’ve been working out for a long time, right? By now you probably know, or have read how doing brief, relatively few hard workouts can make you faster, stronger and healthier than doing a bunch of medium-high intensity workouts all the time. Ever wonder what would happen if you took that concept to the extreme, say by reducing your training time to a mere 90 minutes per week? Over 3 years ago, that’s exactly what I did and this is an account of what happened. (Thanks Clarence for your invitation to share this story with your readers.)
It all started when I read articles 10 and 11 on this website (cbass.com) regarding Dr. Tabata’s studies. If you haven’t read them, please do. I think you’ll be surprised by what you find. In brief, the studies show how after six weeks of training, Dr Tabata’s test subjects made huge gains in both their aerobic and anaerobic capacity on a ridiculously short training regimen. The training consisted of 8, very hard, 20-second intervals with 10 seconds of rest between each interval. The test subjects gained fitness so quickly that, as Dr. Tabata put it, "The rate of increase in V02max is one of the highest ever reported."
Rest of article is here.