Fit in 30mins: The Tabata review

Tabata is the latest big craze in fitness – and we reckon it’s here to stay.

Classes consist of 30 minutes of high intensity activity with rests, designed to give you high calorie burn and an amazing cardio workout.

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We asked long-time class and gym user, Ruth Tarrant-Rolfe, what she thinks makes Tabata different.


“I first tried Tabata this September. I’d heard about it from a friend of mine who’d tried it before, but I wasn’t able to go during the evening in the summer.

In September, Andover Leisure Centre introduced extra morning classes, which seemed like a perfect reason to give it a go.

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From the beginning, I really enjoyed it. It’s definitely different, and you do get a really good workout in half an hour.

It’s really high intensity, it pushes you, and you can work at a high level. Obviously, if you’re not super-fit, then you can work at a lower level.

I love it – I’ve been going to the gym for years, so it’s really nice to do something different. And I’ve really felt it, afterwards, despite being a regular gym-goer. I really have noticed the difference.

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It’s also really easy to balance with other classes. I still love BODYATTACK and BODYSTEP, but this pushes me in a different way.

I think Kari’s a fantastic instructor, too. She really encourages and motivates in a positive way, rather than shouting and being terrifying!

I’m now completely converted to Tabata, and I do Tuesday and Friday mornings!”

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Instructor Kari says: “Be warned: you will be in pain, you will be sucking wind, but you definitely won’t be bored!

Tabata is not something you can do while chatting to a friend or reading a book. Because the class is so short you will be working the whole time. It offers seasoned exercisers a new challenge, and new exercisers a quick way to see results.

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Tabata has some amazing benefits:

  • It’s super efficient. You can get better results in 30 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training), than an hour of endurance training.
  • You can burn more calories. Intense exertion kicks the body’s repair system into hyperdrive – meaning you will burn more calories in the 24 hours after training than you would from a steadily-paced workout.
  • It enhances other training. By pushing into your anaerobic zone, it will have a great effect on other areas of your training regime.
  • You will lose fat, not muscle. Tabata allows the body to preserve your hard-earned muscle, while ensuring most weight loss comes from your fat stores. It’s a win/win situation!
  • It increases your metabolism. HIIT stimulates production of human growth hormone by up to 450% during the 24 hours after your workout. This is not only responsible for increased calorie burn, but also slows down the aging process.”

If you’d like to give Tabata a try, the class is available at Andover Leisure Centre at the following times:
Tuesday 09:25 – 09:55 & 20:10 – 20:40
Friday 09:15 – 09:45, 09:45 – 10:15 & 19:30 – 20:00

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