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DES MOINES, Iowa – Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of exercise on the market, but a lot of people are doing it wrong.  Personal trainer Angie Gallagher says the number one mistake people make is not working hard enough. “Aerobic means with oxygen,” she explains, “anaerobic is without and that’s what you want. It’s where you can hardly breathe. It’s not just hard breathing, it’s very labored and there is no talking!”

Trouble spot number two is doing this sort of vigorous interval training too much.  Angie says it’s too hard on your body, and particularly your heart. “It’s becoming so popular people are only doing Tabata. Don’t forget – your body needs 48 hours to recover.”

People often think Tabata is strictly a cardiovascular workout.  Mistake number three is never using weights. As long as you perform movements and use heavy enough weights to reach that anaerobic threshold, this is a great way to change up your routine.

Finally, myth number four – Tabata has to be high impact.  It doesn’t. High intensity does not mean high impact.  To prove it, Angie has us do a sequence using paper plates.  Our feet never leave the floor, but we’re sucking air – and that makes this a true Tabata experience.

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