10-Minute Total Body Tabata Workout

"Never miss a Monday," right?  Well, that's not always the case.  If you missed your workout yesterday, get a jump on your fitness routine today with this Tabata style workout.  All it takes is 10 minutes and you've worked your body from head to toe.  We could really stretch the alliteration and call it "Tuesday's 10-minute Total Body Tabata" but that just sounds a little bit ridiculous.  (Or does it...?)  Regardless, keep reading for the details and get your day started off on the right foot.  Best part is you don't need any equipment except a timer!

10-Minute Total Body Tabata Workout

10-Minute Total Body Tabata Workout

For each exercise, go all out as best you can for 20 seconds.  Then rest for 10 seconds.  Repeat that 20/10 combo 4 times for each exercise (totaling 2 minutes per move) before moving onto the next.  Try to only rest during the 10-second rest intervals and not between moves.   Ready?!

Jump Lunges - start in a lunge position on one leg.  Propel yourself up into the air and switch legs mid-air to land back down in a lunge on the other side.  Keep going for 20 seconds at a time, and try to get yourself low in the lunge and high up in the jump.  Trainer Tip: if the jumps are too high-impact for you, simply step your feet up and back into a lunge alternating legs as you go.

Clapping Push Ups - you can do these either from your feet or your knees (your choice).  What you'll do is perform a regular push up, but on the way up, push yourself up into the air slightly and clap your hands together once.  Place your hands back down on the floor and immediately go back down into a push up.  Keep going for 20 seconds at a time.

Feet-to-Hand Mountain Climbers - like regular mountain climbers, but bring your foot all the way up to the side of your hand.  You'll feel more of a stretch through the groin and this will also engage just about every part of your body a little bit more than regular MCs.  Trainer Tip: if the jumping is too much here, simply step your feet up one at a time to meet the outside of your hand.

Plank Hip Touches - start in a low plank on your forearms (either on your toes or your knees).  From here, twist your hips to one side and lower them so they tap the floor.  Go back to a regular plank and twist/lower to the other side.  Keep alternating for 20 seconds at a time.

In & Outs - sit down on the floor, legs extended with hands by your sides, elbows on the ground, chest up.  Bring your knees to your chest, keeping your hands planted.  Extend back out so your feet hover over the floor.  Keep alternating in & out for 20 seconds at a time.  Trainer Tip: if you want to increase the intensity, take your hands off the floor and extend them overhead.

Readers: chat with me!  Did you work out yesterday?  What'd you do?  Have you ever tried a Tabata workout before, and if so, do you like them?  Are you going to join me in the #StepitUp walking challenge?  If you want to learn about that, see yesterday's post here.  Come join the fun!