A few weeks ago, over in the Killer B Hive (the super fun and interactive Facebook group that I host – please consider this link your personal invitation to join!), we had a friendly “debate” over which one of the Dumbbell Tabata videos – there are, as of today, four of them – was the best. And this is pretty much my favorite kind of debate ever, because you know what? Nobody loses! If you’re doing any of the dumbbell Tabata workouts, you’re totally a winner.
Here are links to the three older videos, in case you haven’t seen them:
The One with the Purple Shirt is the oldest and, in my opinion, the “easiest.” Or, as easy as Tabata with dumbbells can be (which isn’t easy). It has the most views because it’s been around a while and it’s just 20 minutes long – a great place to start with Tabata workouts. You can follow along with it here: https://youtu.be/FwBmO1BbBII
The One with the Pink Shirt and The One with the Green Shirt are equally difficult, and by that I mean brutal. 🙂 These are both rated Intermediate level because they’re just sweaty sweat bombs. Decide for yourself which one you think is tougher and leave a comment below! Pink Shirt: https://youtu.be/gS7ZN1qGG4o Green Shirt: https://youtu.be/x1kQsZ_s8zQ
This newest one is the second easiest, I think. It’s definitely more beginner-friendly than Pink or Green, but tougher than your average “beginner” workout. I had a lot of fun with this one, because it’s all low impact cardio exercises that I know and love already with the added bonus of weights in your hands. Fast-paced and FUN!
DUMBBELL TABATA | 25 Minute LOW IMPACT Cardio Toning, High Intensity Weights Workout without Jumping
Set your timer for intervals of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest.
WARM UP (complete each exercise UNWEIGHTED for two work intervals):
- Double Knees
- Frog Reaches
- Rainbow Jacks
MAIN WORKOUT (complete each WEIGHTED exercise for eight work intervals in a row before moving on to the next exercise):
- Walking (two dumbbells)
- Double Knees (one dumbbell)
- Frog Reaches (one dumbbell)
- Rainbow Jacks (one dumbbell)
FINISHER (complete the eight work intervals WEIGHTED and the eight “rest” intervals UNWEIGHTED; there is no rest):
- Toy Soldiers
Can’t see the video below? Click here to watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/h-br3ewXJcg
The great thing about all four of these workouts is that they are quick and efficient (which is our workout theme for the month of June – short HIIT workouts so you can HIIT the BEACH). The Tabata protocol is proven to be a great way to get your heart rate up, burn calories and fat and boost your metabolism in a short amount of time. Working with light dumbbells means that in addition to building your cardiovascular endurance, you’re increasing muscle tone and endurance, too.
Cheers to fast workouts, fabulous results and a FUN summer!
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