How Bodybuilders Can Benefit From Tabata Training

Sometimes bodybuilding is simply thought of as lifting weight. However as a bodybuilder yourself you can appreciate that there is a lot more to bodybuilding than just lifting weight and eating a crazy amount of food.

Bodybuilding is about eating right. Consuming the correct amount of calories, taking into account different grams of macronutrients all designed for different purposes. For example, Bodybuilders need to be in a caloric surplus in order to build muscle more effectively. This is because the body can turn the excess calories into muscle.

In turn, to lose weight you must be in what is called a calorie deficit. When the body is in a calorie deficit it will lose weight. This is because the body uses excess fat in order to try to maintain calorie maintenance, which is when the body has just the right amount of calories to maintain its current weight.

Going from a “bulk” phase (calorie surplus) into a “cutting” phase can be very challenging. This is due to the body getting use to this amount of calories, as well as, your appetite increasing due to getting used to the bigger number of calories.

This means that in a cutting phase you may start to feel more fatigued easily as well as felling hungry a lot more of the time.

The solution?

Cardio:  Cardio allows you to eat more calories and still be in a calorie deficit. This is because you burn calories during cardio and these burnt calories can be subtracted from the calories you have consumed in a day to give you the actual amount of calories used by your body per day.

What type?

The type of cardio can make all of the difference. Tabata cardio has many added benefits.

Here are 3:

1. Fast

Bodybuilders Can Benefit From Tabata Training

A high intensity Tabata workout can really burn a large amount of calories in a very short time.

Many of us have a busy work and family life and working out each day is hard to fit into the schedule. Tabata is usually done within 4 minutes and rarely exceeds 10. This kind of quick and efficient workout instantly appeals to those that are busy and rightfully so.

Due to the short time that Tabata takes you may not need to drive down to the gym (separately from your workout) and instead, you can fit a session in at home or even in a break at the office.

2. Efficient

Leading on from the “Fast” pro, Tabata is arguably the quickest way to burn calories and essentially loose fat. This is, of course, if you work it out in the terms of “minutes spent working out” to results. The fact that you can burn the same amount of calories in 4 minutes with Tabata than a 30, 45 or even 60 minute walking session is a real pro to Tabata.

3. Added benefits

Due to the way Tabata works it is also said by many professionals to help build muscle as well as strength. Depending on the exercise, Tabata can be an excellent way to build strength in different parts of the body and core strength is an added benefit as it calls on the core to keep stability whilst performing challenging tasks.

What could be better for a Bodybuilder?

Burning calories and potentially building muscle and strength at the same time.

With Tabata you can also pick and choose the exercise you want to perform. This means that you can pick and choose different exercises that you would like to improve on in your muscle-building workouts too. It helps you to develop and perfect the form on exercises that you typically wouldn’t do to build muscle.