You Won’t Believe How Short This Expert Says Your Workout Can Be

To lose weight| you don’t always need to spend hours at the gym. In fact| HIIT| or high-intensity interval training| has been proven to be one of the best ways to burn more calories and target belly fat. But just how short can you get? Try just four minutes| according to Tabata program director and head coach of Lock Box LA PJ Stahl. According to PJ| the length of just one Tabata cycle is enough to see the results that the interval-training technique is known for| including fat loss| improved metabolism| and better endurance. “You only do one Tabata four-minute protocol in your entire workout|” PJ says. “The reason that the Tabata program works is because I designed it to utilize 20 seconds of beyond-maximum intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight rounds| totaling to four minutes|” he explains. The trick is in the 20 seconds| during which you are supposed to exercise past your metabolic threshold in other words| an 11 on a one-to-10 scale of rate of perceived exertion.

Wondering how often you should sweat it out in a four-minute intense Tabata cycle? Here are PJ’s suggestions:

Novice (someone new to exercise or returning to exercise): start with once a week and add when you are ready.Intermediate (someone who has been exercising at least six months and has had some experience in HIIT| bodyweight and core training| and ploymetrics): start with once or twice a week and add more when you are ready.Advanced (someone who has been exercising six months or more and has experience in the above styles of training): start with twice a week and add more when you are ready.Athlete (someone who has been exercising at least one year or more and has experience with Tabata): start with two to three times a week and add more when you are ready.

Of course| you don’t have to stop your workout once you’re done with your Tabata cycle| but if you’re ready to try this technique| check out a few of our Tabata workouts here!

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kat Borchart

You Won’t Believe How Short This Expert Says Your Workout Can Be

To lose weight, you don’t always need to spend hours at the gym. In fact, HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, has been proven to be one of the best ways to burn more calories and target belly fat. But just how short can you get? Try just four minutes, according to Tabata program director and head coach of Lock Box LA PJ Stahl. According to PJ, the length of just one Tabata cycle is enough to see the results that the interval-training technique is known for, including fat loss, improved metabolism, and better endurance. “You only do one Tabata four-minute protocol in your entire workout,” PJ says. “The reason that the Tabata program works is because I designed it to utilize 20 seconds of beyond-maximum intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight rounds, totaling to four minutes,” he explains. The trick is in the 20 seconds, during which you are supposed to exercise past your metabolic threshold ¡ª in other words, an 11 on a one-to-10 scale of rate of perceived exertion.

Wondering how often you should sweat it out in a four-minute intense Tabata cycle? Here are PJ’s suggestions:

Novice (someone new to exercise or returning to exercise): start with once a week and add when you are ready.Intermediate (someone who has been exercising at least six months and has had some experience in HIIT, bodyweight and core training, and ploymetrics): start with once or twice a week and add more when you are ready.Advanced (someone who has been exercising six months or more and has experience in the above styles of training): start with twice a week and add more when you are ready.Athlete (someone who has been exercising at least one year or more and has experience with Tabata): start with two to three times a week and add more when you are ready.

Of course, you don’t have to stop your workout once you’re done with your Tabata cycle, but if you’re ready to try this technique, check out a few of our Tabata workouts here!

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Kat Borchart

10 Cute Camping Picks to Celebrate the Great Outdoors

10 Cute Camping Picks to Celebrate the Great Outdoors

Getting out and enjoying everything nature has to offer is even more motivating when you’re toting cute and functional camping gear along with you. Check out a few of our favorite car-camping-approved picks that’ll ensure you have a fun| comfortable| and stylish weekend in the great outdoors!

| Alite Kincaid Pack

Take along the Alite Kincaid Pack ($65) for all your camping and day-hiking needs; the separate compartment at the bottom holds a pair of sandals or a stash of on-the-mountain snacks| while extra loops hold a water bottle| hiking pole| or rolled blanket.

| Evrgrn Picnic Table

The Evrgrn Picnic Table ($70) from REI folds up into its own carry case for easy transport to and from your campsite.

| Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro

The Outdoor Technology Buckshot Pro ($80) does it all: it’s a portable speaker| flashlight| lantern| and USB charger all in one. Plus| it’s water resistant| so you can take it with you on nearly all your adventures.

| Sunnylife Lantern

The collapsible Sunnylife Pop Up Lantern ($16) will cheer up any campsite with its battery-powered LED light.

| Nipomo Blanket

Use the rollable Nipomo blanket ($72) as a space for lounging| as a blanket to warm you around the campfire| or as a picnic area at the peak of a long hike.

| Poler Napsack

The Poler Napsack ($136) is a car-camper’s dream: unzip the shoulder zippers and hike up the bottom to wear around your campsite when the sun sets| then zip up and use as a normal sleeping bag when it’s time for bed.

| Bestmade Camp Stool

The sturdy| rustproof Bestmade Camp Stool ($36) features a heavy canvas top that repels water| so you can keep it outside all night and still have an early morning seat around the campfire.

| Chums Camper Mug

The Chums Camper Mug II ($8) is perfect for hot or cold drinks and durable enough to toss in your camping bag.

| Ticla Teahouse 3 Tent

The view is what you came for| so why hide it? The Ticla Teahouse 3 Tent ($345) fits three people and lets you see the sights with strategically placed windows and ventilation systems.

| Stanley Cook Set

This collapsible cook set from Stanley ($25) features a 24-ounce pot to boil water| cook soups| and more| as well as two included mugs that stack inside when not in use.