Get Moving with Cendrine

Cendrine Browne, cross-country skiing Olympian and Formica Ambassador takes you through a Tabata session.

Get Moving with Cendrine

School started a few weeks ago. Are you having trouble finding time to train as you juggle homework, lunches, and ferrying the kids to their activities? You aren’t alone! Never fear, though. I have a solution for you: a Tabata session. Tabata is an intense workout that yields tremendous benefits but doesn't take very long to do. Tabata will boost your metabolism, muscle strength, and endurance. And, no, Tabata isn’t too good to be true! I’ll show you how it works below. 

To begin, you’ll need a stopwatch. Each exercise lasts 20 seconds. Then, you get ten seconds to rest and get ready for the next exercise. It's essential to respect the time limits to get the benefits. If you choose to do multiple sets, be sure to rest one minute between sets. 

1) The jack plank:

From high plank position with your feet slightly apart, start the sequence by jumping and spreading each leg out to the side, while maintaining your plank position. Then, jump your legs back together. You’re essentially doing jumping jacks in a horizontal position parallel to the floor. Continue dynamically jumping your legs in and out without stopping for 20 seconds.

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Rest for ten seconds.

2) The twist plank:

From an elbow plank position (place your feet hip-width apart for greater stability), tilt and dip your right hip towards the ground. Then, tilt and dip your left hip to the ground. Alternate between sides dynamically for 20 seconds.

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Rest for ten seconds.

3) The dynamic plank:

From an elbow plank position, press yourself up into a high plank position one arm at a time. Then, come back down into an elbow plank one arm at a time. Alternate starting with different arms on the way up and down for 20 seconds.

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Rest for ten seconds.

4) Alternating V-ups:

Lie on your back. Rise up to touch your right hand to your left foot, making a V with your body. Return to the supine position, then bring your left hand to your right foot. Keep alternating between sides for 20 seconds.

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Rest for ten seconds.

5) Scissors:

Still from a supine position, with your hands under your buttocks, lift your feet off the ground. Then, scissor your right leg under your left leg and your left leg under your right dynamically for 20 seconds.

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Rest for ten seconds.

6) Bicycle:

Lie on your back and raise your legs to 90 degrees. Touch your right elbow to your left knee, then your left elbow to your right knee. Continue alternating between sides dynamically for 20 seconds.

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Rest for ten seconds.

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