My Perfect Tabata

Good afternoon peeps! Hopefully your Thursday is off to a great start 🙂

I was up at the crack of dawn (for me during the summer) at 5:15 to get ready for an early morning Avalon Crossfit session. Since I had a meeting from 8-12 I thought it would be best to get an early start with my workout this way I could spend the rest of my day doing whatever I wanted.

Of course, I stayed up a little too late last night and did not want to MOVE this morning. I also had a bit of a stomach ache. There were two main reasons I didn’t bail:

  1. John was the trainer and I love taking classes with him.  I usually take him on Monday and Wednesday nights be he has since changed his schedule (and I have changed mine) I haven’t taken a class with him in forever.
  2. The class was full and people were on the wait list.  I think it would be extremely rude of me to bail or late cancel 10 minutes before class starts.  If that isn’t accountability I don’t know what is!

I had 4 gummy chews on my way out the door.

I then sat in my car and tried to convince myself to leave. I guess I can chalk it up to a guilty consciencous as to why I got it done this morning!

Oh, and 4 people who registered dind’t show up. So annoying.

Warm up: length of the floor

  • World’s Greatest Stretch
  • Balance on one leg


  • 5 x 3 shoulder press*
  • alternating with 4 x 5 false grip ring pull ups and weighted GHD back extensions (25lbs)

*We were to do max weight and as the bar got heavier I started (incorrectly) doing a push press. John said a shoulder press and a push press are close enough (isn’t that a nice way of saying “you’re wrong ladies”), but they work slightly different muscles. I corrected myself for the last set and maxed at 45lbs.

Then I began to feel all sorts of soreness from the beginning of the week.

Warm up #2- “To get our blood moving”

  • Jumping jack craziness- regular, cross-legged, high jump
  • Run in place craziness

WOD: Tabata This! 20 seconds on/10 seconds rest for 8 rounds

  • Squats
  • Pull ups (modified using band)
  • Push ups (real ones!)
  • sit ups

In Tabata you are essentially doing 4 minutes of work for each of the above and resting for 1 minute between each exercise.

Your score is the lowest number of reps for each added together, so you don’t want to go out fast then drop reps each time.

  • Squats: 12 per 20secs (this was consistent for 8 rounds)
  • Pull-ups: varied each round (homegirl got tired), lowest rep count 4
  • Push ups: 7 per 20 sec
  • Sit ups: 9 per 20 seconds

Tabata this score: 32


I love Tabata because doing 20 seconds of work doesn’t seem like much (though it does catch up to ya!). I loved the squats and sit ups because I can push through the burn, but I am still not good at pull ups so that bums me out! In my perfect Tabata push ups would NOT be included!

Let me tell ya,  it was a great way to start the day.  I knew I wouldn’t regret the workout.  I NEVER do!

If you could pick 4 exercises that would make up your perfect Tabata, what would they be? Which exercises would you avoid?


4 thoughts on “My Perfect Tabata

  1. Mine perfect Tabata would be very similar to that one, but with lunges in place of push-ups! I am with you on the not loving push-ups thing! I am excited to do my Tabata tonight!!! Wish I got into the morning class too!

  2. Push ups
    Pull ups
    24″ Box Jumps

    I’m picking theses because they all SUCK! and I need to get better at them 🙂

    Showed up for the Tabata workout yesterday and Logan had us do the filthy fifty instead. TERRIBLE!

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