Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tabatas: Worse Than Waterboarding?

Alright, I already knew I wasn't in the best shape of my life, but that was just EMBARRASSING!
I did my first-ever Tabata workout last night.  It's a new DVD series from Chris Freytag, and she combines toning exercises with Tabatas.

And I thought I was gonna die.

The thing is, I doubt these drills are anywhere nearly as intense as what many people do (Hello, Charlotte & Geosomin!).  But I'm old, fat, and tired, so they were plenty challenging for me.  I was cursing a blue streak about 1/3 of the way through the 31-minute workout, and it only got worse.
The only witness to my humiliation was my son, who was more interested in drawing than whatever it was Mom was doing.  Thankfully.
And possibly the neighbors, if they happened to look across the street between 7:23 and 7:54 PM, as there are a few blinds missing from that window.

Humiliation, thy name is Tabata.

I'm thinking there's gotta be something in the Geneva Convention about those things, right?  No?
Ah, well.

Guess I'll try again.


In other news, we started out new session of Shakespeare classes today.  12 kids, ages 7-10, all homeschooled.
It was...energetic!
The woman who runs the program for these kids says she's actually never seen them THAT rowdy.
I'm sure things will settle down.  And when I say "I'm sure," what I'm REALLY saying is "Pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease!!!!!!!!"

I'm so glad tomorrow's Friday.  I'll actually have a day off.  I'm going to yoga in the morning, then to the 20% off beer sale at Whole Foods for Hubby, and then I'm gonna chill until it's time to pick the kids up.
I MIGHT try another Tabata workout on Saturday (gulp!).

Wish me luck.
If you don't see another post here for a while, it means I'm in the hospital, in traction.

And on that note, have a great weekend everybody!


Crabby McSlacker said...

Tabatas, if done correctly, are supposed to feel like absolute physical torture. The only good thing about them is that they don't last long.

Anyone who claims to do tabatas without suffering much, or who says they do them for extended lengths of time, is either lying or slacking.

Sounds like you're doing them exactly right!

azusmom said...

Good to know! ;)

Geosomin said...

Don't get discouraged. Tabatas are designed to push you to your limits and NOT be enjoyable. :)
I find them to be evil in every way...but I feel fantastic afterwards.

Geosomin said... can buy beer at the grocery store?


Charlotte said...

This totally made me grin!! All that means is you're doing them correctly. You absolutely should hate every second - if you don't you're not pushing hard enough! Crabby and Geosomin are so right - welcome to the pain party:) Good thing it only lasts 4 minutes right?? Seriously you should see the Gym Buddies and I trying to psych eachother up enough to do them....