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Tabata or HIIT

lisanihaoighleain92lisanihaoighleain92 Posts: 7Member Member Posts: 7Member Member
Question out there to all you wise souls. Which is better tabata or HIIT. They seem quite similar to me. What's the difference

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  • melittadomiadsummelittadomiadsum Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Tabata ive been training for about 4 months 4-5 days a week.built some lean muscles for me it works fine 1t3ulzivq5oq.jpeg
  • lisanihaoighleain92lisanihaoighleain92 Posts: 7Member Member Posts: 7Member Member
    Wow and were you losing weight or building muscle when you started?
  • cecsav1cecsav1 Posts: 714Member Member Posts: 714Member Member
    Tabata is HIIT
  • moe0303moe0303 Posts: 933Member Member Posts: 933Member Member
    cecsav1 wrote: »
    Tabata is HIIT

    ^yeah, this.

    Also, the type of workout that would be best for you will depend on a number of factors which you haven't provided (i.e. time available, weight goals, strength goals, etc.).
  • aub6689aub6689 Posts: 354Member, Premium Member Posts: 354Member, Premium Member
    Tabata is HIIT, but not all HIIT is Tabata. True tabata is a specific form of HIIT, specific interval to recovery ratio, specific anaerobic intensity, 8 rounds, etc.
    Personally I prefer switching it up. I find Tabata useful, but I believe a more well rounded routine includes differing interval lengths. I also prefer to do HIIT for longer, so I often modify my interval lengths and intensities so I can make my time goal.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Posts: 42,518Member, Greeter Member Posts: 42,518Member, Greeter Member
    cecsav1 wrote: »
    Tabata is HIIT
    But HIIT isn't Tabata. Many people "claim" to do Tabata, but it's rare that I've witnessed anyone doing it correctly.

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  • ndj1979ndj1979 Posts: 29,021Member Member Posts: 29,021Member Member
    Tabata ive been training for about 4 months 4-5 days a week.built some lean muscles for me it works fine 1t3ulzivq5oq.jpeg

    sorry, but you are not building "lean muscle" by doing tabata....


    OP - the answer is neither is "better"..do what allows you to reach your fitness and health goals.
  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 15,370Member Member Posts: 15,370Member Member
    Question out there to all you wise souls. Which is better tabata or HIIT. They seem quite similar to me. What's the difference

    Tabata is a very defined protocol. HIIT is a massively over-used term and is fast becoming a marketing hook rather than an exercise description.

    Which is better for me?
    Neither - both inappropriate to my fitness goals, training schedule and fitness level.

    Which is better for you?
    No idea - what are your goals? Capabilities? Which HIIT routine are you thinking of? Do you enjoy that type of training? What other training are you doing?
  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Posts: 9,179Member Member Posts: 9,179Member Member
    I do hill repeats on the bike on Tuesdays.
  • fishgutzyfishgutzy Posts: 2,824Member Member Posts: 2,824Member Member
    I've done spin classes where one segment was a tabata beat. In that mode I liked it because I could bang all out and see how high I could get the Watts for 15 or 20 seconds. Can't maintain 500W for long But I found I could get there fr 15 of the 20 second high. Feel the Burn. :dizzy:
  • robertw486robertw486 Posts: 1,998Member, Greeter, Premium Member Posts: 1,998Member, Greeter, Premium Member
    ndj1979 wrote: »
    Tabata ive been training for about 4 months 4-5 days a week.built some lean muscles for me it works fine 1t3ulzivq5oq.jpeg

    sorry, but you are not building "lean muscle" by doing tabata....


    OP - the answer is neither is "better"..do what allows you to reach your fitness and health goals.

    So if I was to output effort at 30 calories a minute I could make no gains? That's like saying lifting heavier won't help.

    True Tabata protocol is no joke, and I'd have to imagine that many if not most would see strength gains. Calculate that 170% of VO2max and do it, then get back to us on how it won't help.


    As for the original question from the OP, I'm in the camp that HIIT at intensities below Tabata is also helpful, but the specifics of what is better or best would probably be goal influenced.
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