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Increase Cardio Via Tabata Intervals

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by kenban judan, May 8, 2008.

  1. kenban judan

    kenban judan orange belt, i think

    May 7, 2008
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    my wife has taken up jogging, so i am like, what the hell, i'll join her, but it's kind of boring and pointless so i have started doing this tabata intervals thing, sprinting for 20 seconds and resting for 10, for about 5 to 10 cycles. i am throwing my arms into the sprints, so i look extra gay and crazy.

    i searched, and found some stuff on other boards, but what i want to hear from anyone here is: has this stuff helped your grappling endurance, even a little bit? seriously, 'cause even though it's not for that long, this shit is kicking my ass and is not good times at all.
  2. Darkslide632

    Darkslide632 Brown Belt

    Oct 18, 2005
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    I do tabata workouts. I believe they are more for decreasing your recovery time that really building your cardio up. I have never done them alone, so I don't know what the effects are by themselves, but that is what I have always understood about them.

    I will say, however, that I have never done tabata sprints. Usually it is pushups, body weight squats, etc. I would not be surprised if the effect on cardio was more profound with sprints.
  3. wOg

    wOg Burien Top Team

    Aug 28, 2004
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    Pacific NW
    There's a pretty good discussion on tabata intervals and sprints over in the conditioning forum.

    For Tabata intervals I do bodyweight jiu jitsu solo drills, and abs. KB/DB swings are pretty good, too.

    Personally, I'd rather run a set of 100m sprints with active rest in between than tabata sprints.

    EDIT for link
  4. davejitsu

    davejitsu Purple Belt

    Jun 29, 2007
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    Where silence speaks as loud as war
    Guys swear by stuff like this, but I was always taught that you train for your sport; i.e., 5 minute grappling= 5 minute cardio sessions or lifting circuits for 5 minute intervals. I do 5-6 sets like this with 1 minute breaks.

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