Attempt to run the World’s largest HIIT workout tackles Scotland’s growing obesity levels
tabataTM, the hot new HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout scientifically proven to get you fit in just four minutes of intense exercise, hit Scotland on Monday 27 January. Over 623 fitness fanatics took part in the Guinness World Record® attempt to create the World’s largest HIIT class at a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venue.
Swarms of people flocked to the Emirate’s Arena, Glasgow to take part in the tabata™ fitness class on Monday 27 January at 6pm. With official figures* showing the number of adults in Scotland considered to be overweight continuing to rise, Glasgow is fighting back and getting active with tabata™.
Straight after Burns Night celebrations, over 155,000 calories were burned on Monday night by those taking part in breaking the World Record.
Olympic medallist and gymnast, Louis Smith, who recently announced he is aiming to qualify for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, has been following a tabata™ training programme to get in top condition for his return to Gymnastics training. Louis said, “Since starting tabata™ I feel amazing – the best I’ve felt for months. The idea of dropping fat and building up muscle with a routine that takes just four minutes was a bit of a no-brainer! I want to wish everyone taking part the best of luck for the World Record attempt.”
tabata™ is the first exercise system born in a laboratory, not in a gym. Developed by Japanese scientist Professor Izumi Tabata, it’s the most famous form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds rest, repeated eight times. That’s just four minutes of exercise in total. Clinical trials showed that it was more effective in those four minutes at improving fitness levels than an hour on an exercise bike. Plus it burned calories for up to 12 hours after the workout ended. Professional athletes like Team GB cycling and many Premiership clubs have long been fans, along with A-listers like Henry Cavill, Elle McPherson, Hugh Jackman and Jessica Biel, plus X-Factor winner Sam Bailey.