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December 31, 2011 2:04 PM
I know that with Tabata, its the calories that you burn after that matter, but I am curious and I want to know if anyone knows how many you might burn doing a Tabata workout. I am currently at 202 if that matters and I would really like to know how I am suppose to log this workout into myfitnesspal?
January 4, 2012 6:44 PM
I know this is a SUPER late response - I just searched the community for Tabata, since it's not a common workout or topic. I did a Spinning class last night using Tabata techniques and some off-bike Tabata work. Holy WOW, that is hard!!!

You're right about the calorie burn. I simply logged my calorie burn as what my HRM said. I don't quite know how to estimate post-workout burn. I might just consider it icing on the cake of whatever you can calculate otherwise?
January 7, 2012 9:04 AM
bump... I'm wondering the same thing. How many calories burned in each 4 minute workout?
February 10, 2012 5:14 PM
Anyone have an answer for this?
February 10, 2012 5:18 PM
I was told that 4 min tabata equals about a 30 min jog on treadmill. Not sure how accurate that is tho...
February 10, 2012 5:34 PM
I just log the 4 mins under whatever exercise it was, for bodyweight stuff it goes under calisthenics (vigorous) and for my bike I log it under stationary bike (mod effort). I dont have a HRM so I do try to under estimate my cals burned for exercise while eating back those cals on top of my allowance. It's been working for the last 3-4 months so I'm happy. With the tabatas I am probably severely underestimating but I'm not on one of those 1200 cal or less diets either so I'm not too bothered by burning a bit more on some days.

To really know the cals burned you would need a pretty accurate HRM... otherwise its all guess work.
Edited by Starla_ On February 10, 2012 5:35 PM
October 12, 2012 3:38 PM

Quotes 780 per workout inc EPOC
October 12, 2012 8:57 PM
I would be really really leery of logging all the supposed afterburn calories from a Tabata workout.

First, because the numbers quoted seem too high to be true.
I haven't seen calorie burns from a reliable source for the Tabata workouts.
There is some scientific literature supporting its effect on training, but nothing I can find on calorie burns.

Second, even if it's true that a Tabata workout burns hundreds of times the calories per minute that a steady state exercise would, most people aren't doing the actual protocol. Most people who think they are doing a Tabata workout are really just doing a high intensity interval workout.
To be a true Tabata workout, you need to be going at 170% of your Vo2max for those 20-second intervals.

170%. Not "as hard as you can go" or "really really hard." 170%.
It's hard to know that you are hitting that intensity w/o lab equipment to measure it.
It's also very hard to make yourself work at that intensity, especially without feedback in the moment.

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