As promised, this is my third, and likely, final Tabata review.  In my first review, Trying a Tabata workout, I wasn’t convinced. Ditto my Second Tabata review, but as they say, the third time’s the charm. Having finally found a good Tabata exercise, my reviews are complete. 

I did it. I finally discovered which exercise would give me the most bang for my four minutes. It’s the jump squat throw! I will openly admit that by the end of the 8th cycle of this Tabata workout I was tired. This is a good Tabata exercise to try. It’s a whole-body workout and I was tired.

Jump squat throw exercise
Me, doing a jump squat throw with a lightly-weighted ball, and my trusty sidekick Caesar cheering me on

As you can see from the picture I used a light medicine ball for this exercise.  I chose plié squats to target my inner thighs. I performed a low plié squat holding the ball as pictured. Starting in the squat, I then exploded up and threw the ball, catching it to repeat this until the 20 seconds was up. My legs and butt were definitely feeling this and if I’m ever crunched for time, I’ll do this Tabata workout again.

Good Tabata exercises

  • Jump rope
  • Jumping jacks
  • Running on the spot
  • Jump squats
  • Burpees
  • Star jumps
  • Mountain climbers

Let’s hear from you! Have you tried Tabata yet? What are your thoughts on a 4-minute workout?