All-new Tabata circuit {video}

Hi friends! Hope you’ve had a wonderful day so far <3 We’ve been laying low after yesterday’s birthday events. It’s been nice to enjoy the cloudy day, playing and relaxing. I love the little tradition we’ve started with having a low-key pizza night at our house the night of her actual birthday, and her official party with all of our family + friends later in the month. It gives us some time to recover from Christmas (especially for our friends who travel during the holidays) and I’m glad we’ll get to have another party since we’re moving so soon. (<– just typing that elevates my heart rate)

Speaking of heart rates (lamest transition ever haha), today we have an all-new workout video: Tabata intervals alternating with strength. This is a killer combination, especially if you don’t have a ton of time to work out.

Strength and tabata

Some tips:

-Tabata intervals are not for beginners. They’re very intense, and I recommend a solid cardio base of at least 30 minutes (continuous, easy to moderate effort) before attempting any type of interval training. Of course, check with your doc before making any fitness changes. (For more info on Tabata training, check out this post.)

-In the video, Sasha leads the Tabata intervals and I lead the strength. This means when Sash is going crazy on the cardio intervals, I’m providing some modifications (sans medicine ball) and vise versa. Of course, honor your body and any injuries, and be sure to modify as necessary.

-This video can be repeated to make a full 30-minute workout. (Hopefully you won’t need to! It’s a tough one)

Here’s the video:


Hope you enjoy it! Please let me know what you think.

If you’re looking for more workout ideas, here’s another Tabata circuit that we did a while ago πŸ™‚

See ya in the morning!



When was your last really challenging workout? Mine was the other day, when I went to work out on base in crooked glasses -the lady adjusted them a little off- and the weight room full of military tough dudes. I still KILLED it and my arms are a liiiiiitle sore πŸ™‚

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  1. I loved your last tabata circuit, so I’m definitely looking forward to giving this one a try!

  2. I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing :).

  3. that looks awesome! I always find circuits the most challenging, because I can push myself to the limits!

  4. Great video! My last really challenging workout was yesterdays swim and bike, I felt like I was going to pass out at one point!!! check it out on the blog now (:

  5. My last challenging workout was today – not so much physically challenging but more mental. I could just NEVER get into it. I am coughing it up to tiredness – and am taking a much needed rest day tomorrow πŸ™‚

  6. This looks awesome!

  7. I took my first Barre class today, and I loved it! I’m not quite sure how much my legs are going to love it in the morning, but it was an excellent workout and way to start off my new year of working out. Thank you for inspiring me to try something new. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate Barre moves in your workout posts if you are able to teach in San Diego.

    • Fitnessista says:

      how are your legs feeling today?! πŸ™‚
      i would love to post some full barre workouts eventually

      • Let’s just saying walking down stairs and sitting down is a challenge today! I’m hoping to take weekly courses, so I’m excited to see the results. I’m very hippy and carry weight in my thighs and butt, so I’m hoping this will help slim and tone things.

        I’m also super excited about WSU! I need some new workout motivation.

        • Fitnessista says:

          hope you have fun with it!
          i’ve found that barre is a great way to target different muscles, and always feel the burn!

  8. II was just introducted to Tabata in my last spin class. We did a song with Tabata technique and I was dying! 20 second of extremely fast peddling, 10 seconds off for 8 rounds. I love this new form of HIIT.

  9. My friend introduced to Tabata this workout is no joke.

  10. Looks killer! πŸ˜‰ I love the videos the two of you have been doing. I was wondering if you have ever led a yoga class? I know you practice yoga, but wasn’t sure if you’ve ever led a yoga class and it is something that I’m trying to do more of in 2014 and would be interested in seeing as a workout video if that is something you’d feel comfortable doing or not. Just curious! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  11. you girls are hardcore! πŸ™‚

  12. I LOVE how you can tell Sashas getting her butt kicked during the tabata! I hate when the instructors just seem like it’s no big deal and I’m over here dying. Can’t wait to do this tomorrow at the gym!!!!

  13. Can’t wait to try! Love these!

    I dint remember my last killer workout because it’s been so long. We’ve been struck with some nasty sickness at our house that just isn’t going away.

  14. I love your Tabata videos, thank you!
    I had probably the most killing Yoga Class on Wednesday, and I’m still sore. I couldn’t believe it. And today I’m going to do GRIT – I will definitely REST all weekend! πŸ™‚

  15. I love tabata workouts, quick and to the point! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  16. I LOVE tabatas! at crossfit they are always a fun little treat when they are sprinkled in the programming!

  17. My last challenging workout was yesterday. I’m on week 2 of WSU ’13 (before this years’ starts). I may swap this workout in for the workout listed for ‘today’ though!

  18. Physique 57 killed me!

  19. Can’t wait to try this tonight! The last really hard workout I did was on you posted in December. I think it was called Sweaty something or other. I was so sore for three days after that. Loved it though.

  20. I rarely every comment, but I just did this workout and WOW!!! Sometimes I feel like I don’t have time to workout, but when I saw this was only 15 minutes I gave it a shot. Loved this video! I will definitely be doing this one in the future – challenging but quick! Thanks for sharing!

  21. I’ll have to give this workout a try this weekend!

    You know if you have another kid, you’ll have to have two parties for him/her too, right?
    That’d be cool with me if I were a kid. Actually, I’m ok with that now at 29! Haha

  22. Hi Gina – any change you could include a written version of this workout? I don’t have wi-fi in our condo’s gym!

  23. Gina! This looks awesome! I will try it tonight, Thank you!

  24. Cristina L says:

    My last challenging workout was Wednesday night when I tried my first official “advanced” yoga class. It was a new studio, totally new class structure, and we did tons of poses I had never tried before, so it was definitely tough but in the best way possible.

  25. You ladies are seriously awesome! I was just thinking how I don’t want to try to fight for a treadmill at the gym after work tonight since I slept in too late to fit in my workout this morning. I will definitely be giving this workout a try instead! Thanks again for providing all these fabulous workouts free of charge, you guys are the best!

  26. Bummer, I love Tabatas…but I can’t download video. I live in another country with satellite internet connection that is very limited.
    Wish there was a written version of the workout πŸ™

  27. HI Gina! Im more of a newbie to Tabata and you sayin the post that if you’re new to tabata to go to this post… but there isn’t a link to the post?

  28. I read daily but don’t comment as often…just wanted to say that’s a great tabata! Love the strength incorporated too. And Gina – you are gorgeous!

  29. LOVED this workout! My gyms group fitness room was taken for an event yesterday, so I did this in an open area, pretty sure people thought I was crazy!

  30. I was motivated to look up some tabata workouts this evening and immediately thought of you! If my abs aren’t on fire after this i’ll be looking up your core burners as well πŸ˜€

  31. I loved the combination of tabata and strength. This was great! Thank you!

  32. Wow this kicked my butt! I love following to a full length tabata it makes me give it so much more to stay in sync with u guys, than timing myself for those 20 second intervals!

  33. Just did this for the Guve Planks workout challenge and I’m a sweaty, stinky mess! In other words, I lov it.

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