GymRa is an online personal training subscription type thing. It costs $4.99 a month but they also have a lot of free workout videos on YouTube. I liked the titles of many of them and, after previewing several of the workouts, I decided to give them a try.
The first one I tried was Tabata Extreme and I wasn’t terribly impressed with it. It is set up in traditional tabata format: 20 seconds of all out intense work alternated with 10 seconds of recovery. 8 of these 20/10 cycles is one tabata. This workout contains four 4 minute tabatas. Each tabata alternates between 2 exercises. A tabata is a HIIT workout.
Tabata Extreme is led by trainer Julia Bognar. It is set outdoors in a park with some barely audible generic music. The moves were intense and tough, and I got a good workout but I just didn’t enjoy this workout. Some of the moves were kind of awkward and I wanted more motivating and louder music. I do plan to try a few more GymRa workouts but I won’t be returning to this one.
***Update–after doing a second GymRa workout, I am reconsidering this one. I think supplying my own music might be the answer to making these workouts better. The workouts themselves are excellent, but I need more driving music for an intense HIIT workout.
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Tabata Extreme is 24 minutes long; 1:30 minute warm up and 1 minute cool down/stretch. Between each 4 minute tabata you get an approx 60 second break in which Julia demonstrates the exercises that will make up the tabata you are getting ready to perform.
For the exercises below, you alternate the two exercises listed, doing each one for 20 seconds with a 10 second recovery; do a total of 8 cycles.
- 4 big mogul jumps forward and 8 small/fast mogul jumps back
- Lateral jump to side, balance on one leg, come down on hands and kick one leg up in air (like a handstand), stand bringing same leg that kicked up while hopping on other leg
- Get into crab w/ one arm raised and hips lowered to a few inches off ground; you will alternate having one hand on the ground, raising hips each time you switch arms; you will push up with power (with arm/hand) while sweeping other arm all the way over to other side
- Lateral hop + diamond jump
- Start standing w/ ankles crossed, lower bottom to ground and roll back, bringing feet/legs over head, roll back up (ankles still crossed) to standing then jump, recrossing ankles with other foot in front while jumping
- One switch kick + 4 high knee runs
- Start in a deep lunge; from this position, stand, kicking back leg in front of you, returning to deep lunge then doing a 180 jump into a squat then jump right back to deep lunge
- Place one hand behind back and other hand on ground so body is in a pike; donkey kick jump feet side to side