Toughen up, kid. It’s time for the INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power Review!! Your strength and power will be tested with this 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off routine.
Oh and equipment? Heck no! Your body is the equipment and by no means does that mean it’s easier…
In this INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power Review I will share:
- The Warm-Up and Moves throughout Tabata Power
- How Many Calories I burned with Tabata Power
- Some tips of course scattered throughout the post so we can all succeed with INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power
Before I get started, I want to be clear that this is my SECOND round of Max 30. Feel free to check out my first round INSANITY Max 30 results to see where I started. My new goal? Get even more ripped and healthy and push myself to a whole new max!
Let’s see if that works 😛
INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power Review – Warm-Up
In the true INSANITY Max 30 fashion, we go into a great round of warming up. You will go through this sequence twice!
- Straight Arm Jack – It’s a jump jack folks, only you aren’t jacking your arms, you push them up and down (this sounds so wrong…how else to describe this LOL?)
- Scissor Chest Opener – you scissor your feet while your arms open and close (wingspan). By this point the heart rate should be pumping.
- Lateral Lunges – In the first round you are lunging side to side with a flat back, touching your knees. The next time through this, you’ll touch the floor.
During the lateral lunges in the warm-up, I tried to look like a natural badass like Shaun T does in his promotional picture for Asylum Volume 2:
I guess mine turned out OK?? I just need to lift my head up and get that serious look on!
- Downdog Spider – Shaun T refers to this as the strengthening stretch since we are about to go into this strength routine of TABATA POWER! You start in the Downward Dog Yoga position and transition into the spider move. I try to really focus on using my obliques (“side ab muscles”) to bring my foot up. FOCUS on what you are doing so you aren’t using your back or some other way as you build up your strength. Focus is a stepping stone to success, my friend.
Then the warm-up is over. A short water break greets you before it’s time to get energized for INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power.
This reminds me of He-Man:
INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power Review – The Moves
The entire concept behind the INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power review is the concept of Tabata training. The whole concept of Tabata is a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT – which is Shaun T’s specialty judging by his past production). You do a total of 4 minutes of moves that are 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.
Tabata Power is just the start of this insanity. Soon will come Tabata Strength (longer time periods and more challenging moves), and Max Out Power (don’t even…).
But don’t worry, I know you’ll rock it!! If you need extra support, you know you can always team up with me for free!!
Each Tabata is repeated twice, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds jogging.
TABATA 1 – The LEGS
- Burpee Alternating Lunge. Oh really, Shaun T? First move and you already want to smack us around!?! I noticed in the below video that I need to focus a bit on my lunge. I get so fired up about quickly getting down and up that I don’t go as deep on the burpee as I should.
- Plyo Lunge Jump
- Split Lunge Punch (a real killer for upper and lower body HIIT).
- Back Lunge Kick
After repeating each move twice with the 10 second jogging, you get blessed with some water!
TABATA 2 – The CHEST
This time, you focus more on the chest! Instead of jogging during the 10 seconds rest, you’ll be doing the Child’s Pose (and you know what? That’s pretty darn nice after jogging between the cardio moves in Tabata 1!!!).
- Moving Plyo Push-Up – this move is where you push up but pop into the air laterally. It’s all good to follow the modifier for a bit to figure this out (or strengthen up first), but as soon as you can, attempt this move! It’s more fun than it is scary!!
- Push-Up Row – A tricep pushup with putting your elbow in the sky (row). Alternate arms after each pushup.
Knee Push-Up Row – You’ve had enough. Same move as the one before, only stay on your knees, you deserve it young Max
How did you like that Tabata review? By now your chest will be screaming bloody murder, so Shaun T dilegently moves on to attack your legs:
TABATA 3 – Back to the Legs
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Fast Power Jumps – I hated these from the original INSANITY, but for some reason INSANITY Max 30 has such a better flow to the workouts. I think it’s the mix of strength resistance in the Tabata workouts versus the consistent cardio as I found in the original Insanity (just my thought).
- SLOW Power Jump – Listen to Master Shaun T….he’ll tell you when to jump (and dang if these don’t feel more painful then the fast ones. Slow and controlled doesn’t always mean easy).
- High Jumps – start in a squat and reach up and jump as high as you can. I think of myself like a basketball player that is pretty famous making an annual $1.2 million during these jumps. I can dream, right?
- Squat Knee Up – I love this move! Nothing like a leg and ab double deal!! Squat down, do a mini jump up and pull one knee up to the chest, then alternate.
Now it’s game time – the ABS
TABATA 4 – Your Core!
Again, 20 seconds on, and 10 seconds off. This time, the 10 second rest is C-Sit hold (which still works the abs even though it’s rest).
- Switch Kick Abs – On your back, alternate legs up in an “L” form and punch the opposite arm form. Flex your feet and get ready to work those lower abs like WHOA mommy!!!!
- Switch Kick Abs Right & Left – This time you only do one side or the other for each round of this Tabata. TIP: you can modify if you need to, but you should technically have your resting leg a few inches off the floor (yep, Shaun T didn’t make this one easy…dang it).
- Scissor Abs – Why this reminds me of the Fifer Scissors in P90X!! You scissor your legs up and down while having your lower back pressed against the floor.
- “L” Hold Left & Right – Put the left (and right later) leg up in the air with an “L”. And don’t forget to keep that resting leg about an inch off the floor. OUCH!
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TABATA 5 – Triceps.
Ok so we did legs, chest, core. Why not Triceps to wrap up this powerful strength workout???
- Tricep Dip Reach – You dip down using your triceps and then lift back up, lift a leg, and reach with it to the opposite hand.
- Single Leg Tricep Dip Left & Right – This time you continue tricep dips while you raise your left (and later right) leg and hold it in the air. A lot of magic working here. You’ll feel it in your triceps, quads, and core.
- Speed Tricep Dip – Up and down to Shaun T’s pace without raising any legs up!
- 4-Count Tricep Dip – This is brutal after all of the above tricep tortures! 4 counts down and 4 counts up.
TABATA 6 – Max Out Torture (I mean…Challenge)
Time to challenge yourself with a quick and fast move on all the moves, no “10 seconds off” either!
- Split Lunge Punch
- Push-Up Row
- Switch Kick Abs
- Speed Tricep Dip
- Power Jump
Great Job!!! You’ve made it to the Cool Down, my Friend!
INSANITY Max 30 Tabata Power Review – The Calories Burned
Oh yes, you will burn calories in this workout!
While I didn’t burn as many calories as I did during the Cardio Challenge and Sweat Intervals, my total averaged 450 calories in just 30 minutes!!! That’s pretty darn good considering 30 minutes of strength-based moves!
I did end up modifying a few moves where I felt my form was breaking. Remember that it is perfectly OK to modify to get better!! See my post on INSANITY Max 30 Modifier for some tips on rocking out with modifications!
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Yours in MAXOUT Success,