The Journal of Physiological Sciences

, Volume 69, Issue 4, pp 559–572 | Cite as

Tabata training: one of the most energetically effective high-intensity intermittent training methods

  • Izumi TabataEmail author


For decades, high-intensity interval/intermittent exercise training methods have been used by elite athletes to improve their performance in sports. One of the most effective training methods, i.e., ‘Tabata training,’ is reviewed herein from the viewpoint of the energetics of exercise. The prior research describing the metabolic profile and effects of Tabata training is also summarized, with some historical anecdotes.


Aerobic Anaerobic Intermittent exercise Sports activity High-intensity 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Sport ScienceRitsumeikan UniversityKusatsu CityJapan

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