In the first part of this two-part series, Tabata 101, we discussed the Tabata Protocol. Today we will extend the conversation and focus on how you can teach it in a physical education setting.
Tabata… a HIIT for getting fit.
Imagine a PE class that operates like a wellness center. One where motivated students choose from and enjoy participating in various fitness stations (weight training, yoga, fitness walking, cycling, etc.). Where each station is led by certified student instructors focused on helping their peers develop personal fitness skills, knowledge, and confidence. Read on to make this dream your reality.
Tabata is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program designed to get maximum fitness benefits in a short-duration workout, making it a great option when you are pressed for time or want to add variety to a training program. Accordingly, Tabata can be a meaningful part of a well-rounded high school PE program.
Tabata in High School PE
Tabata in high school physical education consists of two progressive instructional activities:
Here students master fundamental safety protocols and movement techniques associated with the unit content. Students experiment with and master basic exercises. This may take multiple lessons as the teacher leads students through the mastery process. Tabata Basic Training focuses on SHAPE Standards 1, 2, and 3.
Create a Workout
Here students create a series of personalized Tabata workouts by applying fundamentals mastered in basic training. As part of the process, students practice, refine, and then lead classmates through their created workouts. Challenge students to create nine 4-minute Tabata workouts (3 workouts with 2 exercises, 3 with 4 exercises, and 3 with 8 exercises). Tabata Create a Workout focuses on SHAPE Standards 4 and 5.
Tabata Teaching Tips
- Encourage students to give Tabata a chance to help them improve aerobic and muscle fitness.
- Focus students on safety, performance cues, and personal fitness goals.
- Modify activities to ensure safety, individual success, and motivation.
- Fitness Equipment Options from Sportime
- Exercise Mats
- Exercise and Organizational Spots
- Stopwatches and Heart Rate Monitors
Share Your Knowledge
What are your experiences teaching Tabata? What advice would you give someone who has never taught Tabata but wants to? Post a response below and let us know!
Dr. Derek Mohr
Dr. Derek Mohr, Professor in Health and Physical Edcuation at Appalachian State University, holds a Doctorate in Physical Education Teacher Education with a cognate in exercise physiology from West Virginia University. His focus area is in sport, activity, and fitness pedagogy. Read more posts by Dr. Derek Mohr –>
Dr. Scott Townsend
Dr. J. Scott Townsend holds a Doctorate in Physical Education Teacher Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Supervision. He has worked extensively with curriculum and instruction models, more specifically focused on sport education. Read more posts by Dr. Scott Townsend –>