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jnd
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Quick question about the # of reps for a Tabata. I have read plenty about the method and how you should be completely gassed at the end of it. That said, if I am swinging an 8lb and 16lb sledgehammer, what's a decent number of reps in the 20 sec work period? 15? 20? More than 20?

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Can't really say, it'll depend on what 170% of your VO2 max is. If I'm completely out of shape then maybe 10 would be enough to get my heart rate to that region, if I swing hammers for a living then it might be 20.

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Gambit_Lost
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Never tried with a hammer, try it and see how you feel. "Decent numbers" really depend on the person. Just don't hurt yourself with that hammer. I don't do thrusters anymore 'cuz I realized I was getting a bit dangerous with the weight over my head... F. Squats when at the gym, bw squats and burpees at home for me.

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jnd
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Gambit_Lost wrote:
Never tried with a hammer, try it and see how you feel. "Decent numbers" really depend on the person. Just don't hurt yourself with that hammer. I don't do thrusters anymore 'cuz I realized I was getting a bit dangerous with the weight over my head... F. Squats when at the gym, bw squats and burpees at home for me.


G_L,

Can I ask you to share the number of reps that you are getting with the front squats, bw squats, and burpees?

I am not trying to pry, just trying to get a roundabout number to aim for. As I said, I've read a shit ton about this, but there never seems to be any mention of what numbers people are achieving. Not that the number of reps should matter, I'm just interested in a ballpark.

Thanks

jnd

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hb50p
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I got lower morning heart rate with squats holding dumbells on my shoulders, range 13 to 8 reps or goblet style. Be safe.

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aeyogi
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jnd wrote:
Gambit_Lost wrote:
Never tried with a hammer, try it and see how you feel. "Decent numbers" really depend on the person. Just don't hurt yourself with that hammer. I don't do thrusters anymore 'cuz I realized I was getting a bit dangerous with the weight over my head... F. Squats when at the gym, bw squats and burpees at home for me.


G_L,

Can I ask you to share the number of reps that you are getting with the front squats, bw squats, and burpees?

I am not trying to pry, just trying to get a roundabout number to aim for. As I said, I've read a shit ton about this, but there never seems to be any mention of what numbers people are achieving. Not that the number of reps should matter, I'm just interested in a ballpark.

Thanks

jnd


Dan John wrote a great article on Tabatas for T-Nation. In that article he stated that for front squat and thruster tabatas, one should move up in weight when you hit 8 reps on the worst set.

From my expierience this is a good rule of thumb; I can determine if the weight is appropriate based on how I feel during and after the tabata.

I suggest you start doing them regularly and see what works for you. If you are not in a world of hurt by the third set, re-evaluate.

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jnd
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aeyogi wrote:
jnd wrote:
Gambit_Lost wrote:
Never tried with a hammer, try it and see how you feel. "Decent numbers" really depend on the person. Just don't hurt yourself with that hammer. I don't do thrusters anymore 'cuz I realized I was getting a bit dangerous with the weight over my head... F. Squats when at the gym, bw squats and burpees at home for me.


G_L,

Can I ask you to share the number of reps that you are getting with the front squats, bw squats, and burpees?

I am not trying to pry, just trying to get a roundabout number to aim for. As I said, I've read a shit ton about this, but there never seems to be any mention of what numbers people are achieving. Not that the number of reps should matter, I'm just interested in a ballpark.

Thanks

jnd


Dan John wrote a great article on Tabatas for T-Nation. In that article he stated that for front squat and thruster tabatas, one should move up in weight when you hit 8 reps on the worst set.

From my expierience this is a good rule of thumb; I can determine if the weight is appropriate based on how I feel during and after the tabata.

I suggest you start doing them regularly and see what works for you. If you are not in a world of hurt by the third set, re-evaluate.


Thanks for the feedback.... I am off to hurt myself for 4 minutes.

jnd

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