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Tabata vs. hiit. which one is more effictive for increasing my vo2 max and burning calories?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Variation on theme: Quick online search for tabata training will show you that it's considered a form of high intensity interval training. As such, both will increase vo2max & help you burn calories more effectively than moderate intensity exercise. The key is maintaining that high intensity. If you don't feel ready to collapse after just 4 minutes, your intensity wasn't high enough. Check out http://goo.Gl/ydxo2p.
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Dr. Alvin Lin commented
Geriatrics 30 years experience
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That links to a post on my website regarding a study on HIIT.
Jul 30, 2013
Dr. Nimish Gosrani
Anti-Aging Medicine 33 years experience
Training: I would go with hiit.You need at least 4 mins total in the anaerobic zone for you to effectively start burning fat.

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