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Do you know what a “tabata” is?

Do you know what a “tabata” is?

As our members know, MYX is more than “just a bike.” It’s a full-body workout system — but it’s even more than that. When you become a MYX member, you also get access to a full, diverse, and growing community of like-minded people focused on being happy and healthy — from our trainers, to our staff, to all the fellow members in our supportive, motivating Facebook groups. But, like any other community, not everyone speaks the same language. Here’s a primer of fitness-related terms you may see and hear thrown around in the World of MYX. No worries! You’ll be fluent in no time.

Asana: Christina explains, “Asana is a yoga term meaning poses or postures. It refers to the physical movements of yoga and the physical shapes your body creates.”

DOMS: This stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, a type of soreness normally starting 12 to 24 hours after exercise. Sometimes the most intense pain arrives 24 to 72 hours later. Miriam says DOMS isn’t a bad thing. The trick is knowing your limits. You don’t want to be so sore you can’t perform the next workout. Listen to your body. Everyone is different, so start easy and increase gradually.  

Engage your core: This refers to bracing yourself. Imagine bringing your navel in toward your spine. Christina says, “If you knew someone was about to punch you in the stomach, you’d instantly tighten up and prepare for impact. THAT is engaging your core.” Side note: You should be able to breathe when you engage your core, so don’t hold your breath.

HIIT: One of the most popular fitness terms today, HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. HIIT contains intervals of intense work elevating your heart rate, followed by intervals of lower intensity recovery. Work hard. Slow down. Repeat.

Resistance: It’s more than just the knob on your MYX bike. Resistance is what helps you increase your heart rate and strengthen your muscles, which helps you to gradually work out harder over time. Resistance forces your muscles to contract against an external force.

Tabata: Tabata is a workout term named after Dr. Izumi Tabata. A tabata is a type of intense exercise in 4-minute segments. During the segment, you work intensely for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. Miriam says tabatas are proven to increase endurance and are an effective exercise for weight loss. 

With a fitness vocabulary as robust as your workouts, you’re ready to tackle those tabatas and engage your core like a pro. And if you run into any other words and phrases you’d like explained, give us a shoutout on Facebook.

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