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Kermit’s Karnival of Pain - Day 4

Day 4 of Kermit's Karnival of Pain, nobody has gone down for the count yet (that we know of). Today's workout is some heavy deadlifts followed by a quick metcon blast. "Short and Sweet" Deadlifts (5,5,5,5,5) Tabata Mashup - For 8 rounds keep a cumulative count of repetitions from one exercise to the next. -DB push press (30% BW) 0 to 20 seconds -Squats 30 to 50 seconds -KB swings (55 lbs/35 lbs) 60 seconds (1 min) to 80 seconds (1:20 min) What is a tabata anyway? A tabata workout is an interval training cycle of 20 seconds of maximum intensity exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated without pause 8 times for a total of four minutes. In a group context, you can keep score by counting how many lifts/jumps/whatever you do in each of the 20 second rounds. The round with the smallest number is your score. Credit for this simple and powerful training method belongs to its namesake, Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Tokyo, Japan. Now here is an interesting point of contention amongst fellow Crossfitters, your smallest number is your score, so why bother to do more repetitions than your smallest score thus far even if time allows you to do so? That is if I do 22, 21, 21 squats why would I bother going any higher than 21 in the following rounds even if I finish 21 reps before the 20 second interval is complete? Ia this a true tabata interval or should the rule be to maintain the movement until the end of the 20 second interval? Please post your thoughts below. Now here is a video demonstrating tabata pushups. Have fun with this workout and just be glad I didn't include bottom to bottom tabata squats (although that does give me an idea for Day 5, hmmm)