SPRINGFIELD, Mo. If you get bored doing the same gym workout, here's an easy way to pack it up and exercise outdoors. Trainer Jay Johnson has a Tabata workout from Jordan Valley Park in Springfield. You just need a towel, sunblock, hand weights, a jump rope and your favorite tunes.
Tabata workouts consist of an exercise done for 20 seconds, followed by a 10 second rest and then the next 20 second exercise. Johnson says if you take your workout to the park, you can use benches to do tricep dips. Take advantage of your surroundings and drink plenty of water if you can't find a shady spot.
Tabata was first used in Japan as a new way of attempting to train athletes. Here's the equation: 20/10 x 8 = 4. The 20 stands for seconds of work, the 10 stands for seconds of rest and the eight represents the number of rounds performed. That means you get four minutes of intense exercise.