Whether you're traveling, stuck in a tiny dorm room, or simply don't have access to a gym, no-equipment workouts are honestly bae. Being able to use your own body weight to get sculpted AF sans equipment has to be the most convenient thing in the world, and a total game-changer when it comes to keeping up with your fitness routine. That's why, when I found this, shall we say, unique Tabata home workout, I was confused, intrigued, and totally ready to incorporate it into my next sweat sesh.
Tabata training is one of the best ways to practice high-intensity interval training (HIIT), as it involves you doing several rounds of super intense exercises that you perform in 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off intervals.
The trick to reaping all of the incredible aerobic benefits of Tabata is the intensity with which you perform your movements. You can basically transform any form of exercise into a Tabata training sesh, as long as you make sure you're going as hard as you can for 20 seconds at a time.
Then, don't you worry, you can rest for 10 seconds. Or, I don't know, maybe you should worry, because Tabata training typically requires you to do eight rounds of whatever aerobic exercise you choose. So, yeah, Tabata is pretty much as hard as it sounds, but the results it brings and the strength it builds are pretty unbeatable, which is why so many people swear by it.
Now, this form of HIIT training is super easy to do at home, as it can almost always be done equipment-free. But I found a version of Tabata that actually does require equipment, but I'm willing to bet you already have what you need right in your home.
For this workout, you're simply going to need four rolls of toilet paper.
I know what you're probably thinking: What the hell do you need a roll of Charmin for in a cardio circuit? No, it's not to wipe your profusely sweaty face (that's just gross; go get a regular towel, fam).
Personal trainer Kaisa Keranen created this low-key genius toilet paper Tabata workout to prove that effective exercises don't require fancy gym equipment. Sometimes, all you need is a roll of toilet paper (or four).
Keranen regularly incorporates random, everyday objects into her sweat-infused circuits to totally destroy any excuses you may have for skipping out on your workout. Game of Thrones premiere? Impromptu happy hour? Not before you rip open a new package of Cottonelle and make some gains!
Basically, the workout is done by gathering four rolls of toilet paper (any ply will do), and using them to do as many reps as possible for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest.
Start off with 180 squat jumps, stacking your toilet paper rolls on one side of you, and re-stacking them on the other side as you rotate during your booty burner.
Next, you'll drop down into a military plank, stacking your TP again and using your core strength to lift your hand and un-stack the rolls. Do as many reps as you can for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and then repeat with the other arm when you're done.
Essentially, the same concept applies to all of Keranen's bathroom-friendly workout moves that follow: TP tower leg lifts, TP plyo push-ups, and more. You'll honestly never think of toilet paper the same way again, and you may or may not be scarred the next time you go to the bathroom.
When you're done with a full circuit of all of the challenging moves, the kickass trainer says to repeat the circuit two to four times.
No, I promise she's not trying to kill you.