[quote author="star61" date="1196462687"]Mike, not to get to far off topic, but as a Plan B aerobic workout, what do you think of Tabatas? I found nothing when I searched this forum, so I'd like your opinion. When shin splints or sore knees prevented any extensive or longer intensive tempo last year, we did something like the following…
1) Speed Squats for max # of reps in 20secs, then 10 secs rest and repeat for 8 cycles
2) Weighted Push Crunch or other Core exercise, same intervals as above
3) Speed Squats, same as above
4) Dumbell Arm Swings (I know you don't like these, sub any upper body exercise here, same intervals as #1.
I've done similar things however they fit as tempo substitutes and never as speed substitutes. I have pretty clear delineations for the types of workouts. Tabata intervals can be good, but to be honest, with the speed-power guys I'm working with we generally only use them when they are so hurt they can't do other things or as a punishment / make-up workout. I've found double or triple alternating tabata intervals using 2-3 exercises for 8-12 minutes to be a little more useful than the single 4 minute bout. The alternation of exercises allows for a higher work output on the given exercise.
Are you doing for example?
a.Speed Squat 2min
b.Upper body ex 2min
c.Speed Squat 2min
e.Upper body ex 2min
Seems like it would give a decent intensive tempo alternative.