More proof that you should Just Say No to Cardio

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  • You want to be healthy
  • You want to be fit
  • You want to be strong
  • You want to be fast
  • You want to be powerful
  • You want to look great naked

If this sounds like you, you need to stop doing boring old cardio workouts…

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…and start combining strength training workouts with high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts.

Here’s why…

In a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers examined whether a combination of sprint interval workouts and strength training workouts would result in compromised strength development when compared to strength training alone.

During this study, they also monitored maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and time to exhaustion (TTE) to determine if the HIIT workouts would improve aerobic performance.

 

The Results

After 12 weeks of 4x per week workouts, they researchers found that:

  • Upper & lower body strength improved in both groups with no difference between the strength training (ST) group and the combination HIIT-ST group.
  • VO2max improved in the HIIT-ST group but not in the ST group. Previous studies have shown that HIIT is equal or superior to traditional cardio in improving VO2max

 

Conclusions

  • Strength training without HIIT will make you stronger
  • Strength training + HIIT will make you equally as strong
  • HIIT improves VO2max as well or better than traditional cardio training

When you combine this new data with all of the previous studies + years of real-world experience that has shown that traditional cardio training reduces strength, power & muscle mass in favour of aerobic performance (VO2max et al), it all starts to become very clear.

It means that if…

  • You want to be healthy
  • You want to be fit
  • You want to be strong
  • You want to be fast
  • You want to be powerful
  • You want to look great naked

…you need to just say no to cardio and just start saying yes to HIIT + strength training.

 

Reference

Health Habits “How-To” Exercise Videos – Squats

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As I promised yesterday, today’s post is the second installment of “how-to” exercise videos. Yesterday’s push-ups and today’s squats are going to be combined with a third “mystery” exercise to create a thoroughly unpleasant (and very, very effective) High Intensity Resistance Training circuit workout video that I will post on Wednesday. bodyweight squat And as the exercise video library grows, I will create full-length (20 minute) High Intensity Resistance Training exercise videos. These videos will be posted on Thursdays…and will include instructions on how to add mobility, flexibility, HIIT and/or cardio training to the resistance training workout video to look after all your exercise needs. Alright, enough yakity yak…let’s get to the exercise videos

HealthHabits “How-To” Exercise Videos #2 - Squats

Bodyweight Squats

Goblet Squats

Overhead Squats

Tomorrow, I combine these exercises + one more “mystery” exercise into an awesome High Intensity Resistance Training circuit workout. Get ready to sweat.

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NOTE – As this is my first attempt at doing workout – exercise videos, I would really, really appreciate your feedback on the quality / usability of these videos. My goal is to make them useful for people who workout at home (video on their tv sets or laptop) & at the gym (video on smartphone or tablet). 

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

It seems like I hear some version of this question each and every day.

Just this past weekend, it was posed to me by Angela.

  • Angela is a forty-something year old woman, with two kids and an executive position at an insurance company.
  • Angela is 5’6″ and weighs approximately 170 lbs.
  • Angela doesn’t want to weigh approximately 170 lbs.

Maybe, some of you can sympathize with her story.

Why Can't I Lose Weight?

Angela’s Story

  • All the way through high school, Angela was an average, healthy weight. Not thin; healthy. She participated in gym class and enjoyed playing tennis.
  • In university, she fell victim to the dreaded “freshman fifteen”. By the time she graduated, it was more like 20 lbs.
  • After graduation, she lost most of that weight by exercising at a health club and watching what she ate.
  • Next came the babies.

Why Can't I Lose Weight?

  • After the birth of her two children, Angela found herself reunited with that extra 20 lbs.
  • Throwing herself back into that same exercise and nutrition program, Angela managed to lose most of that 20 lbs.
  • And then gain it all back….and then lose most of it again…..and then gain it all back plus a little bit extra.
  • And so on and so on…

This takes us back to the present day.

  • Angela has 35 lbs. of excess fat that she wants to be rid of.
  • And she feels completely lost.
  • She has read every diet book.
  • She has exercised like an Olympic athlete.
  • She has cleansed.
  • She has popped dietary supplements.
  • She has joined and quit three different diet programs.

Nothing works anymore. So she asks me, “Why can’t I lose weight”?

So Why Can’t She Lose Weight?

The truth is; when it comes to burning off excess body-fat, Angela has no idea what she is doing. But it’s not her fault.

  • The multi-billion dollar diet industry sets people up for failure. If every dieter was successful, who would buy the next best selling diet book? Who would buy the pills or the bars or the shakes or the… Well, you get the point.
  • The diet industry promises you easy weight loss. But when you fail, it is always due to your lack of will-power. So why don’t the diet gurus help you generate that will power?

Why don’t they give you a complete weight loss program involving:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise, and
  • Mental / Emotional / Spiritual Strategies

Starting on the next page, I will attempt to do that….          

More Proof – HIIT Better than Cardio

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I-LOVE-HIITRepeat after me…HIIT is Better than Cardio…HIIT is Better than Cardio…HIIT is Better than Cardio….HIIT is Better than Cardio….HIIT is Better than Cardio…

Personally, I love HIIT because…

  1. it works really, really well to help my clients get fit really, really fast,
  2. it helps my clients drop excess body-fat really, really fast
  3. and because it is really simple to program HIIT workouts and it fits into the busiest of schedules really, really well.

Unfortunately, not everyone sees HIIT like I do. 

There is a large group of trainers and fitness “experts” who…

  • think that low intensity cardio is superior to HIIT for developing aerobic fitness, and
  • fear that the High Intensity aspect of HIIT is dangerous to the health of their clients.

Their concern is that people with less than perfect cardiac function are at imminent risk of suffering a heart attack if their trainer puts them on a HIIT protocol. Which makes sense….if you haven’t read a medical journal in the past few years and still believe that low intensity cardio is the only safe way to improve cardiac function..

However, if you’re like me and don’t want to wait for our mainstream health & fitness to catch up with modern science, I invite you to…

1. Take a look at some of my articles about HIIT and Cardiac Function

2.  Take a look at the latest research investigating HIIT and building a healthy heart

In a study just published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, researchers tested the effectiveness of HIIT workouts to improve the VO2max/VO2peak of 112 patients with coronary heart disease.

Note – VO2max/VO2peak is considered to be the gold standard for aerobic fitness, and aerobic fitness is believed to be the best indicator of cardiovascular health and a well-established predictor of total and cardiovascular mortality in subjects with and without coronary heart disease. This means that exercise protocols which drastically improve VO2max/VO2peak are to be seen as powerful tools to help the medical (and fitness) communities prevent coronary heart disease and extend life.

In this study, the participants were divided into three groups based upon exercise intensity – as determined by percentage of HRmax.

  • <88%,
  • 88–92%, and
  • >92% of HRmax

The goal of the study was to determine if higher relative intensity during exercise intervals would elicit a greater
increase in VO2peak…leading to greater & faster improvements in aerobic fitness and in theory improve cardiac related mortality rates.

Here’s what happened

  • No adverse effects occurred during training
  • Overall, VO2peak increased by 11.9 % after 23.4 exercise sessions
  • Higher intensity exercise groups showed the greatest increase in VO2peak
  • 3.1 mL for the <88% group
  • 3.6 mL for the 88–92% group, and
  • 5.2 mL,for the >92% of HRmax group

hiit heart functionThese findings build upon previous research which shows that the beneficial cardiovascular effects of aerobic exercise are intensity dependent, with higher intensity exercise showing a superior effect…leading the study authors to conclude that  “CHD patients who are able to perform high intensity training should aim at increasing exercise intensity above 92% of HRmax and thereby possibly achieve even greater improvements in aerobic capacity”.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you’re a CHD patient, you need to talk to your cardiologist about HIIT training…keeping in mind of course that CHD patients need to keep a close eye on how everything they do – exercise, nutrition, lifestyle, stress, etc – can impact the function of their CV system.
  • If you’re not a CHD patient, it means that if you want to improve your aerobic fitness and avoid dropping dead of a heart attack, you NEED to start doing some form of HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training.
  • And if you’re a doctor or fitness expert who still believes that low intensity cardio is the best way to improve aerobic function, you need to put down your preconceptions and pick up a scientific journal every now and then.

Reference

  • Moholdt T, et al. The higher the better? Interval training intensity in coronary heart disease. J Sci Med Sport
    (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2013.07.007
  • Rognmo O, Moholdt T, Bakken H et al. Cardiovascular risk of high- versus
    moderate-intensity aerobic exercise in coronary heart disease patients. Circulation 2012; 126(12):1436–1440.
  • . Kodama S, Saito K, Tanaka S et al. Cardiorespiratory fitness as a quantitative predictor of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events in healthy men and women: a meta-analysis. JAMA 2009; 301(19):2024–2035.

When it comes to HIIT – Quality trumps Quantity

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Anyone familiar with Health Habits knows that I am a big fan of HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training

I love HIIT is because…

  • HIIT makes you faster
  • HIIT saves time with short workouts
  • HIIT make you more powerful
  • HIIT burns calories for hours after you’ve finished your workout
  • HIIT is challenging
  • HIIT makes a workout more fun
  • HIIT improves your aerobic endurance
  • HIIT improves heart function
  • HIIT improves your aerobic endurance
  • HIIT helps heart disease patients regain their health
  • HIIT is appropriate for almost all trainees
  • HIIT makes you look like a total BADASS in the gym

Unfortunately, just as soon as HIIT left the fringes of exercise science and moved into the mainstream and your local YMCA, the central concept behind the success of HIIT came under attack.

HIIT works as well as it does because of intensity of effort. Not length of sprint…or length of training session…or number of sprints performed…or restricting rest periods…HIIT works because of a complete 100%, pit-bull chasing you down the street type of intensity.

Each HIIT sprint should feel FAST. When your sprints start to slow down, you need to…

  1. Increase rest period length, or
  2. Shorten sprint duration, or
  3. Reduce resistance, or
  4. All of the above

Remember – When it comes to HIIT – Quality trumps Quantity

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Stop Heart Disease with HIIT?

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  • HIIT workouts are great for fat loss
  • HIIT workouts save your time
  • HIIT workouts are way more fun than slogging away the miles on a treadmill
  • HIIT workouts make you fitter faster

But…they sometimes scare the crap out of newbies….who wonder if such high intensity workouts are going to cause their de-conditioned hearts to explode inside their chest cavities.

And since I am not a cutting-edge cardiologist, I find it best to check with the experts before shooting my mouth off about the awesomeness of HIIT.

Luckily for us, some of the big brains at the Montreal Heart Institute have just published another study extolling the virtues of HIIT workouts for the rehabilitation of their patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction.

In this study, they compared the circulatory (hemodynamic) respones to:

  1. a 8 min HIIT workout
  2. 22 minute moderate-intensity continuous exercise (aka cardio) style of workout

Their findings?

  1. The HIIT workout was well tolerated by the test subjects and produced no significant ventricular arrhythmias and (or) abnormal blood pressure responses
  2. Compared with the cardio workout, the HIIT workout produced a similar circulatory response (blood pressure, stroke volume, etc) to the cardio workout
  3. Both workouts also produced similar C(a-v)O2 responses. This is a measurement of how much oxygen is absorbed from the arteries into the rest of the body.

Their Conclusion

HIIT may be an efficient exercise training modality in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction.

What does this mean to you?

If the leading edge cardio researchers are looking at HIIT as an effective treatment for HEART DISEASE patients, then it might just be good for you too.

Reference

HIIT kicks even more ass

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I love HIIT workouts.

  • Short duration
  • High intensity
  • Increased fat loss thanks to EPOC
  • Improved anaerobic endurance
  • Improved muscular power
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Honorary BADASS certification

And if that wasn’t enough, it also turns out that HIIT is good for your overall health.

Here’s the latest scientific proof.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow took 10 overweight/obese men and subjected them to three different fitness protocols:

  1. Sitting on their ass…aka the couch potato workout
  2. 4 x 30 second full-intensity sprints with 4.5 minute rest periods (HIIT workout)
  3. A single full-intensity sprint (ES – Extended Sprint workout) designed to be equal to the work done during the HIIT workout.

The day after doing these workouts, the participants…

  • had a fasting blood sample taken,
  • undertook an oral glucose tolerance test to determine insulin sensitivity index (ISI),
  • and had blood pressure measured.

Here’s what they found….

  • Total work performed did not differ between the HIIT & ES workouts
  • More power was generated during the HIIT workouts than during the ES workouts
  • Both the HIIT & ES workouts resulted in increased Insulin Sensitivity compared to the control group
  • The HIIT group saw a 63% increase in fat oxidation compared to the control group
  • The ES group saw a 38% increase in fat oxidation compared to the control group

And just in case you weren’t aware, increased insulin sensitivity & fat oxidation is exactly what our obese / diabetic society is in dire need of.

And this was after just one workout…imagine how much better things will look after 52 weeks of High Intensity workouts.

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20 Minute Workouts for the 21st Century

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Back in the early 80’s, CityTV brought aerobic exercise to the masses with a new tv show – The 20 Minute Workout.

And for a 13 year old boy, it was the best tv show of ALL TIME.

Actual footage from the show

But that’s not what we’re talking about today.

Today, I’m going to show you a bunch of 20 minute workouts that will have you sweating body-fat from your pores like a garden sprinkler….gross but true

WORKOUT # 1

5 MINUTE WARM-UP

Joint Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Push-Ups & Bodyweight Squats  – 10 rep sets until the 5 minutes are up

15 MINUTE WORKOUT

4 Cycles of the following HIIT Bike Sprint protocol:

  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 10 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 20 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 30 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 40 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 50 seconds

REPEAT 3 more times…for a total of 800 seconds or 13 min & 20 seconds

DONE – stretch, shower and get on with your day

WORKOUT # 2

5 MINUTE WARM-UP

Joint Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Swing Snatches & Jumping Jacks  – 10 rep sets until the 5 minutes are up

15 MINUTE WORKOUT

5 Minute Superset #1 – alternating between the following 2 exercises:

  • Body Weight Squats – 5 Reps
  • 2 Arm Rows (Band/BW/Machine/Barbell) – 5 Reps – Choose a weight you could perform 20 reps with

No rest between sets

5 Minute Superset #2 – alternating between the following 2 exercises:

  • Alternating DB Shoulder Presses – 5 Reps – Choose a weight you could perform 20 reps with
  • 1 Leg Deadlifts (BW/DB) – 5 Reps – Choose a weight you could perform 20 reps with

No rest between sets 

5 Minute Superset #3 – alternating between the following 2 exercises:

  • Reverse Crunch with Hip Extension – 5 Reps - feel free to push the hip extension higher
  • Chest Presses (Band/BW {aka Push-Ups}/Machine/Barbbell/DB) – 5 Reps – Choose a weight you could perform 20 reps with

No rest between sets 

DONE – stretch, shower and get on with your day

WORKOUT # 3

5 MINUTE WARM-UP

Joint Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Shuffle Lunges , Push-UpsLateral BW Squats  – 10 rep sets until the 5 minutes are up

15 MINUTE WORKOUT

HIIT Bike Sprints #1

  • Pedal slowly for 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Pedal slowly for 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds

Resistance Superset #1

  • Slo-Mo BW Squat – 5 Reps – Keep the movement slow & smooth – no stops & starts
  • BW Jump Squats – 5 Reps – Choose a weight you could perform 20 reps with

HIIT Bike Sprints #2

  • Pedal slowly for 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Pedal slowly for 20 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds

Resistance Superset #2

  • Slo-Mo Push-Ups – 5 Reps – Keep the movement slow & smooth – no stops & starts
  • Explosive Push-Ups – 5 Reps – fast & powerful

HIIT Bike Sprints #3

  • Pedal slowly for 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Pedal slowly for 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Pedal slowly for 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds

Resistance Superset #3

  • Slo-Mo Overhead Press (DBs) – 5 Reps – Keep the movement slow & smooth – no stops & starts – use a 20 rep weight
  • Explosive Overhead Press (DBs) – 5 Reps – fast & powerful – same weight

HIIT Bike Sprints #4

  • Pedal slowly for 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Pedal slowly for 20 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Pedal slowly for 20 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds

Resistance Superset #4

  • Slo-Mo Bicep Curls (DBs) – 5 Reps – Keep the movement slow & smooth – no stops & starts – use a 20 rep weight
  • Explosive Bicep Curls (DBs) – 5 Reps – fast & powerful – same weight

DONE - stretch, shower and get on with your day

P.S. – Feel free to mix & match warm-up exercises

HIIT Challenge Workout

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Try this HIIT workout tonight at the gym.

  • Hop up onto a stationary exercise bike – standard, recumbant or spin bike.
  • Set the bike to a challenging resistance level
  • Perform one 10-second sprint as fast as possible
  • Count the number of  revolutions your right foot performs
  • Remember the number of revs (let’s say you did 28 revs in 10 seconds)

Now for the fun stuff.

  • I want you to give me five 10-second sprints with a minimum of 27 revs .
  • 26 revs doesn’t count
  • 25 revs doesn’t count
  • Only 27 and above

If you’re lucky, you will hit 27 or above on your first 5 sprints.

If you’re unlucky, it might take 10 or more sprints to get all 5 – 27 rev sprints

But, I doubt it…You’ll be surprised how hard you can push yourself in order to get those 27 revs.

Note – Shorter rest periods are going to make this even more difficult. As such, I recommend starting with a 10 sec sprint : 50 sec rest protocol the first time you try this workout.

Is High Intensity Exercise the Fountain of Youth?

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In a study presented today at European Society of Cardiology Congress, researchers have made a bold claim.

If you want to live a nice long healthy life, the intensity of your workout is more important than the duration.

During their research, they found that men who cycled with fast intensity survived 5.3 years longer than slow cyclists. Average intensity male cyclists survived 2.9 years longer than the slow cyclists.

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For women, the averages dropped to 3.9 years for fast cyclists and 2.2 for average speed cyclists.

For both sexes, these numbers were even more pronounced for coronary heart disease mortality.

According to Dr. Peter Schnor, “this study suggests that a greater part of the daily physical activity in leisure time should be vigorous, based on the individuals own perception of intensity”. And it’s not just cycling. Dr. Schnor has published similar results for all-cause mortality in relation to walking.

So there you go….another great reason to cut back on mindless treadmill workouts and embrace my  HIIT and HIRT workouts.

Reference

The Best HIIT Workout Of ALL Time

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HIIT workouts are all about intensity. The goal is to generate huge amounts of power & speed in a relatively short period of time…over and over again with the smallest possible rest periods.

  • If the resistance is too high, you don’t get the speed.
  • If the resistance is too low, you don’t get the power
  • If the rest periods are too short, you don’t get the power or speed or volume and you’ll probably puke.
  • If the rest periods are too long, you’ll get power & speed but you’ll never develop any anaerobic endurance.

Honestly, designing a really good HIIT workout is more art than science. And my client Zoe is turning into one heck of a HIIT workout artist. Last week, she tells me that she modified one of my take-home workouts and created her own HIIT workout. And while a lesser trainer would have been insulted and thrown a hissy fit…I was intrigued. So, we programmed the Gymboss interval timer and Zoe showed me her HIIT workout. Enjoy.

  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 10 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 20 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 30 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 40 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Rest 50 seconds
  • Sprint full out for 10 seconds
  • Done
For a grand total of 6 sprints in 210 seconds or 3 1/2 minutes
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I LOVE IT!!!
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The pyramid effect of the rest periods allowed Zoe to:
  1. Maximize the volume of HIIT work performed – she did this HIIT workout 3x as part of a very challenging HIRT workout
  2. Keep her resistance level high
  3. Keep her speed level high
  4. Recover sufficently during the HIIT session
  5. Recover completely very quickly post workout
It’s a great HIIT workout.
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And as Zoe’s athletic ability improves, we can increase the intensity of this workout by throwing in an extra 10:10 ratio HIIT sprint….or perform 2 sessions back to back….or make it part of an endurance cardio workout….
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The options are endless.

Circuit Training vs Traditional Strength Training

Energy System Training Makes Your Heart Healthier and Stronger

Researchers have found that high-resistance circuit weight training is equally as effective as traditional strength training for improving:

  1. Maximum Strength
  2. Maximum Power
  3. Shuttle-Run Performance (speed & agility)
  4. Lean Muscle Mass

And when it comes to fat loss, circuit training is the best.

Conclusion

If you want to be leaner, stronger, faster and more agile, get doing some circuit training workouts

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Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 16 – Day 1

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“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Welcome to Week 16 – Workout 1.

In this phase, we’re making 2 changes:

  1. Eliminating the supersets
  2. Changing the rep scheme, and it’s not gonna be pretty.

If you thought 8 sets of 6 reps was rough, wait until you do 12 sets of 4 reps.

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PHASE 1

Warm-Up

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up.
The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but as long as your muscles are getting pliable and your joints are feeling “loose”….feel free to do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.
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5 Minutes of the following 4 Mobility Exercises:

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1.  Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

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2.  Rolling Like A Ball

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3. Shin Box
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4.  Lateral Lunges

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5 Minutes of the following Muscle Warm-Up Exercises

I am going to list a bunch of exercises. You choose which ones you want to do….remembering that the goal is to warm up the muscles and make them pliable and ready to handle the following workout

  • 1 Arm Swing Snatch – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up
  • Bodyweight Squat
  • Step-Ups
  • Burpees
  • Push – Ups
  • BW Rows
  • Jumping Chins
  • Shuffle Lunges
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PHASE 2

The HH Quasi Bodybuilder/Athlete/Freak of Nature Workout ver 1.0

Instead of 3 supersets of 2 exercises for a total of 6 exercises, we’re keeping it very simple this time.

  • 1 exercise at a time…no supersets
  • 12 sets per exercise
  • 4 reps per set
  • 15 seconds rest between sets
  • Choose a weight that will challenge you to just get the 4th rep on the last set
  • If you make 4 reps on set #12, increase the weight a little bit the following week
  • Perform the “work” part of each exercise as quickly and powerfully as possible
  • I recommend that when you feel like you’re running out of gas that you do a 2-5 reps of a light weight, explosive exercise which works the same muscles as the work set (ex. jumping up & down before doing squats)

This will get your nervous system all charged up and help you perform better on the work set.

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Exercise #1 – Standard Grip Bench Press

  • 12 sets
  • 4 reps per set
  • Barbell

For the neural activation warm-up exercise, I would recommend Explosive Push-ups off of a floor/bench/wall

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Exercise #2 – Overhead Press

  • 12 sets
  • 4 reps per set
  • Barbell or Machine
  • Standing or Seated

Standing presses with a barbell is the most challenging option and the one that I recommend…but as you fatigue, your balance is going to suffer and the potential for a weightlifting accident increases. So, feel free to use a seated shoulder press machine. It’s slightly less effective but increases your stability & your safety.

For the neural activation warm-up exercise, I would recommend 5 reps of Overhead Presses with a light exercise band or Medicine Ball Overhead Press & Throw

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Exercise #3 – Standing or Seated Calf Raise

  • 12 sets
  • 4 reps per set
  • Dumbbell/Barbell or Machine


For the neural activation warm-up exercise, I highly recommend 6 reps of Ankle Jumps

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PHASE 3

Stretching – minimum 10 minutes

Focus on the muscles you just worked, plus the ones that are tight on just about everyone….hip flexors, calves, hamstrings, chest, neck & traps

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NOTE

  • New workouts will be posted on Tuesday & Wednesday.

If you’re interested in gaining some size, perform each of these workouts 2x per week
It all depends on your goals

Instead of repeating these workouts, you can perform them a single time only – Mon, Wed, Fri and perform some other exercise on Tues, Thurs, Sat.
For example:
  • you can perform Neural Recharge workouts on Tues/Thurs/Sat –Here is a sample workout
  • If you want to improve your cardio, do cardio
  • If you want to improve your flexibility, take some yoga classes or stretch
  • If you want to have fun while exercising, take a class, play a sport, etc…
  • Or, mix & match

You can also rest on those off days. These 3 workouts are pretty intense and will do a lot on their own.

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Your Best Body Workout – 2011

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Based upon your feedback, the next 50 weeks of workouts will focus on:

  • Overall Fitness / Athleticism
  • Fat Loss
  • Strength / Power
  • General Health / Disease Prevention

In essence, our goal is to create bodies that can perform at a high level of overall fitness, look great while doing it and potentially live forever.

Alright, so here we go.

Today I am going to lay out an overview of the workouts you are going to be doing for the next 4 weeks.

Later tonight, I will post another article laying out the specifics of Monday’s workout, with videos, etc…

The Plan for the next 4 Weeks

  • 3 resistance training workouts per week
  • Off days will vary depending on your personal goals
  • If your main goal is strength & power, you will perform Neural Recharge workouts – I will post sample workouts
  • If you want to improve your cardio, do cardio
  • If you want to improve your flexibility, do a yoga class or stretch
  • If you want to have fun while exercising, take a class, play a sport, etc…
  • But, NO SERIOUS LIFTING on your off days. You’ll screw up your recovery.

The Workouts

  • Each workout will start with a 10 minute warm-up session
  • 5 minutes of joint mobility exercises, and
  • 5 minutes of exercises designed to get your muscles all nice and pliable

From the warm-up, we move immediately to the main part of the workout

  • 4-6 HIRT Supersets (# of sets depends on your current state of fitness)
  • Each superset lasts 5 minutes - buy a timer
  • NO REST between sets
  • Perform the work part of each exercise as quickly as possible
  • Rep schemes will change during the 4 weeks
  • Neural Recharge exercises will be included to supercharge your nervous system
  • As always, the success of HIRT workouts depends on the intensity of your effort – if you’re going to give it 80% effort, don’t bother. I want/need/demand 100% of YOUR best effort to get the most out of these workouts.

After you have completed the 5 min HIRT superset, you will have 3 minutes between sets to get ready for the next superset and perhaps even stretch a little bit. I will suggest a stretch that will help improve the performance of the next superset.

After you have completed all of the HIRT supersets, I want you to spend 10 minutes on a goal specific to you

  • If you really want to lose weight, spend 10 minutes doing some HIIT sprints on an exercise bike. I would recommend 10 sprints with a 10 sec ON : 50 sec OFF ratio
  • If you want to buff up those biceps, hit the curls for 10 minutes
  • If your hip flexors are really tight, put in 10 minutes stretching them along with your quads and lower lumbars.
  • And if your goal is power & strength, spend 10 minutes doing static holds or partial lifts

And after the 10 min specialty phase, I really, really, really want you to spend another 10 minutes stretching…even if you just spent 10 minutes stretching your hip flexors.

Believe me, you’ll thank me later.

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Anyway, that’s the highlights of the coming workouts.

Monday’s workout will be posted tout de suite.

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Health Habits Workout – Week 52 Day 3

captains-america

Week 52 – HIRT workout #3

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The goals for this phase are Fat Loss / Aerobic Endurance / Anaerobic Endurance / Improved Joint Mobility / Correct Typical Muscular Imbalances (reduce neck & lower back pain)

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And remember, the success of this phase of the workout relies on three things:
  1. Keeping good form throughout each exercise.
  2. Performing as many reps as possible. Really push yourself.
  3. Keeping the rest between sets to an absolute minimum. No rest if possible. .

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.
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Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

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Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor.

When your back starts to arch…STOP
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1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

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Superset # 1

  • 3 exercises performed back to back
  • 7 sets of each exercise
  • No rest between sets
  • 2-5 minutes rest between supersets

Exercise #1

Horizontal Wood Chops - (cable or band)

  • 7 sets
  • 5 reps per set per side…
  • Using a weight that would allow you to perform 10 repetitions with good form

Exercise # 2

Shuffle Lunge

  • 7 sets
  • 40 reps per set
  • Bodyweight only

Exercise #3

1 Leg Bodyweight Deadlifts

  • 7 sets
  • 5-10 reps per set per leg…
  • Bodyweight only

Superset # 2

  • 2 exercises performed back to back
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • No rest between sets
  • 2-5 minutes rest between supersets

Exercise #1

Bench Step-Ups – (bodyweight only)

  • 10 sets
  • 10 reps per set per leg…
  • Bodyweight only
  • Most fast…what we’re sacrificing in weight, we’re going to make up in speed

Exercise # 2

Hip Thrusts – feet on bench

  • 10 sets
  • 20 reps per set
  • controlled speed on the descent – explode on the ascent

Superset # 3

  • 3 exercises performed back to back
  • 7 sets of each exercise
  • No rest between sets

Exercise #1

Alternating Shoulder Press (See Saw Press) – (dumbbells)

  • 7 sets
  • 10 reps per arm per set…
  • Using a weight that would allow you to perform 20 repetitions with good form

Exercise # 2

Alternating DB Bicep Curls – using the same DBs used for Ex.1

  • 7 sets
  • Max reps (with good form) per set…
  • Using the same DBs used for Ex.1

Exercise # 3

Bodyweight Tricep Extensions

  • 7 sets
  • Max reps (with good form) per set…
  • Bodyweight

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

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Health Habits Workout – Week 52 Day 2

Week 52 – HIRT workout #2
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The goals for this phase are Fat Loss / Aerobic Endurance / Anaerobic Endurance / Improved Joint Mobility / Correct TypicalMuscular Imbalances (reduce neck & lower back pain)
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And remember, the success of this phase of the workout relies on three things:
  1. Keeping good form throughout each exercise.
  2. Performing as many reps as possible. Really push yourself.
  3. Keeping the rest between sets to an absolute minimum. No rest if possible. .
WORKOUT WARM-UP
Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.
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Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction
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Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor.
When your back starts to arch…STOP
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1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up
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THE WORKOUT

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Superset # 1

  • 2 exercises performed back to back
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • No rest between sets
  • 2-5 minutes rest between supersets

Exercise #1

Toes to the Ceiling

  • 10 sets
  • Maximum reps per set…
  • Reach your hands behind your head and hold onto something solid for increased stability
  • Try to go higher up than the guy in the video

Exercise # 2

Shuffle Lunge

  • 10 sets
  • 40 reps per set
  • Bodyweight only

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Superset # 2

  • 3 exercises performed back to back
  • 7 sets of each exercise
  • No rest between sets
  • 2-5 minutes rest between supersets

Exercise #1

Push-Ups – (using Smith Machine if needed…no girlie push-ups ever)

  • 7 sets
  • Max reps without stopping….
  • As soon as you have to stop, move onto the next exercise

Exercise # 2

Air Squats

  • 7 sets
  • Max reps without stopping….
  • As soon as you have to stop, move onto the next exercise

Exercise # 3

Bodyweight Row on Smith Machine

  • 7 sets
  • Max reps without stopping….
  • As soon as you have to stop, move onto the next exercise

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Superset # 3

  • 2 exercises performed back to back
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • No rest between sets

Exercise #1

Stability Ball Crunches – (bodyweight)

  • 10 sets
  • Max reps without stopping….
  • As soon as you have to stop, move onto the next exercise

OR

Stability Ball Jackknifes – (bodyweight)

  • 10 sets
  • Max reps without stopping….
  • As soon as you have to stop, move onto the next exercise

Feel free to mix & match

Exercise # 2

2 Leg Hip Thrust with feet on stability ball

  • 10 sets
  • Max reps without stopping….
  • As soon as you have to stop, move onto the next exercise

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

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Health Habits Workout – Week 50 – Day 3

wolverine

Today’s picture expresses the type of intensity I would like to see applied to the following workout…perhaps without the adamantium claws and the homicidal intent.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Same as the past 2 workouts.

  • 4 exercises performed as a circuit with minimal (zero) rest between sets
  • Using the same weight for all of the exercises
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • In the first round of the circuit, you perform 10 reps per exercise
  • In the second round – 9 reps, third round – 8 reps, etc…all the way down to the last round of 1 rep per exercise

Exercise #1

Chin-Ups / Assisted Chin-Ups or Pulldowns – choose a weight that you can handle for approximately 12 reps with good form

Exercise #2

Bulgarian Split Squat/Lunge – same weight selection as before – 12RM per leg

Exercise #3

Wood Chops – same weight selection as before – 12RM

Note – Exercises 3 & 4 can be performed one after the other OR as a circuit (left leg Bulgarians – Wood Chop right to left – right leg Bulgarians – Wood Chop left to right)

Exercise #4

Dive Bomb or Hindu Push Ups – BW

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  • Repeat this circuit 10 times with decreasing reps per set as outlined above.
  • Keep the rest between sets to an absolute minimum
  • For the freaks amongst us, you can repeat this workout a second time.

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That’s it

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Health Habits Workout – Week 50 – Day 2

she hulk

Same as last week – Enjoy.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

It’s a very simple workout.

  • 4 exercises performed as a circuit with minimal (zero) rest between sets
  • Using the same weight for all of the exercises
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • In the first round of the circuit, you perform 10 reps per exercise
  • In the second round – 9 reps, third round – 8 reps, etc…all the way down to the last round of 1 rep per exercise

Exercise #1

1 Hand Swing Snatch – choose a weight that you can handle for approximately 12 reps with good form

Exercise #2

Band / Cable Snap Downs (aka dynamic straight-arm pulldown) – same weight selection as the Swing Snatch – 12RM

I prefer to perform these standing instead of kneeling.

Exercise #3

BW Rows - like Monday’s push-ups, this exercise may be too easy to be performed in the same decreasing rep fashion as the other exercises. If this is the case for you, stick with 10 reps for every set.

Exercise #4

Ab Wheel Roll Outs or Toes to the Sky – same rep scheme as BW Rows if possible

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  • Repeat this circuit 10 times with decreasing reps per set as outlined above.
  • Keep the rest between sets to an absolute minimum
  • For the freaks amongst us, you can repeat this workout a second time.

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That’s it – simple ain’t it?

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Health Habits Workout – Week 50 – Day 1

superman-vs-hulk

Same workout as last week.

Have fun.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch - 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

It’s a very simple workout.

  • 4 exercises performed as a circuit with minimal (zero) rest between sets
  • Using the same weight for all of the exercises
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • In the first round of the circuit, you perform 10 reps per exercise
  • In the second round – 9 reps, third round – 8 reps, etc…all the way down to the last round of 1 rep per exercise

Exercise 1

1 Hand Overhead KB Squat – try to keep torso as upright as possible – non-weight hand is held between your legs – squat deep enough so that non-weight hand touches the floor

Exercise 2

1 Hand Overhead Shoulder Press using the same arm that was held overhead during the squat. Also using the same dumbbell/kettlebell that you used during the squat

Exercise 3

1 Leg Deadlift using the same arm and the matching leg (ie if you pressed with the right arm, use the right leg to DL & hold the DB/KB in your right hand)

Repeat all 3 Exercises for the other Arm

Exercise 4

Push-Ups

For some people, this exercise is way too easy to be performed in the same decreasing rep fashion as the other 3 exercises. If this is the case for you, stick with 10 reps for every set.

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  • Repeat this circuit 10 times with decreasing reps per set as outlined above.
  • Keep the rest between sets to an absolute minimum

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That’s it – simple ain’t it?

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Health Habits Workout – Week 49 – Day 3

wolverine

Today’s picture expresses the type of intensity I would like to see applied to the following workout…perhaps without the adamantium claws and the homicidal intent.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Same as the past 2 workouts.

  • 4 exercises performed as a circuit with minimal (zero) rest between sets
  • Using the same weight for all of the exercises
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • In the first round of the circuit, you perform 10 reps per exercise
  • In the second round – 9 reps, third round – 8 reps, etc…all the way down to the last round of 1 rep per exercise

Exercise #1

Chin-Ups / Assisted Chin-Ups or Pulldowns - choose a weight that you can handle for approximately 12 reps with good form

Exercise #2

Bulgarian Split Squat/Lunge – same weight selection as before – 12RM per leg

Exercise #3

Wood Chops – same weight selection as before – 12RM

Note – Exercises 3 & 4 can be performed one after the other OR as a circuit (left leg Bulgarians – Wood Chop right to left – right leg Bulgarians – Wood Chop left to right)

Exercise #4

Dive Bomb or Hindu Push Ups – BW

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  • Repeat this circuit 10 times with decreasing reps per set as outlined above.
  • Keep the rest between sets to an absolute minimum
  • For the freaks amongst us, you can repeat this workout a second time.

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That’s it

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Health Habits Workout – Week 49 – Day 2

she hulk

Alright…I hope Monday’s workout went well.

Today’s is going to be a real SOB. Have fun.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

It’s a very simple workout.

  • 4 exercises performed as a circuit with minimal (zero) rest between sets
  • Using the same weight for all of the exercises
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • In the first round of the circuit, you perform 10 reps per exercise
  • In the second round – 9 reps, third round – 8 reps, etc…all the way down to the last round of 1 rep per exercise

Exercise #1

1 Hand Swing Snatch – choose a weight that you can handle for approximately 12 reps with good form

Exercise #2

Band / Cable Snap Downs (aka dynamic straight-arm pulldown) – same weight selection as the Swing Snatch – 12RM

I prefer to perform these standing instead of kneeling.

Exercise #3

BW Rows – like Monday’s push-ups, this exercise may be too easy to be performed in the same decreasing rep fashion as the other exercises. If this is the case for you, stick with 10 reps for every set.

Exercise #4

Ab Wheel Roll Outs or Toes to the Sky – same rep scheme as BW Rows if possible

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  • Repeat this circuit 10 times with decreasing reps per set as outlined above.
  • Keep the rest between sets to an absolute minimum
  • For the freaks amongst us, you can repeat this workout a second time.

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That’s it – simple ain’t it?

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Health Habits Workout – Week 49 – Day 1

superman-vs-hulk

I know that I promised we would have a new Tabata workout this week, but I changed my mind.

Instead, I present to you a new workout that I have been beta testing on some of my real-world clients over the past few weeks. It’s designed to kick the stuffing out of your anaerobic energy system while giving your muscles more than they can handle…all in under 30 minutes.

This should give you lots of extra time for all that Christmas shopping you still need to do.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

It’s a very simple workout.

  • 4 exercises performed as a circuit with minimal (zero) rest between sets
  • Using the same weight for all of the exercises
  • 10 sets of each exercise
  • In the first round of the circuit, you perform 10 reps per exercise
  • In the second round – 9 reps, third round – 8 reps, etc…all the way down to the last round of 1 rep per exercise

Exercise 1

1 Hand Overhead KB Squat – try to keep torso as upright as possible – non-weight hand is held between your legs – squat deep enough so that non-weight hand touches the floor

Exercise 2

1 Hand Overhead Shoulder Press using the same arm that was held overhead during the squat. Also using the same dumbbell/kettlebell that you used during the squat

Exercise 3

1 Leg Deadlift using the same arm and the matching leg (ie if you pressed with the right arm, use the right leg to DL & hold the DB/KB in your right hand)

Repeat all 3 Exercises for the other Arm

Exercise 4

Push-Ups

For some people, this exercise is way too easy to be performed in the same decreasing rep fashion as the other 3 exercises. If this is the case for you, stick with 10 reps for every set.

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  • Repeat this circuit 10 times with decreasing reps per set as outlined above.
  • Keep the rest between sets to an absolute minimum

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That’s it – simple ain’t it?

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Health Habits Workout – Week 48 – Day 3

ryan reynolds deadpool

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

This week is an exact duplicate of the previous Tabata phase. We are going to do this for 1 week and then follow up with 2 weeks of new Tabata exercises. My hope is that the bridge week will allow you to beat your PBs from the lastTabata week.

As always, during these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.

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Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Thrusters

  • Thrusters (BB or DB) for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of thrusters
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

  • Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
  • If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
  • With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
  • This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
  • To make it tougher, stand on one foot.

I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

Ab Wheel Roll-Out (or barbell / stability ball roll-out) (article on roll-out)

  • Roll-outs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (kneeling) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of roll-outs
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Straight Arm Pulldowns – standing – use a rope handle

  • Pulldown for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of pulldowns
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

Push-Ups

  • From the floor if you can do them
  • Using a smith machine if you can’t do floor push-ups
  • No “girl” push-ups on the knees
  • Push-up for 20 seconds
  • Rest (floor) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets total of Push-ups
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

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Health Habits Workout – Week 48 – Day 2

huge strong and ripped

huge, strong and ripped is what you will be after doing this workout

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

This week is an exact duplicate of the previous Tabata phase. We are going to do this for 1 week and then follow up with 2 weeks of new Tabata exercises. My hope is that the bridge week will allow you to beat your PBs from the lastTabata week.

As always, during these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.

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Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

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WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch - 25 reps per arm – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Smith Machine or Barbell Hip Thrust

Hip Thrust for 20 seconds
Rest (lying) for 10 seconds
8 sets of hip thrusts
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set

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No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
To make it tougher, stand on one foot.
I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

Incline DB Chest Press

Press the DBs for 20 seconds
Rest (DBs on chest) for 10 seconds
8 sets of chest presses
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Pulldowns – vary grips as needed

Pulldown for 20 seconds
Rest for 10 seconds
8 sets of pulldowns
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

Cable Woodchops

Woodchop in one direction for 20 seconds
Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
Repeat in the other direction
Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
8 sets total of Woodchops – 4 per direction
4 minutes  total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday, it’s back to the weights

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Health Habits Workout – Week 48 – Day 1

the flash

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

This week is an exact duplicate of the previous Tabata phase. We are going to do this for 1 week and then follow up with 2 weeks of new Tabata exercises. My hope is that the bridge week will allow you to beat your PBs from the last Tabata week.

As always, during these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.

.

Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

..

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Bodyweight Squat

  • Squat for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of squats
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set
  • Resistance can be added by holding a dumbbell/plate at chest height

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

  • Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
  • If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
  • With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
  • This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
  • To make it tougher, stand on one foot.

I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

See Saw Press

  • Press the DBs/KBs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (arms at side) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of see saw presses
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Standing Cable Row

  • Row for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of standing cable rows
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

1 Leg Deadlift

  • Deadlift on 1 leg for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • Repeat on other leg – alternate back and forth
  • 8 sets of 1 Leg DLs
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set
  • Hold DBs for resistance

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

Health Habits Workout – Week 47 – Day 3

borat mankini

Goals: This is the last “bridge” workout for the week. It’s  designed to allow your energy systems a break from the high intensity workouts you have been doing for the past four weeks.

After this week, we will be returning to the Tabatas.

And now on to the warm-up….

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1.  Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

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2.  Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

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3.  1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

and now for the….

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WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Your choice..either Pulldowns or Pull Ups

warm up with some sets of 10 reps..building up to a weight that you could perform a max 15 reps

* Choose the weight that you could perform 15 reps with
* Then do 25 reps by…

* banging out those first 15 in normal fashion…rest for a few seconds – drawing in 4 big breaths…and then bang out a few more reps (1-5),,,rest again…lift again…rest again…until you get to 25 reps

Rest 5-10 minutes, and then do the same thing with

Exercise #2

Bodyweight Skullcrushers

  • Warm up with a couple of 10 rep sets
  • And then try to get between 20-60 reps

* banging out those first 10 or so in normal fashion…rest for a few seconds – drawing in 4 big breaths…and then bang out a few more reps ,,,rest again…lift again…rest again…until you get to (50-80) reps
Rest 5-10 minutes, and then do the same thing with

Exercise #3

Shoulder Press (barbell, dumbbell, machine)

* Choose a weight that you could perform 15 reps with
* Then do 25 reps by…

* banging out those first 15 in normal fashion…rest for a few seconds – drawing in 4 big breaths…and then bang out a few more reps (1-5),,,rest again…lift again…rest again…until you get to 25 reps

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Go home

Tomorrow, it’s cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

New workout for Monday

Health Habits Workout – Week 47/Day 2

1-arm-pushup-

Goals: This is another “bridge” week designed to allow your energy systems a break from the high intensity workouts you have been doing for the past four weeks.

After this week, we will be returning to another high intensity phase.

And now on to the….

1.  Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

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2.  Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

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3.  1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

and now for the….

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WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Bulgarian Squat/Lunge (bodyweight only)

warm up with 2 sets per leg of 10 reps

* Then do 40 to 60  reps per leg by…

* banging out the first 15-20 in normal fashion…rest for a few seconds – drawing in 4 big breaths…and then bang out a few more reps (1-5),,,rest again…lift again…rest again…until you get to your maximum (40-60) reps

Rest 5 minutes, and then do the other leg

Rest another 5 min and move onto….

Exercise #2

Glute Ham Raises (2 Leg)

Same protocol as the Bulgarians

  • Warm up with a couple of 10 rep sets
  • And then try to get between 50-80 reps

* banging out those first 30 or so in normal fashion…rest for a few seconds – drawing in 4 big breaths…and then bang out a few more reps ,,,rest again…lift again…rest again…until you get to (50-80) reps

Note: There is a good chance some of you won’t be able to do 50 reps. Here’s what I want you to do – place an incline bench or big stability ball in front of you so that you can do partial reps.

You will have to fiddle around with the depth of repetition and the # of repetitions to get it right.

Either way, remember that you legs should be screaming at you by the end of this single work set

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Go home

Tomorrow, it’s cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday – weights

Health Habits Workout – Week 46 – Day 3

ryan reynolds deadpool

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

During these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

It’s Week 2 of these workouts. That means next week is a bridge workout and then we go back to Tabata for another 2 weeks.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.

.

Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch - 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Thrusters

  • Thrusters (BB or DB) for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of thrusters
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

  • Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
  • If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
  • With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
  • This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
  • To make it tougher, stand on one foot.

I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

Ab Wheel Roll-Out (or barbell / stability ball roll-out) (article on roll-out)

  • Roll-outs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (kneeling) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of roll-outs
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Straight Arm Pulldowns - standing – use a rope handle

  • Pulldown for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of pulldowns
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

Push-Ups

  • From the floor if you can do them
  • Using a smith machine if you can’t do floor push-ups
  • No “girl” push-ups on the knees
  • Push-up for 20 seconds
  • Rest (floor) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets total of Push-ups
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

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Health Habits Workout – Week 46 – Day 2

huge strong and ripped

huge, strong and ripped is what you will be after doing this workout

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

During these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

It’s Week 2 of these workouts. That means next week is a bridge workout and then we go back to Tabata for another 2 weeks.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.

.

Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

..

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch - 25 reps per arm – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Smith Machine or Barbell Hip Thrust

Hip Thrust for 20 seconds
Rest (lying) for 10 seconds
8 sets of hip thrusts
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set

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No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
To make it tougher, stand on one foot.
I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

Incline DB Chest Press

Press the DBs for 20 seconds
Rest (DBs on chest) for 10 seconds
8 sets of chest presses
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Pulldowns – vary grips as needed

Pulldown for 20 seconds
Rest for 10 seconds
8 sets of pulldowns
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

Cable Woodchops

Woodchop in one direction for 20 seconds
Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
Repeat in the other direction
Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
8 sets total of Woodchops – 4 per direction
4 minutes  total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday, it’s back to the weights

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Health Habits Workout – Week 46 – Day 1

the flash

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

During these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

It’s Week 2 of these workouts. That means next week is a bridge workout and then we go back to Tabata for another 2 weeks.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.
.

Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

..

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Bodyweight Squat

  • Squat for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of squats
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set
  • Resistance can be added by holding a dumbbell/plate at chest height

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

  • Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
  • If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
  • With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
  • This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
  • To make it tougher, stand on one foot.

I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

See Saw Press

  • Press the DBs/KBs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (arms at side) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of see saw presses
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Standing Cable Row

  • Row for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of standing cable rows
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

1 Leg Deadlift

  • Deadlift on 1 leg for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • Repeat on other leg – alternate back and forth
  • 8 sets of 1 Leg DLs
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set
  • Hold DBs for resistance

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

Health Habits Workout – Week 45 – Day 3

ryan reynolds deadpool

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

During these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

We’re going to do 2 weeks of these workouts, then back of for a week with some bridge workouts and then back to Tabata for another 2 weeks.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.
.

Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch - 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Thrusters

  • Thrusters (BB or DB) for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of thrusters
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

  • Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
  • If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
  • With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
  • This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
  • To make it tougher, stand on one foot.

I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

Ab Wheel Roll-Out (or barbell / stability ball roll-out) (article on roll-out)

  • Roll-outs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (kneeling) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of roll-outs
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Straight Arm Pulldowns – standing – use a rope handle

  • Pulldown for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of pulldowns
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

Push-Ups

  • From the floor if you can do them
  • Using a smith machine if you can’t do floor push-ups
  • No “girl” push-ups on the knees
  • Push-up for 20 seconds
  • Rest (floor) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets total of Push-ups
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

..

Health Habits Workout – Week 45 – Day 2

huge, strong and ripped is what you will be after doing this workout

It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

During these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

We’re going to do 2 weeks of these workouts, then back of for a week with some bridge workouts and then back to Tabata for another 2 weeks.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.
.

Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

..

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

.

THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Smith Machine or Barbell Hip Thrust

Hip Thrust for 20 seconds
Rest (lying) for 10 seconds
8 sets of hip thrusts
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set

.

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
To make it tougher, stand on one foot.
I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

Incline DB Chest Press

Press the DBs for 20 seconds
Rest (DBs on chest) for 10 seconds
8 sets of chest presses
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Pulldowns – vary grips as needed

Pulldown for 20 seconds
Rest for 10 seconds
8 sets of pulldowns
4 minutes total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

Cable Woodchops

Woodchop in one direction for 20 seconds
Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
Repeat in the other direction
Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
8 sets total of Woodchops – 4 per direction
4 minutes  total
Perform as many reps as possible per set
Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday, it’s back to the weights

Health Habits Workout – Week 45 – Day 1

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It’s Tabata Time again!!!

4 Minutes of exquisite pain

  • 8 sets
  • 20 seconds work
  • 10 seconds rest

During these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.

We’re going to do 2 weeks of these workouts, then back of for a week with some bridge workouts and then back to Tabata for another 2 weeks.

You might hate me during the workouts, but you’ll thank me when you see yourself in the mirror.
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Also, I know I sound like a broken record, but buy an interval timer for these workouts.

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WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Bodyweight Squat

  • Squat for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of squats
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set
  • Resistance can be added by holding a dumbbell/plate at chest height

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

  • Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
  • If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
  • With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
  • This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
  • To make it tougher, stand on one foot.

I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

See Saw Press

  • Press the DBs/KBs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (arms at side) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of see saw presses
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Standing Cable Row

  • Row for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of standing cable rows
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

1 Leg Deadlift

  • Deadlift on 1 leg for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • Repeat on other leg – alternate back and forth
  • 8 sets of 1 Leg DLs
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set
  • Hold DBs for resistance

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

HIIT is better than Cardio for your Heart

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Let’s say you’ve got high blood pressure…and stiffness in your arteries.

Whatcha gonna do?

Well….if you’re like most people, you just found out about your problem from your doctor. And you’re about to get a prescription for a bunch of drugs and a recommendation to hop onto the nearest treadmill and do lots and lots of low intensity / long duration cardio-vascular exercise.

But, what if your doctor is wrong?

  • What if…instead of spending hours glued to the seat of an exercise bike, you could be doing 2 x 40 minute interval training sessions per week.
  • And what if…by doing those 2 x 40 minute interval training sessions per week, you were lowering your BP just as well as your cardio cousins.
  • And what if you were improving your arterial stiffness even better than those cardio junkies.

According to this study, that’s exactly what you would be doing.

Common Sense Conclusion(s)

  • If you have hypertension & arterial stiffness, talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program. It just makes sense.
  • Tell your doc about this research.
  • Find out how good/bad your heart really is.
  • And maybe consider doing both types of workouts.

And do some more reading – high blood pressure is no joke.

Health Habits Workout – Week 41/Day 2

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Optional Workout

If you perform an optional Neural Activation Workout a few hours before the main workout for the day, you should see better performance during the main workout.

It takes less than 10 minutes and it really works. So do it.

Here are 4 exercises you can use for today’s NA workout

BW Squats aka Air Squats

Push-Ups

Back & Forth Bounding

Rolling Squat / Burpees

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Main Workout

Warm-Up

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction.

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

The Workout

Today’s workout is a classic HIRT workout designed to burn fat, improve power, strength, speed & your anaerobic energy system.

  • 4 Supersets
  • 5 Minutes per Superset
  • 5 Reps per Set
  • As many Sets as possible in 5 Min
  • Minimize Rest between Sets

Superset #1

Dynamic Shuffle Lunges

DB Pullovers

Superset #2

BW Skullcrushers

DB Bicep Curl & Press

Superset #3

1 Leg Squat – Bench or Free Standing

Leg Swoop

Superset #4

Shin Box Switch

Pilates Open Leg Rocker

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So, what’s next?

Most of you can stretch, shower & go home knowing that you have done a heck of a workout.

However, I will be doing another 30 min of hard cardio.

Rowing machine, laps in the pool or on that hybrid treadmill/elliptical machine that I love/hate so much.

Feel free to join me.

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4 Free Nasty Tabata Workouts | Interval Training Programs

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For all of you HIIT ers and Crossfitters who are sick and tired of endless sets of Tabata Thrusters or Tabata BW Squats, here are some new & nasty Tabata workouts for you to enjoy.

Maybe enjoy isn’t the right word.

Tabata Workout # 1

This one is a core killer. I have paired an anti-rotation move with a vertical pressing move. Both draw heavily upon core strength. Paired together, they will kick your ass.

Like every Tabata workout, you will be performing 8 x 20 second work sets with 7 x 10 second rests in between work sets

Exercises

1 Arm Shoulder Press – Landmine style

Landmine Twist

  • 20 seconds left arm Press – max reps
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds Twist – max reps
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds right arm Press – max reps
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds Twist – max reps
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds left arm Press – max reps
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds Twist – max reps
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds right arm Press – max reps
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds Twist – max reps
  • done

Tabata Workout # 2

New protocol – no rest periods…sorry

Exercises

Piston Press / Swinging Plank – ala Scott Sonnon – 20 second sets

Butt Blasting Bodyweight Squatsperform only the bottom half of the squat movement – 10 second sets

  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps
  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps
  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps
  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps
  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps
  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps
  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps
  • 20 seconds Piston Press / Swinging Plank – max reps
  • 10 seconds Butt Blaster Squat – max reps

Tabata Workout # 3

No rest periods…again

Exercises

1 Leg Bench Squatas low as you can go – 20 second sets

Push Ups –  10 second sets

  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -left leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps
  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -right leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps
  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -left leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps
  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -right leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps
  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -left leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps
  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -right leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps
  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -left leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps
  • 20 seconds 1 Leg Bench Squat -right leg – max reps
  • 10 seconds Push-Ups – max reps

Tabata Workout # 4

No rest periods…again

Exercises

Medicine Ball Slams - 20 second sets

Cable Wood Chops – 10 second sets

  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – one side – max reps
  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – other side – max reps
  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – one side – max reps
  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – other side – max reps
  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – one side – max reps
  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – other side – max reps
  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – one side – max reps
  • 20 seconds Medicine Ball Slams – max reps
  • 10 seconds Cable Wood Chops – other side – max reps

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Have fun

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Health Habits Workout – Week 29/Day 3

the tazmanian devil is the world's fittest cartoon character because he loves the HIIT / Tabata workouts from Health Habits

Goals: Massive fat loss & amazing fitness

In Week 1 of this workout, we used a 20 sec. work : 20 sec. rest ratio during our supersets

In Week 2 of this workout, the ratio shifted to 20 sec. work : 15 sec. rest

This week, we go to the full-on Tabata ratio of 20 sec. work : 10 sec. res

During these workouts, I want you to balance the amount weight you use with number of  reps per set .

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back and focus on the number of reps per set
  • If you normally go lighter but like to do high rep sets..then I want you to up the weight and drop the reps

The success of this program depends on you being willing to break out of your comfort zone.
And after these 3 weeks, we’re going to back off for a week with some bridge workouts….and then dive back into another 3 week cycle focusing on different exercises.

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WORKOUT WARM-UP

Feel free to mix things up during the warm-up. The goal is to warm up your muscles and to get your joints lubricated. I like the following warm-up exercises, but if you’re getting sick of them..do your own thing…as long as it gets the job done.

Circles – Starting with the ankles and moving all the way up to your neck, gently make circles with all of your joints – 10 revolutions each joint in each direction

Dead Bug – Push your lower back into the floor and articulate your arms & legs as in the video. 1 set of as many reps as possible with your lower back pushed into the floor. When your back starts to arch…STOP

1 Arm Swing Snatch – 25 reps per arm  – Dumbbell or kettlebell – choose a light weight – the goal is to warm-up

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THE WORKOUT

Exercise #1

Thrusters

  • Thrusters (BB or DB) for 20 seconds
  • Rest (standing) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of thrusters
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

No rest between work sets

Do this instead…..

  • Using a resistance band or cable station, face away from the band/cable station holding the band/handle overhead.
  • If arms overhead is too tough on your shoulders, rest your hands on your head.
  • With a “slight” forward lean, walk (gradually) forward until the resistance starts to pull you backwards or you start bending at the spine.
  • This exercise mimics a bridge/plank exercise, except instead of being in a horizontal position, you are vertical
  • To make it tougher, stand on one foot.

I will film a video for this exercise later this week. Until then, hopefully this image I created will give you a clearer idea of what I want.

Hold for 1 minute or until you catch your breath and are ready to start the next work set.

Exercise #2

Ab Wheel Roll-Out (or barbell / stability ball roll-out) (article on roll-out)

  • Roll-outs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (kneeling) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of roll-outs
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for a minute

Exercise #3

Straight Arm Pulldowns – standing – use a rope handle

  • Pulldown for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of pulldowns
  • 4 minutes total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – face sideways to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

Exercise #4

Push-Ups

  • From the floor if you can do them
  • Using a smith machine if you can’t do floor push-ups
  • No “girl” push-ups on the knees
  • Push-up for 20 seconds
  • Rest (floor) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets total of Push-ups
  • 4 minutes  total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Back to the standing cable/band bridge/plank thingie for another minute

This time – sideways again (but face the opposite direction – 180 degree turn) to the cable stack with your arm straight out to the side at shoulder height – stand on the leg closest to the stack – this will be tough

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work. This is the minimum amount of work for the day. However, depending upon your fitness level, I want you to try and complete all 4 exercises again – that would be 32 min of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata + the standing cable bridge exercise.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Tomorrow, it’s some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Next week….whole new program