Pre-Workout Caffeine to Get Stronger, Faster, Bigger and More Powerful

A new study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research indicates that the immediate ingestion of caffeine (6 mg·kg−1 body weight) prior to resistance training:

  1. Reduces the level of muscle fatigue and,
  2. Preserves leg power throughout the training session,
  3. With zero increase in muscle damage

Which is awesome if you are interested in getting stronger, faster, bigger and/or more powerful.

In the study, six male handball athletes ingested placebo (PLA) or caffeine (CAF) (6 mg·kg−1 body mass) capsules on 2 different occasions. Sixty minutes after ingestion of the capsules, serum CAF levels were evaluated.

Thereafter, all participants performed a protocol of vertical jumps (VJs). The protocol consisted of 4 sets of 30 seconds of continuous VJs with 60 seconds of recovery between sets.

Blood lactate (LAC) and creatine kinase (CK) levels were determined before and after the protocol.

We found significant differences in serum CAF levels between PLA (0.09 ± 0.18 µg·ml−1) vs. CAF (6.59 ± 4.44 µg·ml−1) (p < 0.001).

Caffeine elicited a 5.23% (p≤ 0.05) improvement in the leg power compared with PLA. The CAF trial displayed higher LAC (p ≤ 0.05) compared with PLA (6.26 ± 2.01 vs. 4.39 ± 2.42 mmol·L−1, respectively) after protocol of VJs, whereas no difference in CK was observed between trials (p > 0.05).

These results indicate that immediate ingestion of CAF (6 mg·kg−1 body weight) can reduce the level of muscle fatigue and preserve leg power during the test, possibly resulting in increase in LAC. There was no increase in muscle damage, which indicates that immediate administration of (6 mg·kg−1 body weight) CAF is safe. Thus, nutritional interventions with CAF could help athletes withstand a greater physiological overload during high-intensity training sessions.

The results of this study would be applicable to sports and activities that require repetitive leg power.

What does this mean to you?

  • To properly follow the protocol used in the study, you need to ingest 6mg of caffeine per 1kg of body weight ( 2.72mg per 1lb of bodyweight)
  • There is approximately 100mg of caffeine in 1 cup of coffee
  • Which means that a 150lb trainee would need to drink 408mg or 4 cups of coffee before training….probably not the best idea if you don’t want to spend your workout in the bathroom.
  • The same caffeine-math applies to tea, Red Bull, 5 Hour Extra Strength Energy Shot (the strongest energy drink with 242mg of caffeine), etc..

As a result, you are going to need to purchase some caffeine pills if you want to take advantage of this caffeinated training boost.

And of course, not everyone’s GI tract is going to do well with all that caffeine.

BUT…if your gut is okay with a big dose of caffeine AND you’re looking to break through a training plateau, supplementing with caffeine immediately pre-workout could be exactly what you’re looking for.

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NOTE: If you try this caffeine protocol, I would love to hear how it works for you. Feel free to contact me on Twitter or Facebook.

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Introducing the 20:20 Workout…The Simplest Get Fit, Get Lean, Get Healthy, Get Strong, Get Awesome Workout of All Time

Introducing the 20:20 Workout…The Simplest Get Fit, Get Lean, Get Healthy, Get Strong, Get Awesome Workout of All Time.

Here’s the general theory:

  • 20 seconds of high intensity exercise
  • 20 seconds of rest
  • Repeat as many times as possible…while maintaining great form & high intensity.

Here’s why this workout is awesome:

  • It’s dead simple. Even the newest of workout newbies can understand “work really hard for 20 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds”.
  • It improves your energy system fitness…which improves your endurance, strength, power, etc.
  • It makes most trainees stronger very quickly -(experienced trainees who already lift primarily for serious strength won’t see much in the way of strength improvement)
  • It improves the muscular endurance of those people who already lift for serious strength…which will improve their strength training programs
  • It’s great for weight loss
  • It saves time. Most trainees will be gassed after 20 minutes…and it takes a real freak to keep the intensity up over 40 min.
  • As you become more efficient at this program, your power & speed-endurance will improve significantly
  • It can be performed at home, indoors, outdoors, on the playing field & in the gym.
  • It’s fully expandable….from very simple beginner workouts to more complex workouts for advanced trainees or people with physical restrictions
  • It’s 100% free

Workout Examples

Legs + Horizontal Push + Horizontal Pull

Repeat for a set time or until your form starts to break down and/or your intensity drops by (self-measured) 20%

Legs + Vertical Push + Vertical Pull

Repeat for a set time or until your form starts to break down and/or your intensity drops by (self-measured) 20%

Legs + Horizontal Push + Horizontal Pull + Core

  • Stair Step Ups or Box Jumps or Burpees for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Chest Press or Push-Ups for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Single Leg Stiff Leg Deadlifts
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Standing Rows or Bodyweight Rows for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Ab Roll-Outs, Front Plank or Dead Bugs for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds

Repeat for a set time or until your form starts to break down and/or your intensity drops by (self-measured) 20%

Legs + Vertical Push + Vertical Pull + Rotation

  • Bodyweight Squats or Bulgairan Squats for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Pulldowns, Band Overhead Pull-Aparts or Chin-ups for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Standing Single Leg Straight Leg Flexions – Front, Side & Rear
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Overhead Press – Band, Bodyweight, DB, BB
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Woodchops, Stir the Pots or Palloff Press for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds

Repeat for a set time or until your form starts to break down and/or your intensity drops by (self-measured) 20%

Legs + Horizontal Push + Horizontal Pull + Core + Carry

  • Waiter Walk or some other “Carry” variation for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Stair Step Ups or Box Jumps or Burpees for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Chest Press or Push-Ups for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Single Leg Stiff Leg Deadlifts
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Standing Rows or Bodyweight Rows for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Ab Roll-Outs, Front Plank or Dead Bugs for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds

Repeat for a set time or until your form starts to break down and/or your intensity drops by (self-measured) 20%

Legs + Vertical Push + Vertical Pull + Rotation + Sprint

  • Bodyweight Squats or Bulgairan Squats for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Pulldowns, Band Overhead Pull-Aparts or Chin-ups for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Standing Single Leg Straight Leg Flexions – Front, Side & Rear
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Overhead Press – Band, Bodyweight, DB, BB
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Woodchops or Palloff Press for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds
  • Sprint for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 20 seconds

Repeat for a set time or until your form starts to break down and/or your intensity drops by (self-measured) 20%

Design Your Own 20:20 Workout

As I said above, the 20:20 Workout is fully expandable and is easily modified to fit your specific needs.

Step #1 : Choose the body movements that you want to work on

  • Push Vertical
  • Push Horizontal
  • Pull Vertical
  • Pull Horizontal
  • Squat
  • Hip Hinge
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Sprint

Step #2 : Choose an exercise or exercises for each of the body movements you have selected

Step #3 : Organize the exercises so that you maximize your rest periods. Instead of putting 2 leg exercises back to back, stick an upper body exercise in betweenex. Squat – Horizontal Push – Hip Hinge – Horizontal Pull

Step #4 : Set a timer for a 20 sec work : 20 sec rest interval program. If you don’t have a timer, check out Gymboss. They’re easy to use, inexpensive and will prevent you dropping & cracking your smartphone screen

Step #5 : Fill a bottle of water & get ready to sweat

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10 Ways to Workout Smarter….not Harder

Every day I go to the gym and I see the same people doing the same workouts.

  • Runners get on a treadmill and run
  • Yoginis perform their poses
  • Bodybuilders squeeze & flex their muscles
  • Powerlifters lift heavy stuff
  • Aerobicizers attend their group fitness classes
  • And the dude at my gym who wears Adidas soccer shorts from 1978 stretches out his hamstrings threatening to dislodge his “fellas” from their cotton prison (the horror…the horror)

And while all of these activities are laudable and are infinitely better for you than sitting on the couch eating chips and watching reality tv, they all have their limitations. And since it is a new year, I thought it was the perfect time to outline 10 ways to workout smarter…achieving better results, in less time, with fewer aches & pains.

Tip # 1 – High Intensity Interval Training aka HIIT

There is an ever growing body of evidence showing that HIIT workouts are superior to traditional cardio training in almost every conceivable way.

  • Less time required per workout – I never, ever perform more than 20 min on a HIIT workout
  • Reduced chance of overuse injuries – just ask a runner about their aches & pains
  • Faster & greater improvements to the cardio-vascular system
  • Increased fat loss due to increased levels of EPOC  (Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption)
  • Increased total body strength
HIIT sprints
Before HIIT – After HIIT

To recap, HIIT takes up less of your time, is easier on your body, is better at improving the function of your heart & lungs and will help make you stronger and leaner more efficiently than cardio training. Sounds pretty smart to me.

Here are a bunch of articles I have written on HIIT to get you started:

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How to Get Strong – The Science of Strength

In an earlier post, The Components of Physical Fitness, I divided physical fitness into it’s component parts and provided a brief introduction of each part.

In today’s post, I am going to focus on muscular strength…or as Google likes to say…how to get strong, how to get stronger, how to get brutally strong, how to get freaky strong, etc, etc, etc.

And if you plan on getting freaky strong, you’re going to need to understand the whys and hows behind getting strong. And those whys and hows are all based in science.

So….we’re going to look at some of that science to help you figure out how to maximize your own personal levels of “strong”.

Intro to Muscular Strength

How strong you are (and how strong you could be) depends on the performance of your body’s skeletal muscles.

Your body’s muscles are highly adaptable. They will react to the stresses that you place upon them.

  • Sit on the couch and they will atrophy.
  • Try and run fast and they adapt to produce faster contractions.
  • Lift heavy objects and they will increase their ability to produce maximum strength.

Muscular Strength can and has been categorized in a variety of different ways. In this article, I am choosing to divide Muscular Strength into four categories, based primarily on Newton’s Second Law.

vec F = m vec a (force is equal to the product of mass and acceleration.) Mass relates to how much weight/mass a muscle or muscle group can move. Acceleration relates to how fast that weight/mass is moved.

By using and manipulating force, mass and acceleration, we can force our muscles to adapt and become more efficient at generating…

4 Types of Muscular Strength

  • Maximum Muscular Strength
  • Maximum Muscular Power
  • Maximum Muscular Speed
  • Maximum Muscular Endurance

NOTE – Each of these categories has different characteristics with regard to mass and acceleration

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The Bruce Lee Workout

In the world of bodybuilding and physique transformation, one of the most highly respected physiques of all time belonged to a guy who stood 5’7″ and weighed between 130 and 165 lbs.

That’s right…at his heaviest, Bruce Lee weighed only 165 lbs.

And yet, bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger were in awe of the body he built.

So, how did he do it?

And more importantly, how can you do it?

How can you build a body like this?

Well, if you want to learn about the weightlifting routine he used to build his strength and increase his muscle mass….pick up a copy of The Art of Expressing the Human Body.

But…you will be wasting your time.

If Bruce Lee was alive today, he would not be using the training routines found inside that book.

Bruce Lee believed that as a warrior and as a person, one should never “get set into one form. One should adapt and create your own style, and let it grow, be like water”.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.

When you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup;

When you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle;

When you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot.

Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

At this point, you may be asking…what the heck does being formless like water have to do with fitness, working out and getting a wicked set of abs like Bruce Lee?

Well, I’m going to tell you.

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Being formless like water means using those training techniques that work for your particular goals…and to not get all wrapped up in dogma.

  • There is no perfect workout
  • There is no perfect diet.

What there is, is….

  • your body as it currently exists,
  • your vision of how you want your body to be
  • and a whole bunch of tools & techniques that may or may not help you achieve your goals.

Becoming attached to a certain training method (bodybuilding, yoga, pilates, crossfit, cardio, walking, aerobic classes, Tae-Bo, P 90X, etc…) is a sure path to stagnation and unattained goals.

The same goes for nutrition.

If the tool is ineffective, find a way to make it effective or replace it with another tool.

Be like water

Unique goals require unique solutions.

One size does not fit all.

Be fluid like water…and get a wicked set of abs like Bruce Lee

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The Human Body is an Amazing Machine

One of the most important things I can do as a personal trainer is convince my new clients that their body is capable of making amazing improvements if they are willing to put in the work.

To prove that point to one of my most incredibly stubborn male clients, I decided to challenge him to a little contest.

The deal was that between Novemeber and March, we would both follow the same training, nutrition and supplement programs.

  • If he stuck to the program (90% adherence) and didn’t see a big change, I would refund everything he paid me for personal training.
  • If he stuck to the program and did see a big change, he had to give me 5 pairs of his Toronto Blue Jays season tickets.
  • If he didn’t stick to the program, I got the tickets and a weekend with his lady…a 1963 Corvette Stingray.
  • And if I didn’t stick to the program…I had to refund his money regardless of how he did.

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Fast forward to March 2013

  • We both stuck with the program
  • My client gained 18 pounds (12 muscle/6 fat)
  • My client increased every test lift (10 lifts) by a minimum of 34%
  • My client increased his 3 target lifts as follows:
  1. Squat went from 185 lbs x 5 reps to 365 x 5 reps
  2. Bench Press went from 205 lbs x 1 to 295 lbs x 1 rep
  3. Hanging Deadlift (from knees) from 225 lbs x 1 rep to 505 lbs x 1 rep

Not bad for a 48 year old guy with bad knees and a creaky lower back.

What about Me???

  • I gained 49 pounds (23 muscle/26 fat) 
  • My test lifts increased by a minimum of 35%
  • My 3 target lifts went back to levels I haven’t achieved in a decade:
  1. Squat went from 475 lbs x 5 reps to 675 lbs x 5 reps
  2. Bench Press went from 405 lbs x 1 rep to 545 lbs x 1 rep
  3. Hanging Deadlift went from 525 lbs x 5 reps to 765 lbs x 5 reps

What Now?

  • My client is going to start following a strict Paleo diet with the goal of dropping 15 lbs of body-fat before summer. We are also switching his training from strength to fitness/agility/speed and overall health.
  • I have started back on a hybrid Paleo diet designed to melt off all that body-fat I gained eating potatoes and rice. Like my client, I am going to switch my focus from strength to fitness/agility/speed and overall health. Along with the fat gain, my 43 year-old joints aren’t too happy about the strength/size phase. My knees and shoulders hurt…even with all of the rehab & mobility work I did over the winter.

Conclusion

The Human Body is an Amazing Machine.

When it comes to HIIT – Quality trumps Quantity

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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Does Ketone Drink = EZ Weight Loss?

Oxford researcher, Dr. Kieran Clarke has created a new type of ketone-based endurance drink designed to…

  • Generate significant weight loss
  • Improve mental alertness
  • Improve cognitive function

…as well as treat, prevent or reduce the effects of…

In short, this supplement MAY make you leaner, smarter, healthier, faster, stronger and less prone to diabetes, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, huntington’s, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Note that I say MAY.

The science is all very new. According to Doc Clarke:

“We are very excited about our research, which we think shows great promise. Our primary interest so far has been to understand how the body’s metabolism responds and makes use of our ketone drink.

We are a long way yet from showing meaningful benefits as a treatment for disease or in aiding athletes’ endurance, and while we think it is possible that the ketone drink may have benefits in slowing Alzheimer’s progression, no one has done much research on this as yet…although this remains of great interest to us.”

How great an interest???

Great enough to apply for a US patent.

Can you imagine how much money Dr. Clarke will make if this product lives up to it’s potential?

The Science

  • Previous research indicates that a state of elevated ketones may improve physical and cognitive performance.
  • Unfortunately, direct administration of ketone bodies is unpractical and potentially dangerous
  • Fortunately, there are ketone precursors that might give her the same effect without any of the downsides.

On of those ketone precursors is  (R)-3-hydroxybutyl (R)-3-hydroxybutyrate, the ketone monoester that Dr. Clarke has been administering in the form of a meal replacement drink to her healthy human volunteers.

In one pilot study, eight adults with type 2 diabetes to see whether the drink produced any effect. The volunteers had three ketone drinks a day for five days and had their weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar monitored. Their weight dropped an average of nearly two per cent (in 5 days), as did their levels of glucose, cholesterol and fat in the blood.

In another study, Dr. Clarke gave 22 elite rowers the ketone drink and monitored the distances they achieved in 30 minutes on an indoor rowing machine.

One rower broke a world record and five others beat their personal best.

Conclusion

I am thoroughly geeked-up about the potential of this supplement.

Fingers crossed people.

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The Secret of Bruce Lee’s One Inch Punch

Bruce Lee accomplished some amazing accomplishments in his short life. One of his most impressive physical feats was his super-powerful one inch punch.

How the heck did he do that?

According to British researchers, it was Mr. Lee’s over-developed cerebellums and primary motor cortex that allowed him to coordinate his body movements to deliver maximum force.

The Science

Previous studies have shown that the forces generated in a karate punch is not determined by muscular strength but by the brain & nervous system, Unfortunately, up until now, they had no idea what parts of the nervous system were responsible for making Bruce Lee a super-freak.

In this recent study, researchers looked for differences in brain structure between 12 karate practitioners with a black belt rank and an average of 13.8 years’ karate experience, and 12 control subjects of similar age who exercised regularly but did not have any martial arts experience.

In the first part of the study, the researchers measure the short range (5 cm) punching power of all 24 test subjects by means of infrared markers on their arms & torsos. As expected, the karate masters punched harder than the control subjects.

Analysis of punch biomechanics and brain function revealed the reasons for the difference in punching power.

  • The researchers found that punching power depends on timing.
  • Specifically, punching force correlated with how well the movement of the wrists and shoulders were synchronized.
  • In short, technique + muscular power = Bruce Lee kicking your butt.
  • To test brain function, they used diffusion tensor imaging to scan the grey matter (main body of nerve cells) and white matter (bundles of fibres that carry signals from one region of the brain to another) of the test subjects’ brains.

And what they found is that there was major structural differences in the white matter of the cerebellums and primary motor cortex of the karate masters.

It was these differences in the cerebellum that correlated with the synchronicity of the subjects’ wrist and shoulder movements that produced the larger punching forces.

The karate black belts were able to repeatedly coordinate their punching action with a level of coordination that novices can’t produce. We think that ability might be related to fine tuning of neural connections in the cerebellum, allowing them to synchronise their arm and trunk movements very accurately.

We’re only just beginning to understand the relationship between brain structure and behaviour, but our findings are consistent with earlier research showing that the cerebellum plays a critical role in our ability to produce complex, coordinated movements.

So there you go…your nervous system is what’s going to separate your athletic performance from that of the average gym rat.

And that’s why nervous system function is one of the linchpins of all my training programs.

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Science of the Squat – Depth & Load – and How They Impact Your Squatting Muscles

The squat is often called the King of Exercises.

And for good reason – because nothing develops lower body muscle mass, strength & power faster & better than barbell squats.

And if you want to be known as the King of the King of Exercises, you’re going to need to take a look at this new research published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine the relative muscular effort (RME) while performing the squat exercise. Specifically, the researchers were looking at the effects of barbell load and squat depth on hip extensor, knee extensor and ankle plantar-flexor RME.

Study Design

Ten strength-trained women performed squats (50-90% of 1 RM) in a motion analysis laboratory to determine hip extensor, knee extensor and ankle plantar-flexor net joint moment (NJM). Maximum isometric strength in relation to joint angle for these muscle groups was also determined. RME was determined as the ratio of NJM to maximum voluntary torque matched for joint angle.

Results

Both barbell load and squat depth had significant interaction effects on hip extensor, knee extensor and ankle plantar-flexor RME (relative muscular effort).

  • Knee extensor RME increased with greater squat depth but not barbell load
  • Ankle plantar-flexor RME increased with barbell load but not greater squat depth
  • Hip extensor RME increased with both greater squat depth and barbell load

Conclusions

This data suggest:

  1. Training for the knee extensors can be performed with low relative intensities but require a deep squat depth.
  2. Heavier barbell loads are required to train the hip extensors and ankle plantar-flexors.

What does this mean to you???

It depends on your training goals?

  • Are you a bodybuilder trying to develop your quad sweep ala Tom Platz?

Then you need to squat deep – Ass to the Grass as they say

  • Or maybe you’re a sprinter, or a football player, or a powerlifter, or a strongman looking to develop a uber-power posterior chain to dominate your sport?

Then you need to focus more on load than depth of squat

  • Or maybe you’re an all-around / hybrid kind of athlete like myself?

Either way, with this info, you’ll be able to design better/smarter/more effective squat programs…all thanks to science 🙂

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Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 25 – Day 2

It’s the last time for this workout….. designed to maximize fitness & burn a bunch o’ body-fat. One thing to be aware of is the weight selection in the HIRT workouts. They will change from a high muscular endurance 20 reps per set to a more powerful 5 reps per set over the course of the week.

The goal is to make you the most athletic YOU possible.

Today is the 10 rep day

WORKOUT WARM-UP

I’m sticking with the basic warm-up here. Feel free to improvise. The goals are to increase muscle temp, make you muscle more elastic and to lubricate your joints. All stuff us old guys recognize as important.

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

  • This workout consists of 4 x 5min HIRT supersets and 1-2 x 5min optional HIIT sprint supersets
  • Workout #1 will target muscular endurance with 20 rep HIRT sets,
  • Workout #2 will use 10 rep HIRT sets, and
  • Workout #3 will use 5 rep sets
  • The exercises were chosen to work best with the different rep schemes

HIRT Superset #1

  • Overhead DB/KB Squats & See-Saw Overhead Presses
  • 10 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 15-20 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Squat, Press
  • On the Squats, make sure to “lock in” your shoulders nice and tight before squatting – no loose shoulder joints

HIRT Superset #2

  • Single Leg Straight-Leg Deadlift & Toes to the Sky
  • 10 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 15-20 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – SLDL/Toes

HIIT #1

5 min of HIIT sprints

  • 10 sec sprint : 50 sec rest
  • 15 sec sprint : 45 sec rest
  • 20 sec sprint : 40 sec rest
  • 15 sec sprint : 45 sec rest
  • 10 sec sprint : 50 sec rest

HIRT Superset #3

  • Wide Grip Pulldown or Pull-Ups & Stir the Pot
  • 10 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 15-20 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Pull-Ups/STP

HIIT #2

5 min of HIIT sprints

  • As many 10 sec sprints as you can do in 5 min

HIRT Superset #4

  • Two Arm DB Incline Chest Press & Two Arm Cable or Body-Weight Row
  • 10 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 15-20 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Flys can be performed flat, incline or decline
  • Alternate – Fly, Fly, Reverse Fly

 [box type=”note”]If this workout is too much for you, I would prefer you remove the HIIT sprints and perform them tomorrow.[/box]

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Go home …. do something fun with the rest of your day. You’ve earned it.

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 25 – Day 1

I decided to give this workout one more week – I have been getting so many positive emails & tweets.

Go kick some butt – next week is going to be all new stuff.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

I’m sticking with the basic warm-up here. Feel free to improvise. The goals are to increase muscle temp, make you muscle more elastic and to lubricate your joints. All stuff us old guys recognize as important.

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

  • This workout consists of 4 x 5min HIRT supersets and 1-2 x 5min optional HIIT sprint supersets
  • Workout #1 will target muscular endurance with 20 rep HIRT sets,
  • Workout #2 will use 10 rep HIRT sets, and
  • Workout #3 will use 5 rep sets
  • The exercises were chosen to work best with the different rep schemes

HIRT Superset #1

  • Single Leg Squats & Single Arm Lateral Raises
  • 20 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 30 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Squat, Squat, Lateral, Lateral
  • On the lateral raises, imagine you are pushing the weight out and away from you – more delts, less traps

HIRT Superset #2

  • Double Leg Hip Thrusts & McGill Crunch
  • 20 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 30 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Squat, Squat, Crunch, Crunch

HIIT #1

5 min of HIIT sprints

  • 10 sec sprint : 50 sec rest
  • 15 sec sprint : 45 sec rest
  • 20 sec sprint : 40 sec rest
  • 15 sec sprint : 45 sec rest
  • 10 sec sprint : 50 sec rest

HIRT Superset #3

  • Neutral Grip Pulldown or Chin-Ups & 30 sec Bridge
  • 20 reps per set of Pulldowns or Chins
  • 30 sec Bridge
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 30 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Chin/Bridge

HIIT #2

5 min of HIIT sprints

  • As many 10 sec sprints as you can do in 5 min

HIRT Superset #4

  • Single Arm DB Chest Fly & Reverse DB Fly or Face Pull
  • 20 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 30 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Flys can be performed flat, incline or decline
  • Alternate – Fly, Fly, Reverse Fly

 [box type=”note”]If this workout is too much for you, I would prefer you remove the HIIT sprints and perform them tomorrow.[/box]

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Go home …. do something fun with the rest of your day. You’ve earned it.

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 21 – Day 2

 

Day 2 of your bridge week…designed to allow your muscles & nervous system a chance to fully recover and get ready for what’s coming next week.

It is a low volume workout with a twist….HIIT sprints

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

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….

HIIT #1

  • 4 x 10 second sprints in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • Note – I want all 4 sprints to be fast, so it’s better to rest longer and keep your speed up than to start sprinting too soon and pedal like a turtle.
  • I prefer bike sprints or hill sprints, but it really doesn’t matter – use what’s available

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

HIIT #2

  • 5 x 10 second sprints in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • Note – I want all 5 sprints to be fast, so it’s better to rest longer and keep your speed up than to start sprinting too soon and pedal like a turtle.
  • I prefer bike sprints or hill sprints, but it really doesn’t matter – use what’s available

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday, it’s back to the weights

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 19 – Day 3

Last workout of the week.

Next week is brand new stuff.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

  • This workout consists of 4 Supersets
  • Each Superset is made up of 2 exercises
  • Each Superset is performed for 5 minutes
  • Each Superset is to be performed 1-2 times – for a total of 20-40 minutes
  • 1 time for beginners and/or high intensity athletes
  • 2 times for experienced and/or endurance based athletes
  • Rest periods between sets are to be kept to a minimum
  • Rest periods between Supersets are to be kept to a minimum
  • On the active portion of an exercise (pushing away from the chest on a bench press), I want you to push as hard and fast as possible
  • On the recovery portion (lowering the bar to the chest on a bench press), I want you to move in a slower, more controlled manner

Superset #1 – Shoulder Press & Leg Raises

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Shoulder Press – DB/BB/Band/Machine/Sandbag/Sloshpipe or even a BW Handstand Press

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled on the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.

Exercise #2 – Leg Raise – seated bench/leg raise bench/hanging

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.
  • Keep your lower back / core tight – don’t swing like a pendulum – keep the stress on the muscles

Superset #2 – Lunge / Side Shoulder Raises

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Lunge – BW/DB/BB/KB/Plate

  • Choose a resistance you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.
  • If your knees hate the front lunge, step backwards into a reverse lunge
  • You can also do walking lunges
  • Alternating step length will shift focus from quads (short step) to glutes/hams (long step)

Exercise #2 – Side Shoulder/Lateral Raises – DB/KB/Band

  • Choose a resistance you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.

Superset #3 – Leg Curl / GH Raise & Toes to the Ceiling

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Leg Curl / GH Raise 

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – quick/powerful as you lift the weight and controlled as you lower the weight
  • Stability Ball leg curls are an option

Exercise #2 – Toes to the Ceiling – BW

  • Toes to the Ceiling is my name for this Reverse Crunch/Hip Extension/Dynamic Bridge hybrid exercise
  • Bodyweight only
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled in both directions

Superset #4 – Horizontal Row & Lateral Squats

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Horizontal Row – Cable/Band/BB Bent Over Rows/BW Rows/Machine

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – quick/powerful as you row towards your belly and controlled as you return to the start.
  • Standing or seated

Exercise #2 – Lateral Squats – BW/DB or plate held at chest height

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled in both directions

 

Alright…that’s all the lifting we’re doing today.

Stretch out your muscles, grab some steam and go have a life.

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 16 – Day 2

Today’s workout uses the same framework as Monday’s…

  1. A combination of HIRT & Tabata
  2. Uses bodyweight-only exercises
  3. Is all about speed (with good form) & short rest periods
  4. Will burn fat like a mofo

I am also going to ask you to continue starting your workout by using a foam roller, lacrosse ball or similar fascia mashing device to break up muscular adhesions in your:

  1. IT band
  2. Quadriceps (front of thigh)
  3. Glutes, hips, hamstrings (all around the back of your legs)

WORKOUT WARM-UP

Start with your regular…

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

…before moving onto the foam roller work that I outlined above.

In addition to the leg work, I want you to stuff a lacrosse ball/tennis ball/yoga ball in between your shoulder blades & spine, lay on your back letting the ball sink into the nooks & crannies. Once the ball is in there, start making circles with your arm. It will break up those tight upper back muscles you get from staring at the computer screen.

Like the guy says in the video…go looking for areas of tightess & pain

THE WORKOUT

  • We’re going to do 5 superset – 2 x Tabata @ 4 min each and 3 HIRT sets @ a max of 5 min
  • Keep the rest periods as short as possible
  • While keeping form tight, try to perform the exercises as quickly as possible
  • Today is all about speed

HIRT SUPERSET #1

Complete the assigned reps or stop at 5 min…whichever comes first

  1. Push-Ups – 100 reps  – use hardest variation possible
  2. McGill Crunch – 50 reps

TABATA #1

  • Step Ups – 4 min total – 8 work sets of 20 seconds / 8 rest periods of 10 seconds

HIRT SUPERSET #2

Complete the assigned reps or stop at 5 min…whichever comes first

  1. Shoulder Press – 100 reps
  2. Inch Worm – 50 reps

TABATA #2

  • 2 Leg Hip Thrust – 4 min total – 8 work sets of 20 seconds / 8 rest periods of 10 seconds

HIRT SUPERSET #3

Complete the assigned reps or stop at 5 min…whichever comes first

  1. Chin Ups – 50 reps – use hardest variation possible
  2. Lateral Squats – 200 reps

POST-WORKOUT STRETCH

Now that the sweaty stuff is over, I want you to spend at least 10 minutes doing 30 sec static stretches. In addition to your personal tight bits, I want you to stretch your pecs (chest), glutes/hips/hams, hip flexors & quads

Alright…that’s it for today…tomorrow you should do either…

  1. Cardio – running, cycing, swimming, whatever floats your boat
  2. 20 Minutes of sprinting up hills (my personal fave)

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 14 – Day 3

Same workout as last Friday – HIIT sprint intervals & HIRT weightlifting intervals

  • 5 x 3 min HIIT sprint interval blocks, and
  • 5 x 3 min HIRT lifting interval blocks

For a total of 30 mins of fat-burning, metabolism boosting, fitness maximizing, sweat dripping fun

Alright, let’s get on with the…

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

The HIRT sets will consist of:

  • 2 exercises performed back to back for 3 minutes.
  • Rest kept to a minimum
  • Low number of reps per set

The HIIT sets will consist of a series of sprints (of varying lengths) performed over 3 minutes. I will change up the duration of sprints & rest periods throughout the workout. How you HIIT is up to you – running sprints, cycling sprints, rowing sprints, StairMaster sprints, swimming sprints, etc…

HIRT #1

Perform this circuit as fast as possible, then…

  • Rest for 60-120 sec

HIIT #1

3 x 10:50 sprints (10 sec sprint : 50 seconds slow)

HIRT #2

Perform this circuit as fast as possible, then…

  • Rest for 60-120 sec

HIIT #2

2 x 10:20 sprints + 2 x 10:50 sprints (4 sprints total)

HIRT #3

Perform this circuit as fast as possible, then…

  • Rest for 60-120 sec

HIIT #3

3 x 15:45 sprints (15 sec sprint : 45 sec slow)

HIRT #4

Perform this circuit as fast as possible, then…

  • Rest for 60-120 sec

HIIT #4

2 x 10:20 sprints + 2 x 15:45 sprints (4 sprints total)

HIRT #5

Perform as many sets as you can in 3 minutes

HIIT #5

2 x 10:20 sprints + 1 x 10:50 sprints + 2 x 10:20 sprints  (5 sprints total)

 

Alright…that’s it for the workout portion of this workout.

Now, it’s time to spend about 20 minutes stretching muscles & mobilizing tight joints. Most people have issues with hip flexors, glutes, pec minor, and shoulders, but since we’re all individuals, I want you to focus on loosening up your own personal “tight bits”.

And because I forgot to include it in Monday’s workout, here is the new joint mobility exercise I promised you. It’s designed to rehab tight calves/achilles…just in time for outdoor running season

Next week is going to be all new stuff…hope you like it/hate it/like it

Health Habits Fitness Challenge #2

Thanks to my new friends at Konkura, I can now challenge the entire world to all sorts of weird & wonderful fitness challenges.

Today’s challenge is all about overhead pressing power combined with anaerobic endurance.

Let’s see if you can kick my ass.

ENTER THE CHALLENGE

 

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 7 – Day 1

This is the effort I'm looking for!!!

Today’s workout focuses on a bunch of timed HIRT supersets with short rest periods.

I’m asking your muscles to be explosive over and over and over without giving them much rest. It’s a wicked calorie burner that pushes your anaerobic energy systems very hard and helps make you a faster athlete…even if you don’t consider yourself an athlete.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Superset #1 

1 Leg Leg Presses

  • 5 Minutes – Set your timer
  • 5 reps per leg, alternating left, right, left, right…
  • Choose a weight, you could perform 15 – 20 reps with
  • While keeping proper form, perform this lift explosively
  • Minimize rest between sets
  • After 5 minutes, wipe off the leg press machine and move onto Superset #2
Note – if you don’t have access to a leg press, substitute 1 leg squats

Superset #2

1 Leg Hip Thrusts – bodyweight, barbell or Smith Machine

  • 5 Minutes – Set your timer
  • 5 reps per leg, alternating left, right, left, right…
  • Choose a weight, you could perform 15 – 20 reps with
  • While keeping proper form, perform this lift explosively
  • Minimize rest between sets
  • After 5 minutes, get your ass off the floor and move onto Superset #3

Superset #3

Bulgarian Split Squat – bodyweight, dumbbell, kettlbell or barbell

  • 5 Minutes – Set your timer
  • 5 reps per leg, alternating left, right, left, right…
  • Choose a weight, you could perform 15 – 20 reps with
  • While keeping proper form, perform this lift explosively
  • Minimize rest between sets
  • After 5 minutes, wipe off the leg press machine and move onto..

Superset #4

Single Leg Leg Curl – machine, band

  • 5 Minutes – Set your timer
  • 5 reps per leg, alternating left, right, left, right…
  • Choose a weight, you could perform 15 – 20 reps with
  • While keeping proper form, perform this lift explosively
  • Minimize rest between sets
  • After 5 minutes, wipe off the bench and move onto Superset #5

Superset #5

1 Leg Leg Extension – machine, band

  • 5 Minutes – Set your timer
  • 5 reps per leg, alternating left, right, left, right…
  • Choose a weight, you could perform 15 – 20 reps with
  • While keeping proper form, perform this lift explosively
  • Minimize rest between sets
  • After 5 minutes, wipe off the bench and move onto Superset #6

Superset #6

Single Leg Stability Ball Leg Curl  – machine, band

  • 5 Minutes – Set your timer
  • 5 reps per leg, alternating left, right, left, right…
  • Choose a weight, you could perform 15 – 20 reps with
  • While keeping proper form, perform this lift explosively
  • Minimize rest between sets
  • There is a good chance you will need to put the non-working leg on the floor with this exercise. I did this workout last night and part way through my core was fatiguing thanks to my tired legs…end result: my lower back started to ache. I dropped the non-working leg to the floor and finished off the 5 min. No point in hurting your back
  • After 5 minutes, wipe off the bench and go flop onto a mat and stretch out those leg muscles.
You’re done for the day.
Notes 
  • If you find that you can’t complete 5 reps on any of the sets, I would rather you drop the reps and keep good form, than get sloppy.
  • Try to keep rest periods as short as possible – it’s key to the fat-burning effect

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 6 – Day 3

  • HULK like HIIT sprints!!!
  • HULK terrify cardio-junkies!!!
  • HULK melt love handles!!!

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

As I mentioned above, today we are going to alternate HIIT sprints with slow-motion resistance exercises

The sprints are designed to target your nervous system and ask your muscles to contract ultra-fast and ultra-powerfully, while the slo-mo weight-lifting exercises dramatically increase muscular time-under-tension and play with your energy systems in a very unique way.

Exercise #1 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

How you sprint is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, treadmill…but I suggest you go with a bike.

Exercise #2 – Slo-Mo Push-Ups

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. I don’t want little jerky stops and starts. Slowly down & slowly up. Embrace the burn

Exercise #3 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

Exercise #4 – Slo-Mo Bulgarian Split Squats

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth.

Exercise #5 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints  with a 40 second rest between sprints

Exercise #6 – Slo-Mo DB Lateral Raises

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Choose a very light dumbbell

Exercise #7 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints  with a 20 second rest between sprints

Exercise #8 – Slo-Mo 1 Leg Deadlifts

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Bodyweight only.

  • Now for the fun part….I want you to repeat this workout 1 more time.
  • 2 more times if you actually enjoy this punishment

NOTE – I want you to lower the reps down to 3 if you can’t keep the reps smooth and slow.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 6 – Day 1

Before he tried this workout, Usain Bolt was known as the “kinda-fast” guy in his neighborhood.

It’s time for some HIIT sprints bit*hes!!!!

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

As I mentioned above, today we are going to alternate HIIT sprints with slow-motion resistance exercises

The sprints are designed to target your nervous system and ask your muscles to contract ultra-fast and ultra-powerfully, while the slo-mo weight-lifting exercises dramatically increase muscular time-under-tension and play with your energy systems in a very unique way.

Exercise #1 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

How you sprint is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, treadmill…but I suggest you go with a bike.

Exercise #2 – Slo-Mo Push-Ups

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. I don’t want little jerky stops and starts. Slowly down & slowly up. Embrace the burn

Exercise #3 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

Exercise #4 – Slo-Mo Bulgarian Split Squats

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth.

Exercise #5 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints  with a 40 second rest between sprints

Exercise #6 – Slo-Mo DB Lateral Raises

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Choose a very light dumbbell

Exercise #7 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints  with a 20 second rest between sprints

Exercise #8 – Slo-Mo 1 Leg Deadlifts

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Bodyweight only.

  • Now for the fun part….I want you to repeat this workout 1 more time.
  • 2 more times if you actually enjoy this punishment

NOTE – I want you to lower the reps down to 3 if you can’t keep the reps smooth and slow.

I’ve done this workout a few times and often during my last set of push-ups, my arms & legs shake like crazy as I tried to keep the reps ultra-slow.

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

The Components of Physical Fitness

What is physical fitness?

You will receive some very different answers depending upon who you ask.

To a person with a medical condition, physical fitness may be a day without pain or a day where they have the energy to walk down to the corner store. To the weekend warrior, it is being able to compete with his friends and still be able to go to work on Monday.

To an Olympic calibre gymnast, physical fitness is performing an Iron Cross. The flexibility of an accomplished yoga practitioner is a display of physical fitness. As is the endurance of a triathelete. Or the power of an Olympic style weightlifter. Or the speed of a sprinter. Or the agility of a badminton player…

They are all right and they are all wrong.

For their particular needs, there is an appropriate level of adequate fitness. The weekend warrior has no need to perform an Iron Cross. Or a gymnast to run a marathon.

The decathalete / heptahalete is supposed to represent the ultimate of physical fitness. While the other athletes are specialists, these multi-sports athletes train to develop the ultimate combination of the different components that make up physical fitness.

So that is where we will go. By breaking down physical fitness into it’s components, we will arrive at a better understanding of physical fitness.

The 5 Components of Physical Fitness

1. Muscular Strength

This component of physical fitness deals specifically with the performance of the body’s skeletal muscles.

Your skeletal muscles contract and stretch in order to produce movement. Simple.

How they produce that movement is less simple. Your body’s muscles are highly adaptable. They will react to the stresses that you place upon them. Sit on the couch and they will atrophy. Try and run fast and they adapt to produce faster contractions. Lift heavy objects and they will increase their ability to produce maximum strength.

One way to organize these different types of strength is in relation to time.

Maximum muscular strength is the ability to produce the most amount of force regardless of time. That big guy at your gym that is ALWAYS bench pressing may have a high level of maximum strength. He can produce a large amount of force (to move that heavy barbell) but he does it relatively SLOOOWWWLY.

Maximum muscular endurance is the ability to produce a smaller amount of force, but do it for a long time. A marathon runner has a high level of muscular endurance. His bodyweight requires less force to move than a heavy barbell, but he is able to move that weight for 2+ hours non-stop.

Maximum muscular speed is the ability to produce muscular movement very quickly. A hummingbird’s wings are the epitome of speed.

Muscular power is a combination of maximum strength and speed. An Olympic weightlifter is a great example of power. So are high jumpers and sprinters. Another way of looking at power would be to use our weightlifter friend from the gym.

If he bench presses 300 lbs but takes 3 seconds to perform the lift, his power output is 100 lbs. per second. However, if he drops the weight to 200 lbs and performs the lift in 1 second, his power output shoots up to 200 lbs. per second.

If that wasn’t confusing enough, different types of muscular strength rely on the development of the 4 other components of physical fitness.

Next Page…Neuro-Muscular Co-ordination

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Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 4 – Day 1

Like weeks 1 & 2, this workout uses HIRT supersets to burn a ton of calories via an increased EPOC…while simultaneously balancing out all of your imbalanced muscles and turning you into the fittest you possible.

It will also have the personal trainers at your gym asking you what the heck you’re doing.

NOTE – I chose to link the videos instead of embedding them because you’ve seen them twice already. If you need a refresher, just click back to the Week 1 post.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

  • This workout consists of 4 Supersets
  • Each Superset is made up of 2 exercises
  • Each Superset is performed for 5 minutes
  • Each Superset is to be performed 1-2 times – for a total of 20-40 minutes
  • 1 time for beginners and/or high intensity athletes
  • 2 times for experienced and/or endurance based athletes
  • Rest periods between sets are to be kept to a minimum
  • Rest periods between Supersets are to be kept to a minimum
  • On the active portion of an exercise (pushing away from the chest on a bench press), I want you to push as hard and fast as possible
  • On the recovery portion (lowering the bar to the chest on a bench press), I want you to move in a slower, more controlled manner

Superset #1 – Goblet Squats & Fat Bar Hangs

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Goblet Squat

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.

Exercise #2 – Thick Bar Hangs

  • Hang from a thick bar until the first sensation that your grip might be slipping.
  • At the gym, you can create a thick bar by wrapping a towel around a chin-up bar or using a set of Fat Gripz.
  • My less powerful clients hang a stretch band from the chin-up bar and put their knee in it to remove some of their body-weight from the exercise.
  • Make it hard to grip the bar – I want you falling within 30 seconds
  • When I do outdoor workouts, I use a tree for this exercise.
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Superset #2 – Ab Wheel Roll-Outs & Front Delt Raises

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Ab Wheel Roll-Outs

  • Body-Weight only
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way out and quick/powerful on the way back in.
  • This can also be done with a barbell, suspension trainer or even a rope tied to an overhead tree branch

Exercise #2 – Kneeling Front Delt Raises

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set
  • For this exercise, I want you to perform both phases of the movement in a controlled manner 
  • Unlike the guy in the video, I want you to perform this exercise in a kneeling position

Superset #3 – Pulldowns & Lower Back Pulldowns

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Pulldowns

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way up and quick/powerful on the way down.
  • Vary grip & hand spacing throughout the 5 minutes
  • You can substitute band pulldowns or assisted / non-assisted chins

Exercise #2 – Lower Back Extensions using the Pulldown Machine

  •  Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set
  • For this exercise, I want you to perform both phases of the movement in a controlled manner
  • Unlike the guy in the video, I want you to use the pulldown machine
  • I want you to focus intensely on those lower back muscles – don’t just drop back – pull yourself back using your lower back
  • You can substitute bands for the cable stack or reverse hypers

Superset #4 – Backward Cable Walks & Standing Straight Arm Rows

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Backward Cable Walks

  • Walk backwards as far as the cable allows – that’s 1 rep
  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled as you walk towards the cable stack and quick/powerful on the way away from it.
  • Watch your balance with this one
  • Instead of using the belt, you can just hold onto the rope handle you’re using for the Standing Straight Arm Rows
  • You can substitute bands for the cable or sled/tire drags

Exercise #2 – Horizontal Cable Shrugs (seated or standing)

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled as you release the handles towards the cable stack and quick/powerful as you pull them towards your upper belly
  • I prefer doing this standing as it makes the transition to the Backward Cable Walks simpler.
  • You can substitute bands of use your bodyweight like a bodyweight row.

 

Alright…that’s all the lifting we’re doing today.

Stretch out your muscles, grab some steam and go have a life.

 

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 3 – Day 3

Today’s workout is a repeat of Monday. It’s designed to:

  • Increase Metabolism
  • Burn Fat
  • Make you Faster
  • Make you Limber
  • And get rid of your Aches & Pains

We’re going to do that by combining my favorite HIIT workout of all time with some joint mobility work from my favorite joint mobility guy – Kelly Starrett

To begin with, we’re going to do our standard warm-up to get the joints ready to workout.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

 

NOTEI’ve been using links instead of always embedding videos week after week because it speeds up how quickly the site loads. Personally, I can’t stand a slow-loading site, but if you hate the links and want the embedded videos every time, please leave a comment

 

THE HIIT WORKOUT

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.

This is my all-time favorite HIIT workout.

  • 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 second

REPEAT 3 more times….for a total of 20 minutes

If you need more than 50 seconds rest after completing the first round of 5 sprints, you can extend the rest period to recharge your batteries.

Equipment: You can do your sprints on a track, up a hill (brutal), on an exercise bike, on an elliptical, on a VersaClimber (extra brutal), in a pool, or on a treadmill….keeping in mind that you will need to hop on and off a quickly moving treadmill belt.

It will also make your life easier if you use a  Gymboss interval timer.

THE JOINT MOBILITY WORKOUT

If you have access to Jump Stretch style strength bands, do this video for about 10-15 minutes

If you don’t have bands, do 2 or 3 of these videos:

That’s it for today…enjoy your weekend.

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 3 – Day 1

Today’s workout is all about:

  • Increasing Metabolism
  • Burning Fat
  • Making you Faster
  • Making you Limber
  • Getting rid of Aches & Pains

We’re going to do that by combining my favorite HIIT workout of all time with some joint mobility work from my favorite joint mobility guy – Kelly Starrett

To begin with, we’re going to do our standard warm-up to get the joints ready to workout.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

 

NOTEI’ve been using links instead of always embedding videos week after week because it speeds up how quickly the site loads. Personally, I can’t stand a slow-loading site, but if you hate the links and want the embedded videos every time, please leave a comment

 

THE HIIT WORKOUT

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.

This is my all-time favorite HIIT workout.

  • 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 second

REPEAT 3 more times….for a total of 20 minutes

If you need more than 50 seconds rest after completing the first round of 5 sprints, you can extend the rest period to recharge your batteries.

Equipment: You can do your sprints on a track, up a hill (brutal), on an exercise bike, on an elliptical, on a VersaClimber (extra brutal), in a pool, or on a treadmill….keeping in mind that you will need to hop on and off a quickly moving treadmill belt.

It will also make your life easier if you use a  Gymboss interval timer.

THE JOINT MOBILITY WORKOUT

If you have access to Jump Stretch style strength bands, do this video for about 10-15 minutes

If you don’t have bands, do 2 or 3 of these videos:

That’s it for today…all new stuff on Wednesday.

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 1 – Day 3

Last HIRT workout of the week.

Next week the program expands to include nutrition advice and suggestions for non-HIRT day exercise.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

  • This workout consists of 4 Supersets
  • Each Superset is made up of 2 exercises
  • Each Superset is performed for 5 minutes
  • Each Superset is to be performed 1-2 times – for a total of 20-40 minutes
  • 1 time for beginners and/or high intensity athletes
  • 2 times for experienced and/or endurance based athletes
  • Rest periods between sets are to be kept to a minimum
  • Rest periods between Supersets are to be kept to a minimum
  • On the active portion of an exercise (pushing away from the chest on a bench press), I want you to push as hard and fast as possible
  • On the recovery portion (lowering the bar to the chest on a bench press), I want you to move in a slower, more controlled manner

Superset #1 – Shoulder Press & Leg Raises

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Shoulder Press – DB/BB/Band/Machine/Sandbag/Sloshpipe or even a BW Handstand Press

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled on the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.

Exercise #2 – Leg Raise – seated bench/leg raise bench/hanging

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.
  • Keep your lower back / core tight – don’t swing like a pendulum – keep the stress on the muscles

Superset #2 – Lunge / Side Shoulder Raises

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Lunge – BW/DB/BB/KB/Plate

  • Choose a resistance you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.
  • If your knees hate the front lunge, step backwards into a reverse lunge
  • You can also do walking lunges
  • Alternating step length will shift focus from quads (short step) to glutes/hams (long step)

Exercise #2 – Side Shoulder/Lateral Raises – DB/KB/Band

  • Choose a resistance you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.

Superset #3 – Leg Curl / GH Raise & Toes to the Ceiling

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Leg Curl / GH Raise 

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – quick/powerful as you lift the weight and controlled as you lower the weight
  • Stability Ball leg curls are an option

Exercise #2 – Toes to the Ceiling – BW

  • Toes to the Ceiling is my name for this Reverse Crunch/Hip Extension/Dynamic Bridge hybrid exercise
  • Bodyweight only
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled in both directions

Superset #4 – Horizontal Row & Lateral Squats

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Horizontal Row – Cable/Band/BB Bent Over Rows/BW Rows/Machine

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – quick/powerful as you row towards your belly and controlled as you return to the start.
  • Standing or seated

Exercise #2 – Lateral Squats – BW/DB or plate held at chest height

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled in both directions

 

Alright…that’s all the lifting we’re doing today.

Stretch out your muscles, grab some steam and go have a life.

 

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 1 – Day 2

Same theory as Monday’s workout with different exercises / movements

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

  • This workout consists of 4 Supersets
  • Each Superset is made up of 2 exercises
  • Each Superset is performed for 5 minutes
  • Each Superset is to be performed 1-2 times – for a total of 20-40 minutes
  • 1 time for beginners and/or high intensity athletes
  • 2 times for experienced and/or endurance based athletes
  • Rest periods between sets are to be kept to a minimum
  • Rest periods between Supersets are to be kept to a minimum
  • On the active portion of an exercise (pushing away from the chest on a bench press), I want you to push as hard and fast as possible
  • On the recovery portion (lowering the bar to the chest on a bench press), I want you to move in a slower, more controlled manner

Superset #1 – Push Ups & Cable Pull Throughs

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Push Up – band resisted/bodyweight

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled on the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.

Exercise #2 – Cable Pull Throughs

  • Use a rope handle and a cable stack
  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.
  • Keep your lower back / core tight – don’t round your back

Superset #2 – Ab Crunches on Stability Ball & Terminal Knee Extensions (band or ball)

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Ab Crunches on Stability Ball

  • Body-Weight only
  • Perform 5 reps per set
  • For this exercise, I want you to perform both phases of the movement in a controlled manner 

Exercise #2 – Terminal Knee Extensions (band or ball)

  • Choose a band resistance you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set
  • For this exercise, I want you to perform both phases of the movement in a controlled manner 
  • You can use a small stability ball for this exercise

Superset #3 – Horizontal Cable Woodchops & Cable Bicep Curls & Cable Tricep Pushdowns

  • Perform the following 3 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Horizontal Cable Woodchops

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – quick/powerful as you rotate away from the cable stack and controlled as you return
  • Let your hips do most of the work – keep spinal twist minimized

Exercise #2 – Cable Bicep Curls using a cable stack

  •  Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – quick/powerful as you curl the weight up and controlled as you return

Exercise # – Cable Tricep Pushdowns using a cable stack

  •  Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – quick/powerful as you extend your arms and controlled as you return to the start position
  • Keep your elbows pinned to your sides

Superset #4 – Forward Cable Walks & Rear Delt Flyes

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Forward Cable Walks

  • Walk forwards as far as the cable allows – that’s 1 rep
  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled as you walk towards the cable stack and quick/powerful on the way away from it.
  • Watch your balance with this one
  • Instead of using the belt, you can just hold onto a rope handle

Exercise #2 – Rear Delt Flyes – standing (band/dumbbells)

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled as you lower the dumbbells and quick/powerful as you lift them

 

Alright…that’s all the lifting we’re doing today.

Stretch out your muscles, grab some steam and go have a life.

 

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 1 – Day 1

NOTE– As I said in yesterday’s post, I designed this workout for ALL levels of trainees – beginner to pro.

I think I have done a good job of it, but there is a chance that I screwed it up….Is it too complex for beginners to understand…and/or to simplistic for advanced trainees???  😦

I would appreciate any & all feedback – be merciless.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

  • This workout consists of 4 Supersets
  • Each Superset is made up of 2 exercises
  • Each Superset is performed for 5 minutes
  • Each Superset is to be performed 1-2 times – for a total of 20-40 minutes
  • 1 time for beginners and/or high intensity athletes
  • 2 times for experienced and/or endurance based athletes
  • Rest periods between sets are to be kept to a minimum
  • Rest periods between Supersets are to be kept to a minimum
  • On the active portion of an exercise (pushing away from the chest on a bench press), I want you to push as hard and fast as possible
  • On the recovery portion (lowering the bar to the chest on a bench press), I want you to move in a slower, more controlled manner

Superset #1 – Goblet Squats & Fat Bar Hangs

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Goblet Squat

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way down and quick/powerful on the way up.

Exercise #2 – Thick Bar Hangs

  • Hang from a thick bar until the first sensation that your grip might be slipping.
  • At the gym, you can create a thick bar by wrapping a towel around a chin-up bar or using a set of Fat Gripz.
  • My less powerful clients hang a stretch band from the chin-up bar and put their knee in it to remove some of their body-weight from the exercise.
  • Make it hard to grip the bar – I want you falling within 30 seconds
  • When I do outdoor workouts, I use a tree for this exercise.

Superset #2 – Ab Wheel Roll-Outs & Front Delt Raises

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Ab Wheel Roll-Outs

  • Body-Weight only
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way out and quick/powerful on the way back in.
  • This can also be done with a barbell, suspension trainer or even a rope tied to an overhead tree branch

Exercise #2 – Kneeling Front Delt Raises

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set
  • For this exercise, I want you to perform both phases of the movement in a controlled manner 
  • Unlike the guy in the video, I want you to perform this exercise in a kneeling position

Superset #3 – Pulldowns & Lower Back Pulldowns

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Pulldowns

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled 0n the way up and quick/powerful on the way down.
  • Vary grip & hand spacing throughout the 5 minutes
  • You can substitute band pulldowns or assisted / non-assisted chins

Exercise #2 – Lower Back Extensions using the Pulldown Machine

  •  Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set
  • For this exercise, I want you to perform both phases of the movement in a controlled manner
  • Unlike the guy in the video, I want you to use the pulldown machine
  • I want you to focus intensely on those lower back muscles – don’t just drop back – pull yourself back using your lower back
  • You can substitute bands for the cable stack or reverse hypers

Superset #4 – Backward Cable Walks & Standing Straight Arm Rows

  • Perform the following 2 exercises back to back for 5 minutes
  • Set a timer…watching a clock doesn’t work very well
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible

Exercise #1 – Backward Cable Walks

  • Walk backwards as far as the cable allows – that’s 1 rep
  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled as you walk towards the cable stack and quick/powerful on the way away from it.
  • Watch your balance with this one
  • Instead of using the belt, you can just hold onto the rope handle you’re using for the Standing Straight Arm Rows
  • You can substitute bands for the cable or sled/tire drags

Exercise #2 – Horizontal Cable Shrugs (seated or standing)

  • Choose a weight you could perform 10-20 reps with
  • 10 rep weight for strength – 20 rep weight for endurance – your call
  • Perform 5 reps per set – controlled as you release the handles towards the cable stack and quick/powerful as you pull them towards your upper belly
  • I prefer doing this standing as it makes the transition to the Backward Cable Walks simpler.
  • You can substitute bands of use your bodyweight like a bodyweight row.

 

Alright…that’s all the lifting we’re doing today.

Stretch out your muscles, grab some steam and go have a life.

 

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Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 50 – Day 1

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

For today’s workout, we’re going back to Day 2 from last week.  

The sprints are designed to target your nervous system and ask your muscles to contract ultra-fast and ultra-powerfully, while the slo-mo weight-lifting exercises dramatically increase muscular time-under-tension and play with your energy systems in a very unique way.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

How you sprint is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, treadmill…but I suggest you go with a bike.

Exercise #2 – Slo-Mo Push-Ups

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. I don’t want little jerky stops and starts. Slowly down & slowly up. Embrace the burn

Exercise #3 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

Exercise #4 – Slo-Mo Bulgarian Split Squats

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth.

Exercise #5 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints  with a 40 second rest between sprints

Exercise #6 – Slo-Mo DB Lateral Raises

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Choose a very light dumbbell

Exercise #7 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints  with a 20 second rest between sprints

Exercise #8 – Slo-Mo 1 Leg Deadlifts

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Bodyweight only.

 

Now for the fun part….I want you to repeat this workout 1-2 more times.

  • Stopping when you reach 60 minutes of total workout time
  • And lowering the reps down to 3 if you can’t keep the reps smooth and slow.

I did this workout yesterday and during my last set of push-ups, my arms & legs were shaking as I tried to keep the reps ultra-slow.

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

Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 49 – Day 3

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

We’re heading back to Tabata-land with this workout.

REMINDER – for this workout, you will need a stopwatch or interval timer. Trying to watch a wall clock while doing this workout is not so easy.

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WORKOUT WARM-UP

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 – 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

4 minutes done….time to catch your breath

I normally keep my clients rest periods under 2 minutes as a rule, but we all have different levels of fitness. If 2 minutes is too short for you, use your breathing as a guide. When you are breathing “almost normal”, it’s time to workout again.

Exercise #2 – Ab Wheel Roll-Out (or barbell / stability ball 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

Keep breathing… you can also stretch out tight muscles during this break if you are an over-achiever.

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

Breathe

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

Alright…you’ve just completed 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work.

This is the minimum amount of work for the day. 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

After that, you’re done for the day.

Stretch and go home

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

Next week….whole new program

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Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 49 – Day 2

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

Today’s workout is going to confuse the heck out of your muscles

We’re going to alternate HIIT sprints with slow-motion resistance exercises

The sprints are designed to target your nervous system and ask your muscles to contract ultra-fast and ultra-powerfully, while the slo-mo weight-lifting exercises dramatically increase muscular time-under-tension and play with your energy systems in a very unique way.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

How you sprint is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, treadmill…but I suggest you go with a bike.

Exercise #2 – Slo-Mo Push-Ups

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. I don’t want little jerky stops and starts. Slowly down & slowly up. Embrace the burn

Exercise #3 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity with a 50 second rest between sprints

Exercise #4 – Slo-Mo Bulgarian Split Squats

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth.

Exercise #5 – HIIT sprints

3 x 10 second sprints  with a 40 second rest between sprints

Exercise #6 – Slo-Mo DB Lateral Raises

5 reps, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Choose a very light dumbbell

Exercise #7 – HIIT sprints

2 x 10 second sprints  with a 20 second rest between sprints

Exercise #8 – Slo-Mo 1 Leg Deadlifts

5 reps per leg, performed as slowly as possible while still keeping the movement smooth. Bodyweight only.

 

Now for the fun part….I want you to repeat this workout 1-2 more times.

  • Stopping when you reach 60 minutes of total workout time
  • And lowering the reps down to 3 if you can’t keep the reps smooth and slow.

I did this workout yesterday and during my last set of push-ups, my arms & legs were shaking as I tried to keep the reps ultra-slow.

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

Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 45 – Day 3

Week #45 – Day #3 – Next week is all new stuff

We’re hitting the same bodyparts as Day #1, but I have changed up the order of the supersets and I want you to choose different exercises from Day #1

Other than that, the goals are the same…

  • anaerobic endurance
  • burning fat
  • weight lifting supersets
  • HIIT sprints
  • balancing muscle groups & movements
  • lifting for time instead of reps
  • laying waste to an invading Persian horde

… the rep & set schemes are the same…

OVERVIEW

  • 4 x 5 Min HIIT sprint superset
  • 3 x 5 Min HIRT supersets

…and I expect the same 100% effort from y’all.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIIT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

FYI – 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout

HIRT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Leg Squats

  • Bodyweight, Zercher, Front, Goblet, Koji

 

Exercise #2 – Biceps

  • Alternating DB Curls, Slide or Drag Curls, Alternating DB Hammer-Grip Curls, Preacher or Scott Curls




HIIT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 1 Leg Deadlift

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell, Suitcase Dumbbell

Exercise #2 – Triceps

  • Skullcrushers – Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell


HIIT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Arm Chest Press

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbell, Incline, Decline, Koji



Exercise #2 – 2 Arm Lat Row

  • Seated, Standing, Barbell, Dumbbell, Bodyweight



 

HIIT Superset #4

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Sunday, go do something fun

Monday, get ready to sweat.

Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 41 – Day 3

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Week #41…Day #3….and it’s the last Tabata of the week.

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer. Staring at a clock while doing Tabatas is a real pain.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #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

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

Catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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


When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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

That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

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Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 41 – Day 2

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

 

Week #41…Day #2

Another super-fun Tabata workout

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer. Staring at a clock while doing Tabatas is a real pain.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #1

Smith Machine or Barbell Hip Thrust

  • Flex those glutes for 20 seconds
  • Rest  for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of Hip Thrusts
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #2

Incline DB Chest Press

  • Press the DBs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (DBs on chest) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of chest presses
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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


That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

.

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

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Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 41 – Day 1

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

After last week’s workouts, I think you’re ready for a week of Tabata training.

Have fun.

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer.

I recommend, use and have an affiliate agreement with the Gymboss Interval Timer people. They have recently introduced a new model – the Gymboss Max – that allows you to do more complicated intervals as well as keep your favorite intervals in memory.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #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

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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

That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

.

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

..

 

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 38 – Day 3

Week #38 – Day #3

It’s the last day of these workouts – Next week is all new.

Get to work.

OVERVIEW

  • 4 x 5 Min HIIT sprint superset
  • 3 x 5 Min HIRT supersets

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIIT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

FYI – 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout

HIRT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Leg Squats

  • Bodyweight, Zercher, Front, Goblet, Koji

 

Exercise #2 – Biceps

  • Alternating DB Curls, Slide or Drag Curls, Alternating DB Hammer-Grip Curls, Preacher or Scott Curls




HIIT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 1 Leg Deadlift

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell, Suitcase Dumbbell




Exercise #2 – Triceps

  • Skullcrushers – Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell



HIIT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Arm Chest Press

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbell, Incline, Decline, Koji






Exercise #2 – 2 Arm Lat Row

  • Seated, Standing, Barbell, Dumbbell, Bodyweight





 

HIIT Superset #4

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Sunday, go do something fun

Monday, get ready to sweat.

Strength Training for Tough Guy / Tough Mudder Adventure Racers

Today’s post is for people who:

  1. Want to compete in a Tough Mudder-esque adventure race
  2. Already have a strong cardio/running base
  3. Need to get stronger if they’re going to dominate the obstacles.

The plan involves making you strong, powerful and agile without adding a lot of muscle mass. To do that, I am going to prescribe two resistance training workouts per week. Depending upon your current level of strength, these workout will be either:

  1. Two strength workouts (if you need a lot of help)
  2. One strength and one HIIT/HIRT workout (you have some strength, but need to get more explosive)
  3. One HIIT/HIRT and one agility/obstacle workout (you’re strong enough and want to dominate)

These two workouts are to be performed in addition to your running workouts, so you will have to make adjustments to ensure adequate recovery time.

STRENGTH WORKOUTS
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The last thing a Tough Mudder wants from their strength workouts is that they cause the growth of big, bodybuilder muscles. What you want is increased strength/power with minimal weight gain.
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And that’s what you’ve got with this workout.
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Note: a 20×0 tempo for bench press = lowering the bar to your chest for a count of two, no resting the bar on your chest, “xploding” the bar off your chest as fast as possible and no resting with arms extended

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The Are You a Tough Mudder Strength Training Workout

Day 1 – Chest, Back & Abs/Core

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Tempo

Rest

Weight

Chest Press

8

3

20×0

120 sec

5 RM

Ab Wheel

4

15-20

4020

60 sec

20 RM

Chin-Ups

8

3

20×0

120 sec

5 RM

Hanging Leg Raise

4

15-20

4020

60 sec

20 RM

Day 2 – Arms, Shoulders & Core

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Tempo

Rest

Weight

Dips

8

3

20×0

120 sec

5 RM

Cable Rows

8

3

20×0

120 sec

5 RM

Overhead Press

8

3

20×0

120 sec

5 RM

Cable Woodchops

4

15-20

4020

60 sec

20 RM

  • PDF version – incl blank copy for exercise modification
HIIT/HIRT WORKOUTS
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If you already have a solid strength base, you can replace one of your strength workouts with a HIIT/HIRT workout.
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These are designed to take your strength and combine it with speed and anaerobic endurance to make you a more powerful athlete that can sprint and climb and jump all day long.
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Instead of re-inventing the wheel, I want you to choose from 3 of the HIIT/HIRT workouts I have posted as part of the Best Body workout series.
AGILITY/OBSTACLE WORKOUTS
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At this point, you’ve built up a solid strength base and are blasting through the HIIT/HIRT workouts like an enraged wildebeest. It’s time to prepare for the obstacles you’re going to face during your challenge. Unfortunately, seeing as how every race is a little different, I can’t give you specific exercises.
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Here is a sampling of the challenges you will face:
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Rope walking, rope climbing, cargo net climbing, electrical shocks, muddy hill climbs, tire carrys, running through fire, log carries, spear throwing, belly crawls, jumping over stuff, climbing under other stuff, crawling through tunnels, crawling through underwater tunnels, sloshing through ponds filled with freezing cold water, 10 ft wall climbs, 40 ft wall climbs, etc…
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Not to mention running 10 miles while soaking wet and freezing cold.
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Have fun.
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Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 38 – Day 2

Week #38 – Day #2

Time to sweat

OVERVIEW

  • 3 x 5 Min HIIT sprint superset
  • 4 x 5 Min HIRT supersets
  • New movements

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIRT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – Overhead Press

  • Push Press, Standing Press, Seated, Alternating DB – 1 Arm or 2, Barbell, Dumbbell, Band, Cable

 

Exercise #2 – Chin-Ups, Pull-Ups or Pulldowns

  • Chin-Ups (palms towards you), Pull-Ups (palms away), Band-assisted Chin or Pull-Ups, Pulldowns – wide grip, narrow grip, neutral grip




 

HIIT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

FYI – 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout

 

HIRT Superset #2

Because of the static core work, we are extending this superset to 10 minutes

  • 10 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set for the woodchops – your call
  • 30-60 seconds per set for the bridge/plank

Exercise #1 – WoodChops

  • Hi to Low, Low to High, Static Chest Height, Tornado Ball, Band

NoteMake your hips the prime mover on this exercise, not your upper body. Focus on shifting your bodyweight from one leg to the other

 

Exercise #2 – Static Core

  • Bridge / Plank – face down, face up, side, standing with cable
  • 30-60 second holds
  • Keep your core tight – we DON’T want to feel any pain in the lower back



 

HIIT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.


HIRT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 10-50 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – Front Ab Wall Flexion

  • Ball Crunch, Hanging Leg Raise, Toes to the Sky, Standing Cable Crunch

Exercise #2 – Lower Back Extensions

  • Floor Hyperextension, Reverse Hyper on Ball, Lower Back Machine (can also use pulldown machine for this), Hyper Bench, Good Mornings





HIIT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.


HIRT Superset #4

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set on the shoulders- your call
  • 10-50 reps on the lateral squat

Exercise #1 – Side & Rear Shoulder Raises

  • Alternate sets – side & rear delts
  • Gironda Laterals, Standing, Seated, Bent-Over Laterals for rear delts





Exercise #2 – Lateral Bodyweight Squat

  • Lateral Bodyweight Squat
  • 10-50 reps

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday, it’s back to the weights

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 38 – Day 1

After last week, your muscles are primed and pumped for a week of HIIT / HIRT workout.

As you already know, this workout is all about:

  • anaerobic endurance
  • burning fat
  • weight lifting supersets
  • HIIT sprints
  • balancing muscle groups & movements
  • lifting for time instead of reps

OVERVIEW

  • 4 x 5 Min HIIT sprint superset
  • 3 x 5 Min HIRT supersets

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIIT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

FYI – 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout

HIRT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Leg Squats

  • Bodyweight, Zercher, Front, Goblet, Koji

 

Exercise #2 – Biceps

  • Alternating DB Curls, Slide or Drag Curls, Alternating DB Hammer-Grip Curls, Preacher or Scott Curls




HIIT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Arm Chest Press

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbell, Incline, Decline, Koji






Exercise #2 – 2 Arm Lat Row

  • Seated, Standing, Barbell, Dumbbell, Bodyweight





HIIT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 1 Leg Deadlift

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell, Suitcase Dumbbell




Exercise #2 – Triceps

  • Skullcrushers – Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell



HIIT Superset #4

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 36 – Day 2

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Week #36 – Day #2

Same philosophy as Monday, but different muscle groups

WORKOUT OVERVIEW

  • Lift 3x per week on non-sequential days (M,W,F)
  • Rest or low intensity cardio work (walking, jogging) or flexibility (yoga, stretching) between lifting sessions (Tu,Th,Sa)
  • Sunday is devoted to either HIIT training or Cardio training or something else athletic.
  • Day 1 focuses on Chest & Back training
  • Day 2 focuses on Legs & Abs/Core
  • Day 3 focuses on Arms & Shoulders
  • Each bodypart will be hit with one main compound exercise for 10 sets of 10 reps.
  • I want the negative portion of the lift (ie lowering the bar to your chest on a bench press) to be done slowly – for a count of 4
  • I want the positive portion of the lift (pressing the bar in a bench press) to be done quickly & explosively – like a rocket taking off.
  • I have also included a couple of supplemental exercises in each workout. You don’t need to do these exercises. The core movement will suffice, but at this point, some of you may feel that the base workout isn’t enough. If that’s you, do the supplemental exercises.
  • When it comes to weight selection, choose a weight that you perform for 20 reps. This means that the first few sets will seem way too easy. But don’t worry, around set number 6, you WILL feel the pain.
  • If you are able to complete all 10 sets of 10 reps, you need to increase the weight used at the next workout. Don’t make a huge jump in weight. A 5% jump should be about right.
  • We are going to do this phase for 3 weeks and then do a bridge week, followed by 3 weeks of HIIT/HIRT style training.

Suggested Exercises

This workout relies on big, long range of motion, compound exercises. We want to involve as many muscle groups as possible while still maintaining simplicity of movement.

So, we’re going to stick to the basics.

  • Chest Exercises – Bench Presses – BB or DB, Incline, Decline, Flat…it’s your choice.
  • Back Exercises – Chins, Pulldowns or Rows 
  • Legs Exercises – Squats, Leg Press, Deadlift or Hip Thrust 
  • Arms & Shoulders Exercises – Dips, Curls & Presses

 

Alright, here we go.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

2 Leg Squat

  • Front, Back, Overhead, Zercher, Hip Belt Squats…it’s your choice
  • Choose a weight that you could perform 20 reps with, and
  • Perform 10 sets of 10 reps
  • At a tempo of 40×0 (count 4 on the lowering, no pause at the bottom, squat up explosively, no rest at the top)
  • 90 seconds rest between set – no more, no less

Exercise #2

Rack Deadlift (pins set just below knee height) or Barbell Hip Thrust

  • Choose a weight that you could perform 20 reps with, and
  • Perform 10 sets of 10 reps
  • At a tempo of 40×0 (count 4 as you lower the weight, no pause at the bottom, deadlift up as explosively as possible, no rest at the top of the lift)
  • 90 seconds rest between set – no more, no less
After this, you should be a big sweaty exhausted mess.
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But if you’re not, here are 2 supplementary exercises for your enjoyment.
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Notethe tempo has changed from 40×0 to 4020
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This means that the work/concentric portion of the lift is no longer explosive, but done in a controlled manner for a 2 count.

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Exercise #3

Standing Cable Crunch

  • Choose a weight that you could perform 20 reps with, and
  • Perform 10 sets of 10 reps
  • At a tempo of 4020 (count 4 as you return to standing, no pause on standing, crunch downward in a controlled manner – count of 2, no rest at the bottom)
  • 90 seconds rest between set – no more, no less

Exercise #4

Seated Calf Raise or Donkey Calf Raise

  • Choose a weight that you could perform 20 reps with, and
  • Perform 10 sets of 10 reps
  • At a tempo of 4020 (count 4 as you lower lower the weight, no pause at the bottom, lift the weight under control – count of 2, no rest at the top)
  • 90 seconds rest between set – no more, no less


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Alright, that’s it for today.

Tomorrow, you can rest, go for a walk or a slow jog or stretch or do yoga. Nothing high intensity.

Friday, you’re back with me in the gym.

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 34 – Day 3

Week #34 – Day #3

We’re hitting the same bodyparts as Day #1, but I have changed up the order of the supersets and I want you to choose different exercises from Day #1

Other than that, the goals are the same…

  • anaerobic endurance
  • burning fat
  • weight lifting supersets
  • HIIT sprints
  • balancing muscle groups & movements
  • lifting for time instead of reps
  • laying waste to an invading Persian horde

… the rep & set schemes are the same…

OVERVIEW

  • 4 x 5 Min HIIT sprint superset
  • 3 x 5 Min HIRT supersets

…and I expect the same 100% effort from y’all.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIIT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

FYI – 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout

HIRT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Leg Squats

  • Bodyweight, Zercher, Front, Goblet, Koji

 

Exercise #2 – Biceps

  • Alternating DB Curls, Slide or Drag Curls, Alternating DB Hammer-Grip Curls, Preacher or Scott Curls




HIIT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 1 Leg Deadlift

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell, Suitcase Dumbbell




Exercise #2 – Triceps

  • Skullcrushers – Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell



HIIT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Arm Chest Press

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbell, Incline, Decline, Koji






Exercise #2 – 2 Arm Lat Row

  • Seated, Standing, Barbell, Dumbbell, Bodyweight





 

HIIT Superset #4

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Sunday, go do something fun

Monday, get ready to sweat.

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 34 – Day 2

Week #34 – Day #2

Time to sweat

OVERVIEW

  • 3 x 5 Min HIIT sprint superset
  • 4 x 5 Min HIRT supersets
  • New movements

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIRT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – Overhead Press

  • Push Press, Standing Press, Seated, Alternating DB – 1 Arm or 2, Barbell, Dumbbell, Band, Cable

 

Exercise #2 – Chin-Ups, Pull-Ups or Pulldowns

  • Chin-Ups (palms towards you), Pull-Ups (palms away), Band-assisted Chin or Pull-Ups, Pulldowns – wide grip, narrow grip, neutral grip




 

HIIT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

FYI – 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout

 

HIRT Superset #2

Because of the static core work, we are extending this superset to 10 minutes

  • 10 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set for the woodchops – your call
  • 30-60 seconds per set for the bridge/plank

Exercise #1 – WoodChops

  • Hi to Low, Low to High, Static Chest Height, Tornado Ball, Band

NoteMake your hips the prime mover on this exercise, not your upper body. Focus on shifting your bodyweight from one leg to the other

 

Exercise #2 – Static Core

  • Bridge / Plank – face down, face up, side, standing with cable
  • 30-60 second holds
  • Keep your core tight – we DON’T want to feel any pain in the lower back



 

HIIT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.


HIRT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 10-50 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – Front Ab Wall Flexion

  • Ball Crunch, Hanging Leg Raise, Toes to the Sky, Standing Cable Crunch

Exercise #2 – Lower Back Extensions

  • Floor Hyperextension, Reverse Hyper on Ball, Lower Back Machine (can also use pulldown machine for this), Hyper Bench, Good Mornings





HIIT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.


HIRT Superset #4

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set on the shoulders- your call
  • 10-50 reps on the lateral squat

Exercise #1 – Side & Rear Shoulder Raises

  • Alternate sets – side & rear delts
  • Gironda Laterals, Standing, Seated, Bent-Over Laterals for rear delts





Exercise #2 – Lateral Bodyweight Squat

  • Lateral Bodyweight Squat
  • 10-50 reps

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday, it’s back to the weights

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 34 – Day 1

Today, we re-visit a workout from Week #22

This workout is all about:

  • anaerobic endurance
  • burning fat
  • weight lifting supersets
  • HIIT sprints
  • balancing muscle groups & movements
  • lifting for time instead of reps

OVERVIEW

  • 4 x 5 Min HIIT sprint superset
  • 3 x 5 Min HIRT supersets

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIIT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

FYI – 4 Steps to a Great HIIT Workout

HIRT Superset #1

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Leg Squats

  • Bodyweight, Zercher, Front, Goblet, Koji

 

Exercise #2 – Biceps

  • Alternating DB Curls, Slide or Drag Curls, Alternating DB Hammer-Grip Curls, Preacher or Scott Curls




HIIT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #2

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 2 Arm Chest Press

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbell, Incline, Decline, Koji






Exercise #2 – 2 Arm Lat Row

  • Seated, Standing, Barbell, Dumbbell, Bodyweight





HIIT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

HIRT Superset #3

  • 5 minutes
  • 2 exercises – alternating back & forth with as little rest as possible
  • Rep range of 5-20 reps per set – your call

Exercise #1 – 1 Leg Deadlift

  • Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell, Suitcase Dumbbell




Exercise #2 – Triceps

  • Skullcrushers – Bodyweight, Barbell, Dumbbell



HIIT Superset #4

  • 5 minutes of 10 second HIIT sprints
  • Hill sprints, bike sprints, swimming sprints, elliptical sprints, Crank sprints
  • Do as many as you can in 5 min

The 10 second sprint duration is an approximation. I want to keep them relatively short. Anywhere from 5-15 sec is okay.

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That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 32 – Day 3

Today’s workout is a completely different workout from the rest of the week.

It’s combination of HIIT sprints and body-weight exercises designed to improve muscular endurance and boost caloric burn.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

HIIT sprint #1

6 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity

Exercise is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, BW squats, Bench Step-Ups

Rest periods are up to you

  • 20 second rest periods
  • 50 second rest periods

OR

The Best HIIT Workout Of ALL Time

  • 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

Muscle Endurance #1

60 seconds of Push-Ups – as many reps as possible

HIIT sprint #2

6 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity

Exercise is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, BW squats, Bench Step-Ups

Rest periods are up to you

  • 20 second rest periods
  • 50 second rest periods

OR

The Best HIIT Workout Of ALL Time

  • 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

Muscle Endurance #2

60 seconds of BW Rows – as many reps as possible

HIIT sprint #3

6 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity

Exercise is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, BW squats, Bench Step-Ups

Rest periods are up to you

  • 20 second rest periods
  • 50 second rest periods

OR

The Best HIIT Workout Of ALL Time

  • 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

Muscle Endurance #3

60 seconds Handstand Push-Ups – as many reps as possible

HIIT sprint #4

6 x 10 second sprints @ 100% intensity

Exercise is up to you – bike, rowing machine, versa climber, skipping rope, BW squats, Bench Step-Ups

Rest periods are up to you

  • 20 second rest periods
  • 50 second rest periods

OR

The Best HIIT Workout Of ALL Time

  • 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

Muscle Endurance #4

60 seconds Pull-Ups / Chin-Ups – max reps – aim for 60+

Assisted, Jump, Regular or Weighted

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Repeat as many sets as possible in 30 Minutes

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 32 – Day 2

Week 32 – Day 2

Same as last week

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

  • Two exercises
  • Back to back – no rest
  • 1st exercise – max effort for 5 reps – go as heavy as you can
  • 2nd exercise – same muscle groups – max effort – low weight – high speed

Superset #1

This first superset is going to consist of two exercises.

  • One done for strength – Hip Thrust or Deadlift or Pullthrough
  • The second done for speed & power – Sprints (bike, running) or Broad Jumps

But before we get to the superset, I want 50 bodyweight squats to get your knees, hips and ankles really ready for what’s coming.

Time to Work

Exercise #1

Hip Thrust or Deadlift or Pullthrough

Warm up with 5 sets of 5 reps..building increasing the weight until you could perform a maximum of 7 reps

Once we have the weight that you could perform 7 reps with, we’re ready to start the actual superset

  • 5 sets of 5 reps with the 7RM weight
  • Focus on lifting the weight as quickly and powerfully as possible

As soon as you have finished the 5th squat, rack the bar and move immediately to …

Exercise #2

Broad Jumps or Sprints

  • 5 sets of 10 seconds of bike sprints or actual running sprints or elliptical sprints, etc…

As fast as you can go

.

Rest 5 minutes – stretch your quads while you rest

Superset #2

This second superset is going to consist of two exercises.

  • One done for strength – Chin-ups (grip your choice) or Pulldowns
  • The second done for speed & power – Explosive Band Pulldowns or Jumping Chins

But before we get to the superset, I want 30 pulldowns as a further warm-up

Time to Work

Exercise #1

Chin-ups (grip your choice) or Pulldowns

Warm up with 5 sets of 5 reps..building increasing the weight until you could perform a maximum of 7 reps

Once we have the weight that you could perform 7 reps with, we’re ready to start the actual superset

  • 5 sets of 5 reps with the 7RM weight
  • Focus on lifting the weight as quickly and powerfully as possible

As soon as you have finished the 5th squat, rack the bar and move immediately to …

Exercise #2

Explosive Band Pulldowns or Jumping Chins

  • 5 sets of 10 seconds

As fast as you can go – faster than the videos

.

Rest 5 minutes – stretch your pecs while you rest

.

Some of you may want to stop here.

This workout is designed for athletic performance. And it’s tough on your nervous system…and that takes time to recover.

However, if you really feel that this isn’t enough workout volume for you, do the following:

DB Hammer Curls

  • 10 sets of 10 reps
  • 30 seconds rest between sets

BW – Single Leg Deadlift

  • 10 sets of 10 reps per leg
  • No rest between sets

WoodChops or Pallof Press

  • 10 sets of 10 reps
  • 30 seconds rest between sets
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Alright, that’s it for today
Cardio or HIIT sprints tomorrow and back here on Friday

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 31 – Day 1

The next few weeks are based on making your nervous system super-efficient.

The overall volume of these workouts will be reduced quite a bit. You may even feel like you’re not doing enough.

Give it a week or two, and if you don’t see  significant gains in performance, I’ll add in more volume.

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

  • Two exercises
  • Back to back – no rest
  • 1st exercise – max effort for 5 reps – go as heavy as you can
  • 2nd exercise – same muscle groups – max effort – low weight – high speed

Superset #1

This first superset is going to consist of two exercises.

  • One done for strength – Leg Press, Front Squats or Back Squats
  • The second done for speed & power – Sprints (bike, running)

But before we get to the superset, I want 50 bodyweight squats to get your knees, hips and ankles really ready for what’s coming.

Time to Work

Exercise #1

Leg Press or Front Squats or Back Squats

Warm up with 5 sets of 5 reps..building increasing the weight until you could perform a maximum of 7 reps

Once we have the weight that you could perform 7 reps with, we’re ready to start the actual superset

  • 5 sets of 5 reps with the 7RM weight
  • Focus on lifting the weight as quickly and powerfully as possible

As soon as you have finished the 5th squat, rack the bar and move immediately to …

Exercise #2

Sprints or Vertical Jumps

  • 5 sets of 10 seconds of bike sprints or actual running sprints or elliptical sprints, etc…

As fast as you can go

.

Rest 5 minutes – stretch your quads while you rest

Superset #2

This second superset is going to consist of two exercises.

  • One done for strength – Bench Press
  • The second done for speed & power – Heavy Bag Punching, Push-Ups, Band Chest Press

But before we get to the superset, I want 30 push-ups as a further warm-up

Time to Work

Exercise #1

Bench Press  

Warm up with 5 sets of 5 reps..building increasing the weight until you could perform a maximum of 7 reps

Once we have the weight that you could perform 7 reps with, we’re ready to start the actual superset

  • 5 sets of 5 reps with the 7RM weight
  • Focus on lifting the weight as quickly and powerfully as possible

As soon as you have finished the 5th squat, rack the bar and move immediately to …

Exercise #2

Heavy Bag 2 Arm Punches for Speed, Push-Ups for speed, 2 Arm Band Chest Presses for speed

  • 5 sets of 10 seconds

As fast as you can go

.

Rest 5 minutes – stretch your pecs while you rest

.

Some of you may want to stop here.

This workout is designed for athletic performance. And it’s tough on your nervous system…and that takes time to recover.

However, if you really feel that this isn’t enough workout volume for you, do the following:

Bodyweight Skullcrushers

  • 10 sets of 10 reps
  • 30 seconds rest between sets

Bulgarian Squats aka Split Squats with back foot elevated

  • 10 sets of 10 reps
  • 30 seconds rest between sets

Toes to the Sky or Ab Wheel Roll Outs 

  • 10 sets of 10 reps
  • 30 seconds rest between sets
.
Alright, that’s it for today
Cardio on Tuesday and back here on Wednesday

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 29 – Day 3

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Week #29…Day #3….and it’s the last Tabata of the week.

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer. Staring at a clock while doing Tabatas is a real pain.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #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

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

Catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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


When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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

That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

.

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

 

Your Best Body Workout 2011 Week 29 Day 2

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Week #29…Day #2

Even More Tabata

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer. Staring at a clock while doing Tabatas is a real pain.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #1

Smith Machine or Barbell Hip Thrust

  • Flex those glutes for 20 seconds
  • Rest  for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of Hip Thrusts
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #2

Incline DB Chest Press

  • Press the DBs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (DBs on chest) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of chest presses
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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


That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

.

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Friday, it’s back to the weights

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Your Best Body Workout 2011 Week 29 Day 1

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Week 2 for Tabata

Enjoy.

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer.

I recommend, use and have an affiliate agreement with the Gymboss Interval Timer people. They have recently introduced a new model – the Gymboss Max – that allows you to do more complicated intervals as well as keep your favorite intervals in memory.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #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

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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

That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

.

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

..

 

Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 28 – Day 3

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Week #28…Day #3….and it’s the last Tabata of the week.

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer. Staring at a clock while doing Tabatas is a real pain.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #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

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

Catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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


When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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

That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

.

Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

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Your Best Body Workout – 2011 – Week 28 – Day 2

“The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein

Week #28…Day #2

More Tabata

For all of you who are new to Tabata, it’s very simple.

  • 1 exercise per Tabata set
  • Each Tabata is 4 minutes long
  • Each Tabata set is made up of 8 mini-sets
  • 20 seconds of work per mini-set
  • 10 seconds rest between mini-sets
  • 100% effort

Weight selection can sometimes be tricky with Tabata workouts. If you go too heavy, you run out of gas and stop partway through the 20 seconds of work. Go too light and it becomes an aerobics class.

What I ask my clients to do is:

  • If you normally like to push heavy weight…I want you to cut back significantly during Tabatas and focus on the number of reps per set.
  • If you normally train lighter and do high rep workouts..then I want you to jack up the weight and drop the # of 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 helpful to these workouts is an interval timer. Staring at a clock while doing Tabatas is a real pain.

 

WORKOUT WARM-UP

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

Tabata #1

Smith Machine or Barbell Hip Thrust

  • Flex those glutes for 20 seconds
  • Rest  for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of Hip Thrusts
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, I want you to do a short HIIT sprint session consisting of

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #2

Incline DB Chest Press

  • Press the DBs for 20 seconds
  • Rest (DBs on chest) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of chest presses
  • 4 min total
  • Perform as many reps as possible per set

Catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re doing HIIT sprints again.

HIIT #2

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’re going back to Tabata.

Tabata #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

When you can breathe “normally”, it’s HIIT time again.

HIIT #3

3 x 10:50 sec sprints.

If you’re in a gym – use an exercise bike, outdoors – sprint up a hill, in your home – use the bottom step of your stairs as a cardio-step machine.

  • 10 seconds sprinting
  • 50 seconds rest
  • 3x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

When you can breathe “normally”, we’ve got one more Tabata.

Tabata #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


That should be enough for today.

At this point, you have done 16 minutes of HIIT/HIRT/Tabata work + another 9 minutes of HIIT sprints

If you are a total freak of nature, feel free to repeat some of the sets. Use your ability to recover your breath as a guide. If it’s taking longer & longer to breath normally between sets, call it a day.

Alternately, you can throw in 20 minutes of cardio….stretch and go home

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Tomorrow, do some easy cardio & stretching (lots of stretching)

Wednesday, it’s back to the weights

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