Fitness for Beginners – How to Squat

My buddy Andi is back with another exercise video.

Last week it was Push-Ups…this week, we are focusing on developing leg strength with the bodywight squat. More specifically, today’s video showcases a progression of bodyweight squat variations..from the ultra-beginner high-chair two-leg bodyweight squat..all the way to single-leg pistol squats…ouch.

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Note – readers of Health Habits come in all different shapes, sizes and experience levels. Some of you will need to start with the most easiest squat variations performed in the video. Others will be ready to tackle the pistol squats. Most will be somewhere in the middle. Either way, I hope this video helps encourage you to push yourself toward greater levels of fitness.

Teaching my clients how to properly/safely squat is very, very important. Squatting is a very natural movement – babies squat before they walk. However, over time, most adults develop muscle imbalances and bad habits which made proper squatting technique next to impossible.

So…in addition to today’s video, I am going to give you two VERY important squatting tips.

1. Squatting is not about bending your knees and hips…it’s about dropping the weight of your torso straight down toward the ground. Focus on dropping your belly down between your legs.

2. Squatting involves movement in your hips, knees and ankles. Unfortunately, due to those bad habits and muscle imbalances mentioned above, most people put too much stain on their knees during the movement.

To fix that, I make sure that they shift their center of gravity backwards towards their hips…saving their knees undue load/stress. I do this by employing two “tricks”

The first is to have them squat facing a wall with their toes no more than 6 inches from the wall…forcing them to stick their butts backward.

The second trick involves some quasi-gross visualization….Imagine you got up in the middle of the night and needed to go to the bathroom…unfortunately the power was out and it was pitch black. You stagger into the bathroom, lift the seat, turn around and reach with your derrière…aiming in the dark to sit down safely without ending up on the floor.

The point of this exercise is to make them really stick their butt backwards when they squat..once again saving the knees.[/box]

face-the-wall-squat

Next post – Complete Core Conditioning

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Motivation: How to Get It and Fuel It

Today’s article is a guest post from one of my favorite fitness gurus – Adam Ali.

The reason I asked Adam to write an article for Health Habits is that unlike most fitness ‘experts’, Adam not only cares passionately about bringing fitness to “normal” people, he actually does something about it. Working in one of Toronto’s at-risk neighborhoods, Adam has recently created the Goodfit Battles as a way to get Toronto’s urban youth to participate in active living through fitness training. While politicians and health experts talk about reversing childhood obesity and eliminating the chronic lifestyle diseases bankrupting our healthcare system, Adam actually does something about it.

Alright, that’s enough of  pumping Adam’s tires, on with the article….

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Being known as the motivational-athlete-guy, I receive tons of e-mails from people asking me how do I get and stay motivated. My answer is always the same…I tell them that it’s a simple as just get STARTED and be on the look-out for any & all positive indicators. Seeing small wins lets me know that I am going towards the right direction and that’s what usually motivates me. However, to get those small wins, you got to START. There is no secret to that. Chase things you are passionate about and you are likely to stay on course. Besides finding small wins to motivate me here are some other approaches I use to get MOTIVATED.

  1. Find someone to keep you accountable
    Now not only am I responsible for achieving my goal I have someone also breathing down my neck when I am going off course. A mentor or a friend who genuinely keeps you accountable can dramatically support you to get motivated.
  2. Think about what will happen if you DON’T do it
    It scares me when I think about the consequence of not doing one my goals. I do not want to be regretful and spend any time later in life wondering what if. Out weight the loss of not taking action and that should be enough to motivate you.
  3. Set up anchors
    Display a collage on your wall, set alarms, emails alerts to yourself, to do list, etc to continuously remind you of your goals. This can support fuelling you on your way to your goal.
  4.  Find motivation
    Seek motivation. Go online and search for a video and article. Pick up the phone and call someone and start a conversation – I’m sure you will get encouraged. There are thousands of books on self-development and motivation. If you seek you will find it and remember that the best motivation comes within.
  5. Greatest Invention.
    The greatest invention in my humble opinion has to be the paper and pen. There is something magical when you put your goals on paper. Utilize the magic of paper and pen and get writing everyday. Write a to do list that supports your goals. If you have a worthy thought about your goals or an idea – write it down.

Here is a link to my personal daily to do list. Utilize it daily and I promise that it will motivate you to your goals.

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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
—Thomas Jefferson

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About the Author

This article was written by super-trainer Adam Ali, founder of iWontLose.com and creator of the Goodfit Battles. If you want to connect with Adam, you can reach him at Twitter – @ADAMwontLOSE or Facebook or on his YouTube page.

Fitness for Beginners – How To Do Push-Ups

Every January, gyms/health clubs/fitness centers around the world fill up with fitness virgins…eager to get in shape, drop a few pounds and transform their fat into fit.

Unfortunately, most of those newbies have no idea how to properly and safely perform resistance exercises…and are left to flail and flounder until they eventually quit out of frustration, embarrasment and/or injury.

woman-push-up

So…as a public service, we are starting this series of how-to videos for beginners. In this first video, my buddy Andi shows us a number of different Push-Up versions…starting with Wall Push-Ups (designed for the absolute beginner) and progressing all the way to some truly nasty Superman Clap Push-Ups.

All of these different push-up variations have one thing in common…good form Tight core muscles…not letting your back/belly droop. Tight leg muscles..helping you transmit energy effectively Shoulder blades retracted and held tight…protecting the shoulder joint from potential energy Proper breathing pattern – exhaling a thin stream of air as you push-up and inhaling a thin stream of air as you lower down to the floor[/box]

Next post….Bodyweight Squat variations

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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.

KNUCKLE-SANDWICH

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.

Best Body Transformation 2013

For the past two years, I have been posting free workouts here at Health Habits

These workouts employed all manner of fitness equipment and as such, were more appropriate for people with gym memberships.

This year, we are going to focus on people who workout at home.

  • To begin with, we will only be doing body-weight exercises.
  • After a month or so, we will add in some strength band workouts. I suggest you buy yours NOW!!!
  • As we go along, I might add in a kettlebell or some other piece of home fitness equipment. I will give you lots of notice OR give you alternative exercises.

The workouts we will be posting online are exact replicas of the ones I am using with one of my newest clients. In fact, to show you how effective these workouts can be, my little guinea pig  has agreed to track his physique transformation as the year progresses.

His goals are as follows:

  1. Reduce body-fat
  2. Get fitter – stronger, more flexible, agile, etc
  3. Get healthier
  4. Look great in the buff

Which are probably the same goals as 93% of y’all.

Here’s what we’re starting with…

Measurements : Day # 1

  • Weight : 283 lbs
  • Waist – landmarked @ Belly Button  : 50″
  • Hips – landmarked @ Butt : 45″
  • Upper Arm – Midpoint between Shoulder & Elbow : 17″ relaxed – 18″ flexed
  • Thigh – Midpoint between Hip & Knee : 28.5″
  • Neck :19″
  • Chest – landmarked @ Nipples : 53″

[colored_box color=”yellow”]There are a few other health issues that we will be tracking, but will not be reporting here at HH (as per client request). Nothing out of the ordinary, but he wants to retain some modicum of privacy. If, in the future, he decides to open up his life a little more, I will report how this transformation has affected these issues.[/colored_box]

Pictures: Day 1

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Transformation---1---Back

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  • On Monday, I will post the first resistance workout.
  • On Tuesday, I will lay out the dietary / lifestyle plan that I put together for our guinea pig
  • On Wednesday, I will post the second resistance workout.
  • On Thursday, I will make some recommendations about future exercise equipment purchases.
  • On Friday, we have the 3rd resistance workout.

If you have any questions for me or the GP, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me a message on Twitter.

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The Immorality of Obesity

Last week, media mogul Rupert Murdoch pissed off a whole bunch of people with the following tweet about a woman in New York who suffered injuries when the sidewalk she was walking on collapsed out from under her.

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Obesity apologists all around the twitterverse were freaking out…hunting and pecking out expletive-filled anti-Murdoch tweets and blog posts. It was a veritable orgy of obese indignation.

And yet…it got me thinking.

  • Why is it that so many people in our society feel free to mean so damn nasty to fat people?
  • Why is it a character flaw to be fat?

We all have bad habits. We all do things that aren’t 100% healthy for our bodies.

Even personal trainers like me.

For example, this past Saturday night, I spent about 5 hours…

  • sitting on my butt
  • watching Hockey Night in Canada
  • and drinking beer with friends and having one heck of a fun evening.

Does this make me a bad person?

Would it have made me a bad person if (instead of being an uber-healthy personal trainer) I had been that 400 lb woman who fell through the sidewalk?

Maybe it’s time we create a little separation between people and their actions.

Obesity and related lifestyle medical conditions ARE a significant medical problem….costing millions and millions of dollars. But instead of being a giant A-hole like Rupert Murdoch or a Fat-Apologist like the Jezebel blogger I linked to, maybe we should focus on the actions that have led to increased rates of obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, etc…

  • Maybe we have a little more sympathy for people who make poor decisions,
  • And a little less sympathy for people who exploit those bad decisions for financial & political gain

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Body Transformation 2013

Starting next month, I am beginning a series of articles detailing all of the nasty details involved in the transformation of a new client of mine.

We will be looking at all of the interconnected factors involved in this process:

  • Dietary
  • Physical activity – amount, type, etc
  • Psychological / Emotional / Motivational
  • Medical
  • Social

The client is a 40-something year old man who…

  • needs to lose 50 pounds
  • suffers from insulin insensitivity
  • is clinically depressed
  • and has hypertension

This series will blend into other HH articles as he will be performing the Best Body 2013 workouts. This means that the BB 2013 workouts will initially be designed for an obese, de-trained client and will be increasing in intensity & complexity as the transformation will allow.

Note – We will be posting pictures, but since my client is well known here in Toronto, we will be cropping his head out of the images.

The “Eat Like a Dog” Diet

One of my clients had an epiphany yesterday.

  • For the past 4 months, she has been busting her butt losing weight and transforming her body.
  • For the past 3 months, her husband and her dog (not pictured) have also been put on a healthier diet (not by their choice).

And after 3 months, the unofficial winner of the familial weight loss challenge has been….THE DOG.

WTF?  How did the dog emerge as the weight loss champ?

It’s simple…the dog never cheated on his diet. Not once in 3 months.

  • He ate the food that his “Mom” put in his bowl
  • Lacking opposable digits, he was unable to open his bag of kibble or work the can opener to get more wet dog food.
  • He went for a walk everytime someone grabbed his leash.

In short, he was the perfect personal training client.

Unfortunately for us humans, we have opposable thumbs that are capable of ordering an XL pizza for delivery…ruining our diet and causing us to lose a weight loss challenge to a dog.

So….here’s my question for you…how can you modify your lifestyle so you eat & move more like a dog and less like a human???

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 28 – Day 3

It’s Week #2 – Day #3 – same workout theories….

  • Short, intense workouts
  • a little Tabata
  • a little HIRT
  • and a ton of sweat

Enjoy

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 – Pull Ups or Palms Away Pulldowns & 2 Leg Bodyweight Squats

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Any version of Pull Ups (palms away) or Pulldowns is okay with me… as long as you’re doing the hardest version possible for YOU
  • 20 seconds Pull Ups, rest 10 sec, 20 seconds Squats, rest 10…..

Superset #2 – McGill Crunch & Single Leg Hip Thrust

Technique: 4 min – As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP)

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises QUICKLY

Superset #3 – 2 Arm Bodyweight Row & Push Ups

Technique: 4 min – AMRAP

  • Alternate between exercises
  • Max 10 reps per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises

Superset #4 – Shuffle Lunge

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

Okay, that’s it for the sweaty stuff. Go spend 20 minutes stretching muscles and mobilizing joints – foam rollers, lacrosse balls, etc…

Tomorrow, I want you to do some HIIT sprints

  • 20 min total
  • 10 second sprints
  • As many sprints as possible in 20 min

Sunday…take the day off.

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 28 – Day 2

Same workout as last week…..

  • Short, intense workouts
  • a little Tabata
  • a little HIRT
  • and a ton of sweat

Enjoy

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 – Double Leg Hip Thrusts & Push-Ups

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Any version of Hip Thrust (feet elevated, back elevated, both, neither)  is okay with me… as long as you’re doing the hardest version possible for YOU
  • Same with Push-Ups…do the hardest version(s) possible for YOU
  • 20 seconds Hip Thrustss, rest 10 sec, 20 seconds Push-Ups, rest 10…..

Superset #2 – Stir the Pot & Inch Worms

Technique: 4 min – As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP)

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises QUICKLY

Superset #3 – Single Leg Squat

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Do the hardest version possible for YOU… that may mean band-assisted, bodyweight or bodyweight + a 90lb dumbbell
  • Assisted Single Leg Squat video (you can also put the band under your pits for hands free)
  • Loaded Single Leg Squat video

Superset #4 – Bodyweight Skull Crushers & UnderGrip Chin-Ups (Pulldowns) & Shuffle Lunges

Technique: 4 min – AMRAP

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 5 per set for Skullcrushers
  • 5 reps per set for Chins/Pulldowns
  • 30 reps per set for Shuffles
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises

 

Okay, that’s it for the sweaty stuff. Go spend 20 minutes stretching muscles and mobilizing joints – foam rollers, lacrosse balls, etc…

Tomorrow, I want you to do some HIIT sprints

  • 20 min total
  • 10 second sprints
  • As many sprints as possible in 20 min

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 28 – Day 1

This is a STRONG woman.

It’s the second time through for this workout – we’re going to stick with the same exercises for this week – next week, same theory…..

  • Short, intense workouts
  • a little Tabata
  • a little HIRT
  • and a ton of sweat

…..diff exercises.

 

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 – Bodyweight Squats

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

Superset #2 – Toes to the Sky & Double Leg Hip Thrust

Technique: 4 min – As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP)

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving from Toes to Hip Thrusts…
  • Toes to the Sky can be performed flat on the ground or on a decline bench as in the video
  • The benches used in the Hip Thrust video gives you a greater range of motion and increases the intensity of the exercise – If you don’t have access, do them flat on the ground or with feet elevated

Superset #3 – Bodyweight Shoulder Press & Jumping Jacks

Technique: 4 min – AMRAP

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set for shoulder press – 20 reps max for JJs
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises
  • Feel free to substitute 2 arm DB or BB shoulder presses for the BW option

Superset #4 – Pull-Ups & McGill Crunches

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Any version of pull-up is okay with me – pull-ups, chin-ups, band-assisteds pull-ups/chin-ups, band pull-downs or even pulldowns in the gym
  • 20 seconds Pull-Ups, rest 10 sec, 20 seconds McGill Crunches, rest 10…..

Okay, that’s it for the sweaty stuff. Go spend 20 minutes stretching muscles and mobilizing joints – foam rollers, lacrosse balls, etc…

Tomorrow, I want you to do some HIIT sprints

  • 20 min total
  • 10 second sprints
  • As many sprints as possible in 20 min

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 27 – Day 3

It’s Day #3 – same workout theories….

  • Short, intense workouts
  • a little Tabata
  • a little HIRT
  • and a ton of sweat

…. different movements.

Enjoy

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 – Pull Ups or Palms Away Pulldowns & 2 Leg Bodyweight Squats

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Any version of Pull Ups (palms away) or Pulldowns is okay with me… as long as you’re doing the hardest version possible for YOU
  • 20 seconds Pull Ups, rest 10 sec, 20 seconds Squats, rest 10…..

Superset #2 – McGill Crunch & Single Leg Hip Thrust

Technique: 4 min – As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP)

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises QUICKLY

Superset #3 – 2 Arm Bodyweight Row & Push Ups

Technique: 4 min – AMRAP

  • Alternate between exercises
  • Max 10 reps per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises

Superset #4 – Shuffle Lunge

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

Okay, that’s it for the sweaty stuff. Go spend 20 minutes stretching muscles and mobilizing joints – foam rollers, lacrosse balls, etc…

Tomorrow, I want you to do some HIIT sprints

  • 20 min total
  • 10 second sprints
  • As many sprints as possible in 20 min

Sunday…take the day off.

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 27 – Day 2

Olympic Medalist Christine Girard – image credit: Mike Groll AP

It’s Day #2 – same workout theories….

  • Short, intense workouts
  • a little Tabata
  • a little HIRT
  • and a ton of sweat

…. different movements.

Enjoy

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 – Double Leg Hip Thrusts & Push-Ups

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Any version of Hip Thrust (feet elevated, back elevated, both, neither)  is okay with me… as long as you’re doing the hardest version possible for YOU
  • Same with Push-Ups…do the hardest version(s) possible for YOU
  • 20 seconds Hip Thrustss, rest 10 sec, 20 seconds Push-Ups, rest 10…..

Superset #2 – Stir the Pot & Inch Worms

Technique: 4 min – As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP)

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises QUICKLY

Superset #3 – Single Leg Squat

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Do the hardest version possible for YOU… that may mean band-assisted, bodyweight or bodyweight + a 90lb dumbbell
  • Assisted Single Leg Squat video (you can also put the band under your pits for hands free)
  • Loaded Single Leg Squat video

Superset #4 – Bodyweight Skull Crushers & UnderGrip Chin-Ups (Pulldowns) & Shuffle Lunges

Technique: 4 min – AMRAP

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 5 per set for Skullcrushers
  • 5 reps per set for Chins/Pulldowns
  • 30 reps per set for Shuffles
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises

 

Okay, that’s it for the sweaty stuff. Go spend 20 minutes stretching muscles and mobilizing joints – foam rollers, lacrosse balls, etc…

Tomorrow, I want you to do some HIIT sprints

  • 20 min total
  • 10 second sprints
  • As many sprints as possible in 20 min

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 27 – Day 1

Dylan Armstrong : soon-to-be Gold Medalist at the 2012 Olympics

This week is going to be fun.

  • Short, intense workouts
  • a little Tabata
  • a little HIRT
  • and a ton of sweat

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 – Bodyweight Squats

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

Superset #2 – Toes to the Sky & Double Leg Hip Thrust

Technique: 4 min – As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP)

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving from Toes to Hip Thrusts…
  • Toes to the Sky can be performed flat on the ground or on a decline bench as in the video
  • The benches used in the Hip Thrust video gives you a greater range of motion and increases the intensity of the exercise – If you don’t have access, do them flat on the ground or with feet elevated

Superset #3 – Bodyweight Shoulder Press & Jumping Jacks

Technique: 4 min – AMRAP

  • Alternate between exercises
  • 10 reps max per set for shoulder press – 20 reps max for JJs
  • Keep rest periods as short as possible – keep moving between exercises
  • Feel free to substitute 2 arm DB or BB shoulder presses for the BW option

Superset #4 – Pull-Ups & McGill Crunches

Technique: Tabata – 4 min total, consisting of 8 x 20 sec. work sets + 8 x 10 sec. rest sets

  • Any version of pull-up is okay with me – pull-ups, chin-ups, band-assisteds pull-ups/chin-ups, band pull-downs or even pulldowns in the gym
  • 20 seconds Pull-Ups, rest 10 sec, 20 seconds McGill Crunches, rest 10…..

Okay, that’s it for the sweaty stuff. Go spend 20 minutes stretching muscles and mobilizing joints – foam rollers, lacrosse balls, etc…

Tomorrow, I want you to do some HIIT sprints

  • 20 min total
  • 10 second sprints
  • As many sprints as possible in 20 min

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 26 – Day 3

This is your last bridge-esque workout of the week…designed to allow your muscles & nervous system a chance to fully recover and get ready for what’s coming next week.

[box type=”note”]The workout listed below is for those trainees interested in adding muscle to their physiques and who are not exhausted from the past few weeks of workouts. If that isn’t you, skip these workouts and go do some yoga or pilates or  cardio or mobility work or play tennis, soccer, etc… [/box]

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

Your choice..either Pulldowns or Pull Ups

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

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

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

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

HIIT #1

5 x 10 second sprints in the shortest time possible

Exercise #2

Bodyweight Skullcrushers

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

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

HIIT #2

4 x 10 second sprints in the shortest time possible

Exercise #3

Shoulder Press (barbell, dumbbell, machine)

  • Choose a weight that you could perform 15 reps with
  • Then do 25 reps by…
  • banging out those first 15 in normal fashion…rest for a few seconds – drawing in 4 big breaths…and then bang out a few more reps (1-5),,,rest again…lift again…rest again…until you get to 25 reps

HIIT #3

3 x 10 second sprints in the shortest time possible

 

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 26 – 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

Just Say NO to Bread Back

Bread Back is defined as “the loaf of back fat between a woman’s bra and her underwear”. (ref: 30 Rock)

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Your Anti Back Fat Prescription

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 26 – Day 1

Since the last 4 weeks were so intense, we’re going to back off the intensity this week  to allow your nervous system to recharge…avoiding over-training, slowing down fat loss, etc…

That means it’s time for a week of Bridge Workouts…

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

Leg Press (or squats or Bulgarian split squats)

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

Then, using the weight that you could perform 15 reps with, I want you to perform 25 reps!!!

Impossible???

Nope

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

Once finished, your legs and lungs should feel like you just ran a marathon

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

Exercise #2

Seated Machine Row (or standing cable row or standing band row)

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

Once again, I want you to get 25 reps!!!

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

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

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

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 25 – Day 3

Last time we’re doing this workout – kick it’s ass!!!

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

  • Front/Back Squats & Single Arm Overhead Presses
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Squat, Press

HIRT Superset #2

  • Barbell Deadlift or Heavy Hip Thrust & Woodchop
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Single Arm Pulldown Pallof Press
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Barbell Flat or Incline Chest Press & One Arm Cable or One Arm Body-Weight Row
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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 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 24 – Day 3

Last workout of the week – make it a good one

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

  • Front/Back Squats & Single Arm Overhead Presses
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Squat, Press

HIRT Superset #2

  • Barbell Deadlift or Heavy Hip Thrust & Woodchop
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Single Arm Pulldown Pallof Press
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Barbell Flat or Incline Chest Press & One Arm Cable or One Arm Body-Weight Row
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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 24 – 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 24 – Day 1

It’s the 3rd and final time for this workout – so kick some butt.

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 23 – Day 3

Last workout of the week – make it a good one

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

  • Front/Back Squats & Single Arm Overhead Presses
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Squat, Press

HIRT Superset #2

  • Barbell Deadlift or Heavy Hip Thrust & Woodchop
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Single Arm Pulldown Pallof Press
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Barbell Flat or Incline Chest Press & One Arm Cable or One Arm Body-Weight Row
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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 23 – Day 1

Same workouts as last week….. a combination of HIRT & HIIT protocols, 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.

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 22 – Day 3

Last workout of the week – make it a good one

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

  • Front/Back Squats & Single Arm Overhead Presses
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 reps with
  • 5 minutes total
  • As many sets as possible
  • Alternate – Squat, Press

HIRT Superset #2

  • Barbell Deadlift or Heavy Hip Thrust & Woodchop
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Single Arm Pulldown Pallof Press
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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

  • Barbell Flat or Incline Chest Press & One Arm Cable or One Arm Body-Weight Row
  • 5 reps per set
  • Choose a weight you “could” perform 10 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 22 – Day 2

It’s Day 2 of this new crop of workouts, and as I said yesterday, these workouts are a combination of HIRT & HIIT protocols – 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 22 – Day 1

These next few workouts are a combination of HIRT & HIIT protocols. Both are 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.

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 3

This is your last bridge-esque workout of the week…designed to allow your muscles & nervous system a chance to fully recover and get ready for what’s coming next week.

[box type=”note”]The workout listed below is for those trainees interested in adding muscle to their physiques and who are not exhausted from the past few weeks of workouts. If that isn’t you, skip these workouts and go do some yoga or pilates or  cardio or mobility work or play tennis, soccer, etc… [/box]

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

Your choice..either Pulldowns or Pull Ups

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

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

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

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

HIIT #1

5 x 10 second sprints in the shortest time possible

Exercise #2

Bodyweight Skullcrushers

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

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

HIIT #2

4 x 10 second sprints in the shortest time possible

Exercise #3

Shoulder Press (barbell, dumbbell, machine)

  • Choose a weight that you could perform 15 reps with
  • Then do 25 reps by…
  • banging out those first 15 in normal fashion…rest for a few seconds – drawing in 4 big breaths…and then bang out a few more reps (1-5),,,rest again…lift again…rest again…until you get to 25 reps

HIIT #3

3 x 10 second sprints in the shortest time possible

 

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 21 – Day 1

Looking at what I had planned for you this week, I decided that it would be best to do a partial Bridge Week.

Today’s workout is going to be a typical Bridge Workout. Wednesday’s and Friday’s will be a little more intense – moving you towards the workouts I have planned for Weeks 22-23 – serious ass-kicker workouts.

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

Exercise #1

Leg Press (or squats or Bulgarian split squats)

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

Then, using the weight that you could perform 15 reps with, I want you to perform 25 reps!!!

Impossible???

Nope

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

Once finished, your legs and lungs should feel like you just ran a marathon

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

Exercise #2

Seated Machine Row (or standing cable row or standing band row)

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

Once again, I want you to get 25 reps!!!

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

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

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

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 20 – Day 3

Do your Tabatas…or lose your head

Count yourself lucky, it’s the last day of Tabata Torture and next week is all 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

Tabata #1

Bodyweight Squat

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  • 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….

HIIT #1

….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

5 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
  • 5x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

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

Tabata #3

Standing Cable Row or Bodyweight 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

7 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
  • 7x

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 15 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).

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Treat Your Fitness Like You Treat Your Business

My busiest clients are almost always my most dedicated and most successful clients.

Despite working 18 hour days, they still find the time to workout and prepare healthy Paleo meals. And it’s all because they approach their fitness routine in the same way they approach their business.

  • They schedule workouts just like they do business meetings.
  • They realize that a good trainer or nutritionist is an cost of doing business…just like an accountant or some other business consultant.
  • They plan time to shop for and prepare healthy meals.
  • They understand that a fitness plan is just as necessary as a business plan

Something to think about…the next time someone tells you that they don’t have time to exercise.

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Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 20 – Day 2

Day 2 of Tabata Torture

And as I mentioned yesterday, 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.

Also helpful to these workouts is a Gymboss 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….

HIIT #1

….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 15:45 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.

  • 15 seconds sprinting
  • 45 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

5 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
  • 5x

Lay on the floor & catch your breath.

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

Tabata #4

Push-Ups & Body-Weight Rows

  • Alternate Push-Ups & Body-Weight Rows
  • Work for 20 seconds
  • Rest (floor) for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets total
  • 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 12 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)

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 20 – Day 1

Get ready for another week of Tabata Torture. We are going to melt some serious blubber this week people.

Remember, 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.

Also helpful to these workouts is a Gymboss 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….

HIIT #1

….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

Push Ups

  • Push-Up for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • 8 sets of push ups
  • 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

  • 2 x 15:45 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 or Pull-Ups – 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

  • 4 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)

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 19 – Day 2

Get ready to sweat people!!!

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
  • video

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 19 – Day 1

We’re re-visiting Week 1 for this week’s workouts.

By this point in the program, your fitness levels should be MUCH, MUCH higher and you should destroy this workout

So go ahead and teach it who’s boss.

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

…and then do a little foam roller work

In addition to the foam roller 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

  • 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

This is the ab wheel I use

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 18 – Day 3

 

Last workout of this Bridge Week.

Note – the workout listed below is for those trainees interested in adding muscle to their physiques and who are not exhausted from the past few weeks of workouts.

If that isn’t you, skip these workouts and go do a yoga or pilates or do a week of cardio. And most of you could do with a bunch of joint mobility work, so go visit Kelly Starrett over at Mobility WOD and start working out some of those kinks

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

Your choice..either Pulldowns or Pull Ups

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

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

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

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

Exercise #2

Bodyweight Skullcrushers

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

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

Exercise #3

Shoulder Press (barbell, dumbbell, machine)

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

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

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Go home

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

All new stuff starting Monday

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 18 – 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.

The workout listed below is for those trainees interested in adding muscle to their physiques and who are not exhausted from the past few weeks of workouts.

If that isn’t you, skip these workouts and go do a yoga or pilates or do a week of cardio. And most of you could do with a bunch of joint mobility work, so go visit Kelly Starrett over at Mobility WOD and start working out some of those kinks

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

Exercise #1

Bulgarian Squat/Lunge (bodyweight only)

Warm up with 2 sets per leg of 10 reps

* Then do 40 to 60  reps per leg by…

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

Rest 5 minutes, and then do the other leg

Rest another 5 min and move onto….

Exercise #2

Glute Ham Raises (2 Leg)

Same protocol as the Bulgarians

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

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

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

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

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

That’s it, you’re done for today.

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 18 – Day 1

Week #18 is a bridge week…designed to allow your muscles & nervous system a chance to fully recover and get ready for what’s coming next week.

The workout listed below is for those trainees interested in adding muscle to their physiques and who are not exhausted from the past few weeks of workouts.

If that isn’t you, skip these workouts and go do a yoga or pilates or do a week of cardio. And most of you could do with a bunch of joint mobility work, so go visit Kelly Starrett over at Mobility WOD and start working out some of those kinks.

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

Exercise #1

Leg Press (or squats or Bulgarian split squats)

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

Then, using the weight that you could perform 15 reps with, I want you to perform 25 reps!!!

Impossible???

Nope

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

Once finished, your legs and lungs should feel like you just ran a marathon

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

Exercise #2

Seated Machine Row (or standing cable row or standing band row)

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

Once again, I want you to get 25 reps!!!

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

That’s it, you’re done for today.

Stretch and Go home

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

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 17 – Day 3

Last workout of the week – using the same framework as Monday & Wednesday…

  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. 1 Leg Bench Squat – 100 reps total – 50 reps per leg – use hardest variation possible
  2. Bodyweight Row – 100 reps

TABATA #1

  • Bodyweight Squats – 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. 1 Leg Hip Thrust – 100 reps per leg

TABATA #2

  • Shuffle Lunges – 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. Stir the Pot – 50 circles – 25 each direction
  2. Skull Crushers – 100 reps – the more horizontal your body, the harder it gets

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)
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Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 17 – Day 2

Same as last week…

  1. A combination of HIRT & Tabata
  2. Bodyweight-only exercises
  3. It’s 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 17 – Day 1

Today’s workout is the exact copy of last Monday’s….

  1. It’s a combination of HIRT & Tabata
  2. It 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 that you start 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. Stir the Pot – 50 circles – 25 each direction
  2. 1 Leg Deadlift – 40 each leg

TABATA #1

Bodyweight Squats – 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. Bodyweight Row – 100 reps
  2. Jumping Jacks – 200 reps

TABATA #2

Burpees – 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. Stir the Pot – 50 circles – 25 each direction
  2. Shuffle Lunges – 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 16 – Day 3

Last workout of the week – using the same framework as Monday & Wednesday…

  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. 1 Leg Bench Squat – 100 reps total – 50 reps per leg – use hardest variation possible
  2. Bodyweight Row – 100 reps

TABATA #1

  • Bodyweight Squats – 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. 1 Leg Hip Thrust – 100 reps per leg

TABATA #2

  • Shuffle Lunges – 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. Stir the Pot – 50 circles – 25 each direction
  2. Skull Crushers – 100 reps – the more horizontal your body, the harder it gets

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 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 16 – Day 1

Today’s workout….

  1. Is 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 that you start 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. Stir the Pot – 50 circles – 25 each direction
  2. 1 Leg Deadlift – 40 each leg

TABATA #1

Bodyweight Squats – 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. Bodyweight Row – 100 reps
  2. Jumping Jacks – 200 reps

TABATA #2

Burpees – 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. Stir the Pot – 50 circles – 25 each direction
  2. Shuffle Lunges – 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 15– Day 3

It’s Week #15…Day #3….and it’s the last Tabata of the week. 🙂

All new stuff next week….so let’s get at it.

 

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….

HIIT #1

….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)

Best Body Workout – 2012 – Week 15 – Day 2

Another super-fun Tabata workout

Remember, 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. Also helpful to these workouts is a Gymboss 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….

HIIT #1

….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)