You know well that we’re all about using competition to push ourselves harder. So when Self Magazine asked us for a short workout readers could complete alone, we put something together that allows you to compete WITH YOURSELF!
The workout comes with a specific goal of completing as many burpees as possible, and each time you do the routine you want to outdo your last tally. As Coach Java says, "Competing against yourself at the gym (or at home!) will help you work harder and achieve your fitness goals." Plus, "counting reps provides a distraction and may make the workout seem to pass quicker."
You can check out the Self article by clicking image to the right, but we’ve also summed it up below.
Pick 4 exercises. In our Self example, we used thrusters, jumping lunges, V-ups and burpees.
In the first minute of work, complete 1 thruster, 1 jumping lunge, and 1 V-up. When finished with 1 rep each of these three exercises, complete as many burpees as possible for the remaining minute.
In minute 2, complete two reps each of dumbbell thrusters, jumping lunges, and V-ups. Then complete burpees for the remainder of the minute.
Continue increasing the rep count for the first three exercises by one rep each minute. You can cap this routine at 10 minutes, or continue until the reps of the first three exercises take up the entire minute and there’s no time for burpees.
And remember to keep track of your total burpees so you have a goal to shoot for next time!