Pyramid Warmup and Advanced Circuit Training (Upper body)
This week's fitness challenge is an advanced level, high volume workout. It features creative ways of implementing a pyramid warmup and cooldown with one minute weight and PT circuits, and a final fun or swim PT combo.
Burpee/Fireman carry, bear crawl, or farmer walk pyramid:
You can choose to bear crawl 25m, farmer walk, or fireman carry for each burpy set.
- 1 burpee
- 2 burpees
- 3 burpees – Do a light stretch on the fifth burpee.
Repeat 3 times
Circuit (1 minute each, 45 seconds work, 15 seconds transition time.)
- Pullups – max (rest as needed)
- TRX Atomic pushups – max
- Hang from Bar – Knee ups or toes to bar
- Push press
- Plank pose
- Pulldowns (heavy) or TRX rows
- Step up or box jumps
- 45 – 15 seconds change exercise time for a full 10 minutes.
Repeat 1-5 burpees again followed by another 10 minute circuit.
Repeat 10 times
Swim or run:
- Swim 50m fast, or run 200m fast
- Pushups – 10 to 20
- Abs of choice – 20
We are starting to wind down our lifting cycle and adding more calisthenics into the workouts as we progress through the year – Periodization.
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