A while back at Tastefully Driven, I wrote a post where I claimed that all you need to get into great shape is running, push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups. Well, I’m going to back that claim up and design three intense workouts using only those four exercises. Each workout builds on the one before it. My suggestion is to try each workout once per week and cycle through them. For example, Workout A can be performed on week one, then Workout B on week two, and finally Workout C on week three. Week four you would perform Workout A again and try to beat your time.
3 rounds for time:
Run 400 meters
Run 800 meters
1 mile Run
800 meter Run
400 Meter Run
A tip on how to set these workouts up:
It will be difficult to find a track with a playground nearby where you can perform pull-ups. What we have done in the past is run around the block (355 meters according to Google Earth), then run up the stairs to my second floor room, perform the pull-ups on the bar, then run back down and complete the rest of the workout. This adds another extra element of stair running.
Other options u can do is to replace the pull-ups with body weight squats if you are unable to find a bar nearby. I can also foresee issues with the sit-ups,as it may be uncomfortable (and potentially harmful to your spine and lower back) to be performing sit-ups on the ground. The best solution is to purchase a mat. Another option is to replace the sit-up with a kettlebell or dumbbell option such as windmills, where you are hitting the same muscle group. Sometimes we have thrown in the kettlebell swings to replace the sit-ups, and Hindu push-ups to replace regular push-ups.
The options are endless. Take the format of these workouts and make them your own. You may need to replace exercises or reduce/increase reps to fit your fitness level.
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