Original Post: https://www.americanpartisan.org/2020/01/ap-fitness-challenge/
In keeping with the spirit of the AP Fitness Challenge, I decided to post a Workout of the Day (WOD) every Wednesday to give you, the readers, a challenge to complete. I will be doing them beforehand and posting my results with the WOD. These WODs are not original, new or super secret. You can find lists and lists on the internet and adapt them to what equipment you have – or even if you have no equipment at all. I personally love the book Cross Training 101: Build the Ultimate Athletic Physique, which is where many of the WODs are coming from (I may modify some slightly to make them more relevant to our purposes).
Of course, modify the exercise as needed (i.e. if you cannot run, walk; if you cannot do a push up, do a modified pushup with your knees down OR a wall push up, etc)
Let’s first go over some basic types of WODs:
- As Many Reps As Possible (AMRAP) – Within a certain time constraint, complete as many rounds of exercises as possible
- Every Minute on the Minute (EMOM) – Within a certain time constraint, complete the exercise(s) at the beginning of every minute
- For Time – Complete the workout in the quickest time possible and record your time
- Tabata – Style of interval training where you exercise for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds for a total of 8 rounds
- To Failure – Doing reps until you physically cannot do another one
- Pyramid Set – Increasing the number of reps incrementally and then working back down from the peak (i.e. 1-2-3-2-1)
- 1 Air Squat
- 2 Push-Up
- 3 Sit-Up
The pyramid goes from 1 to 10, like this:
This is a variation of a previous Wednesday WOD called “The Pandemic”
The way this workout is designed is you have a pyramid that goes 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and for each level of the pyramid, you do the listed movements and their multipliers. So for level 1 you do 1 Air Squat, 2 Push-Ups, 3 Sit-Ups, then for level 2 you do 2 Air Squat, 4 Push-Ups, 6 Sit-Ups, level 3 you do 3 Air Squat, 6 Push-Ups, 9 Sit-Ups…etc. all the way to level 10 where you do 10 Air Squat, 20 Push-Ups, 30 Sit-Ups. Then you go back to 9 and work your way down to 1.