Monday, May 6, 2019

Upper Body 



So, set your timer for (in today’s case) 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds and stick with just one exercise for all 8 rounds before moving down the list. Your goal is to work as hard as you can during those work intervals so that by the time you complete the 8th round, you couldn’t imagine doing anymore.

For today…

We’re doing the traditional Tabata timing today and tomorrow before I add some variation to it! 20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest x 8. You can rest up to 1 minute between Tabatas.


20 seconds work - 10 seconds rest x 8 of ONE EXERCISE ONLY

  1. (ea) Wrist Banded Plank Alt. Step Outs (Out, In, Out, In)

  2. 1 DB - Burpee with Pushup + Snatch

  3. Plank Alt Rows

  4. DB Chest Press + Leg kick out

  5. Plank pike ups

  6. DB Thrusters

Tabata Intervals

  1. (ea) Wrist Banded Plank Alt. Step Outs (Out, In, Out, In)


  • Light mini band around wrists.

  • Assume plank position with wrists under shoulders and hips down.

  • Feet can be wide for stability.

  • Regression: Drop to knees and/or no band.

  • Challenge: Heavier band or feet closer together.


2. DB Burpee with Pushup + Snatch


  • Use heavy DB.

  • Alternate which hand holds the DB.

  • Keep a straight line from head to toes when you hop out into the plank.

  • Hop into a squat as you come back from the plank.

  • Make sure your snatch is one fluid movement - use your hips to power the DB all the from the ground to overhead.

  • Regression: Take out all the hops and/or use a lighter DB.

  • Challenge: Heavier DB.


3. Plank Alt Rows


  • Choose light DB’s to start.

  • When you get in your plank, start with your feet wider than hip width for balance.

  • Try not to let your hips rock side to side. Keep glutes squeezed, pelvis tucked slightly.

  • Make sure wrists are directly underneath your shoulders.

  • Regression: Widen stance of feet or drop to knees.

  • Challenge: Bring feet closer together.


4. DB Chest Press + Leg kick out


  • Use Heavy DB’s if you can.

  • Keep low back pressed into the mat.

  • Knees come in simultaneously as you press the weights up, and you kick your legs out in front as you lower the weights.

  • Palms face in at 45 degrees.

  • Pull shoulders down and back.

  • Regression: Plant feet on the floor or lighter DB’s.

  • Challenge: Straight leg lifts.


5. Plank pike ups


  • Starting in a low plank on your forearms, ensure that your elbows are stacked under your shoulders and your back is flat. Feet can be as wide as necessary.

  • Using your lower abdominals and your deep ab muscles (your TVA) you will lift your hips up in a “pike” or an upside down V, and slowly come back to the starting position.

  • Regression: Plank hold

  • Challenge: If you have sliders, or a towel with a wood or tile floor, you can perform sliding pikes in a high plank (linked a video)


6. DB Thrusters


  • See if you can use heavy DB’s for at least the first few rounds.

  • DB’s never go lower than shoulder height.

  • Use your hips (glutes) to propel you up out of that squat and explosively press the weights up. Your butt should be working a lot more than your shoulders should be.

  • Regression: Lighter DB’s, no pressing over head if you have shoulder issue (could just do power squats).