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BODY WEIGHT WORKOUTS FOR MEN S E A N B A RT R A M

Publisher: Mike Sanders Associate Publisher: Billy Fields Acquisitions Editor: Nathalie Mornu Copy Editor: John Etchison Cover Designer: Harriet Yeomans Book Designer: XAB Design Photographer: Matt Bowen Editorial Assistants/Compositors: Ayanna Lacey, Brian Massey Proofreader: Laura Caddell Indexer: Celia McCoy First American Edition, 2015 Published in the United States by DK Publishing 6081 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250 Copyright © 2015 Dorling Kindersley Limited A Penguin Random House Company 15

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CONTENTS Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 006

Bodyweight Basics

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What Is Bodyweight Resistance Training? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .010 Advantages of Bodyweight Resistance Training . . . . . . . . . . .012 Must-Haves and Useful Extras / How to Use This Book . . . . .014 Anatomical Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .016 The Big Six . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .018 Squats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lunges / Push-Ups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Burpees / Inverted Rows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pull-Ups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Modifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .026 Body Angle / Stability / Range of Motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 026 Points of Contact / Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 028

Functional Warm-Ups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 030 Inline Lunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 031 Resting Squat / Trunk Stability Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 032 Inner Thigh Mobility / Thoracic Rotation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 034

Recovery / Foam Rolling Technique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 036 Nutrition / Hydration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 038

Level 1

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Dead Hang/ Mountain Climber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .042 Reverse Plank Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 044 Alternating Lateral Lunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 046 Standard Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 048 Chin-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 050 Close-Grip Inverted Row / Pike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .052 Inverted Bodyweight Row . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 054 Pull-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 056 Down Dog Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 058 Burpee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 060 Military Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 062 Elbow Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 064 Pelvic Peel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 066 Forward Hinge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 068 Backward Burpee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .070 X-Jack / Dip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .072

Hanging Scapula Retraction / Back Lunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 074 Push-Up Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .076 Bridge Kick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .078 Wall Sit / Squat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 080 Ares Workout / Perseus Workout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 082 Round the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 084 Thor Workout / Super Circuit The 300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 086 Super Circuit Five . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 088 10 to 1 / Push vs Pull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 090 Dynamic Duos / Hi-Lo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 092 Burn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 094 Leg Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 096 Level 1 Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 098

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Deep Squat / Spiderman Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102 Front Lunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104 Alternating Cross-Over Lunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Archer Pull-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 Hanging Leg Raise / Frog Hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Forearm Push-Up / Hollow Body Hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 T-Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Hanging Reverse Curl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Shrimp Squat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Back Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120 Pigeon Peel / Butterfly Peel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Bulgarian Split Squat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 1-2 Push. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Dragon Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Skater Jump / Archer Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 Backward Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132 Single-Leg Burpee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 Plyometric Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136 Stop-and-Go Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 Pike Push-Up to Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 Crazy 8s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142 Hercules Workout / Hannibal Workout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144 Push-Pull Pairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146 Yue Fei Workout / Super Circuit Fantastic Four . . . . . . . . . . .148 Legendary Legs / All-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .152

Tri-Phase / Super Circuit Per-4-Mance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154 Tri-Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .156 Level 2 Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158

Level 3

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Handstand Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162 Hollow Body Rocker / Squat Jump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164 Pistol Squat / Planche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 One-Arm Chin-Up / One-Arm Inverted Row . . . . . . . . . . . . . .168 Front Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Single-Leg Reverse Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Neo Row . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Pancake Push-Up / Flutter Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Burpee to Pull-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Plyometric Inverted Row . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .180 Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182 L-Sit Chin-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184 Single-Leg Pelvic Peel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186 Knee Tuck Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188 T-Stand Jump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .190 Burpee to Chin-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .192 Tuck Jump Burpee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .194 Dragon Flag / One-Arm Push-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196 Skin the Cat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .198 Squat to L-Sit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Leg Hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202 Alexander Workout / Spartacus Workout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204 Push/Pull Power / Vlad Workout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206 Foundation / Forged . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Inferno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210 Evolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212 Super Circuit The Bodyweight 500 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .214 Super Circuit Beast Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .215 Redline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216 Level 3 Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .218

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220 About the Author / Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224

INTRODUCTION Use the body you’ve got to get the body you want! Intimidated by the gym? Short on time or money? Travel frequently? Or just sick of that guy constantly doing bicep curls on the gym’s squat rack? … Keep reading! Calisthenics, or bodyweight training, is arguably the world’s oldest form of strength training, and now the hottest! Banish the barbells, build lean muscle, decrease body fat, increase performance, and do it all anytime, anywhere. As a master instructor, I help people from all walks of life get fit and improve their overall health. My clients include superhuman pro football players, elite field sport athletes, and professional race car drivers. They also include men just like you—busy guys who value every second, and to whom efficiency and economy is just as important as body fat percentage. No matter the goal, I’ve successfully used the exercises in this book to help my clients reach peak physical fitness! This book will take you on an incredible journey to a fitter, stronger body using little more than your own bodyweight. Featuring 75 exercises—each with modifications to meet any ability level—36 unique workouts, and a dynamic 90-day plan, Bodyweight Workouts for Men will challenge your perception of strength training and evolve your approach to fitness. I can’t promise you it will be easy, but I can promise it will be worth it! Join the bodyweight revolution!

BODYWEIGHT BASICS The first step in your bodyweight revolution is to understand what you’re fighting for! Among other things, this chapter teaches you the “Big Six” exercises that will form the foundation of your training. It also explains the means to make any exercises easier or harder with simple, easy-to-follow modifications. I strongly recommend digesting the information in this chapter, as it will make all your training more effective and efficient.

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WHAT IS BODYWEIGHT RESISTANCE TRAINING? Bodyweight exercises are strength-training exercises that don’t require the addition of free weights such as dumbbells or barbells. The practitioner’s own weight provides the resistance for the movements. Examples of traditional bodyweight resistance exercises include push-ups and pull-ups. The beauty of this training is that for every exercise, there’s a simple yet effective way to increase or decrease the exercise’s challenge. Take the pushup, for example. To make the exercise less difficult, you can perform a kneeling push-up. To make it more difficult, you have a multitude of options, from changing your hand positions to establishing stops throughout the motion to elevating your feet. These variations not only increase the exercise’s difficulty, but also extend the range of motion and recruit more muscle fibers. In general, increasing the number of repetitions will improve endurance, while strength gains are made by increasing the intensity of the exercise by decreasing leverage, by working at the ends of range of motion, or by adding dynamic tension. Organizations such as the World Calisthenics Organization and competitions such as Battle of the Bars showcase the elite performance that can be garnered from bodyweight resistance training. Practitioners and legends such as Al Kavadlo, Kenneth Gallarzo, Frank Medrano, and Denis Minin defy gravity on YouTube and other social media sites with physics-bending feats of strength created by utilizing the same techniques presented in this book. Despite what an entire industry tries to promote, you do not need to pick up a weight to gain strength, increase lean muscle mass, and improve athletic performance.

WHAT IS BODYWEIGHT RESISTANCE TRAINING?

BENEFITS OF BODYWEIGHT RESISTANCE TRAINING VERSATILITY

CONVENIENCE

COST

EFFICIENCY

While every exercise can be adapted to provide a greater challenge to the practitioner, the basic exercises are also perfect for beginners.

Because your own body supplies the resistance for the exercises, bodyweight training can be undertaken anytime, anywhere—your home, a hotel room, a gym, or in the great outdoors.

Bodyweight resistance training will cost you nothing. You can keep those monthly gym fees, so it might even save you money.

We all live busy lives; time is our most precious commodity. Combining strength and cardio workouts saves time and reduces the transition time between exercises. Most workouts take only 10 to 45 minutes.

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ADVANTAGES OF BODYWEIGHT RESISTANCE TRAINING Let’s be honest. While we work out for the health benefits, a big plus is looking great with your shirt off. Being fit, lean, and healthy boosts self-confidence and makes you want to spend more time training. I suspect you’re interested in decreasing body fat, gaining strength, adding lean muscle, and improving your athletic performance. The exercises and programs in this book will help you meet those goals.

ADAPTABILITY For years the fitness industry portrayed bodyweight exercise as little more than a warm-up, endurance, or cardio workout. The theory was that gaining strength required lifting heavy, progressively, and with attention to

load, not reps. But why can’t bodyweight exercises be progressive? Take standard push-ups. Perform as many repetitions as possible in a given time, and it’s only about endurance. Increase the time it takes to perform each rep, however, and/or the dynamic tension (the muscular force required to execute that rep), and it makes the exercise more challenging and builds both strength and lean muscle mass, just like adding weight to a barbell. Applying these basic principles to every bodyweight exercise allows you to adapt the resistance and force required.

ADVANTAGES OF BODYWEIGHT RESISTANCE TRAINING BUILD LEAN MUSCLE AND BURN FAT You’ll work multiple muscle groups at once via compound exercises. The minimal equipment and space required make it easy to transition between exercises, reducing rest time and allowing for a high intensity interval training type of workout. Alternating sets with minimal or no rest forces the body to produce muscle-building and fatburning hormones like HGH and testosterone. This also stimulates excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC, also known as the “afterburn”), the measurable increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity intended to erase the body oxygen debt. Fatty acids are released as fuel for recovery. EPOC can boost fat burning by up to 48 hours.

through exercise adaptations, and there really are an endless number of ways you can apply the techniques, exercises, and workouts found in this book.

CORE STRENGTH Consisting of at least 29 muscles, your core is more than just six-pack abs. Every bodyweight exercise featured in this book engages the core either as a primary muscle or for stabilization. This will not only carve the kind of killer core usually featured on models on the front covers of fitness publications, but will also improve your posture and athletic performance.

SYMMETRY INCREASE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE Alternating between exercises, working multiple muscle groups per exercise, and the lack of equipment all allow you to keep your body in a state of confusion, preventing it from adapting to a steady workload. Build in easy and simple ways to add or remove challenge and variety

There’s no better way to develop a natural, symmetrical, and functional physique. You’ll build the lean, athletic, and perfectly proportioned body of a Spartan warrior, gymnast, or martial artist. Research suggests that body symmetry can indicate biological fitness and longer life expectancy—not to mention that studies have shown that humans find symmetrical people more sexually attractive!

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MUST-HAVES AND USEFUL EXTRAS The best part about bodyweight resistance training is you need little more than your body and determination to have an incredible workout. Ingenuity will allow you to use your surroundings, park benches, climbing frames, or chairs to replace the free weights and cardio equipment that keep you mentally and

financially chained to your gym membership. However, there are a few optional items I strongly suggest you invest in for optimal performance during the exercises and workouts.

THE MUST-HAVES

USEFUL EXTRAS

SHOES To make sure you can feel your connection to the floor, I advocate wearing a minimalist-style shoe when training. If you’re new to minimalist footwear, I strongly recommend alternating between your old shoes and the minimalist style for two to four weeks to allow your body to adjust to the decrease in support and cushioning.

PULL-UP BAR A pull-up bar is not essential, as you can find a number of alternatives for bar-oriented exercises. However, to maximize training performance, I strongly suggest you invest in a door-mounted bar or freestanding pull/dip station.

WATCH OR TIMER A watch or timer is essential for keeping track of the work and rest intervals in some workouts.

TOWEL In addition to mopping your brow, a towel can also be used to help assist with some exercises.

FOAM ROLLER Using a foam roller to provide pre- and/or post-workout myofascial release will increase your performance and decrease your risk of injury.

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK This book begins with the pertinent questions of what, when, where, and why bodyweight resistance training. Please read this information, as it will educate you on the foundationbuilding “Big Six.” It also explains how to warm up and cool down functionally and how to hydrate and fuel your body correctly. These topics will help you work out safely, improve your performance, and reduce your recovery time so you can work out more efficiently.

This book presents a plan engineered to take a beginner from Level 1 to Level 3 over a 90-day period, increasing strength, building lean muscle mass, and decreasing body fat along the way.

THE METHOD

1 Hydrate and perform functional warmups before every workout.

2 Refer to the first day of the 30-day program for Level 1 to determine which workout to perform.

3 Turn to that workout page and perform the exercises it lists, referring as necessary to the individual exercise pages for reference.

4 After every workout, foam roll for recovery, and hydrate and refuel your body. You’re done for today!

5 Tomorrow, move on to the next day’s workout in Level 1. Over the course of a month, complete the exercises in Level 1. Then repeat for Levels 2 and 3.

THE EXERCISES The exercises are explained with step-by-step photos, and each has a unique more difficult and less difficult version. Review these exercises until they’re familiar.

THE WORKOUTS Workouts vary in length, style, and format to keep your body on its toes. Some have built-in finishers, short metabolic-boosting sets, and core circuits that target your abs but also your back, hips, glutes, and other stabilizing muscles.

THE PROGRAMS The three programs are an easy-to-follow graphical guide for each level. Each one provides a comprehensive 30-day plan. Combined across all levels, they create a 90-day bodyweight evolution.

Q&A What if I can’t perform every exercise or every rep at the end of the 28-day period? You can either repeat the level and extend your overall commitment, or move on to the next level and continue to substitute any exercise from the previous level until you have it mastered. What do I do after 90 days? Start again, but this time perform all the more challenging progressions for each exercise, or create your own workouts. What should I do on my rest day? Enjoy it—it has been hard earned! And definitely foam roll and recover.

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ANATOMICAL CHART Throughout these pages, you’ll find mentions of the various muscle groups strengthened and developed by bodyweight exercises. The diagrams here will help you understand musculature and general anatomy.

The abdominals consist of the following three groups: Rectus abdominis—Also known as the “six-pack,” this runs the length of the front of the abdomen and is important for posture. Its primary function is flexion of the lumbar spine. Internal and external obliques—Found on the lateral and anterior portions of the abdomen, these pull the chest downward and compress the abdominal cavity, providing strength and support for the abdomen and spine. Transversus abdominus—The innermost of the flat muscles of the abdomen compresses the ribs, providing thoracic and pelvic stability. Illiopsoas (hip flexor)—A combination of the psoas major and illiacus, and essential to athletic activities such as running because they’re the strongest flexors of the thigh at the hip joint. Adductors—Commonly called the inner thigh, this group of muscles includes the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, pectineus, and gracilis. They function to contract and pull the leg to the body’s midline.

Trapezius

Pectorals—Pectoralis major and pectoralis minor help move the shoulder joint. Serratus anterior— Originating between the first and ninth ribs, it inserts at the shoulder blade and moves and stabilizes it. Biceps—This two -headed muscle is responsible for shoulder flexion, elbow flexion, and upward rotation of the palm. Tensor fascia latae — This thigh muscle helps to stabilize the pelvis atop the femur (thigh bone) during standing. Sartorius—The longest muscle in the body, it assists in flexion and lateral rotation of the hip, and flexion of the knee. Pectineus—This flat, quadrangular muscle moves the thigh toward the body and rotates it toward the center. Quadriceps—Comprised of the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, and vastus medialis, which extend the knee. Rectus femoris—See Quadriceps.

How many muscles are in the body? This is tricky to answer because each muscle is actually made of many layers of muscle tissue, and there are three types of muscle—skeletal, cardiac, and smooth. However, the commonly accepted answer is 650 skeletal muscles (the ones attached to bone).

ANATOMICAL CHART

Trapezius—Resembling a trapezoid, it functions to move the scapula and support the arm. Deltoids—The posterior, anterior, and lateral deltoid are primarily responsible for abduction of the arm on the frontal plane (lifting the arm up and out to the side). Latissimus dorsi—The primary function of the broadest muscle of the back, also known as the “lat,” is the adduction of the arm. It’s often used when performing a pull-up or a chin-up.

Erector spinae—This bundle of muscles and tendons extends the length of the vertebral column. It functions to straighten the back and provide side-to-side rotation.

Abductors—Located in the buttocks and lateral hip region on both sides of the body, the abductors consist of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, and tensor fascia latae.

Iliotibial band—This is a longitudinal fibrous reinforcement of the tensor fascia latae. The action of the ITB and its associated muscles is to extend, abduct, and laterally rotate the hip.

Hamstrings—Consisting of three posterior thigh muscles, the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris, hamstrings are responsible for knee flexion and hip extension.

Triceps brachii—This large muscle on the rear of the upper arm is principally responsible for extension of the elbow joint and straightening of the arm.

Gluteals—The gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus make up the buttocks. Thery’re responsible for movement of the hip and thigh.

Piriformis—A pear-shaped muscle in the glute region that aids in external rotation of the hip. The piriformis laterally rotates the femur with hip extension and abducts the femur with hip flexion.

Gastrocnemius—These two heads of muscle run from just above the knee to the heel. Commonly called the calf, the gastrocnemius is essential for running and jumping.

Soleus—This powerful muscle in the rear portion of the lower leg works with the gastrocnemius to perform plantarflexion of the foot (pulling toes toward shins).

The 650 skeletal muscles are all named in Latin after their location, shape, function, or insertion and origin points. The hardest-working muscle in the body isn’t shown here. It’s the cardiac muscle—the heart—which beats once per second, or even faster during exercise or duress.

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THE BIG SIX In some shape or form, every exercise in this book takes its cues from the Big Six! These exercises are utilized on a nearly daily basis as you progress through the workouts in this book. The next few pages teach the benefits of each exercise, but above all provide tips and tricks for mastering form.

CORRECT FORM

SQUATS The squat doesn’t work only the legs—it’s a fullbody exercise. Your hamstrings, quads, and glutes are indeed the prime movers when you squat, but your core muscles also work to stabilize you.

Keep your chest up, your glutes back, and your feet flat on the floor. Your back will arch slightly. The shins are close to vertical and the knees line up with the toes.

WHY SQUATS RULE They Boost HGH and Testosterone Squats increase muscle-building hormones throughout the entire body, causing a stimulus for growth.

They Decrease the Risk of Injury Building strength in the quads, glutes, hamstrings, lower back, and abs reduces your risk of injury when running, jumping, or changing direction.

They Improve Core Strength and Posture Abdominals, back, and obliques must work to stabilize your spine and maintain an upright posture throughout the motion.

They Increase Efficiency Squats are a supercharger for the metabolic benefits of your workout.

They Improve Hip Mobility Deep squats work the hip through a larger range of motion, increasing hip mobility and flexibility, which may prevent back pain.

They Increase Athletic Performance Squats generate power, which will make you explosive on and off the field or court.

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EVALUATING A SAFE DEPTH

HIP DYSFUNCTION

Some people can’t perform deep squats immediately due to hip dysfunction or weak or tight muscles. Here’s how to establish the safe depth of your squats and to identify poor movement patterns or overcompensation.

Face sideways on all fours in front of a mirror, core engaged and knees just wider than your shoulders. Drop your bottom down toward your feet and observe yourself.

If you tip forward while squatting, you have weak glutes, which are the primary muscle used in hip extension. You’re tipping because your lower back is switching on to compensate. Squat less deeply. Progress through the book and your muscles will strengthen so you can squat lower.

ANKLE DORSIFLECTION

If your back looks rounded, you may have a weak or tight adductor magnus or glutes. When performing a squat, stop before your back gets round. It’s okay to go shallow. As you progress through the book, your muscles will strengthen and hip mobility will increase. You can then squat more deeply.

If your back looks flat, you will be able to perform a good, deep squat with moderate depth.

SQUATTING WITH PROPER FORM STRENGTHENS KNEES AND LOWER BACK. Keep your feet flat on the floor: As shown above, correct ankle dorsiflexion (pulling the feet and toes back toward the shin) is about 15 degrees. Lack of flexibility in the calves and soleus, or wearing bulky training shoes, can cause lost mobility in the ankles. Lack of dorsiflexion can lead to several issues when you squat; the easiest to spot and correct is the heels lifting off the floor. You’ll improve flexibility by progressing through the book; more flexibility will also enhance any athletic move that involves landing and decelerating the body.

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CORRECT FORM

LUNGES Lunges prepare the body for deceleration and change of direction. Any weaknesses could lead to overcompensation, decreased performance, and possibly injury. As you perform a lunge, focus on moving your torso only up and down, not pushing it forward. This keeps your weight balanced evenly through the front foot, allowing you to dig the front heel down and back to perform the movement. Press into the floor with your heel, which tones more lower-body muscle.

Stack the feet, ankles, knees, and hips on top of each other, and step straight back, keeping them in line. Keep the chest up, and the shin of the front leg relatively vertical.

Keep the trailing knee underneath the hips to load the hip, utilizing the front leg glute to perform the majority of the work.

WATCH OUT FOR THESE FLAWS

These key points ensure perfect, pain-free lunges.

Don’t let the knees cave in, and keep the hips forward at all times.

The trailing hip should not sink or dip.

Don’t over-stride ...

... or under-stride.

THE BIG SIX

CORRECT FORM

PUSH-UPS The push-up may be the perfect multi-muscle (compound) exercise, effective at building strength and stability and burning body fat. Most people associate push-ups with the chest, arms, and/or back, which is correct since the primary movers are the triceps, pectorals, serratus anterior, and lats. What most people forget, though, is that the push-up is a “moving plank,” and abdominal muscles dominate when it comes to spinal stability during push-ups. The rectus abdominis is the primary stabilizer for preventing your hips from sagging, while the obliques prevent lateral shifting and twisting.

Keep elbows above wrists, hands rotated outward roughly 45 degrees. Tighten your core, and keep the pelvis in a posterior pelvic tilt— imagine wearing a belt and pulling the buckle up toward your navel.

STARTING POSITION Incorrect starting position: People often set up with their hand position shoulder high and elbow width to make the exercise easier. Viewed from above, this looks like the letter T.

Correct starting position: The arms should form an angle of 20 to 40 degrees from the body. Viewed from above, you’ll look like an arrow. This is easier on the shoulder joint and leads to higher activation of the pectorals and triceps.

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CORRECT FORM

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BURPEES Done correctly, the Burpee might be the best metabolic-boosting exercise on the planet, an incredible total body strength and cardiovascular exercise. The Burpee has four athletic components: a squat, a martial arts or wrestling style sprawl as the legs hop back, a push-up, and a vertical leap. The key to successfully completing a Burpee is to break it down into these parts.

Squat: The final phase of the squat should look like a sitting frog. You’ll also return to this position before the vertical jump. Hip mobility often inhibits jumping the feet far enough forward to have heels on the floor. Make sure to rock your weight back into your heels and lift your chest.

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Sprawl: This extends the legs and positions you in a plank. Don’t jump too far—arms at 90 degrees, palms level with chest, and shoulders over wrists. Don’t sag—engage your core and use a posterior pelvic tilt to lock it in.

03 Push-up: This is where I see the greatest number of flaws during Burpees. You should not sprawl all the way to the floor with no control, “bounce” your chest off the floor, or lift your chest and arch like a cobra.

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START SLOW. PERFECT EACH STAGE, THEN ADD SPEED AND REPS.

Leap: Always start the leap from the squat position. This stable platform allows you to drive through the lower body and propel yourself into the air. While in the air, make sure to achieve “triple extension,” which means you’ve fully extended not just the arms, but the ankles, the knees, and the hips. Getting into triple extension requires starting from a bent position, in which all joints are primed for movement.

THE BIG SIX

CORRECT FORM

INVERTED ROWS Think of inverted rows as the counter-punch to the push-up. They utilize all the pulling muscles, opposite those used during a push-up. Inverted rows work biceps, lats, traps, and deltoids. They’re essential for creating balance and symmetry in the body. All inverted row variations require you to keep your body in an elevated horizontal inverted plank. Maintaining elevated hips in this way fires the glutes and hamstrings, and your abdominals stabilize the spine. Your key focus is to squeeze the shoulder blades and lift the chest to the bar.

FIXING FLAWS

The head bob: Don’t jut out the chin to find an extra inch or two of motion. A failure to retract the shoulder blades misses the entire purpose of an inverted row. Instead, keep the chin slightly forward and down, and the neck aligned with the cervical vertebrae.

The hip thrust: Don’t fail to retract the scapulae, let the elbows drift behind the body, or jerk your forearm to get halfway up and thrust your crotch to the heavens. Instead, squeeze the glutes, engage the core, and use a posterior pelvic tilt to help lock in the core.

The sag: Don’t let hips sag or glutes drop. This indicates a lack of strength in the glutes, hamstrings, pelvic floor, and core. To build strength and work up to a horizontal inverted plank, bend legs, place feet flat on the ground, and engage the glutes and core for stability.

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CORRECT FORM Despite popular belief, pull-ups aren’t vertical; you should move up and back.

PULL-UPS Most of us spend large amounts of time sitting at a desk, and this leads to the devolution of the body. Pull-ups build incredible strength and posture, and also decompress the spine.

Pack the shoulders and brace the core by assuming a hollow body hold position with your feet slightly forward of your hips. Tighten the glutes to unload the spine. Look at the bar, keeping the chin up. Pull backwards, squeezing the shoulder blades and engaging the lats, lifting as if trying to touch your chest to the bar. Lower slowly, with control. These points apply to both overhand pull-ups and underrhand chin-ups.

ACHIEVING MORE MOBILITY Correct mobility is essential to completing any exercise, but it’s absolutely critical when undertaking pull-ups. Before performing pull-ups, begin with a drill to open the shoulders and chest and create mobility to hang correctly. You’ll need a foam roller and a towel.

01 Place the foam roller directly below the shoulder blades, lift the hips, and extend the arms, keeping the towel taut, the backs of your hands on the floor, shoulders packed, and elbows locked.

02 When ready, extend your legs and your lower back to the floor without elevating hands or bending arms.

THE BIG SIX Shoulders packed: Think of the dead hang as a hanging plank! Just like a plank, it’s all about keeping your shoulders down, rib cage down and in, core engaged, and glutes tight.

DEAD HANG Now that you’re mobile, the next step is to get comfortable hanging. The genesis of any pull-up is the dead hang. A strong grip equals a strong upper body. Get comfortable hanging from the bar but make sure you keep correct form with your shoulders packed.

FIXING FLAWS

Shoulders by ears: If your shoulders look like this, practice the hanging scapula retraction found in Level 1 until this position becomes comfortable for you.

Chin up: The simplest trick for great pull-ups is keeping your chin up. By so doing, you’ll lengthen your body and position it to maximize your results on the bar.

Lean back: Squeeze and engage the back muscles, and at the top of the motion lean slightly back as if touching chest to bar. This allows the the large back muscles to activate.

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MODIFICATIONS Almost every exercise can be made more or less challenging with some fundamental modifications. This allows you to quickly and easily adapt an exercise to meet your ability level. These pages show how to apply each modification to a push-up, but it’s possible to perform them on any exercise.

YOU CAN MODIFY ANY EXERCISE.

BODY ANGLE Adjusting the angle between your body and the floor allows you to shift more or less weight onto the working muscles.

More difficult: Elevating the feet makes the exercise more challenging by transferring weight to the upper body, which then has to work harder.

Less difficult: The work of a push-up is performed by the chest, back, and shoulders. With the hands elevated on a chair, bench, or other prop, your weight shifts from the upper body to the lower body.

MODIFICATIONS

STABILITY Stability is the constant fight between your body’s center of gravity and its contact with the floor—its base of support. Simply raising one foot off the floor decreases stability and makes an exercise more challenging. Stabilitybased modifications improve core and joint strength, making you more athletic and decreasing the risk of injury.

RANGE OF MOTION In a full range of motion (ROM), you perform an exercise from the absolute top point to the absolute bottom point and back again. Changing the ROM by shortening, lengthening, or even stopping can make the exercise easier or harder.

More difficult: Touching fingers and thumbs in the shape of a diamond directly under your chest narrows the base of support and decreases stability.

Less difficult: By opening either the feet or hands, you widen the base of support and make the exercise easier because your weight is distributed over a larger area.

More difficult: Performing a greater amount of work on each rep during the toughest part of the exercise increases the challenge. Lower; then come up only halfway, lower fully again, and go fully up. You’ve performed 1.5 reps. Less difficult: Half push-ups, in which you lower your body only halfway, decrease the ROM—a good way to build confidence in the early stages of practicing a new exercise.

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POINTS OF CONTACT The more points of contact you have with the floor, the easier the exercise. With fewer contact points, you have to move the same mass with fewer joints.

More difficult: Raising an arm off the floor decreases the number of joints from four to three, increases the load on the working arm, and decreases stability.

Even more difficult: The surface area of the points of contact also plays a role in modifying the exercise. Going from the entire palm on the floor to a two-finger push-up decreases the surface area.

Less difficult: Dropping the knees to the floor inclines and shortens the body, increasing stability and decreasing the amount of mass moved during the push-up.

MODIFICATIONS

TYPES OF MUSCLE CONTRACTION

SPEED Altering the speed of an exercise can make it easier or harder. To know the speed of an exercise, though, you must understand the different types of muscle contraction, as each relates to the speed.

Concentric contractions: When a muscle is activated and required to lift a load, it begins to shorten. Contractions that permit the muscle to shorten are called concentric contractions. Bicep curls are a concentric contraction, but for the speed modification, think of them as acceleration. Eccentric contractions: An eccentric contraction increases tension on a muscle as it lengthens. Eccentric contractions usually occur when the muscle opposes a stronger force, causing it to lengthen as it contracts. An example is the lowering phase of a squat. Think of eccentric contractions as controlled movements similar to decelerating or braking while at high speed. Isometric contractions: In this type of contraction, the muscle is activated, but instead of being shortened or lengthened, it’s held. Think of it as a racecar driver with the engine at peak revs but clutch balanced waiting for the green light. Isometric contractions can also form a pause at the mid-point of an exercise.

Hold the start position: This forces you to defy gravity and hold an isometric contraction while you build strength in your core and shoulders.

Slow the lowering phase: Taking four seconds to lower to the deepest part of the push-up and then pressing back up to the starting position makes the chest, shoulders, and triceps contract eccentrically.

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FUNCTIONAL WARM-UPS Functional training is a classification of exercise that involves training the body for activities performed in daily life. For example, squats equate to getting in and out of a chair, and pull-ups hark back to the survival skills necessary for early humans, who had to pull themselves into the higher branches of trees to evade predators.

A functional exercise should prepare us for a daily activity or mimic a movement used in everyday life. Functional training should make you more stable, balanced, and confident in performing these motions.

It’s not that exercise such as power lifting isn’t functional per se, but unless you’re a fireman or in an occupation that requires lifting or moving heavy objects off a trapped person, or an NFL lineman or a sumo wrestler, you probably won’t be moving large amounts of mass on a daily basis.

The next five exercises can be performed independently or chained together to form a cyclical yoga-inspired flow. The goal of each is to increase mobility and balance, and prepare your body for the challenges ahead.

Performing an exercise like the L-sit chin-up requires core and shoulder strength and mobility—especially hip mobility. Performing the functional warm-ups will not only help you move better. It will also increase performance and help prevent injury.

FUNCTIONAL WARM-UPS

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INLINE LUNGE As a functional warm-up, the inline lunge activates the glutes, quads, and hamstrings. It also forces you to engage your core and challenges your proprioception—your unconscious ability to perceive movement and spatial orientation, which arises from stimuli within the body.

Stand tall with feet hip-width apart and arms at your sides. Activate your core and glutes.

02 Take a step forward with one leg, bend both legs, and lower into a lunge position. Attempt to place the toes of the rear foot in line with the front heel and knee, as if standing on an invisible tight rope.

03 Straighten both legs, pressing them firmly into the floor. Alternate legs. Perform five lunges per leg, for 10 reps total.

Variation For an added balance challenge, try extending the arms overhead during the lunge. This will require, and in turn result in, greater trunk stability.

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Stand tall with feet roughly shoulder width and arms hanging by your sides.

RESTING SQUAT Since the dawn of time, our ancestors knew the power of resting squats. Human beings have crouched all the way down into these to perform activities like relaxing, working, and cooking over a fire. The sitting squat will help to open your hips and provide dorsiflexion in the ankles and feet, preparing you for squats.

02 Bend at the knees and lower until your glutes are resting on the back of your calves. Do not let your heels lift off of the floor. Keep your chest up and hold this position for 30 seconds before standing. Repeat three to five times.

FUNCTIONAL WARM-UPS

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TRUNK STABILITY PUSH-UP Without adequate stability in the trunk, you waste energy, resulting in poor performance and increasing your risk of injury. The trunk stability push-up helps strengthen and stabilize the spine and trunk during a closedchain upper-body movement—one where the upper body is fixed in place against an immobile surface.

PLACE HANDS/ THUMBS LEVEL WITH CHIN TO MAKE IT EASIER.

Lie on your stomach with your hands shoulderwidth apart and thumbs level with your forehead. Raise onto your toes and lift your torso from the ground.

02 Maintaining a rigid torso, lift yourself as a unit into a push-up position, making sure the lumbar spine does not dip down.

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Lower back down into the same position as in step 1. Perform three to five reps with correct form.

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INNER THIGH MOBILITY Performance is compromised by poor joint mobility. The greater your joint mobility, the greater your ROM, and the more kinetic energy/tension— and therefore power— you’ll be able to generate. Warm up the hips and groin with this simple yet incredibly effective inner thigh mobility stretch.

ENGAGE CORE IN ALL PHASES.

Begin on your hands and knees with your back flat, and straighten your right leg out to the side until it is perpendicular to your torso.

02 Keep your back flat and push your hips back as far as possible.

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Push your hips forward as far as you can, keeping your back flat and arms straight. Return to the starting position to complete one rep. Perform eight reps on each leg.

FUNCTIONAL WARM-UPS

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THORACIC ROTATION Improve your posture by increasing the mobility in your thoracic spine. It’s especially beneficial for those who spend a lot of time at a desk or keyboard or spend too much time bench pressing at the gym.

Begin on your hands and knees, with a flat back and straight arms.

02 Bring your right hand behind your head and rotate your right elbow in toward the floor. Make sure to rotate through the thoracic spine and trunk rather than through the arm.

03 Rotate the right elbow DON’T “FLAP” ELBOW.

outward to the ceiling, opening the chest and rotating your head and upper back as far as you can. Rotate back inward and repeat for eight reps, then switch sides.

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RECOVERY Bodyweight workouts require you to exert great stress upon your body. Afterward, your muscles will be tired and sore. Recovery practices are critical for injury prevention and consistent training, and they enable you to give maximum effort for maximum results. Make these four simple practices part of your regular post-workout routine.

1 STRETCH

2 FOAM ROLL

Stretching isn’t sexy and doesn’t make you look good without a shirt, but it’s the most underrated aspect of athletic development.

The fascia is connective tissue that wraps around the muscles in the body. It can become tense or constricted while working out, causing pain.

Without the necessary flexibility and muscle pliability, you’ll struggle to find the depth required to maximize your ability to burn calories and build new muscle. •

Run through all of the exercises found in the Functional Warm-ups pages post-workout as well as pre-workout to increase your flexibility and mobility.

You can massage yourself with a foam roller to relieve muscle tightness. This is called self-myofacial release. •

Perform foam rolling, a key component of recovery. See Foam Rolling Technique.

FOAM ROLLING TECHNIQUE Use a foam roller as a warm-up, after working out, or whenever you feel pain to “roll out” the muscles. This alleviates soreness and stiffness, promotes circulation of oxygenated blood, and even breaks up scar tissue and restrictions in the fascia. A foam roller also allows you to apply targeted pressure to specific spots in the muscle that may be causing pain. Look for a high-density foam roller that’s about 3 inches (7.5cm) in diameter. You can find them at sporting goods stores or online. The basic technique is the same, regardless of whether you use it on the legs, back, or arms. There’s a lot of freedom for experimentation when using the roller. See what works well and feels best for you, and manipulate the roller to the correct position. You can create your own techniques to meet your needs.

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Position your body on the roller. The weight of your body will apply pressure on your muscles. Roll back and forth slowly. When you find a tender spot in the area you’re working, pause and wait for the discomfort to diminish. This could take up to one minute and may be uncomfortable.

RECOVERY

3 SLEEP

4 ICE

Sleep is the necessary downtime your body needs to restore itself.

Intense exercise causes microtrauma, or tiny tears, in muscle fibers.

Other mammals don’t willingly delay sleep the way we humans do. Sacrificing hours of sleep over a long period of time can negatively impact your mental strength and commitment to training sessions. Another drawback of not getting enough rest at night is that you’ll want to eat more than you need to. Leptin is a hormone that regulates appetite, and its levels fall in the bodies of people who haven’t gotten enough rest, causing an increase in food craving.

This sounds scary, but it’s a good thing because micro tears stimulate muscle cell activity, helping repair the damage and actually strengthening the muscles. Icing helps the body recover faster and reduces muscle pain and soreness after intense training sessions.

If you find it difficult to get to sleep, make sure to cut out caffeinated beverages. One of the many benefits of regular exercise is that it can help you fall asleep faster, and it contributes to sounder, deeper sleep. But don’t exercise right before you go to bed, because that may have the opposite effect. It could get you wired and make it harder to get to sleep. •

It constricts blood vessels and flushes waste products out of the affected tissue. It decreases metabolic activity and slows down physiological processes. And it reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. Afterward, the body has to warm itself, resulting in increased blood flow that improves the healing process. •

Fill your tub with water 53 to 59° (12 to 15°C) and submerge your body for between 10 and 15 minutes for maximum benefit.



Or instead of an ice bath, apply localized ice (for example bags of frozen peas) to specific areas of the body for 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t apply these directly to the skin; wrap them in a towel first.

Sleep at least seven hours; note that many athletes may need up to nine hours.

02 When the area is no longer sensitive, roll up or down the muscle on the roller. When you identify any other sensitive spots, again pause and wait for the discomfort to diminish.

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When tender areas can be rolled over without pain, continue rolling regularly to keep the area relaxed.

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NUTRITION Bodyweight exercises are all about moving your own mass; the heavier you are, the harder it will be! So it’s essential to prioritize nutrition to become a lean, mean performance machine. Exercise effectively tears and breaks apart muscle fibers. Protein is essential for exercise because it contains amino acids, the building block of new muscle. Since it repairs muscle, you must provide the body a constant supply of protein throughout the entire day for optimum muscle growth. Having a body with lean muscle mass fueled by protein has another benefit: It decreases body fat percentage. What about carbs? Aren’t they the devil? The key is to save them for post-workout meals, when your body uses the simple sugars and starches to replace those energy stores. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are the best carbohydrates to consume while following the programs in this book—keep it to around 100 grams per day.

An excellent post-workout meal: With about 23 grams of protein per serving, salmon paired with whole wheat pasta or quinoa and nutrient-packed kale helps repair and replenish the body.

PROTEIN: HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED, AND HOW CAN YOU GET IT? To calculate how much protein to eat while on a bodyweight exercise regimen, multiply your weight in pounds by between 0.9 and 1.1. The result gives you the amount of grams of protein you need daily. Daily protein requirement for a 140-pound man

126–154g

Daily protein requirement for a 180-pound man

162–198g

Daily protein requirement for a 220-pound man

198–242g

Sample meal plan

Protein

Sample meal plan

Protein

Sample meal plan

Protein

Extra large egg 2 tbsp peanut butter 6oz tuna 1 cup black beans 2 slices Swiss cheese 3oz chicken drumstick 1 cup navy beans 100g Greek yogurt

7g 7g 52g 15g 15g 23g 20g 10g

All of the protein for a 140-pound man plus: 3oz bacon 3oz cottage cheese ½ cup tofu

All of the protein for a 180-pound man plus: 6oz round top steak

52g

149g

10g 10.5g 10g 30.5g + 149g

52g + 179.5g

179.5g

231.5g

HYDRATION

NUTRITION BLUEPRINT Six simple steps create a solid nutritional foundation. • Eat four to six small meals each day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with high-protein mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and early-evening snacks. • Avoid sugar and processed foods. • Limit carbohydrates to unprocessed, complex carbs such as sweet potatoes. • Eliminate soda, sweetened coffee beverages, and other high-calorie sugary drinks, including sports drinks. • Cut out alcohol. • Drink lots of water—it flushes toxins and keeps you feeling satiated.

GREAT POST-WORKOUT SNACKS AND MEALS These small meals are perfect for a man on a bodyweight workout regimen because they include both proteins and carbs. • A protein shake with milk and a banana • Half an avocado stuffed with cottage cheese • Spinach salad topped with grilled chicken • A banana sliced lengthwise and spread with nut butter

Drinking shakes that contain whey protein can make you feel less hungry later, and helps you lose body fat and better preserve muscle mass.

HYDRATION During exercise, you may lose up to two liters of water per hour. Just a 2 percent decrease in weight caused by dehydration can lead to a 20 percent decrease in athletic performance. For every liter of fluid lost, core temperature increases, heart rate rises, glycogen stored in muscles is used more rapidly, and lactic acid increases.

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU DRINK? What’s the ideal amount to consume when pursuing the programs in this book? The daily amount of water intake will differ from person to person and will vary based on activity.

4L

When exercising, up your intake to 4L of water daily.

3L

The average man needs 3L of water per day.

2L

You lose 2L of water daily through normal activities like breathing, sweating, and elimination.

500ml

Make sure to drink 500ml of water—preferably mixed with an electolyte replacement—both before and after a bodyweight workout.

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1

Level 1 provides you with a thorough understanding of foundation exercises such as squats, push-ups, and pull-ups, each with options to make them more or less challenging. These exercises focus on building strength, muscle tone, and definition, while teaching the base forms required to quickly progress to higher levels.

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DEAD HANG This is a great introduction to bodyweight training because it teaches body awareness and helps to develop the fundamental grip strength vital in all hanging exercises.

01 Stand directly under your pull-up bar. MORE DIFFICULT Modify stability: In step 2, gently swing your body from side to side to perform dead swings. This will force you to recruit the muscles in your core for stabilization.

KEEP SHOULDERS “PACKED”—PULLED DOWN AND BACK. LESS DIFFICULT Modify stability: Use a resistance band, or place one foot on a chair, to provide support and stability while you build confidence and strength.

02 Hop up and grab the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing away) wider than your shoulders, and hang from the bar with straight arms. Try to hang with good form for as long as possible.

EXERCISES

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER A challenging cardiovascular exercise, mountain climbers mimic finding a foothold while climbing a summit and work your core, hip flexors, and legs.

01 Position your hands on the floor slightly wider than your shoulders. Rise up onto your toes, and engage the core to form a straight back and balance your weight between your toes and head. This is the plank position.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Bending your right leg, pull your knee in toward your Modify range of motion and reps: During step 2, extend partially, then add a second pull of the knee to the chest before switching legs.

chest while keeping your core engaged.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: For all steps, elevate your hands on a prop, shifting weight to the lower body so it’s easier to sustain the plank.

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Straighten the right leg back into its original position and simultaneously pull the left knee toward the chest. Repeat, alternating leg positions, with controlled speed.

ELBOWS STRAIGHT, MAINTAIN A RIGID PLANK POSITION THROUGHOUT.

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REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE Create stability and balance through the back side with this simple bodyweight staple.

01 Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Place your palms on the floor with fingers slightly spread and pointing toward your toes.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify reps: Add a small pulse to step 2 by lowering halfway down and then re-engaging the core and glutes to perform 1.5 reps, then repeat.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed and points of contact: In all steps, bend your knees to decrease the length of the body.

02 Press into your palms and lift your hips and torso toward the ceiling.

EXERCISES

The goal is to maintain a straight line and hold for up to 30 seconds. You may need to begin by holding the position for only a few seconds as you build your strength. Quality, not quantity!

SQUEEZE GLUTES AND SHOULDER BLADES, PULL IN BELLY.

03 Look at the ceiling. Fully straighten but do not lock your arms and legs. Squeeze and engage the glutes, pulling your belly button to your spine, and hold.

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Stand tall with feet shoulder-width apart and toes pointing forward.

ALTERNATING LATERAL LUNGE Lateral lunges strengthen and tone the glutes, hamstrings, and thighs. In the process, they increase dynamic balance. MORE DIFFICULT

02 Step out to the right side (laterally) away from the body. Remain tall and keep your weight in the heel as you push back your hips, lowering your body until the thigh is parallel to the floor.

Modify stability and range of motion: In all steps, elevate the bending leg to decrease your stability and require greater activation of the glutes, quads, and hamstrings.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: Throughout the exercise, perform all reps to the same side to increase stability, allowing you to build confidence and focus on depth.

03

Push back off of the bent leg, straightening the hips and knee to return to your starting position.

EXERCISES

Focus on pushing back the hips, keeping your weight in the heel of the lunging leg and glutes.

04 Repeat the lateral lunge to the opposite side.

POINT BENDING KNEE IN SAME DIRECTION AS TOES.

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STANDARD PUSH-UP Done correctly, push-ups build upper body and core strength, using the muscles of the chest, back, shoulders, triceps, abs, and even the legs.

01 Begin with arms straight, your weight balanced on hands and toes. This is the plank position.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Bend your elbows, bringing your chest toward the floor. Your elbows should bend slightly beyond 90 degrees. Modify body angle: In all steps, elevate your feet on a box or bench to decline your body, transferring weight into the upper body to cause it to work harder.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: Elevate your hands on a prop to transfer more of the load away from the arms and shoulders and to the lower body,

EXERCISES

When performing a standard push-up, imagine a wooden rod along your entire back. The rod should remain in contact with your heels, hips, and upper back at all times.

LEGS, HIPS, AND BACK SHOULD BE STRAIGHT.

Try this ... There are many variations to the standard push-up. Adjust your hand position to work slightly different muscle groups.

HEART TO HANDS PUSH-UP Place both hands on the floor below the sternum. You primarily work the triceps in this variation, also called a diamond push-up.

STAGGERED PUSH-UP With its hands at different heights along the body, this variation decreases stability and helps strengthen the serratus anterior.

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Push up through your palms, straightening your arms to return to the starting position. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as prescribed.

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CHIN-UP Chin-ups are a bodyweight training essential because they work the biceps, back, and core while supercharging your metabolism.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: In step 3, lower slowly, straightening arms over a count of four to produce an eccentric muscle contraction that builds strength.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify points of contact and stability: For all steps, use a resistance band or place your foot on a chair to assist the chin-up by adding leverage.

01 Position yourself directly under your pull-up bar. Hop up and grab the bar with an underhand (palms facing you/supine) shoulder-width grip and hang from the bar with straight arms.

EXERCISES

02 Pull yourself up until your chin is above

03 Lower yourself down with control. Repeat steps 2

the bar. Pause.

and 3 as prescribed.

ISOLATE BACK, SQUEEZE BICEPS. DON’T SWING!

Chin-ups are slightly easier than pull-ups because the supine position of the hands allows for greater activation of the biceps.

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CLOSE-GRIP INVERTED ROW This exercise decidated to the back will build bulletproof shoulders and aid in injury prevention.

01 Lie on your back directly under the bar. Grasp the bar with an underhand grip (palms facing away) and with your hands shoulder width or closer.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify stability and range of motion: Raise a foot to decrease stability and challenge the core. Switch feet halfway through the reps.

02 Pull yourself up until your chest touches the bar. Pause.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability and points of contact: Perform this exercise standing or seated with a resistance band to build confidence.

03 Lower yourself back down with control.

CONTRACT ABS, KEEP BODY COMPLETELY STRAIGHT.

EXERCISES

PIKE The pike, or leg raise, is the one ab exercise we always come back to, because leg raises are a simple yet highly effective way to target the lower abs and hip flexors.

01 Lie on your back and place your hands, palms down, under your buttocks to help maintain a neutral pelvic position. Keep your legs as straight as possible and squeeze them together.

HANDS UNDER BUTT SUPPORT LOWER BACK.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Slowly raise your legs until they’re Modify range of motion: At the end of step 2, add a hip lift to increase ROM and work the lower abdominals and pelvic floor harder.

perpendicular to the floor. Hold the contraction at the top for a second.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: Decrease the workload by only partially lowering the legs in step 3. The less the legs drop, the easier.

03

Slowly lower your feet to within 1 inch (2.5cm) off the floor. When performing reps, don’t let the legs touch the floor.

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INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW This exercise balances the muscles used in push-ups and bench presses, helping with back strength and shoulder stability.

01

Lie on your back directly under the bar. Grab the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing away), and your hands wider than your shoulders.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify stability and range of motion: Raise a foot to decrease stability and challenge trunk stabilization. Switch feet halfway through the reps.

02 Pull yourself up until your chest touches the bar. Pause.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability and points of contact: Perform this exercise standing or seated with a resistance band to build confidence.

Keep your scapular retraction going during both the concentric and eccentric motions of the row. More specifically, try to pinch your shoulder blades together for the entire duration of the exercise.

CONTRACT ABS AND KEEP BODY COMPLETELY STRAIGHT.

03 Lower yourself back down with control.

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PULL-UP Pull-ups are hands-down the best exercise for your upper back, and arguably one of the best exercises for the human body.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: In step 3, slowly straighten your arms as you lower over a count of four to perform an eccentric muscle contraction that builds strength.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify points of contact and stability: For the entire exercise, use a band or place a foot on a chair to assist the pull-up by adding leverage.

01

Position yourself directly under your pull-up bar. Hop up and grab the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing away) wider than your shoulders, and hang from the bar with straight arms.

EXERCISES

ISOLATE BACK AND BICEPS. DON’T SWING!

03

Lower yourself down with control. Repeat only steps 2 and 3 when performing reps.

The Guinness World record for most pull-ups in one minute is 41 repetitions, performed by Ronald Copper, Jr., on June 2, 2013.

02 Pull yourself up until your chin is above the bar. Pause.

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DOWN DOG PUSH-UP Down dog push-ups are without question one of the best bodyweight exercises for your shoulders, allowing you to build the strength to perform gravity-defying wall walks and even handstand push-ups.

01

Begin by standing tall, then fold forward from the hips until your hands are on the floor.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: During the entire exercise, elevate your feet on any available prop to decline the body and transfer a greater proportion of weight into the upper body.

02 Walk your hands away from your body until you form a triangle with the ground. The farther your hands are from your feet, the easier the exercise becomes, because the muscles of the chest and back assist the shoulders. You’re now in the down dog position; stay there for the remainder of the exercise.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: In step 2, move your feet farther from your hands, so weight is more evenly distributed through the core.

The shoulder is made up of three bones, as well as associated muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It’s the most mobile joint in the human body.

KEEP LEGS AS STRAIGHT AS POSSIBLE.

03

You’ll now perform the push-up segment of the exercise. Bend your arms at a 90-degree angle to lower the crown of your head to the floor. Straighten the arms back out to push yourself up.

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BURPEE The Burpee is the undisputed bastion of the bodyweight revolution. Each rep incinerates calories and works virtually the entire body.

01 With your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees and bring your hands to the ground just in front of your feet.

CONTRACT ABS, KEEP BODY STRAIGHT.

02 Hop your feet back into a plank position. MORE DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: In step 3, elevate an arm, leg, or both to decrease stability and require greater core strength.

03 Perform one push-up with your core engaged.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: Remove the push-up in step 3 to perform squat thrusts, decreasing the work for the upper body.

04 Jump to bring your feet back to your hands, shifting your weight into the heels and lifting your chest.

EXERCISES

05 Jump to bring your feet back to your hands, shifting your weight into the heels and lifting your chest.

Try this ... Vary Burpees by changing the hand position in the push-up portion of step 3. This engages other muscles of the chest, back, and arms, and forces you to compensate and balance in different ways.

MILITARY PUSH-UP Performing a military push-up isolates and engages the triceps.

STAGGERED PUSH-UP Decrease stability and help strengthen the serratus anterior with a staggered push-up.

06

Land softly with a slight bend at your knees, hips, and ankles.

CLAP PUSH-UP Use more power and build strength by performing a plyometric clap push-up.

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MILITARY PUSH-UP Military push-ups change up hand position, exerting greater pressure on the triceps than a standard push-up. Narrowing the hand width decreases the base of support, challenging the core.

01

Assume a full plank or traditional push-up position, with the body balanced between the toes and hands. Position the hands directly under the shoulders, but not wider than the shoulders.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: In all steps, elevate your feet on a chair or box to decline the body and transfer weight into the upper body and core.

KEEP ELBOWS TIGHT AGAINST RIB CAGE.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: In all steps, elevate your upper body (or kneel) to decrease the weight being moved by arms and shoulders.

02 Keeping the elbows and arms tight against your sides, bend your elbows and lower your body to the floor.

EXERCISES

Due to the increased load on the triceps, military push-ups are difficult to perform with correct form. If you feel your hips lifting, either perform the push-ups on your knees, or revert to a standard push-up.

03 Once your elbows are slightly beyond 90 degrees, push up through your hands, straightening your arms to return to the starting position.

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ELBOW BRIDGE Elbow bridges are an excellent alternative to inverted bodyweight rows because they don’t require a bar. This exercise engages the upper back and helps balance pushing exercises such as push-ups.

01 Lie on your back with your legs bent and the soles of your feet on the floor. Tuck your arms against your rib cage, with your elbows touching the floor.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Press through your elbows and triceps to lift your upper back and shoulders off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds. Modify points of contact and stability: Instead of bending the knees, keep legs straight in all steps, resting only your heels on the floor to increase demand on your core.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: In step 2, hold for only three seconds to decrease the work-to-rest ratio.

EXERCISES

Try to keep even pressure through your feet during this exercise. Make sure to connect the heel, and the pads of the big and little toes, with the ground.

03 Lower yourself back down with control.

TUCK HIPS AND PELVIS SO SACRUM LIES FLAT.

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01 Lie flat on your back. Bend your legs and place your feet approximately 1 foot (30.5cm) from your glutes. Arms remain loose by your sides.

02 Pressing evenly through the soles of the feet, squeeze the glutes and lift the hips until you form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause at the top of the motion and hold for 1 to 2 seconds.

03 Lower back down to the floor under control.

EXERCISES

PELVIC PEEL The pelvic peel strengthens the hips, hamstrings, and glutes while simultaneously stretching the quadriceps and hip flexors. Pelvic peels are excellent if you suffer from pelvic back pain because they work the muscles that support and stabilize the pelvis. MORE DIFFICULT

NECK AND LOWER BACK SHOULD NOT TOUCH FLOOR. Modify body angle: For all steps, elevate your feet to decline the body and increase the height at which you have to lift your hips.

Try to distribute your weight evenly across both feet (heel, big toe, and little toe), squeeze the glutes, and avoid pushing out your rib cage as that will put pressure on your neck.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Instead of lifting and lowering, hold at the highest point in step 2 to create a strength-building isometric hold.

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Stand with your feet shoulderwidth apart and arms relaxed, with fingertips resting on the front of your thighs.

FORWARD HINGE The forward hinge will help you gain awareness of the hips and correct use of the rear chain (hamstrings, glutes, and hips). It may even help alleviate knee pain and increase the depth of your squats. MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion and stability: Extend your arms in all steps. This lengthens your body, making your core work harder.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: In step 2, decrease the angle of your hip hinge and slightly bend the knees, lessening the stress on the hamstrings.

SQUEEZE GLUTES AND ENGAGE ABS.

02 Hinge the hips back and fold forward, keeping your back flat. Hold this position for 3 to 5 seconds.

EXERCISES

Push your hips back as far as you can until you feel a slight discomfort as you stretch your hamstrings.

03 Return to the standing position.

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BACKWARD BURPEE The opposite of a classic Burpee, the backward Burpee is performed facing upward, which requires greater lower body activation than its better-known relative!

01

From a standing position, lower yourself to the floor and into a squat with your arms extended.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Round your back and engage your core as you lower your hips toward the floor. Modify stability: Perform on a single leg. This requires you to perform a muscle-building one-legged pistol squat to return to the starting position, which increases stability.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: Place your hands on a chair or box when in standing position to help you perform with confidence and focus on form.

WHEN ROLLING, MAINTAIN A HOLLOW BODY POSITION WITH CORE ENGAGED.

03

Starting from your thoracic spine, roll backward through the lumbar spine with arms extended at sides for stability.

EXERCISES A recent study shows that people who can sit or stand with little or no support from their hands or knees live the longest.

04 Roll forward, reversing the motion from step 3 and ending with the weight in your heels, feet on the floor in a squat with arms extended for stability.

06

Land softly with a slight bend at your knees, hips, and ankles.

05 Jump up from the squat position.

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With feet shoulder-width apart, bend from your hips, knees, and ankles, and drop into a squat position. If you can, touch your toes with your fingertips.

X-JACK This twist on the traditional jumping jack will boost your metabolism and tone your legs, core, shoulders, and back.

02 Jump out of the squat position. As you jump, straighten your legs and raise your arms overhead, crossing your wrists to make an X.

MORE DIFFICULT CHEST UP, LOOK FORWARD, KEEP WEIGHT IN HEELS.

Modify speed: Hold the squat in step 1 for a count of four, creating a brief isometric hold and removing momentum.

03 Land with your feet together, weight on balls of feet.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: Decrease the squat depth in step 1 for a more cardiovascular exercise, replacing frequency for depth.

EXERCISES

DIP This targeted exercise isolates the triceps and strengthens the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint, providing protection and preventing injury.

01

Sit with your feet flat on the floor in front of you and knees slightly bent. Lean back and place your hands on the floor behind your hips, fingers pointing toward your toes. Elevate the hips by engaging the core, hamstrings, and glutes.

MORE DIFFICULT CHEST UP, LOOK FORWARD.

Modify range of motion: For all steps, elevate your hands on a prop and extend your legs to increase the workload on the core.

02 Bend your elbows, lowering your buttocks until they’re just above the ground.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: In step 2, lower more shallowly, shifting weight from the upper body into the core and legs while you build strength.

03

Straighten your arms and bring your hips back up to the starting position.

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HANGING SCAPULA RETRACTION This is a relatively basic exercise, but it’s essential for shoulder and back health and will add gains to your bench press.

01

Position yourself directly under the pull-up bar.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: Instead of repeating steps 3 and 4, squeeze and hold the shoulder blades for the duration of the exercise. This creates a strength-building isometric hold.

02 Hop up and grab the bar with an overhand grip wider than your shoulders, and settle into a dead hang position with shoulders pulled back and down—known as “packed.”

LESS DIFFICULT Modify speed: After step 2, omit the remaining steps. Instead, hang from the bar without shrugging the shoulders for time. This builds upper body and grip strength.

03

Lift your body by squeezing your shoulder blades together, and hold 3 seconds, with no bend in your arms. As you squeeze, your chest will decline and lower back will arch slightly.

04 Slowly lower back to the dead hang position. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the duration of the exercise.

EXERCISES

BACK LUNGE The back lunge is a simple, low-impact way to strengthen the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, and calves.

01 Stand tall with hands at your side.

02 Take a large step back with your left foot. Lower hips so right thigh is parallel to the floor and right knee is directly over ankle. Left knee should be bent at a 90-degree angle.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify stability: In all steps, extend arms overhead to decrease stability, requiring activation of the core to balance.

CHEST UP, LOOK FORWARD.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify stability: During the entire exercise, hold on to a chair or other prop to aid balance. This allows you to perform the exercise with greater confidence, and focus on the depth of the exercise.

03

Return to a standing position by pressing through heel of right foot and bringing left foot forward, standing tall to engage the core. Repeat, swapping legs.

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PUSH-UP JACK Push-up jacks fuse cardiovascular jumping jacks with muscle-building push-ups for a killer compound exercise that torches calories.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: Change hand position to a military, diamond, or staggered push-up position to decrease leverage and stability.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: During the entire exercise, use any available prop to elevate your upper body into an incline.

01

Assume a full plank or traditional push-up position with your body balanced between the toes and hands, with hands wider than shoulders and feet side by side.

EXERCISES

X marks the spot. Push-up jacks require incredible trunk stability and core strength and they will help you find some buried treasure—your six-pack abs.

03

Push up through your hands, straightening the arms and hopping the feet closed to return to the starting position. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with controlled speed for the number of reps prescribed.

02 Bend your elbows to lower your chest toward the floor and simultaneously hop your feet open so they’re twice your shoulder width.

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BRIDGE KICK Part triceps dip, part pelvic peel, and part single-leg pike, this functional compound exercise requires you to activate the glutes to elevate the hips.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion and reps: In step 2, perform one full rep but lower only halfway instead of fully, then press back up to the highest point of the exercise for 1.5 reps.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Hold the elevated kicking position in step 2 for the entire exercise to create a strength-building isometric hold.

01 Sit with one foot flat on the floor, knee bent, and the other leg extended out in front. Lean back slightly and place your hands on the floor behind your hips, fingers pointing toward the toes, elbows bent.

EXERCISES

DON’T ROCK ON FRONT FOOT. INSTEAD, PRESS THROUGH HEEL.

The glutes are one of the largest muscle groups in the body, so when you engage them you burn serious calories.

02 Press through the palms and push through the center of

03 Bend your arms, bring your hips back to slightly

the foot on the floor. Squeeze the glutes and raise the hips upward until level with the stabilizing knee. Simultaneously raise or “kick” the straight leg to 90 degrees.

elevated starting position, and lower the extended leg back to the floor. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for prescribed amount of reps.

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01 Stand approximately 1.5 to 2 feet (45.75 to 61cm) from a wall.

WALL SIT Wall sits make you hold a seated position—an isometric muscle contraction—so they strengthen the quadriceps and are a perfect exercise for people unaccustomed to squatting.

02 Lean back, pressing your torso against the wall.

MORE DIFFICULT ENGAGE CORE, PULL BELLY BUTTON TO SPINE. Modify points of contact: In all steps, hold a leg out in front to increase the workload for the supporting leg and challenge the core.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: In steps 2 and 3, slide down less, changing weight distribution and making it easier to sustain the sit.

03

Slide down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the floor. The knees should be bent 90 degrees and straight above the ankles. Hold this position for the duration of the exercise.

EXERCISES

SQUAT This compound, full-body exercise primarily engages the thighs, hips, and buttocks. It also helps develop core strength by engaging the lower back and abdominals.

01 Stand tall, with your feet shoulderwidth apart and toes pointing forward.

MORE DIFFICULT GLUTES TIGHT, PELVIS TUCKED, BELLY BUTTON IN.

02 Inhale as you bend at the knee, Modify range of motion and reps: In step 3, first perform a smaller half squat by standing halfway, then lower back into a full squat to perform 1.5 reps.

lowering your body as if you’re about to sit in a chair.

LESS DIFFICULT

04 Exhale as you press through your heels, returning to the starting position. Squeeze your glutes as you stand, tucking your pelvis under and pulling the belly button inward to engage your core. Repeat. Modify stability: Hold a chair to provide balance and assistance as you build strength.

03 At the bottom of the movement, your knees should be at a 90-degree angle and your thighs parallel to the floor.

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ARES WORKOUT Tri-sets allow us to keep rest periods short while alternating between complementary exercises. The pyramid format (starting with a high number of reps and gradually reducing them with each round of a set of exercises) ensures focus on the quality of each rep. Ares translates to “battle” in ancient Greek, and Ares is the Greek god of war. This aptly named workout will help you build the back, shoulders, chest, and armored core of a demi-god by combining push-and-pull bodyweight training classics.

BACK LUNGE

10x

P075

MILITARY PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x CHIN-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

SET

A

SQUAT

10x

P050

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

SET

C

PELVIC PEEL

10x

P066

DOWN DOG PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P058

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x FINISHER After three rounds of the sets, complete this finisher as fast as possible.

P054

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REPEAT sets A–C for a total of three rounds

STANDARD PUSH-UP

10x Perform each set for five rounds, subtracting one rep per round where shown (pyramid format). Rest 30 seconds between rounds. Perform all sets and their exercises in order.

P062

P048

X-JACK

20x

P072

BURPEE

30x

P060

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

P081

40x

P043

STANDARD PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P048

PULL-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P056

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

This is an AsFAP (As Fast As Possible) finisher. Remember: form first, speed second, but push as hard as you can to boost your metabolism and improve your calorie burn.

WORKOUTS

PERSEUS WORKOUT

FINISHER Perform the exercises in order, for the prescribed periods of time, including the rests.

This introduces the submax rep concept: performing a little less than your maximum number of reps. This focus on quality over quantity, and depth and ROM rather than reps, puts an emphasis on injury-free strength gains. In Greek mythology, Perseus was the first hero, and it will take a heroic effort to complete this total body workout.

STANDARD PUSH-UP

P048 P075 P054

P072

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:20

P043

REST 0:30

SET

B

SQUAT

0:20

0:20

P081 P075

P062

DEAD HANG

P042

REPEAT for a total of three rounds *Submax = 80 percent of your max number of reps. If you’re unsure of your max number of reps, perform the first round to failure (max) and subsequent rounds to 80 percent of that max number—e.g., max = 10 reps, submax = 8 reps.

P046

REST 0:30

BURPEE

P060

PUSH-UP JACK

P076

BACKWARD BURPEE

0:20

MILITARY PUSH-UP

0:30

0:20

0:20

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

submax*

P048

X-JACK

0:20

BACK LUNGE

submax*

0:20

ALTERNATING LATERAL LUNGE

P081

12x each leg

STANDARD PUSH-UP

0:20

SQUAT

submax*

A

BACK LUNGE

Perform three full rounds with no rest between exercises or rounds.

15x

SET

REST 0:30 REPEAT sets A–C for a total of three rounds

P070

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ROUND THE WORLD This workout is named after the circular motion of the first three exercises and the cyclical circuit-style repetition of the two sets. It will engage the large muscles of the lower body, forging a strong foundation while simultaneously supercharging the metabolism.

This may be a lower body–focused workout, but keep your core engaged at all times by tightening the abdominals as if readying to take a blow to the body.

FORWARD HINGE

WORKOUTS Perform as many reps as you can of all exercises within the prescribed periods of time, and rest after each set.

SET

A

SQUAT

0:30

P081

ALTERNATING LATERAL LUNGE

0:30

P046

BACK LUNGE

0:30

P075

WALL SIT

0:30

P080

REST for 30 seconds

SET

B

PELVIC PEEL

0:30

P066

BRIDGE KICK

0:30 each side

P078

FORWARD HINGE

0:30

P068

REST for 30 seconds REPEAT sets A–B for a total of three rounds

PIKE

0:30

P053

REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE

0:30 REST 0:30 REPEAT Core Chaos for a total of six rounds

P044

CORE CHAOS After three rounds of the sets, complete these core exercises.

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THOR WORKOUT In Norse mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning bolts, oak trees, and, above all else, great strength! This total body workout isolates some of the largest muscles in the body, forging strong, lean muscle. It alternates high-rep exercises with exercises performed submaximally.

Perform this set with no rest between exercises or rounds.

X-JACK

15x

P072

STANDARD PUSH-UP

submax*

P048

CLOSE-GRIP INVERTED ROW

15x

P052

MILITARY PUSH-UP

submax*

P062

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

15x

P054

DOWN DOG PUSH-UP

submax*

If 15 reps is too high for each of the rowing exercises in this set, then perform these submaximally, but try to add a pause as you squeeze the shoulder blades on every rep.

P058

DEAD HANG

0:30

P042

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds

FINISHER This finisher includes short and frequent rest periods.

*Submax = 80 percent of your max number of reps. If you’re unsure of your max number of reps, perform the first round to failure (max) and subsequent rounds to 80 percent of that max number–e.g., max = 10 reps, submax = 8 reps.

X-JACK

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P072

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P043

BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P060

REPEAT the finisher for a total of six rounds

WORKOUTS

SUPER CIRCUIT THE 300 King Leonidas led his army of 300 Spartans to the battle of Thermopylae to face an entire Persian army. No doubt it took great courage, strength, and determination to face such odds. Those same credentials are required for this first super circuit. With the equivalent of 300 reps of Level 1’s greatest exercises, this workout will test both your strength and stamina.

In the list below, “R” means “round.” Perform the exercises in each round in order, followed by a two-minute rest. If you choose to undertake the bonus round, each single rep should be performed as slowly as you possibly can; aim for it to take 10 seconds to perform that one rep–five seconds up and five seconds down.

PULL-UP

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x PELVIC PEEL

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x

P066

STANDARD PUSH-UP

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x

P048

BURPEE

0:30 all rounds

P060

PIKE

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x

When performing the Burpees and mountain climbers, aim to do at least the number of reps of the current round within the 30-second time frame.

P056

P053

SQUAT

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x

P081

DOWN DOG PUSH-UP

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x

P058

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:30 all rounds

P043

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x

P054

CHIN-UP

R1 15x, R2 10x, R3 5x, Bonus 1x

P050

REST 2:00 after each round REPEAT for a total of three rounds, plus one bonus round if desired

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88

LEVEL 1

SUPER CIRCUIT FIVE Infamously known simply as “Five” in my gym, this three-set super circuit requires high output and high repetitions for a total of five rounds. Working a higher number of reps for this super set will help build your endurance and athletic performance, and will induce muscular hypertrophy (an increase in the size of skeletal muscle).

During any timed exercise, aim for maximum capacity and work until absolute failure. For rep-based exercises, focus on controlled range of motion.

WALL SIT

WORKOUTS Super Circuit Five can be performed in two different ways: 1. Perform each set for five rounds with a one-minute rest after each round, then move on to the next set. 2. Perform A, B, and C in order with a one-minute rest between each set and repeat in sequence for five rounds.

SET

A

STANDARD PUSH-UP

20x

P048

DIP

20x

P073

WALL SIT

0:45

P080

PIKE

20x

P053 REST 1:00

SET

B

REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE

0:45

P044

MILITARY PUSH-UP

20x

P062

SQUAT

20x

P081

CHIN-UP

10x

P050 REST 1:00

SET

C

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:45

P043

X-JACK

20x

P072

BACK LUNGE

20x each leg

P075

PULL-UP

10x

P056 REST 1:00 REPEAT for a total of five rounds, either one set at a time or repeating sets in a sequence

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90

LEVEL 1 Perform the exercises in order—e.g., 10 squats, 10 pull-ups, 10 dips–then repeat the set for a total of ten rounds, subtracting one rep per round (pyramid format). No rest between rounds.

10 TO 1 This workout decreases from ten reps per round to just one. Squats, pull-ups, and dips, when combined in one workout, work almost every muscle in your body, including some of the largest.

Performing a decreasing number of repetitions each round allows you to continue working and focusing on quality even when fatigued.

REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE

SQUAT

10x, 9x, 8x, 7x, 6x, 5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P081

PULL-UP

10x, 9x, 8x, 7x, 6x, 5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x CORE KILLER

DIP

Perform all exercises in order for a total of six rounds with a one-minute rest halfway though and at the end. Total exercise time: eight minutes.

10x, 9x, 8x, 7x, 6x, 5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P056 P073

REPEAT for ten rounds in pyramid format

PIKE

0:20

P053

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:20

P043

REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE

0:20 REPEAT Core Killer for three rounds REST 1:00 REPEAT Core Killer for three more rounds REST 1:00

P044

WORKOUTS

PUSH VS PULL Concentric versus eccentric muscle contractions; chest versus back; the anterior muscles of the body versus those on the posterior side—Push vs Pull is the body’s very own battle of the heavyweight champions. This workout utilizes the pyramid format of decreasing reps per round, which you’ll do twice. Can you make it go the distance?

Perform the exercises in order–e.g., 5 standard push-ups, 5 pull-ups, 5 military push-ups, etc–then repeat the set for five rounds, subtracting one rep per round (pyramid format). Rest two minutes and perform five more rounds.

STANDARD PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P048

PULL-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P056

MILITARY PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P062

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P054

DOWN DOG PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P058

CHIN-UP

Attempt to perform the rounds that have single reps of each exercise as slowly as possible.

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P050

PUSH-UP JACK

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P076

CLOSE-GRIP INVERTED ROW

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x CORE CHAOS To finish, complete six full rounds of these core exercises. Total exercise time: nine minutes.

P052

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 2:00 REPEAT for five more rounds in pyramid format

PIKE

0:30

P053

REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE

0:30 REST 0:30 REPEAT Core Chaos for a total of six rounds

P044

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LEVEL 1 Perform the sets as couplets–e.g., 10 dips followed by 10 chin-ups. Don’t rest, but move immediately to eight reps of each exercise (decreasing the reps per round in a pyramid format). Complete all five rounds of a set before resting one minute and moving on to the next set.

DYNAMIC DUOS A couplet is a pairing of two functional movements. The two should complement each other in the sense that one is a pull movement and the other a push movement. The benefit of couplets is that by offsetting a push movement with a pull movement, you give yourself time to “rest” while you’re actively working, which decreases your down time and makes the workout more effective.

SET

A

DIP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P073

CHIN-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P050

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set B

SET

B

SQUAT

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P081

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

If you begin to fatigue on the chin-ups, jump up to the bar, using momentum to help lift you, and slowly control your descent over a count of four. This eccentric contraction helps build strength.

P054

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set C

SET

C

DOWN DOG PUSH-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P058

PELVIC PEEL CORE KILLER Perform all exercises in order for a total of six rounds with a one-minute rest halfway through and at the end. Total exercise time: eight minutes.

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P066

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00

PIKE

0:20

P053

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:20

P042

REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE

0:20 REPEAT Core Killer for three rounds REST 1:00 REPEAT Core Killer for three more rounds REST 1:00

P044

WORKOUTS SET

HI-LO

B

Triplets, as the name suggests, combine three functional exercises, often complementary push and pull exercises. For Hi-Lo, the third item in each triplet is a dynamic high-intensity exercise to boost metabolism, and also to improve endurance and athletic performance.

SQUAT

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P081

PELVIC PEEL

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P066

X-JACK

0:45

P072

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set C

SET

C

DIP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P073

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

If you’re having a hard time recovering between sets, increase the rest period to two minutes.

PUSH-UP JACK

0:45

SET

D

SET

STANDARD PUSH-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P048

HANGING SCAPULA RETRACTION

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P074

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:45 REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set B

P076

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set D

Perform the sets as triplets–e.g., 10 push-ups, 10 hanging scapula retractions, and 45 seconds of mountain climbers. Don’t rest, but move immediately to eight reps of each exercise in a pyramid format. Complete all five rounds of a set before resting one minute and moving on to the next set.

A

P054

P043

BACK LUNGE

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P075

CHIN-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P050

BURPEE

0:45 REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00

P060

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LEVEL 1

BURN Based on intervals of 20 seconds of all-out exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, Tabata training workouts incinerate body fat. Performing as many reps as you possibly can in 20 seconds will make your heart rate skyrocket. The high-energy output allows you to tap the post-workout benefits of Tabata and high intensity interval training, which allows you to burn calories for up to 48 hours after the workout.

Always remember: form first, speed second. Push for maximum reps but not at the cost of your form, as this may lead to injury.

MILITARY PUSH-UP

WORKOUTS Perform both exercises in each set three times. Rest one minute between each set. Total time for the workout should be 28 minutes.

SET

A

SET PUSH-UP JACK

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P076

E

BACKWARD BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

BACK LUNGE

work 0:20, rest 0:10 MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

P070

work 0:20, rest 0:10

REPEAT for three rounds REST 1:00 before set B

SET CHIN-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P050

F

work 0:20, rest 0:10

PELVIC PEEL

work 0:20, rest 0:10 work 0:20, rest 0:10

P048

P058

REPEAT for three rounds REST 1:00 before set G

REPEAT for three rounds REST 1:00 before set C

SET

SET

BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P060

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P052

SET

PULL-UP

P056

MILITARY PUSH-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT for three rounds REST 1:00 before set E

DIP

work 0:20, rest 0:10 work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT for three rounds REST 1:00

REPEAT for three rounds REST 1:00 before set D

work 0:20, rest 0:10

G

P073

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

CLOSE-GRIP INVERTED ROW

D

P066

DOWN DOG PUSH-UP

STANDARD PUSH-UP

C

P043

REPEAT for three rounds REST 1:00 before set F

SET

B

P075

P062

P054

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LEVEL 1

LEG DAY A strong lower body means strong performance. Think about it: If you want to change direction in basketball or football, where does that move originate? It may be controlled by the core, but it’s performed by the lower body accelerating and decelerating. The lower body also contains some of the largest muscles, so not only will you build a strong and solid foundation with this workout, but you’ll also burn more calories than almost any other muscle group. In short, never skip leg day!

For more of a challenge, combine sets A and B into one eight-exercise workout and complete four rounds, eliminating the rest between sets to decrease your recovery time.

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

WORKOUTS Perform the exercises in order–e.g., 15 squats, 15 pelvic peels, 15 back lunges per leg, 30 seconds of reverse plank bridge. Don’t rest, but move immediately to 10 reps of each exercise (pyramid format). Complete all four rounds of set A before resting two minutes and moving on to set B.

SET

A

SQUAT

15x, 10x, 5x, 10x

P081

PELVIC PEEL

15x, 10x, 5x, 10x

P066

BACK LUNGE

15x each leg

P075

REVERSE PLANK BRIDGE

0:30

P044

REPEAT for four rounds in pyramid format REST 2:00 before set B

SET

B

ALTERNATING LATERAL LUNGE

15x each leg

P046

FORWARD HINGE

15x, 10x, 5x, 10x

P068

WALL SIT

0:30

P080

DEAD HANG

0:30

P042

REPEAT for four rounds in pyramid format REST 2:00

FINISHER Perform six rounds. Total time for finisher: nine minutes.

X-JACK

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P072

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P043

BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P060

REPEAT the finisher for a total of six rounds

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LEVEL 1

PROGRAM Programs are structured so weeks 1 and 3 are the same, as are weeks 2 and 4. Work six days on and one off. Ideally you would structure it Monday to Saturday and rest Sunday, but if your schedule prevents this, or you need a midweek rest at first due to muscle soreness, schedule your rest day accordingly. Avoid switching the workouts within the program, as this may adversely affect your rest time for a specific muscle group.

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

PROGRAM

DAY 01 ●



ARES WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 08 ● ●

LEG DAY FINISHER

DAY 15 ●



ARES WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 22 ● ●

LEG DAY FINISHER

DAY 02 ●



ROUND THE WORLD CORE CHAOS

DAY 09 ● ●

PUSH VS PULL CORE CHAOS

DAY 16 ●



ROUND THE WORLD CORE CHAOS

DAY 23 ● ●

PUSH VS PULL CORE CHAOS

DAY 03 ●



PERSEUS WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 10 ●

BURN

DAY 04 ● ●





PERSEUS WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 24 ●

BURN





DAY 11 ● ●

DAY 17

10 TO 1 CORE KILLER

DAY 05

DYNAMIC DUOS CORE KILLER

DAY 18 ● ●

10 TO 1 CORE KILLER

DAY 12 ●

● ●

DYNAMIC DUOS CORE KILLER

HI-LO

DAY 19 ●



DAY 25

THOR WORKOUT FINISHER

THOR WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 26 ●

HI-LO

DAY 06 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT THE 300

DAY 13 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT FIVE

DAY 20 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT THE 300

DAY 27 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT FIVE

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LEVEL

2

Level 2 builds upon the foundation and strength you developed in Level 1 and increases the challenge through multiplanar (more than one plane of motion) and dynamic stability (motion or rotation) exercises.

102 LEVEL 2

DEEP SQUAT A full-body exercise, the deep squat primarily engages the quads, hips, and glutes. Dropping into a deep seated position requires greater hip mobility and flexibility than for a regular squat.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify stability: As you perform the entire exercise, extend your arms overhead to lengthen the torso, challenge your balance, and increase the work for the glutes and core.

01

DON’T LET KNEES BUCKLE INWARD WHILE LOWERING.

Stand tall with your feet shoulderwidth apart and toes pointing forward.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify stability: In step 2, extend your arms in front of your body to provide counterbalance.

02 Inhale as you bend at the knee and lower your body until shins and thighs form an angle less than 90 degrees. Lower the hips until glutes touch calves and heels, or as far as possible.

03

Pause, exhale, and press through your heels, returning to the starting position while squeezing your glutes, tucking your pelvis, and pulling the belly button in. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as prescribed.

EXERCISES 103

BRACE CORE TO PROTECT LOWER BACK.

SPIDERMAN PUSH-UP Inspired by the agile superhero of the same name, this push-up will increase hip mobility, flexibility, and core strength.

01 Assume a standard push-up position, with palms just wider than shoulders, arms straight, and body in a rigid line, with weight balanced between arms and toes.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Bend your arms, bringing the chest down as you lift Modify body angle: Elevate your feet on a prop to decline the body and transfer more weight to the upper body.

your left foot off the floor. Rotate the left leg out to the side and pull your right knee up to your shoulder.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: Instead of performing a push-up in steps 2 and 3, hold the plank position and roll the knee to the shoulder.

03

Bring your right foot back to the floor and push your body back up to the starting position. Repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating legs.

104 LEVEL 2

FRONT LUNGE The front lunge is a simple, low-impact way to strengthen the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves.

01 Stand straight, with arms at your side and core engaged.

RIGHT KNEE IS DIRECTLY UNDER HIP. MORE DIFFICULT

02 Step your left foot forward. Bending your right knee 90 degrees, lower your hips to bring your left thigh parallel to the floor and your left knee directly over your ankle. Modify stability: For the entire exercise, raise your hands overhead to challenge stability.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: Hold on to any available prop to aid balance.

03 Return to standing by pressing through the heel of the left foot and bringing the foot backward, standing tall to engage the core.

EXERCISES 105 According to the American Council on Exercise, lunges are one of the most effective lower-body exercises. Studies prove strengthening the lower body can speed up metabolism and aid fat loss.

04 Repeat steps 2 and 3, this time leading with the right leg.

106 LEVEL 2

ALTERNATING CROSS-OVER LUNGE Apart from building strength in the quads and glutes, this lunge also enhances balance, coordination, and agility. MORE DIFFICULT

01 Stand tall with your hands by your

02 Cross your left leg behind your right

sides and feet shoulder-width apart.

and lunge as far as you can to the right. Landing on your heel, bend both legs and sit as low into the lunge as possible.

Modify stability: In all steps, hold arms overhead to decrease balance and add load to hips, glutes, and core.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: Instead of taking step 4, perform all repetitions to one side to increase stability by making the exercise less dynamic.

03

Press through the heel of the front foot and straighten the body back to standing position, standing tall to engage the core.

EXERCISES 107

BEND BACK LEG AND SINK HIPS.

Keep hips and shoulders facing forward. To ease pressure on the front knee, try to keep the foot pointing at approximately 45 degrees.

04

Repeat steps 2 and 3 with leg position reversed, crossing your right leg behind your left as you lunge.

108 LEVEL 2

Avoid momentum, don’t swing, and pay particular attention to the deceleration—the slow lowering or eccentric contraction—by controlling your descent.

ARCHER PULL-UP These are the bridge between regular pull-ups and single-arm ones. The motion replicates drawing a bow to shoot an arrow, generating single-arm strength and power. MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: In step 3, slowly lower back down to the hanging position over a count of four to accentuate the eccentric muscle contraction and build power.

01

Position yourself directly under the pull-up bar. Hop up and grab the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing away) wider than your shoulders. Hang from the bar with arms straight.

HAND OF STRAIGHT ARM ROLLS TO TOP OF BAR.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify stability: Use a resistance band, or place one foot on a chair to increase stability and decrease the amount of weight being moved, and to provide assistance.

02 Pull yourself up to the left, tucking your left elbow tight to the chest so your right arm is extended across the width of the bar, parallel to the ground, at the top of the pull-up.

EXERCISES 109

MAKE SURE THE SHOULDERS ARE PACKED.

03

Lower back down with control into a dead-hang position, with your body centered between your hands. The hands are held wide on this pull-up, and the body needs to be centered between them. Repeat steps 2 and 3, alternating arms with each archer pull-up.

110 LEVEL 2

HANGING LEG RAISE This is the Holy Grail of abdominal exercises! It will build a bulletproof core, increase grip strength and flexibility, and decompress your spine.

MORE DIFFICULT

AS YOU PAUSE, SQUEEZE GLUTES TO UNLOAD SPINE.

01

Stand directly under the pull-up bar. Hop up and grab the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing away), hands wider than shoulders, and hang with arms straight.

Modify range of motion: In step 2, bring your toes to touch the bar between your hands. This almost doubles the working range of the exercise and increases the work for abs, back, and hips.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify points of contact: In preparation for eventually performing a hanging exercise, start by practicing leg raises on the floor to increase stability and focus on controlling the raising and lowering of the legs.

03

Lower your legs under control, and repeat.

02 With shoulders open and packed and legs kept straight, raise your legs with control until they’re just beyond parallel to the floor. Pause for two seconds.

EXERCISES 111

SPREAD FINGERS AND ROTATE THEM OUTWARD.

FROG HOLD Frog holds strengthen upper arms, forearms, and wrists. They also strengthen the abdominal muscles and improve balance and coordination for exercises such as planche holds.

MORE DIFFICULT

01

Beginning in a crouched position, press your knees to the back of your arms, and lift onto the balls of your feet.

Modify points of contact: In step 2, extend one leg. This requires elevating more weight and challenges the core more intensely.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: In step 2, move the knees to the outside of your arms to widen your base of support, making balancing easier.

02 Transfer your weight to your upper body, lift your feet off the floor, and hold.

112 LEVEL 2

FOREARM PUSH-UP This exercise combines a forearm plank and pushup to work the chest, triceps, back, and core. This push-up is an excellent way to build strength for exercises such as the planche in Level 3.

01

Start with forearms on the floor and legs extended, with the body evenly balanced between forearms and toes in a forearm plank position.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Push down evenly through the palms of your hands, raising your body as you fully straighten your arms. Modify speed: In step 3, lower the body slowly over a count of four to provide an eccentric muscle contraction that helps build strength and power.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: Perform with hands against a wall to shift more weight into the stronger muscles of the lower body.

03

Slowly lower back down by bending the arms to return to the forearm plank starting position.

HANDS OPEN WITH PALMS FLAT ON FLOOR.

EXERCISES 113

HOLLOW BODY HOLD This killer abdominal exercise is essential to master because it teaches the posterior pelvic tilt required for exercises such as handstands.

01 Lie on your back with arms and legs extended. Pull your belly button in and tuck your pelvis to connect your lower back to the floor.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: In step 2, add small leg flutters of 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10cm) to create greater engagement of your core.

LESS DIFFICULT

02 Slowly raise your legs, shoulders, and head off the ground. Hold this curved position for the duration of the exercise.

Modify body angle and range of motion: In step 2, hold legs higher to decrease leverage and the weight of the legs.

KEEP LOWER BACK AGAINST FLOOR, ENGAGE ABS AND GLUTES.

114 LEVEL 2

KEEP SPINE LONG, PULL BELLY BUTTON IN.

T-STAND Lengthen the hamstrings, learn to control the hips, and challenge your balance in this yogainspired functional exercise.

01

Stand with feet together and arms at your sides.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify stability and range of motion: In all steps, extend your arms overhead to lengthen your torso and challenge balance.

02 Inhale and slowly bend from the hips, lowering the torso and letting your arms hang. As you fold forward, raise one leg until torso, arms, and leg are parallel to the floor.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: Hold a box, chair, or bench for balance so you can focus on keeping your hips square to the floor throughout the motion.

03 Exhale as you lift the torso and lower the leg in one fluid motion. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the opposite leg.

EXERCISES 115

If balancing is a challenge, bend deeper at the waist to allow fingertips to touch the floor.

Try this ...

Adding a dynamic kick increases the range of motion and generates a force your core has to work to stabilize.

T-STAND KICK As you stand tall in step 3, bring the back leg through and snap out a kick.

116 LEVEL 2

HANGING REVERSE CURL This targets your lower abdominals and lower back. A strong, flexible core makes you more powerful in all endeavors.

KNEECAPS POINT DIRECTLY AT CHEST.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify range of motion and repetitions: In step 2, add a smaller second knee tuck/crunch at the top of the motion before fully straightening legs in step 3 increasing the work by 50 percent.

02 Raise your knees and curl your hips upward until your knees are tucked inside your elbows, then lift your feet.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: In step 2, tuck and raise the knees only until thighs are parallel to the ground to decrease the work for the knees and the time the core needs to be engaged.

01 Position yourself directly under your pull-up bar. Hop up and grab the bar with a shoulderwidth underhand grip (palms facing you).

EXERCISES 117

This exercise can be performed from a dead hang—hanging from the bar with arms straight and shoulders packed— but make sure you’re not swinging and using momentum.

Try this ...

Twist both knees across the body as you curl upward, as if skiing moguls, to engage the obliques.

SKI TUCKS Bring both knees across the body to one elbow, lower, and repeat to the opposite elbow.

03

Lower back down slowly until your feet nearly touch the ground.

118 LEVEL 2

SHRIMP SQUAT This unilateral leg exercise burns fat and increases strength, but it requires balance, core strength, and coordination—making it both fun and challenging.

01 Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hands at your sides.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify stability: In steps 2, 3, and 4, hold the back leg with both hands to decrease balance and leverage, increasing the workload for the core, glutes, and legs.

02 Bend one leg at the knee and reach back to

LESS DIFFICULT

hold the ankle with the same arm. Extend the other arm out straight for balance.

Modify stability: Hold any available prop for support, to slowly build strength with correct form.

Try to maintain a rigid body throughout to retain energy. When a joint is unstable, the energy produced by your musculature can’t be efficiently transferred through the body to produce optimal movements.

EXERCISES 119

DON’T LET SQUATTING KNEE BUCKLE INWARD.

03

Bend the front leg at the ankle, knee, then hip and, keeping the torso tall, lower your body into a squat until the knee of the backward-bent leg hovers above or taps the floor.

04 Press through the heel of the front foot and straighten the body back to standing position, one ankle held and the other arm out straight for balance. Repeat steps 2 and 3, using the other side of the body.

120 LEVEL 2

01

Lie on your back on the floor with knees and elbows bent, palms on the floor by the side of your head, and fingers pointing at your toes.

BACK BRIDGE Stretch the front of your body, strengthen the muscles supporting your spine, and work almost every muscle on the back of the body in this familiar and fun exercise.

SQUEEZE GLUTES, PULL BELLY BUTTON INWARD.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: After reaching full extension in step 2, lower halfway, press back to full extension, and then lower completely.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Instead of doing repetitions, hold the highest point of the exercise in step 2 for the duration.

02 Simultaneously press through your palms, straighten your arms, and push your hips up. Round your back, squeeze your glutes, and create an arch or bridge.

EXERCISES 121

03

Hold for the prescribed duration, then lower with control.

Quality, not quantity! If you can’t hold for 30 seconds, break these into smaller, more manageable chunks—perform three for 10 seconds or two for 15 seconds.

122 LEVEL 2

PIGEON PEEL The peel in Level 1 increases strength in hips, hamstrings, glutes, and core. This version takes it further by rotating the legs, providing greater work for the gluteus medius and tensor fascia latae.

MORE DIFFICULT

THE CLOSER THE HEELS TO THE GLUTES, THE HARDER.

01 Lie flat on your back on the floor or a mat. Bend your legs and place your feet on the floor wider than your shoulders. Roll your inner thighs together and squeeze them tight.

Modify points of contact: In step 2, extend and elevate the arms to remove any leverage, increasing the load on the glutes and core.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: In step 2, hold at the top of the motion instead of performing repetitions, to create an isolation hold and build strength.

02 Press through the soles, squeeze the glutes, and lift the hips to form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause at the top and hold for one or two seconds before lowering back to the floor under control.

EXERCISES 123

BUTTERFLY PEEL The butterfly peel rotates the legs, providing greater work for the iliopsoas, sartorius, pectineus, and piriformis.

IT’S HARDER THE CLOSER THE HEELS TO THE GLUTES.

MORE DIFFICULT

01

Lie flat on your back on the ground. Bend your legs, place your feet on the ground with soles together, and open the knees as wide as possible.

Modify stability: In step 2, after reaching the top of the motion, lower halfway, raise fully, then lower with control, for 1.5 reps.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Hold at the top of the motion in step 2 instead of doing reps to create an isolation hold and build strength.

02 Press through the feet, squeeze the glutes, and lift the hips until your body forms a straight line from shoulders to open knees. Pause at the top of the motion and hold for one or two seconds before lowering back to the ground under control.

124 LEVEL 2

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT This unilateral leg exercise is incredibly useful as it not only builds leg strength, it also increases flexibility of hip flexors and helps create overall balance.

01

Stand with the top of your back foot on a bench, chair, or other elevated surface.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: In step 2, add a plyometric jump to increase the workload and create performance-enhancing power.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Hold in the deepest position of step 2 for the duration. This isolation hold will generate strength.

02 Bend your legs and lower body until the thigh of the front leg is parallel to the floor, and pause for two to three seconds.

Extend your arms out in front for balance, or overhead to increase the challenge.

EXERCISES 125

THE HIGHER THE BACK FOOT, THE HARDER THE EXERCISE.

03

Return to a standing position by pressing through the heel of the front foot, standing tall to engage the core.

126 LEVEL 2

1-2 PUSH The 1-2 push is an intense, full-body move that will elevate your heart rate while working the muscles in your core, arms, and legs. Complete the move as quickly as you can, but that correct form takes priority.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: In step 3, add a plyometric (clap) push-up to generate explosive upper body power.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: For all steps, place your hands on a tall prop, shifting most of the weight into the lower body.

01 Begin in the plank position with hands on the floor slightly wider than shoulders, legs extended, and on your toes. Engage the core and form a straight line from ankles to head.

BRING KNEES COMPLETELY THROUGH ELBOWS.

EXERCISES 127

Try this ...

By changing the angle of the legs when you bring the knee to the chest, you can create greater activation of the obliques.

02 Bend your elbows, bringing the chest toward the floor until your elbows are bent slightly beyond 90 degrees.

03 Push up off the floor and straighten the arms. 04 As arms reach full extension, bring your right knee to your chest and quickly switch legs, bringing the left knee to the chest. Then return to the starting position. Repeat steps 2 through 4, alternating legs.

DIAGONAL MOUNTAIN CLIMBER In the last step, take the knee across the body to the opposite elbow.

Remember: form comes first, speed second.

128 LEVEL 2

DRAGON WALK This is not named after a character from Game of Thrones—but if you were going to crown one totalbody exercise, this might be it! Dragon walks target so many muscle groups, that they may leave you breathing fire!

01 Assume a modified military push-up position, with your hands staggered, arms slightly bent, and right elbow touching the right knee.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Straighten your arms and step forward with your right hand and Modify speed: Add a pause at the bottom of each rep, forcing you to hold your weight in the most challenging position.

left foot as if crawling.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: Keep your hands still and focus on only bringing the knees to the shoulders.

03

Drop back into the modified or staggered military push-up position, this time with the left elbow touching the left knee.

EXERCISES 129

Think like a reptile: Stay low to the ground as you move with smooth, gliding, controlled steps. Slink across the floor.

CHIN UP, EYES FORWARD.

04 Repeat steps 2 and 3, continuing to crawl forward in incremental controlled steps for the duration.

130 LEVEL 2

SKATER JUMP This exercise mimics the movement of a speed skater zooming across the ice. Skater jumps will strengthen your legs while improving balance and coordination. MORE DIFFICULT

01

Stand with your right knee slightly bent and all your weight on that foot. Cross your left foot behind your right ankle and lower into a half squat.

Modify range of motion: In step 3, land and perform a one-legged squat, hold the position for a three count, and switch sides. This takes away momentum, forcing you to engage quads, glutes, and core.

your right foot. As you do, swing your arms across your body in the direction of your jump.

MOVE FROM SIDE TO SIDE IN A FLUID MOTION.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify points of contact: As you land in step 3, allow the back leg to touch the floor for balance and stability, allowing you to focus on the depth of the exercise without fear of falling.

02 Bound to the left by pushing off

03

Land on your left foot and bring the right foot behind your left. Repeat steps 2 and 3, reversing feet so you begin by standing on your left foot.

EXERCISES 131

ARCHER PUSH-UP You’ll place the majority of the weight on one side, forcing you to hold more of your weight with one arm. This generates strength and stability for chest, shoulder, back, and triceps.

01 Begin in a modified military push-up, core engaged, balanced between toes and hands, in a straight line from ankles to head, with your left arm out straight from the body.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Bend the right elbow, keeping it tight against the rib Modify range of motion: Elevate your extended arm on a prop, increasing the activation of the chest, shoulder, and arm.

cage, and lower your chest with control toward the floor. Pause at the bottom.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: Move the extended arm closer to the body to create greater leverage to assist the push-up.

03

Push up through the right arm to return to the starting position. Repeat the exercise with opposite arm.

THE STABILIZING ARM WORKS AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.

132 LEVEL 2

BACKWARD PUSH-UP The core-killing backward push-up is not for the faint of heart. Adding a fast, explosive drive or push with the legs makes your core contract to slow and stabilize the body.

01 Begin in a plank position.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: Place feet on a chair or other prop to shift more weight into the upper body and cause the shoulders, chest, and core to work harder.

02 Bend your elbows, lowering into a military push-up. Keep your core tight and body flat.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: Elevate hands on a prop and perform inclined military push-ups to increase stability while building core and shoulder strength.

EXERCISES 133

Don’t try this exercise if you have not mastered regular or military push-ups.

04 Drive through the feet, pushing with speed and force to explode back to starting position. Repeat with control, maintaining good form and an engaged core.

NEVER PLACE KNEES OR SHINS ON FLOOR.

03

Drive back by pushing with power through the palms of the hands, bending legs to 90 degrees and straightening arms to approximately 45 degrees. Shift your bodyweight into your feet.

134 LEVEL 2

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE

01 With your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees and bring your hands to the ground just in front of your feet.

Raising a leg throughout the plank and push-up phase of the Burpee adds an increased load for the core, challenging the abdominals, lower back, and stabilizing leg. MORE DIFFICULT

02 Hop your feet back into a plank position with one leg elevated to hip height.

Modify points of contact: In steps 1 through 4, change the hands for the push-up to a military push-up position.

03 Perform one push-up with your core engaged and leg elevated.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: In steps 2 and 3, cross the elevated leg on top of the stabilizing one, adding support and increasing balance.

04 Lower the raised leg and jump your feet back to your hands, shifting your weight into the heels and lifting your chest.

EXERCISES 135

FULLY EXTEND LEGS, HIPS, AND ARMS.

The Burpee was created in the 1930s by American physiologist Royal Huddleston Burpee for a PhD thesis. Burpees are a total-body strength and cardiovascular exercise.

05 Jump up from the crouching position and reach overhead with your hands.

06 Land softly with a slight bend at your knees, hips, and ankles.

136 LEVEL 2

PLYOMETRIC PUSH-UP Adding an explosive plyometric press and controlled landing to the push-up—the perfect compound exercise—will generate incredible upper body power.

01

Begin in a full plank or regular push-up position with core engaged, balancing between toes and hands, and forming a straight line from ankles to head.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: For all steps, place feet on a stable elevated surface, shifting weight to the upper body so it works harder.

LESS DIFFICULT

02 With core still engaged, bend your elbows, bringing your chest toward the floor.

Modify body angle: Place your hands on a stable elevated prop, shifting weight to the lower body so the upper body has less work to perform.

Landing with arms straight would be harmful. Instead, land immediately into the next rep, bending elbows and wrists.

EXERCISES 137

LEGS, HIPS, AND BACK FORM A STRAIGHT LINE.

03

Once elbows are slightly beyond 90 degrees, push up hard enough for your hands to come off the floor. Control your landing, but immediately repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as prescribed.

138 LEVEL 2

STOP-ANDGO PUSH-UP Pausing at the bottom portion of the push-up forces you to recruit as many motor units (muscle fibers) as possible to overcome the weight. Pausing at any other point builds isometric strength.

01

Assume a full plank or traditional push-up position with the body balanced between toes and hands, and with the hands slightly wider than the shoulders.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Bend your legs and lower the body until the thigh of the front leg is parallel to the floor, and pause for two to three seconds. Modify body angle: Use a chair or prop to elevate your feet and transfer weight into the upper body and core to work them harder.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: Kneel to transfer your weight to the lower body, descreasing the work required from the upper body.

03

Continue to lower to the deepest part of the push-up and hold for two seconds.

EXERCISES 139 Stop-and-go push-ups activate more muscle fibers than their standard counterparts, allowing greater gains in strength in a shorter period of time.

04 Press through the palms to straighten the arms and lift the chest. At the halfway point, pause and hold for two seconds.

05 Return to the starting position with arms fully straightened.

USE THIS TECHNIQUE WITH ANY TYPE OF PUSH-UP.

140 LEVEL 2

PIKE PUSHUP TO PUSH-UP

When you perform push-ups, imagine rotating the palms as if screwing them into the floor. This will lock your shoulders and create joint stability.

Build boulder shoulders with this push-up combo that also engages the core and lower body.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: Elevate feet to transfer mass to the upper body, requiring it to perform more work.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: Perform the push-ups separately. This lets you focus on depth and form.

01 Stand straight and fold forward from the hips until your hands are on the ground 2 to 3 feet (.5 to 1m) from your feet, forming a triangle.

EXERCISES 141 DON’T ALLOW ELBOWS TO COLLAPSE INWARD.

02 Perform a pike push-up by bending your arms to lower the crown of the head to the ground. Your arms should form a 90-degree angle.

03

Straighten the arms and press away from the ground, returning to the pike position.

04 Walk the hands away from the feet until you form a

05 Perform a standard push-up by bending elbows to lower

plank or standard push-up position, with hands slightly wider than shoulders.

the body until your nose touches the ground.

06 Straighten the arms, pressing through the center of the

07 Walk the hands back toward the feet, returning to

palms to return to the plank or standard push-up position.

the pike position.

142 LEVEL 2

CRAZY 8s There are any number of rep schemes you can follow when working out, but one of the absolute best I have ever used to gain strength and power is affectionately known as “Crazy 8s” in my gym. It consists of eight rounds of an exercise, performing just five reps followed by a 30-second to one-minute rest. This low-rep but high-volume style of training will build your strength and help you gain muscle.

Avoid working to failure in the latter sets or on very challenging exercises such as shrimp squats. If three or four reps is your max with good form, stop at that point and rest.

T-STAND

WORKOUTS 143 Perform 5 reps of each exercise followed by a rest of 30 seconds to one minute, depending on your strength and endurance. Perform eight rounds of the exercise (40 reps in total), before moving on to the next exercise.

CORE POWER Perform all exercises in order, then rest 30 seconds. Complete four rounds.

DEEP SQUAT

work 5 reps, rest 0:30–1:00

P102

10x

REPEAT for eight rounds

P118

REPEAT for a total of eight rounds–four rounds per leg, alternate each round

T-STAND

work 5 reps, rest 0:30–1:00

P114

ALTERNATING CROSS-OVER LUNGE

P106

REPEAT for a total of eight rounds–four rounds per leg, alternate each round

PIGEON PEEL

work 5 reps, rest 0:30–1:00

P122

REPEAT for eight rounds

BUTTERFLY PEEL

work 5 reps, rest 0:30–1:00

P123

REPEAT for eight rounds

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT

work 5 reps, rest 0:30–1:00

0:30

P113

HANGING REVERSE CURL

10x

P116

BACK BRIDGE

REPEAT for a total of eight rounds–four rounds per leg, alternate each round

work 5 reps, rest 0:30–1:00

P110

HOLLOW BODY HOLD

SHRIMP SQUAT

work 5 reps, rest 0:30–1:00

HANGING LEG RAISE

P124

REPEAT for a total of eight rounds–four rounds per leg, alternate each round

0:30

P120

REST 0:30 REPEAT Core Power for a total of four rounds

144 LEVEL 2 SET

HERCULES WORKOUT Roman hero Hercules is famous for his strength. This workout features a pyramid format of decreasing reps and introduces multiplanar motions and unilateral exercises to challenge the foundation you built in Level 1.

C

PIGEON PEEL

10x

P122

BUTTERFLY PEEL

10x

P123

PIKE PUSH-UP TO PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x Perform all exercises in order and repeat twice with no rest between rounds.

Perform each set for five rounds, subtracting one rep per round where shown (pyramid format). Rest 30 seconds between rounds. Perform all sets and their exercises in order.

A

1-2 PUSH

P126

SKATER JUMP

20x

P130

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT

10x each leg

30x P124

SPIDERMAN PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P134

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

40x P103

P042 REPEAT finisher for a total of three rounds

ARCHER PULL-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P108

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

SET

B

P054

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REPEAT sets A–C for a total of three rounds

FINISHER

10x

SET

P140

ALTERNATING CROSS-OVER LUNGE

10x each leg

P106

FOREARM PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P112

CHIN-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

P050

This is an ASFAP (As Fast As Possible) finisher, but remember to focus on form first, speed second. Push as hard as you can to boost your metabolism and improve your calorie burn.

WORKOUTS 145 Perform three full rounds with no rest between exercises or rounds.

HANNIBAL WORKOUT

DEEP SQUAT

Hannibal is regarded as one of the greatest military leaders in history. He’s best known for marching an army–including elephants–across the Alps. The same dogged determination and “nothing is impossible” attitude will be required to survive three rounds of this total-body workout.

15x

P102

STOP-AND-GO PUSH-UP

submax*

P138

T-STAND

12x each leg

P114

ARCHER PULL-UP

submax*

P108

PLYOMETRIC PUSH-UP

submax*

P136

HANGING LEG RAISE

10x

P110 REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds

Adding a stop-and-go or plyometrics changes the speed and force of an exercise, making it harder but also requiring the use of different types of muscle fibers.

FINISHER Perform all three exercises in order, then rest 30 seconds. Repeat for a total of five rounds. Total exercise time: 10 minutes.

*Submax = 80 percent of your max number of reps. If you’re unsure of your max number of reps, perform the first round to failure (max) and subsequent rounds to 80 percent of that max number–e.g., max = 10 reps, submax = 8 reps.

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE–LEFT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P134

SKATER JUMP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P130

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE–RIGHT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P134

REST 0:30 REPEAT the finisher for a total of five rounds

146 LEVEL 2

PUSH-PULL PAIRS This workout pairs exercises that complement each other by working opposing forces. Performing a push movement followed by a pull movement makes the workout more efficient because the change of direction helps avoid muscle strain and helps you to keep going for longer without the need for long rests.

1-2 PUSH

If 10 reps is too many on any exercise, make things easier to allow you to continue. For example, for pushups, drop to your knees and finish the remaining reps.

WORKOUTS 147 Perform each set for five rounds, subtracting two reps per round (pyramid format). Rest 30 seconds between rounds. Perform all sets and their exercises in order.

SET

A

BACKWARD PUSH-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P132

ARCHER PULL-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P108

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

SET

B

STOP-AND-GO PUSH-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P138

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P054

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

SET

C

1-2 PUSH

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P126

CHIN-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P050

RIP IT

P116

Perform all exercises in order for a total of four rounds, with a one-minute rest halfway through and at the end. Total exercise time: 10 minutes.

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

HANGING REVERSE CURL

work 0:20, rest 0:10 BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P060

1-2 PUSH

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P126

HANGING LEG RAISE

work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT Rip It for two rounds REST 1:00 REPEAT Rip It for two more rounds REST 1:00

P110

148 LEVEL 2 Perform three full rounds with no rest between exercises or rounds.

YUE FEI WORKOUT

DEEP SQUAT

Celebrated Chinese military mastermind Yue Fei personally fought in 126 battles and never lost a single engagement. An unbeatable mindset will be required to endure this grueling total-body workout. Multi-muscle compound exercises combined with multiplanar and unilateral exercises will keep your body off balance, increasing athletic performance while also forging strength and burning calories. FINISHER

If you are struggling to perform the full number of reps for a Level 2 exercise, do as many reps as you can with good form and then switch to a Level 1 exercise to finish the reps. For example, swap the Level 2 archer pull-up for a Level 1 pull-up. This will help you to continue instead of simply stopping.

Perform four rounds for a total time of eight minutes.

15x

P102

SPIDERMAN PUSH-UP

submax*

P103

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT

15x

P124

ARCHER PULL-UP

submax*

P108

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE

10x

P134

HOLLOW BODY HOLD

0:30

P113

REPEAT for a total of three rounds *Submax = 80 percent of your max number of reps. To calculate your max number of reps, perform the first round to failure (max) and subsequent rounds to 80 percent of that max number–e.g., max = 10 reps, submax = 8 reps.

HANGING LEG RAISE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P110

BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P060

HANGING REVERSE CURL

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P116

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT for a total of four rounds

P043

WORKOUTS 149

SUPER CIRCUIT FANTASTIC FOUR

To add variety or challenge to this workout, perform A + A (strength-oriented sets) followed by B + B (cardiovascular HIIT sets).

Want the body of a comic book hero? This super circuit combines strength and speed by fusing a muscle-building bodyweight strength workout with a high intensity interval–style set for maximum results. Perform two rounds of set 1 (A + B) with no rest between rounds, followed by two rounds of set 2 (A + B).

SET 1

A

SET 2

SHRIMP SQUAT

5x

P118

A

T-STAND

10x

P138

10x

BACKWARD PUSH-UP

P132

SKATER JUMP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P130

REPEAT for a total of two rounds

B

P050

1-2 PUSH

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P126

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P110

DRAGON WALK

P104

DRAGON WALK

work 0:20, rest 0:10

10x

HANGING LEG RAISE

FRONT LUNGE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P102

CHIN-UP

P108

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P116

DEEP SQUAT

ARCHER PULL-UP

B

P112

10x

STOP-AND-GO PUSH-UP

10x

10x HANGING REVERSE CURL

P114

10x

FOREARM PUSH-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P128

FROG HOLD

P128

work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT for a total of two rounds

P110

150 LEVEL 2 Perform each set in order with no rest between exercises. Rest 30 seconds after each set. Complete four rounds for a total time of 20 minutes.

LEGENDARY LEGS Multiple planes of motion, unilateral exercises, and the clock all combine to challenge you in this lower body workout. Focus on quality over quantity for incredible strength gains, which will also lead to increased power and athletic performance.

SET

A

FRONT LUNGE

0:30

P104

ALTERNATING CROSS-OVER LUNGE

0:30

P106

SHRIMP SQUAT

0:30

P118

DEEP SQUAT

0:30

P102

REST 0:30 before set B

Perform the first round to max reps and then try to aim for 80 percent of your max reps in the following three rounds. For example, if your max is 15 lunges in 30 seconds, aim for around 12 lunges while slowing the reps down to meet the 30-second time. This will ensure you can complete all four rounds.

T-STAND SET

B

0:30

P114

PIGEON PEEL

0:30

P122

BUTTERFLY PEEL

0:30

P123

BACK BRIDGE

0:30 REST 0:30 REPEAT sets A–B for a total of four rounds

P120

WORKOUTS 151 Try to rest as little as possible between exercises. Rest one minute after each round, and complete three rounds.

ALL-IN

SHRIMP SQUAT

Are you all-in? This workout is going to test your mental resolve as much as your physical prowess. Each exercise has a lower number of reps, allowing you to accomplish each with good form. The speed at which you perform the exercises and the rest after each is up to you. Can you go three rounds with no rest?

5x per leg

P118

DEEP SQUAT

20x

P102

FRONT LUNGE

20x–10 per leg

P104

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE

20x–10 per leg

P134

PIKE PUSH-UP TO PUSH-UP

10x

P140

ARCHER PULL-UP

10x

P108

DIP

Don’t perform half reps–all-in or modify! If you know you can’t complete 10 archer pull-ups, perform as many complete reps as possible and then either assist with a chair or perform any easier pull such as standard pull-ups or inverted rows.

10x

P073

CHIN-UP

10x

P050

HOLLOW BODY HOLD RIP IT Perform all exercises in order for a total of four rounds, with a one-minute rest halfway through and at the end. Total exercise time: 10 minutes.

0:30 seconds

P113

REST 1:00 REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds

HANGING REVERSE CURL

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P116

BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P060

1-2 PUSH

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P126

HANGING LEG RAISE

work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT Rip It for two rounds REST 1:00 REPEAT Rip It for two more rounds REST 1:00

P110

152 LEVEL 2

FIRE It’s time to light a fire under you! This workout is a metabolic powerhouse, utilizing high-intensity intervals and multi-muscle compound exercises to torch body fat and build lean muscle. Your aim during each 20 seconds of work is to reach 80–90 percent of your maximum heart rate.

SKATER JUMP

At 80–90 percent of maximum heart rate you should feel slightly uncomfortable, unable to hold a conversation, out of breath, and in need of each 10-second rest.

WORKOUTS 153 Perform each set for three rounds, followed by one minute rest, before moving on to the next set. Total exercise time: 21 minutes.

SET

A

1-2 PUSH

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P126

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE–RIGHT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P134

ARCHER PULL-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P108

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE–LEFT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P134

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds REST 1:00 before set B

SET

B

BACKWARD PUSH-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P132

SKATER JUMP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P130

DEEP SQUAT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P102

T-STAND

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P114

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds REST 1:00 before set C

SET

C

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT–RIGHT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P124

PLYOMETRIC PUSH-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P136

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT–LEFT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P124

DRAGON WALK

work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds REST 1:00

P128

154 LEVEL 2

SET

B

TRI-PHASE

T-STAND

15x

P114

ARCHER PUSH-UP

A phase is a distinct period or stage in a process of change, or a part of something’s development. Each triplet in this workout features exercises geared to sculpt lean muscle, build strength, burn fat, and evolve your body.

10x

P131

SKATER JUMP

0:45

P130

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds REST 1:00 before set C

SET

C

DEEP SQUAT

15x

P102

ARCHER PULL-UP Perform each set for three rounds, followed by one minute rest, before moving on to the next set.

SET

A

10x

P108

DRAGON WALK BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT

15x each side

0:45 P124

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds REST 1:00 before set D

STOP-AND GO PUSH-UP

10x

P138

1-2 PUSH

0:45

P128

SET

D

P126

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds REST 1:00 before set B

PIGEON PEEL AND BUTTERFLY PEEL

15x each

P122

INVERTED BODWEIGHT ROW

10x

P054

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:45 CORE POWER

For an added challenge, remove the rest between sets and perform all sets in order (A–D), repeating them three times.

Perform all exercises in order and rest for 30 seconds. Complete four rounds.

P043

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds REST 1:00

HANGING LEG RAISE

10x

P110

HOLLOW BODY HOLD

0:30

P113

HANGING REVERSE CURL

10x

P116

BACK BRIDGE

0:30

P120

REST 0:30 REPEAT Core Power for a total of four rounds

WORKOUTS 155

SUPER CIRCUIT PER-4-MANCE

High intensity interval training (HIIT), used in sets A and C, should elevate your heart rate to 80–90 percent of its maximum. You should be out of breath and unable to hold a conversation. HIIT has been proven to boost muscleproducing hormones such as HGH and testosterone.

Combining HIIT with compound strength training, this four-set workout decreases body fat percentage, increases lean muscle mass, boosts athletic performance, and improves agility. Complete all sets in order (A–D) for the prescribed number of rounds. Rest for one minute between each set.

SET

A

SET

DEEP SQUAT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P102

C

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P134

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P134

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P130

B

SET

FRONT LUNGE

15x

P104

ALTERNATING CROSS-OVER LUNGE

15x BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT PIGEON PEEL AND BUTTERFLY PEEL REST 1:00 REPEAT set B for a total of two rounds REST 1:00 before set C

D

ARCHER PULL-UP

10x

P108

10x

P138

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

P124

15x each

P116

STOP-AND-GO PUSH-UP

P106

15x

P132

REPEAT set C for a total of four rounds REST 1:00 before set D

REPEAT set A for a total of four rounds REST 1:00 before set B

SET

P110

HANGING REVERSE CURL

SKATER JUMP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P126

BACKWARD PUSH-UP

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE–RIGHT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

work 0:20, rest 0:10 HANGING LEG RAISE

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE–LEFT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

1-2 PUSH

10x

P054

FOREARM PUSH-UP

P122

10x

P112 REST 1:00 REPEAT set D for a total of two rounds REST 1:00

156 LEVEL 2

TRI-SET Each set in this workout is composed of three complementary exercises with lower body versus upper body, or push offsetting pull, to maximize the efficiency of the workout. This ensures you have enough left in the tank to complete each muscle-building, body-sculpting rep with great form.

ARCHER PULL-UP

WORKOUTS 157 Perform each set for five rounds, subtracting two reps per round (pyramid format). Complete all five rounds of a set before resting one minute and moving on to the next set.

SET

A

SET

DEEP SQUAT

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P102

ARCHER PULL-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P108

B

P140

0:45

FRONT LUNGE

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x 10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x each

P104 P122

STOP-AND-GO PUSH-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P138

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set C

C

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x each side

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00

PIGEON PEEL AND BUTTERFLY PEEL

SET

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x each side

ALTERNATING CROSS-OVER LUNGE

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P106

FOREARM PUSH-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

P112

CHIN-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set D

P124 P130

FROG HOLD

REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REST 1:00 before set B

SET

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT SKATER JUMP

PIKE PUSH-UP TO PUSH-UP

10x, 8x, 6x, 4x, 2x

D

P050

If you’re having a hard time recovering between sets, increase the rest period to two minutes and make the exercises easier as needed.

P110

158 LEVEL 2

PROGRAM The workouts in weeks 1 and 3 repeat, as do the ones for weeks 2 and 4. You will have six days of work and one of rest. It’s best to structure your program from Monday to Saturday and leave Sunday as a rest day, but if your schedule doesn’t permit that, it’s okay to schedule your rest day as needed. You should avoid switching workouts within the program to rest the muscle groups properly.

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

PROGRAM 159

DAY 01 ●



HERCULES WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 08 ●

LEGENDARY LEGS

DAY 15 ●



HERCULES WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 22 ●

LEGENDARY LEGS

DAY 02 ● ●

CRAZY 8s CORE POWER

DAY 03 ●



DAY 09 ● ●

TRI-PHASE CORE POWER

DAY 16 ● ●

CRAZY 8s CORE POWER

DAY 10 ●

● ●

TRI-PHASE RIP IT

FIRE





DAY 17 ●

YUE FEI WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 24 ●

FIRE

PUSH-PULL PAIRS RIP IT

DAY 11 ● ●



DAY 23

YUE FEI WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 04

ALL-IN RIP IT

DAY 18 ●



PUSH-PULL PAIRS RIP IT

DAY 25 ● ●

ALL-IN RIP IT

DAY 05 ●



HANNIBAL WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 12 ●

TRI-SET

DAY 19 ●



HANNIBAL WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 26 ●

TRI-SET

DAY 06 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT FANTASTIC FOUR

DAY 13 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT PER-4-MANCE

DAY 20 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT FANTASTIC FOUR

DAY 27 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT PER-4-MANCE

LEVEL

3

Level 3 introduces explosive power through plyometrics, forming exercises from previous levels into dynamic and mobile combinations. This level increases the demands upon your body with single-limb, unilateral exercises for greater weight loss and definition.

162 LEVEL 3

HANDSTAND WALK Handstands are an excellent way to build strong, stable shoulders and a bulletproof core. The handstand walk provides all these benefits, and its ability to improve balance will give you confidence.

01

Stand facing away from a wall with your heels placed at the base of it.

02 Lower into a plank position with your weight evenly distributed between hands and toes.

KEEP HEAD AND NECK IN LINE WITH SPINE.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify stability: Omit step 4. Instead, in step 3, bring your legs parallel to the floor and place your feet on the wall in an L-stand. This extends your body from the wall and transfers weight into the upper body.

03

Slowly walk your feet up the wall, moving your hands closer to it as you climb with your feet. Keep arms straight.

04 Try to get as close to the wall as possible in a handstand position.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify body angle: In step 4, decrease the space between your hands and the wall. Not extending the body as far from the wall will decrease the load on your core.

Handstand walks prepare your arms and shoulders to bear your bodyweight when inverted in a handstand, and train your body to stay rigid and stable.

EXERCISES 163

Try this ...

Add a push-up to the handstand or the L-stand (which is the More Difficult version on page 162).

L-STAND PUSH-UP When in the L-stand described in More Difficult, bend the elbows and lower the crown of the head to the floor, then press through the palms and straighten your arms.

05 Reverse step 3 by slowly walking your hands away from the wall and lowering your feet to the floor to return to the plank position.

164 LEVEL 3

HOLLOW BODY ROCKER

01

Lie on your back with arms and legs extended, pull your belly button in toward the floor, and tuck your pelvis to connect your lower back to the floor.

While the motion is only small, adding a “rock” to the hollow body position will challenge your core like never before!

RETAIN A POSTERIOR TILT IN THE PELVIS.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Slowly raise your legs, shoulders, and head off the floor. Hold this “hollow” curved position as you procced to the next step. Modify range of motion: In step 3, rock until your hips lift off the floor to increase the range of motion and generate greater force for your core to control.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Omit step 3. Instead, hold the position in step 2, building strength and preparing to add motion later.

03

Gently rock back and forth on the curve of your lower back. Don’t swing your arms or legs. Rock for the duration of the exercise.

EXERCISES 165

KEEP KNEES OVER ANKLES.

SQUAT JUMP A metabolic-boosting super exercise, the squat jump takes every ounce of energy and coordination while making quads, glutes, and hamstrings all beg for mercy. MORE DIFFICULT

01 Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width 02 With your bodyweight in your heels, apart and your toes pointing forward.

inhale as you bend at the knee and lower your body as if about to sit in a chair.

Modify speed: Hold the squat position in step 2 for a count of four upon landing. This removes momentum and creates an isolation hold at its deepest point.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: Omit steps 3 and 4. Change step 2 , lifting arms overhead, and focus on the depth of the squat.

03 Engage your core and exhale as you jump 04 Land as softly and silently as possible, up, pushing through the heels.

bending at the ankles, knees, and hips to decelerate the body.

166 LEVEL 3

01

Stand with arms extended in front. Balance on one leg with the opposite leg extended straight forward as high as possible.

PISTOL SQUAT Pistol squats are incredibly difficult but highly effective. They build monstrously strong legs while improving balance and mobility.

02 Bend the stabilizing leg and

MORE DIFFICULT

lower into as deep a squat as possible while keeping the opposite leg elevated. The supporting knee should point in the same direction as the foot. Modify range of motion: As you stand up after step 3, add a little hop. This plyometric motion generates power and makes you decelerate your body using glutes and hamstrings.

DON’T LET BENDING KNEE ROTATE IN OR OUT.

LESS DIFFICULT

03

Modify range of motion: With a bench or similar prop behind you, lower only that far in step 2 to build confidence.

Press through the heel of the bent leg, straighten it, and raise the body to the original position until the supporting leg is straight. Complete all reps for one side, then repeat all steps using the other leg.

EXERCISES 167

PLANCHE The planche is a fundamental gymnastics skill in which the body is held parallel to the floor supported only by hands and arms, with the feet raised.

01 Start in a plank position with weight distributed between the hands and toes. Lean your body forward until the shoulders are in front of the wrists.

MORE DIFFICULT KEEP HIPS LEVEL WITH SHOULDERS AND GLUTES.

Modify range of motion: Perform push-ups while holding the planche in step 2 to provide a dynamic balance challenge for the core.

02 Inhale and transfer your full weight into your arms, elevating your feet. Hold this “floating” position with hips and shoulders level.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability: In step 2, tuck the knees to shorten the body, increase balance, and build strength to straighten the legs later.

03

Carefully lower your feet and transfer your weight until it’s evenly distributed between hands and toes.

168 LEVEL 3

ONE-ARM CHIN-UP

A STRONG GRIP CONTRACTS THE UPPER BODY MUSCLES.

One-arm chin-ups are a super exercise requiring greater strength, coordination, and balance than the standard chin-up in Level 1.

01 Stand directly under your pull-up bar.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: In step 3, lower slowly over a count of four, creating an eccentric muscle contraction to build incredible strength and power.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify points of contact: Use a towel around the bar to assist the nonworking arm. The towel provides stability and can be pulled with that arm to create leverage.

02 Grab the bar with a one-arm underhand grip (palm facing you) and hang with a straight arm.

03

Pull yourself up until your chin is above the bar, and pause. Lower yourself down with control.

EXERCISES 169

ONE-ARM INVERTED ROW This exercise balances the muscles used in push-ups, making it essential for back strength, shoulder stability, and injury prevention.

01

Lie on your back directly under the bar. Grab the bar with one hand in an overhand grip (palm facing away), hand outside the shoulder.

ALLOW SHOULDER TO MOVE BUT DON’T ROTATE TORSO.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify stability and range of motion: In all steps, elevating a foot on a prop decreases leverage in the legs, so you pull more weight and challenge balance and strength.

02 Pull yourself up until your chest touches the bar, and pause.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability and points of contact: In all steps, bend one or both legs to create leverage so you can focus on form.

03 Lower yourself down with control.

170 LEVEL 3

FRONT LEVER The front lever is a fundamental gymnastics strength hold that develops the core and upper body muscles.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: Remove the tuck in step 2 and elevate from dead hang to front lever, shifting your weight and forcing the core and lats to work overtime to keep you elevated.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: Omit step 3. Instead, tuck the knees into a tabletop position and hold to decrease your leverage and the force working against gravity.

01 Stand beneath a pull-up bar and hop up and grasp it with an overhand grip. Your arms should be at a 45-degree angle instead of perfectly vertical.

EXERCISES 171

02 Tuck knees into chest and rock back until your body

03 Straighten legs, press through straight arms to

hangs in a ball-like position.

engage the lats, and form a straight line from shoulders to toes. Hold this position for the duration of the exercise.

ROTATE HANDS SLIGHTLY SO PALMS FACE DOWN.

The front lever is a popular gymnastics hold because it’s an impressive display of strength that helps develop a strong core and powerful pulling muscles.

172 LEVEL 3

Back bridges can help back pain caused by sitting at a desk all day and also strengthen the spine for heavy lifts in the gym.

SINGLE-LEG REVERSE BRIDGE Back bridges are one of the best back exercises for building total body strength and flexibility.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: In step 2, add an extra half rep by lowering halfway and then re-engaging the core and glutes to lift back up.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: Instead of elevating the leg vertically in step 2, extend it horizontally and rest the heel on the floor to provide balance and stability.

01

Lie on your back with knees bent and arms bent so palms are on the floor by the side of your head, fingers pointing to toes, and elbows to ceiling.

EXERCISES 173

SQUEEZE YOUR SHOULDER BLADES AND GLUTES.

02 Lift one leg and point it to the ceiling. Push hips up by extending both arms and the support leg. Round your back and squeeze the glutes and abs.

03

Push through the shoulders, pull the belly button to the spine, and hold before placing the foot down on the floor and carefully lowering. Repeat all steps on the opposite side.

174 LEVEL 3

NEO ROW I can’t promise you’ll be able to dodge bullets after this exercise, but you will build a bulletproof back, shoulders, and core; increase athletic performance; and feel like an action hero.

01

Lie on your back under the bar. Grab it overhand with one hand held wider than the shoulder. Allow the non-working arm and shoulder to rotate toward the ground, but keep hips square.

TRY TO ROTATE SHOULDERS AND TORSO 180 DEGREES.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify speed: In step 3, lower from the bar slowly over a count of four to create a strength-building eccentric muscle contraction.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: For all steps, bend one or both legs to decrease the amount of bodyweight working against gravity and increase stability. Focus on your form.

02 Pull yourself toward the bar and take the non-pulling arm across the body, rotating shoulders and reaching to the outside of the arm on the bar. Pause and hold for a second.

Don’t use momentum to throw your arm up and across your body. Instead, control the motion and rotate your core.

EXERCISES 175

03

Lower yourself with control as you rotate back to the starting position. Perform the prescribed number of reps or time period. Repeat all steps with the opposite arm.

176 LEVEL 3

PANCAKE PUSH-UP This “double-stacks” the perfect compund exercise—extending the arms overhead to decrease upper body leverage, and requiring incredible core strength.

01 Lie face down on the floor, arms extended overhead and legs extended but toes curled under on the floor. Inhale.

SPREAD FINGER TIPS WIDE FOR MORE STABILITY.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 On the exhale, press down into the floor through the Modify body angle: Elevate your feet on a box or bench to decline your body, shifting a greater proportion of bodyweight into the upper body.

palms, using full extension of the arms for leverage and lifting the body off the floor. Hold for a count of two.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Hold an extended plank for a time to build strength and confidence as you work up to performing the pancake push-up.

03

Inhale and slowly lower the body to the floor. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the duration of the exercise.

EXERCISES 177

FLUTTER UP This advanced core exercise engages the abdominals, erector spinae, and hip flexors as you fight to elevate the upper and lower body in unison.

01 Lie on your back with arms and legs extended, and with one leg approximately 1 foot (30.5cm) higher than the other.

MORE DIFFICULT

KEEP NECK SOFT AND HEAD ALIGNED WITH SPINE.

02 Switch the feet in 1-foot (30.5cm) increments as you Modify range of motion: In steps 2 and 3, add a half rep after each full rep by lowering halfway and raising back up, performing 50 percent more work and punishing your core.

simultaneously lift the torso and legs to form a V, with the arms reaching toward the fluttering toes.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: Keep your upper body still and only flutter your legs. Focus on proper form in your posterior pelvic tilt.

03 Continue to flutter the legs as you slowly lower your torso back to the floor. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the duration of the exercise.

178 LEVEL 3

BURPEE TO PULL-UP This combines two insanely effective exercises into one compound total-body strength and cardiovascular powerhouse. MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: In step 7, lower over a four count. This requires a strength-building, gravity-defying, eccentric muscle contraction.

01 Position yourself under your bar with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees and bring the hands to the floor just in front of your feet.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: Eliminate the push-up in step 2 to perform a squat thrust to chin-up instead. This decreases work but lets you move faster and improves cardiovascular fitness.

02 Hop your feet back into a plank position.

EXERCISES 179

03 Perform one push-up with your

04 Jump to bring your feet back to your

05 Jump from the crouched position

core engaged.

hands, shifting your weight to the heels and lifting your chest.

and reach hands overhead to grasp the bar in an overhand grip with hands wider than shoulders.

06 Pull yourself up until your chin is

07 Lower yourself to the floor by

08 Let go of the bar, landing softly

above the bar. Touch your chest to the bar with a slightly backwards lean to the body.

straightening the arms. Make sure to do this with control, as it will build strength.

with a slight bend at your knees, hips, and ankles.

PULL-UP SHOULDN’T BE COMPLETELY VERTICAL.

180 LEVEL 3

PLYOMETRIC INVERTED ROW In plyometrics, the muscles exert maximum force in short time intervals, with the goal of adding both speed and power to an exercise.

01

Lie on your back directly under the bar. Grab the bar with an overhand grip, hands wider than your shoulders.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify speed: In step 3, lower slowly over four seconds to add a strength-building eccentric muscle contraction.

02 Pull yourself up aggressively and try to “jump” your chest to the LESS DIFFICULT

Modify stability and points of contact: Don’t let go of the bar in step 2. Instead, perform an inverted bodyweight row, pulling as aggressively as possible on the way up.

bar while you let go and extend your arms past the bar.

Start small with the “jump.” Start by lightly letting go of the bar, and build to a full extension or clap above the bar.

EXERCISES 181

CONTRACT ABS AND KEEP BODY STRAIGHT.

03

Catch the bar and lower yourself as you straighten the arms with control.

182 LEVEL 3

DON’T ALLOW FRONT KNEE TO GO PAST TOES.

PEDAL The pedal, or jump lunge, will make your heart rate skyrocket and lower body scream. This quad and glute killer requires balance, coordination, and more than a little determination.

01

Stand with one foot in front of the other. Keep your torso as tall as possible.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Upon landing in step 3, hold for a count of four to add a strength-building isolation hold and remove momentum.

LESS DIFFICULT

02 Bend both legs to a 90-degree angle and sink into a lunge position.

Modify range of motion: Remove the jump in step 3; instead perform a back lunge, alternating legs and focusing on depth of motion.

EXERCISES 183

Try this ...

Increase the depth of the exercise and challenge the inner thighs, hips, and glutes.

03

Jump with enough force to propel both feet from the floor. While in the air, scissor-switch your feet. Land in a lunge position with the opposite foot in front.

STAGGERED PEDAL In step 2, widen your stance, opening the legs to just past shoulder width.

Pay attention to the impact during the landing. Land as softly as possible so the force of the deceleration is distributed between knee, hip, and ankle joints.

184 LEVEL 3

L-SIT CHIN-UP This exercise builds on the classic chin-up by adding a challenging isolation hold for hip flexors, quads, and abdominals.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: In step 3, lower from the chin-up slowly over a count of four to add a strengthbuilding eccentric muscle contraction.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: Omit steps 3 and 4 to simply hang from the bar and perform leg raises. This strengthens your grip. This allows you to focus on building core strength.

01

Position yourself directly under your pull-up bar. Grab the bar with an underhand (palms facing you) shoulder-width grip and hang with arms straight.

EXERCISES 185

When you perform an L-sit for the first time, you may struggle to fully straighten your legs. Weakness in the quads or abdominals, or even lack of flexibility in the hamstrings, can make quads feel about to cramp. LIFT LEGS UNTIL TOES ARE HIGHER THAN HIPS.

02 Keep legs straight and lift them until

03 Maintain the L shape and pull yourself up

04 Lower yourself down by straightening your

they’re just beyond parallel to the floor, forming an L with the torso. Toes should be pointed, thighs squeezed together, and knees completely locked.

until your chest touches the bar. Squeeze the shoulder blades and pause for a count of two.

arms. Don’t lower your legs; instead, remain in the L-sit position for all the prescribed reps.

186 LEVEL 3

SINGLE-LEG PELVIC PEEL This peel increases strength in the hips, hamstrings, and glutes while simultaneously challenging your balance and proprioception.

01

MORE DIFFICULT

Lie flat on your back. Bend one leg and place the foot about 1 foot (30.5cm) from your glutes. Elevate the other leg to 90 degrees and point the toes up. Leave arms loose at your sides.

Modify body angle: In all steps, elevate the feet on a prop to shift weight to the hips and core, requiring you to lift hips higher and increasing glute activation.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Instead of lifting and lowering, hold the highest point of the exercise to create a strength-building isolation hold.

02 Pressing through the sole of the foot on the floor, squeeze the glutes and lift the hips until your body forms a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause at the top of the motion and hold for one or two seconds.

EXERCISES 187

Squeeze the glutes, and avoid pushing out your rib cage, as that will put pressure on your neck.

KEEP HIPS SQUARE, DON’T HYPEREXTEND HIPS OR BACK.

03

Lower back to the floor or mat under control. Repeat all steps using the opposite side of the body.

188 LEVEL 3

KNEE TUCK EXTENSION The knee tuck extension amps up the classic chin-up by adding a challenging isolation hold for hip flexors, quads, and abdominals.

PACK SHOULDERS: PULL THEM BACK AND DOWN.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: Hold step 3 for a count of four to create a brief isolation hold, which will build strength in the position where you’re working against the greatest leverage.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify stability: Perform the exercise lying on the floor instead of hanging to increase stability and to build confidence and strength before eventually going to the bar.

01

Grab the bar with an overhand (palms facing away) grip, with arms slightly wider than shoulders, and hang with arms straight in a dead hang.

EXERCISES 189

02 Tuck the knees to the chest without causing the body to swing on the bar.

03

Straighten the legs until they’re just beyond parallel to the floor, forming an L with the torso. Toes should be pointed, thighs squeezed together, and knees locked.

04 Keep the legs straight and lower them slowly with control until your body forms a straight line, returning to the dead hang position.

Knees up, chin down: The rectus abdominis (six-pack abs) are flexors. If you bring the knees up and tuck the chin slightly, it will encourage the abs to contract.

190 LEVEL 3

T-STAND JUMP Adding an explosive leap to the yoga-inspired T-stand improves athletic performance by forcing you to control your descent and decelerate in a dynamic fashion.

01 Stand with feet together and arms at your sides.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify stability: As you land in step 4, single-leg squat for a count of four, removing momentum and creating an isolation hold.

LESS DIFFICULT

02 Inhale and slowly bend from the hips, lowering the torso and extending the arms. As you fold forward, raise one leg until torso and leg are parallel to the floor.

Modify stability: In step 3, bring the knee to the front at hip height, but don’t jump. You’ll build confidence as you prep to add the jump.

EXERCISES 191

SWING THE ARM OPPOSITE THE BENT LEG.

04 Land softly and with control, extending the bent leg to reverse the motion in step 2 and lowering the torso until both are parallel to the floor. Complete all reps on one side of the body, then repeat on the opposite side.

03

Exhale as you lift the torso and bring the extended leg forward, bending the knee until the thigh is parallel to the floor and pushing off with the stabilizing leg to jump.

If balancing is a challenge, bend deeper at the waist to allow fingertips to touch the floor.

192 LEVEL 3

BURPEE TO CHIN-UP This high-intensity exercise targets the whole body and boosts metabolic conditioning and fat loss. The extreme conditioning it provides also benefits athletic performance. MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: In step 6, lower down over a gravitydefying count of four to add a strength-building eccentric muscle contraction.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: Eliminate the push-up in step 2 to perform a squat thrust to chin-up instead. This decreases work but lets you move faster and improves cardiovascular fitness.

01

Working underneath the bar with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees and bring your hands to the floor just in front of your feet. Hop your feet back into a plank position.

EXERCISES 193

KEEP WEIGHT IN HEELS AND CHEST UP.

02 Perform one push-up with your core engaged.

03

Jump to bring your feet back to your hands, shifting your weight into the heels and lifting your chest.

04 Jump up and reach hands overhead to grasp the bar in an underhand grip (palms facing toward you).

LOWERING WITH CONTROL BUILDS STRENGTH.

05 Pull yourself up until your chin is above the bar. Squeeze your shoulder blades and try to touch your chest to the bar.

06

Lower yourself down by straightening your arms with control. Let go of the bar and land softly with a slight bend at your knees, hips, and ankles.

194 LEVEL 3

TUCK JUMP BURPEE This is an incredible cardiovascular and strength exercise for those feeling superhuman. Explosive plyometrics combined with the totalbody Burpee burn fat and improve agility and athletic performance.

01

With your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees and bring hands to the floor just in front of your feet.

DON’T LET HIPS SAG.

02 Hop your feet back into a plank position with bodyweight evenly distributed between toes and hands, and with the core engaged.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: In step 3, perform two push-ups, and jump twice in step 5. Twice the effort equals twice the gain.

03 Perform one push-up with your core engaged.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify points of contact: Remove the push-up in step 3 and perform a tuck jump squat thrust instead.

04 Jump your feet back to your hands, shifting your weight into the heels and lifting your chest.

EXERCISES 195

A recent study finds that performing 10 fast-paced repetitions of a Burpee stokes your metabolic furnace as effectively as sprinting for 30 seconds.

05 Jump up from the crouched position, tucking your knees to your chest.

06 Land softly with a slight bend at your knees, hips, and ankles.

196 LEVEL 3 SQUEEZE INNER THIGHS, KEEP PELVIS TUCKED.

DRAGON FLAG The dragon flag, created by martial arts legend Bruce Lee, looks insane! It works the entire core and builds incredible strength.

01

Lie on the floor and grab a solid object behind your head with both hands. Create tension throughout your body, starting with traps, lats, and arms.

MORE DIFFICULT

02 Keep your core engaged and swing your feet up until your body is almost vertical (shoulder blades should remain on the floor).

Modify speed: The slower you go, the more time your core has to fight gravity through the eccentric phase of the exercise. This builds incredible core strength.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: Keep your back on the floor in steps 2, 3, and 4, lifting only the hips and legs in those steps. These pikes with a tailbone lift build strength and confidence.

03

Slowly lower your legs under control until they are just above the floor.

04 Immediately lift the legs back up until you’re almost vertical, then slowly lower them under control until they’re just above the floor. Repeat steps 2 to 4 for the prescribed time or number of reps.

EXERCISES 197

ONE-ARM PUSH-UP The ultimate show of upper body strength? Some people think so, but the one-arm push-up isn’t just for upper body strength—it also engages your core for stability.

01 Get into push-up position with just one hand on the floor and feet spread wide apart. Tense your entire body and hold your free hand tight against your lower back.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: Elevate feet for all steps to shift a larger percentage of weight into the upper body and work it harder.

02 Lower your body slowly until your chest nearly touches the ground.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify body angle: For all steps, elevate hands, shifting weight to the lower body to work the upper body less.

03 Explode up to the starting position, straightening the arm and engaging the core. Perform all prescribed reps on one arm, then repeat with the opposite arm.

THE WIDER YOUR FEET, THE EASIER.

198 LEVEL 3

SKIN THE CAT Despite its awful name, this is a great core exercise and also a good stretch for the upper body, especially for achieving full range of motion in the shoulder.

MORE DIFFICULT Modify speed: Perform skin the cat as slowly as possible to create dynamic tension and build strength through the eccentric phase of the exercise.

LESS DIFFICULT Modify range of motion: Hold a dead hang position for time to build shoulder and grip strength.

01

Stand tall directly underneath the bar. Grab it with an overhand grip. Pull the shoulders back and down, and settle into a dead hang.

EXERCISES 199

ARMS SHOULD BE FULLY EXTENDED.

02 Keeping arms and legs straight, point the toes and raise the legs, continuing the movement until the feet pass between the arms and you’re in the inverted pike hang position.

03

Continue to pass the feet overhead and down behind you toward the floor (without touching it), rolling your torso so you’re in the extended skin the cat position.

04 Lift your hips and raise the legs back and over so you’re once again in the hanging position from step 1.

Skin the cat stretches and opens up the shoulders to create full range of motion, which helps with push-ups, pull-ups, dips, and front levers.

200 LEVEL 3

01

Stand tall, with your feet hip-width apart and toes pointing forward.

SQUAT TO L-SIT This total-body exercise utilizes the lower body and core, and it also engages the hip flexors and triceps isometrically.

MORE DIFFICULT

Modify speed: Hold both steps 2 and 5 for a count of four to build strength in the toughest two phases of the exercise.

LESS DIFFICULT

Modify range of motion: In step 5, either extend the legs partially or simply hold them off the floor in a tucked position.

EXERCISES 201

02 Inhale and lower into a deep squat (glutes below knees) as if trying to make glutes touch the back of the calves, arms extended for balance.

03

Place your hands on the floor slightly behind your hips, and sit, weight shifted back, palms directly under shoulders, fingertips facing forward.

The deeper you can sit into your squat, the easier the transition to L-sit will become.

LIFT TOES SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN HIPS.

04 Push into the floor with your hands,

05 Straighten and elevate the legs, squeezing

straighten your arms, and bring your shoulders down in order to lift your butt off the floor.

the inner thighs and pointing the toes. Hold this position briefly.

06 Bend and then lower the legs, placing the

07 Extend your arms in front of you for balance

08 Straighten your legs and stand

soles of your feet on the floor.

and lift your hips from the floor, rocking yourself slightly forward into a deep squat.

tall, engaging the core, squeezing the glutes, and tucking the hips under.

202 LEVEL 3

LEG HELL It may be short, but this workout certainly isn’t sweet! If it’s possible to have a “signature” workout, Leg Hell would be mine. Combining lower body exercises from all three levels into a high-intensity circuit with plyometrics might have made Dante Alighieri add one more circle to his vision of the underworld!

SQUAT JUMP

WORKOUTS 203 Perform max reps of each exercise for 30 seconds each, then rest for 30 seconds. Complete five rounds.

SQUAT

0:30

P081

BACK LUNGE

0:30

P074

SQUAT JUMP

0:30

P165

PEDAL

0:30 REST 0:30 REPEAT the set for a total of five rounds

This routine has a 4:1 work-to-rest ratio: work for two minutes, rest for 30 seconds. If that proves too difficult for you to maintain good form, extend the rest periods to one minute to change the ratio to 2:1.

P182

204 LEVEL 3

SET

B

ALEXANDER WORKOUT

PEDAL

20x each leg

P182

DRAGON FLAG

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P196

L-SIT CHIN-UP

The man is called Alexander the Great. If that’s not impressive enough to warrant a workout named after him, then consider this: by the age of 33 he had conquered most of the thenknown world and he did it all on the front lines. You, too, will meet this workout head-on and in an unrelenting fashion if you wish to build strength and lean muscle and dominate on your own personal battlefield, whether that be the gym or the office.

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P184

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

SET

C

SINGLE-LEG PELVIC PEEL

20x each leg

P186

HANDSTAND WALK

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P162

PLYOMETRIC INVERTED ROW

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format REPEAT sets A–C for a total of three rounds

FINISHER Perform all exercises in order with no rest between rounds.

P180

SQUAT JUMP

10x

P165

BURPEE TO CHIN-UP Perform each set for five rounds, subtracting one rep per round where shown (pyramid format). Rest 30 seconds between rounds. Perform all sets and their exercises in order.

SET

A

P166

PANCAKE PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

PEDAL

30x

P182

40x

P042 REPEAT finisher for a total of two rounds

P176

BURPEE TO PULL-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P192

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

PISTOL SQUAT

10x each leg

20x

P178

REST 0:30 after each round of the set REPEAT for five rounds in pyramid format

This is an ASFAP (As Fast As Possible) finisher: but remember that form comes first, and speed second.

WORKOUTS 205 Perform three full rounds with little or no rest between exercises or rounds.

SPARTACUS WORKOUT

PISTOL SQUAT

10x each

A former slave, Spartacus was a heavyweight gladiator (known as a murmillo), which required him to carry a large oblong shield and an 18-inch (46cm) broadsword. He fought his way from the amphitheaters of Rome to lead a 70,000-strong uprising against the mighty Roman Empire. This workout fits his legacy by building rocksolid muscle, challenging balance, and increasing power.

P166

ONE-ARM CHIN-UP

submax*

P168

PANCAKE PUSH-UP

10x

P176

FRONT LEVER

0:30

P170

BURPEE TO PULL-UP

15x

P178

NEO ROW

10x each side

P174

SQUAT JUMP

15x

P165

DRAGON FLAG

10x

If you find this routine too challenging, use the revisions found on the individual exercise pages as substitutes or add a rest period between exercises and/or sets.

P196 REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds

TABATA-STYLE FINISHER

Push for as many reps as possible in 20 seconds, trying to reach 80–90 percent of maximum heart rate. Don’t rest between rounds. Total exercise time: five minutes.

*Submax = 80 percent of your max number of reps. To calculate your max number of reps, perform the first round to failure (max) and subsequent rounds to 80 percent of that max number–e.g., max = 10 reps, submax = 8 reps.

TUCK JUMP BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P194

SQUAT JUMP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P164

REPEAT Tabata-style finisher for a total of five rounds

206 LEVEL 3

SET

C

10x

A push/pull split allows you to build muscle and strength without overstressing the body. The efficiency also allows you to train more often.

10x

P058

L-SIT CHIN-UP

P184

PLYOMETRIC PUSH-UP

10x

P136

ARCHER PULL-UP

P108 REST 1:00 before set D

SET

D

PIKE PUSH-UP TO PUSH-UP

10x

P140

ONE-ARM INVERTED ROW

10x each side 10x

STANDARD PUSH-UP

10x 10x MILITARY PUSH-UP

10x

P062

CHIN-UP

10x

P050 REST 1:00 before set B

BACKWARD PUSH-UP INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW STOP-AND-GO PUSH-UP CLOSE-GRIP INVERTED ROW

P052

HANGING LEG RAISE

0:30

P110 P164

KNEE TUCK EXTENSION

P188

DRAGON FLAG

P196

HANGING REVERSE CURL

0:30 P052

REST 1:00 before set C

0:30

0:30 P138

10x

PIKE

0:30 P054

10x

REST 1:00 REPEAT sets A–D for one to three rounds

0:30 P132

10x

Complete exercises in order and rest two minutes. Perform three rounds.

P180

HOLLOW BODY ROCKER

SET

10x

10x ARMOR ABS

P056

P176

PLYOMETRIC INVERTED ROW

P048

PULL-UP

P168

PANCAKE PUSH-UP

SET

B

10x

PUSH/PULL POWER

Perform each set in order. Rest one minute between sets. Complete one to three rounds–if you can’t perform every rep with good form, don’t progress to the next round.

A

DOWN DOG PUSH-UP

P116

PLANCHE

0:30 REST 2:00 REPEAT Armor Abs for a total of three rounds

P167

WORKOUTS 207 Perform three full rounds with little to no rest between exercises or rounds.

VLAD WORKOUT Very few people in history have cast more terror in the human heart than Vlad the Impaler, or, as he’s better known, Dracula. The man who became a legend as the Lord of Darkness was a real person and a great warrior known to drink the blood of his enemies. He was born in 1431 in Transylvania, the central region of modern-day Romania, and ruled for many years, holding the Ottoman Empire at bay. Don’t let this workout cast terror in your heart–stay positive and remember that if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

HANDSTAND WALK

10x

P162

ONE-ARM INVERTED ROW

10x each side

P169

SQUAT TO L-SIT

10x

P200

SINGLE-LEG PELVIC PEEL

10x each side

P186

FRONT LEVER

0:30

P170

PANCAKE PUSH-UP

10x

P176

KNEE TUCK EXTENSION

10x

P188

SKIN THE CAT FINISHER Repeat five times with no rest between rounds. Total exercise time: 10 minutes.

3x with a 10-second hold

P198

REPEAT the set for a total of three rounds

BURPEE TO PULL-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P178

X-JACK

Are sore muscles preventing you from progressing or meeting the required reps? Make sure to get adequate pre- and postworkout nutrition, to foam roll, and to follow the functional exercises. See the Bodyweight Basics section for hints and tips on all those items.

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P072

1-2 PUSH

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P126

BURPEE TO CHIN-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P192

REPEAT finisher for a total of five rounds

208 LEVEL 3

FOUNDATION A solid foundation creates a strong, balanced, and stable surface that transfers its load to the ground surrounding it. This routine builds the body from the ground up, utilizing some of the biggest muscles in the body to burn calories, build more muscle, and provide a solid footing from which everything else can grow.

Perform each set in order and rest one minute between sets. Complete three rounds.

PISTOL SQUAT

10x each side

P166

SINGLE-LEG PELVIC PEEL

10x each side

P186

P165

SINGLE-LEG REVERSE BRIDGE

P172

REST 1:00 before set C

P182

REST 1:00 REPEAT sets A–C for a total of three rounds

KNEE TUCK EXTENSION

0:30

P188

DRAGON FLAG

P196

0:30

P116

PLANCHE

T-STAND JUMP

10x each side

P164

HANGING REVERSE CURL

PEDAL

20x

0:30

0:30

SET

C

P110

HOLLOW BODY ROCKER

SQUAT JUMP

0:30 each leg

P053

HANGING LEG RAISE

0:30

SET

20x each side

PIKE

0:30

REST 1:00 before set B

B

ARMOR ABS Complete exercises in order and rest two minutes. Perform three rounds.

SET

A

Perform the first round to max reps and then aim for 80 percent of your max reps in the following rounds. For example, if your max is 15 lunges in 30 seconds, aim for 12 lunges while slowing the reps down to meet the 30-second time. This will ensure you can complete all the rounds.

P190

0:30 REST 2:00 REPEAT Armor Abs for a total of three rounds

P167

209 SET

FORGED

D

To forge means to shape by heating and hammering. We’re going to heat up your body with metabolic-boosting plyometrics and then hammer it into shape with compound multi-muscle strength exercises.

BURPEE TO CHIN-UP

0:30

P192

PLYOMETRIC PUSH-UP

10x

P136

ONE-ARM INVERTED ROW

10x each side

P169

REST 0:30 before set E

SET

E

Perform each set in order and rest 30 seconds after each set. Complete three rounds.

SET

A

ARMOR ABS

SQUAT JUMP

0:30

P165

SINGLE-LEG PELVIC PEEL

10x each side

P186

PISTOL SQUAT

10x each side

P166

REST 0:30 before set B

P178 P197 P180

SET

P182

T-STAND JUMP

10x each side

P190

SQUAT TO L-SIT

10x

P200 REST 0:30 before set D

0:30

P110 P164

KNEE TUCK EXTENSIONS

P188

DRAGON FLAG

P196

HANGING REVERSE CURL

P116

PLANCHE

PEDAL

0:30

P053

HANGING LEG RAISE

0:30

REST 0:30 before set C

C

0:30

0:30

PLYOMETRIC INVERTED ROW

10x

PIKE

0:30

ONE-ARM PUSH-UP

5x each side

P198

REST 0:30 REPEAT sets A–E for a total of three rounds

0:30

BURPEE TO PULL-UP

0:30

3x with a 10-second hold

HOLLOW BODY ROCKER

SET

B

Complete exercises in order and rest two minutes. Perform three rounds.

SKIN THE CAT

0:30 REST 2:00 REPEAT Armor Abs for a total of three rounds

P167

210 LEVEL 3

INFERNO It’s time to set your body ablaze with some high intensity interval training and dynamic combination exercises such as Burpee to pull-ups. Adding speed not only increases the calorie-burning benefits of the workout but also adds instability. As your body compensates for the forces you create, it has to constantly adjust and counter the effects of gravity and motion. This will improve coordination and performance and help prevent injury.

HANDSTAND WALK

When you’re up against the clock, it’s easy to lose track of the quality of your reps and instead focus only on quantity. Correct form should always be your first priority, so review the exercises thoroughly before you perform them at speed.

WORKOUTS 211 Perform all exercises in each set four times. Rest one minute between each set. Total time for the workout should be 27 minutes.

SET

A

BURPEE TO PULL-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P178

SQUAT JUMP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P165

ONE-ARM INVERTED ROW–RIGHT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P169

ONE-ARM INVERTED ROW–LEFT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P169

REPEAT set A for a total of four rounds REST 1:00 before set B

SET

B

BURPEE TO CHIN-UP

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P192

PEDAL

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P182

HANDSTAND WALK

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P162

HOLLOW BODY ROCKER

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P164

REPEAT set B for a total of four rounds REST 1:00 before set C

SET

C

TUCK JUMP BURPEE

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P194

T-STAND JUMP–RIGHT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P190

T-STAND JUMP–LEFT

work 0:20, rest 0:10

P190

PLANCHE

work 0:20, rest 0:10 REPEAT set C for a total of four rounds REST 1:00

P167

212 LEVEL 3

EVOLUTION Fusing exercises from all three levels of this book, Evolution shows you just how far you’ve come in your bodyweight revolution. This workout evolves each set to take you from the base motion in Level 1 to the dynamic variation in Level 3.

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

If three rounds of this workout are too challenging for you, perform only two, or adjust the reps on rounds two and three so you’re working at 80 percent of your max reps.

WORKOUTS 213 Perform each set in order with no rest between exercises. Rest one minute after each set. Complete three rounds.

SET

A

SET

C

SQUAT

10x

P081

STANDARD PUSH-UP

10x

10x

PULL-UP

10x

ELBOW BRIDGE

P064

0:10 each side

P066

10x each side ABDOMINATION

SET

SHRIMP SQUAT

10x each side

P118

STOP-AND-GO PUSH-UP

10x

P138

ARCHER PULL-UP

10x

P108

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

10x

P054

BUTTERFLY PEEL AND PIGEON PEEL

10x each REST 1:00 before set C

P169

SINGLE-LEG PELVIC PEEL

REST 1:00 before set B

B

P178

ONE-ARM INVERTED ROW

PELVIC PEEL

10x

P176

BURPEE TO PULL-UP

P056

0:30

P166

PANCAKE PUSH-UP

P048

10x

PISTOL SQUAT

10x each side

P122

Complete six rounds. Total time: nine minutes.

P186

REST 1:00 REPEAT sets A–C for a total of three rounds

HOLLOW BODY ROCKER

0:20

P164

FLUTTER UP

0:20

P177

DRAGON FLAG

0:20

P196

REST :30 REPEAT Abdomination to total six rounds

214 LEVEL 3

SUPER CIRCUIT THE BODYWEIGHT 500 This grueling total-body workout will demand 500 total reps of exercises from all levels. It will push you both mentally and physically. In exchange, you’ll get increased endurance and improved athletic performance, and you’ll shred fat. You have what it takes, but it will take all you’ve got!

Complete all exercises in order and try to minimize rest time between exercises.

SQUAT

50x

P081

STANDARD PUSH-UP

50x

P048

SQUAT JUMP

25x

P165

PELVIC PEEL

25x

P066

PIKE

50x

P053

ALTERNATING LATERAL LUNGE

50x

P046

PULL-UP

25x

Don’t substitute any exercises or reduce the reps. Instead, when necessary, use the less difficult modification for each exercise to make the workout easier.

P056

BACK LUNGE

25x each leg

P075

MILITARY PUSH-UP

50x

P062

INVERTED BODYWEIGHT ROW

50x

P054

SKATER JUMP

50x

P130

BURPEE TO CHIN-UP

25x

P192

WORKOUTS 215 SET

SUPER CIRCUIT BEAST MODE

C

10x each leg 5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x 5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

SET

D

STANDARD PUSH-UP

10x 20x

P072

BURPEE

30x

P060

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

P166

40x

PANCAKE PUSH-UP

P043 REPEAT set D for two rounds as fast as possible REST 0:30 before set E

P176 SET

BURPEE TO PULL-UP

P178

REPEAT set A for five rounds in pyramid format REST 0:30 before set B

E

SQUAT

10x

P081

STANDARD PUSH-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

SET

B

P048

X-JACK

PISTOL SQUAT

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

1-2 PUSH

10x

P126

SKATER JUMP

20x

P130

SINGLE-LEG BURPEE

30x

P134

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

40x

P108

REPEAT set C for five rounds in pyramid format REST 0:30 before set D

SET

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P103

ARCHER PULL-UP

Complete all sets and their exercises in order. Perform sets A, C, and E in pyramid format (decreasing reps per round where shown), and sets B and D as fast as possible. Rest 30 seconds between each set.

10x each leg

P124

SPIDERMAN PUSH-UP

Beast Mode combines three of the toughest muscle-building sets from the workouts named after warriors and gods and breaks them up with metabolic “finishers” to create an epic Super Circuit. Beast Mode–ON!

A

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT

P043 REPEAT set B for two rounds as fast as possible REST 0:30 before set C

P048

PULL-UP

5x, 4x, 3x, 2x, 1x

P056

REPEAT set E for five rounds in pyramid format REST 0:30 REPEAT Beast Mode once more from set E to set A for the ultimate challenge (optional)

216 LEVEL 3

REDLINE “Train ’til you redline” has become the unofficial tagline for my motorsport clients. The drivers I work with have to be strong and lean, and need incredible core strength. To achieve this goal, we fuse bodyweight resistance exercises and high intensity interval training.

SKATER JUMP

If you struggle to recover between sets, extend the rest period to one minute.

WORKOUTS 217 Perform the exercises in each set in order. Rest 30 seconds between each set. Complete five rounds.

SET

A

X-JACK

0:30

P072

TUCK JUMP BURPEE

0:30

P194

MOUNTAIN CLIMBER

0:30

P043

BACKWARD BURPEE

0:30

P070

REST 0:30 before set B

SET

B

PUSH-UP JACK

0:30

P076

SKATER JUMP

0:30

P130

1-2 PUSH

0:30

P126

BURPEE TO CHIN-UP

0:30

P192

REST 0:30 REPEAT sets A–B for a total of five rounds

218 LEVEL 3

PROGRAM Each program has 6 days of work and one day of rest. It’s best to perform the workouts Monday to Saturday and rest on Sunday, but you can take a midweek rest day as needed. Don’t switch the workouts within a program. as this may have an adverse affect on rest time for a specific muscle group.

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

PROGRAM 219

DAY 01 ●



ALEXANDER WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 08 ●

LEG HELL

DAY 02 ● ●





ALEXANDER WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 22 ●

LEG HELL





DAY 09 ● ●

DAY 15

FOUNDATION ARMOR ABS

DAY 03

EVOLUTION ABDOMINATION

DAY 16 ● ●

FOUNDATION ARMOR ABS

DAY 10 ●

● ●

EVOLUTION ABDOMINATION

INFERNO





DAY 17 ●

SPARTACUS WORKOUT TABATA-STYLE FINISHER

DAY 24 ●

INFERNO

PUSH/PULL POWER ARMOR ABS

DAY 11 ● ●



DAY 23

SPARTACUS WORKOUT TABATA-STYLE FINISHER

DAY 04

FORGED ARMOR ABS

DAY 18 ●



PUSH/PULL POWER ARMOR ABS

DAY 25 ● ●

FORGED ARMOR ABS

DAY 05 ● ●

VLAD WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 12 ●

REDLINE

DAY 19 ●



VLAD WORKOUT FINISHER

DAY 26 ●

DAY 06

REDLINE



SUPER CIRCUIT THE BODYWEIGHT 500

DAY 13 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT BEAST MODE

DAY 20 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT THE BODYWEIGHT 500

DAY 27 ●

SUPER CIRCUIT BEAST MODE

220 INDEX

INDEX A

anatomical chart, 16–17

shoes, 14

afterburn, 13

benefits of bodyweight resistance training, 11

towel, 14

Alexander Workout, 204 All-In, 151 alternating cross-over lunge, 106–107 alternating lateral lunge, 46–47 anatomical chart, 16–17 archer pull-up, 108–109 archer push-up, 131 Ares Workout, 82 ASFAP (As Fast As Possible) finisher, 82, 144, 204

watch or timer, 14

Big Six, 18–25

nutrition, 38–39

Burpees, 22

blueprint, 39

inverted rows, 23 lunges, 20

post-workout snacks and meals, 39

pull-ups, 24–25

protein, 38

push-ups, 21

recovery, 36–37

squats, 18–19

foam roll, 36

description of bodyweight resistance training, 10

foam rolling technique, 37

functional warm-ups, 30–35

sleep, 36

ice, 36

inline lunge, 31

B back bridge, 120–121 back lunge, 75 backward Burpee, 70–71 backward push-up, 132–133 Big Six, 9, 15, 18–25 Burpees, 22 inverted rows, 23 lunges, 20 pull-ups, 24–25 push-ups, 21 squats, 18–19 bodyweight basics, 9–39 advantages of bodyweight resistance training, 12–13 adaptability 12 build lean muscle and burn fat, 13 core strength, 13 increase athletic performance, 13 symmetry, 13

stretch, 36

inner thigh mobility, 34

bridge kick, 78–79

resting squat, 32

Bulgarian split squat, 124–125

thoracic rotation, 35

burn, 94–95

trunk stability push-up, 33

Burpee, 22, 60–61

how to use this book, 15

Burpee to chin-up, 192–193

exercises, 15

Burpee to pull-up, 178–179

method, 15

butterfly peel, 123

programs, 15 Q&A, 15

C

workouts, 15

calisthenics, 3

hydration, 39

chin-up, 50–51

modifications, 26–29

close-grip inverted row, 52

body angle, 26

Crazy 8s, 142–143

points of contact, 28 range of motion, 27

D

speed, 29

dead hang, 42

stability 27

deep squat, 102

must-haves and useful extras, 14 foam roller, 14 pull-up bar, 14

dehydration, 39 dip, 73

INDEX 221 down dog push-up, 58–59 dragon flag, 196 dragon walk, 128–129 Dynamic Duos, 92 dynamic stability exercises see Level 2, 101–159

Burpee, 60–61

H handstand walk, 162–163 hanging leg raise, 110 hanging reverse curl, 116–117 hanging scapula retraction, 74 Hannibal Workout, 145

chin-up, 50–51 close-grip inverted row, 52 dead hang, 42 dip, 73 down dog push-up, 58–59 Dynamic Duos, 92

E

Hercules Workout, 144

elbow bridge, 64–65

high intensity interval training (HIIT), 155

equipment see must-haves and useful extras, 14

Hi-Lo, 93

hanging scapula retraction, 74

hollow body hold, 113

Hi-Lo, 93

hollow body rocker, 164

inverted bodyweight row, 54–55

Holy Grail of abdominal exercises, 110

Leg Day, 96–97

F–G

hydration, 39

mountain climber, 43

fatigue, 90, 92

I–J

Perseus Workout, 83

ice bath, 36

pike, 53

Inferno, 210–211

program, 98–99

inline lunge, 31

pull-up, 56–57

inner thigh mobility, 34

push-up jack, 76–77

inverted bodyweight row, 54–55

push vs pull, 91

inverted rows, 23

reverse plank bridge, 44–45

Evolution, 212–213 excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), 13

Fire, 152–153 Five, 88–89 flutter up, 177 foam roller, 14 forearm push-up, 112 Forged, 209 forward hinge, 68–69 Foundation, 208 foundation exercises see Level 1, 41–99

elbow bridge, 64–65 forward hinge, 68–69

military push-up, 62–63

pelvic peel, 66–67

Round the World, 84–85

K–L

squat, 81

knee tuck extension, 188–189

standard push-up, 48–49 Super Circuit Five, 88–89

frog hold, 111 front lever, 170–171

Leg Day, 96–97

Super Circuit The 300, 87

front lunge, 104–105

Legendary Legs, 150

10 to 1, 90

functional warm-ups, 30–35

Leg Hell, 202–203

Thor Workout, 86

Level 1, 41–99

wall sit, 80

inline lunge, 31 inner thigh mobility, 34

alternating lateral lunge, 46–47

resting squat, 32

Ares Workout, 82

thoracic rotation, 35

back lunge, 75

All-In, 151

trunk stability push-up, 33

backward Burpee, 70–71 bridge kick, 78–79

alternating cross-over lunge, 106–107

burn, 94–95

archer pull-up, 108–109

X-jack, 72 Level 2, 101–159

222 INDEX archer push-up, 131

Level 3, 161–219

back bridge, 120–121

Alexander Workout, 204

Super Circuit The Bodyweight 500, 214

backward push-up, 132–133

Burpee to chin-up, 192–193

T-stand jump, 190–191

Bulgarian split squat, 124–125

Burpee to pull-up, 178–179

tuck jump Burpee, 194–195

butterfly peel, 123

dragon flag, 196

Vlad Workout, 207

Crazy 8s, 142–143

Evolution, 212–213

L-sit chin-up, 184–185

deep squat, 102

flutter up, 177

lunges, 20

dragon walk, 128–129

Forged, 209

Fire, 152–153

Foundation, 208

M

forearm push-up, 112

front lever, 170–171

military push-up, 62–63

frog hold, 111

handstand walk, 162–163

modifications, 26–29

front lunge, 104–105

hollow body rocker, 164

body angle, 26

hanging leg raise, 110

Inferno, 210–211

points of contact, 28

hanging reverse curl, 116–117

knee tuck extension, 188–189

range of motion, 27

Hannibal Workout, 145

Leg Hell, 202–203

speed, 29

Hercules Workout, 144

L-sit chin-up, 184–185

stability 27

hollow body hold, 113

neo row, 174–175

mountain climber, 43

Legendary Legs, 150

one-arm chin-up, 168

1-2 push, 126–127

one-arm inverted row, 169

multiplanar exercises see Level 2, 101–159

pigeon peel, 122

one-arm push-up, 197

pike push-up to push-up, 140–141

pancake push-up, 176

plyometric push-up, 136–137

pedal, 182–183

program, 158–159

pistol squat, 166

Push-Pull Pairs, 146–147

planche, 167

shrimp squat, 118–119

plyometric inverted row, 180–181

single-leg Burpee, 134–135

program, 218–219

skater jump, 130

Push/Pull Power, 206

Spiderman push-up, 103

Redline, 216–217

stop-and-go push-up, 138–139

single-leg pelvic peel, 186–187

Super Circuit Fantastic Four, 149

single-leg reverse bridge, 172–173

Super Circuit Per-4-mance, 155

skin the cat, 198–199

Tri-phase, 154

Spartacus Workout, 205

Tri-set, 156–157

squat jump, 165

T-stand, 114–115

squat to L-sit, 200–201

Yue Fei Workout, 148

Super Circuit Beast Mode, 215

muscle soreness, 36, 98, 207 must-haves and useful extras, 14 foam roller, 14 pull-up bar, 14 shoes, 14 towel, 14 watch or timer, 14

N–O neo row, 174–175 nutrition, 38–39

one-arm chin-up, 168 one-arm inverted row, 169 one-arm push-up, 197 1-2 push, 126–127

INDEX 223 P pancake push-up, 176 pedal, 182–183 pelvic peel, 66–67 Perseus Workout, 83 pigeon peel, 122 pike, 53 pike push-up to push-up, 140–141 pistol squat, 166 planche, 167 plyometric inverted row, 180–181 plyometric push-up, 136–137 plyometrics, 145 see also Level 3, 161–219 post-workout snacks and meals, 39 program Level 1, 98–99 Level 2, 158–159 Level 3, 218–219 protein requirement, 38 pull-up, 24–25, 56–57 pull-up bar, 14 Push-Pull Pairs, 146–147 Push/Pull Power, 206 push-up jack, 76–77 push-ups, 21 Push vs Pull, 91

sleep, 36

towel, 14

stretch, 36

Tri-phase, 154

Redline, 216–217

Tri-set, 156–157

resting squat, 32

trunk stability push-up, 33

reverse plank bridge, 44–45

T-stand, 114–115

Round the World, 84–85

T-stand jump, 190–191 tuck jump Burpee, 194–195

S shoes, 14 shrimp squat, 118–119 single-leg Burpee, 134–135 single-leg pelvic peel, 186–187 single-leg reverse bridge, 172–173

Q&A, 15

range of motion (ROM), 27, 83 recovery, 36–37 foam roll, 36 foam rolling technique, 37 ice, 36

Vlad Workout, 207

skater jump, 130

W–X–Y–Z

skin the cat, 198–199

wall sit, 80

Spartacus Workout, 205

warm-ups (functional), 30–35

Spiderman push-up, 103

inline lunge, 31

squat jump, 165

inner thigh mobility, 34

squat to L-sit, 200–201

resting squat, 32

squats, 18–19, 81

thoracic rotation, 35

standard push-up, 48–49

trunk stability push-up, 33

stop-and-go push-up, 138–139

watch or timer, 14

strength training, perception of, 3

water requirement, 39

Super Circuit Beast Mode, 215

X-jack, 72

The Bodyweight 500, 214 Fantastic Four, 149 Five, 88–89

Q–R

unilateral exercises see Level 3, 160–219

Per-4-mance, 155 The 300, 87

T–U–V Tabata, 94, 205 10 to 1, 90 thoracic rotation, 35 Thor Workout, 86

Yue Fei Workout, 148

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sean Bartram trains numerous professional athletes and celebrities, and is the official trainer to the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders. He has been featured by Shape, Popsugar, The Huffington Post, Fox, CBS, and Reuters. Bartram owns Core Pilates and Fitness in Carmel,

Indiana, and is the author of High Intensity Interval Training for Women and Idiot’s Guides: High Intensity Interval Training. 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Thank you to everyone at DK for this opportunity, and to the incredibly talented group of people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this book a reality. An extra and very sincere thank you to Nathalie Mornu for her guidance and expertise as my editor, and special gratitude to Brook Farling for his unwavering support of me as an author. Many thanks to the “Dream Team” of Matt Bowen and Nigel Wright. Your artistry behind the lens and your design excellence brings the text and exercises in this book to life. Canterbury US (www.canterburyus.com) provided the entire wardrobe for this project and, having put their training apparel through its paces at the highest level myself, I can steadfastly recommend it to anyone picking up this book. A huge thank you to Canterbury US for their support of this project. I can’t give enough thanks to the outstanding athletes who grace each page of this book: Austin Bridenthal, Ray Boyden, Clayton Ford, and Blaize Monks, as well as fellow Brit and European champion Mark Freeman. An extra-special thank you to Mark. I’m looking forward to working and collaborating with him on many future projects. I strongly recommend checking out his website at www.freemantechnique.com.

Earnest thanks to each and every one of my clients, as each of you motivates and inspires me daily with your incredible drive and determination to meet your goals, not to mention the laughter and kindness you have all shared with me. I would also like to thank the talented group of people and companies who represent or partner with me: Robbie, Wendy, and the team at Canterbury US; James and Blanca at SOS Rehydrate; and Jeff and Alex of Frog Performance. Thank you to Jack Harvey, Jack Hawksworth, Kelly Tilley, Erin Bell, Ashli Pickens, Mary Worline, Dwayne Allen, Matt Overton, and the incredible ladies of Colts Cheer who demand nothing but the best from me and help me find it with their toughness, dedication, and “all in, all the time” mentality. For my parents: thank you for the greatest gift a parent can offer—belief. I don’t say it often enough: I love and miss you. Finally, a heartfelt thank you to Rochelle and Chloe. I’m proud of you—each of you—for your own wonderfully unique gifts. You make me laugh, keep me humble, and put up with me even when I have expended all my physical or mental energy. You always find a way to show me your love when I need it the most.

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