Upgrade your next visit to your local park with this triple-threat workout that combines cardio and explosive strength training for dynamite fat burning.
This bodyweight leg day is no stroll in that park, however. A clever combination of controlled bodyweight movements, explosive plyometrics and all out sprints builds strong, functional muscle whilst simultaneously torching through calories.
Use a football pitch if you can’t or don’t want to mark anything out. Your goal is to get through ten rounds of the dynamic circuit as quickly as possible.
“It’s all about knowing when to take your time and focus on the muscle being worked and when to put your foot down and push it,” says Men’s Health fitness editor Andrew Tracey. “Use the lunges as an opportunity to get your wind back and keep control of your breathing during the jump squats. The sprints are where you can open up the throttle.”
After the first four or five rounds your legs are going to feel like jelly. But keep the pace up on the sprints or you’ll be here all day…
Stand tall with your core braced, (a) step one foot forward and sink into a deep lunge, rear knee lightly touching the floor. (B) Explode forwards back into a standing position, then immediately step the opposite leg forward, repeating the lunge on the opposite side, repeat for 100m
Place both hands behind your head and stand tall. (A) Push your hips back and descend under control into a full squat, pause then (B) explode back into the air, jumping as high as possible before landing with soft knees, repeat.
100m is short, so keep a strong consistent pace and make sure you lift your knees high (A) and drive with your arms (B). After 100m, get straight back to the lunges.
Former Special Forces Veteran Ant Middleton’s Full-Body Workout for True Strength
Ant Middleton is a former elite operative in the Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service, author, and star of Channel 4’s phenomenally successful SAS: Who Dares Wins. This is how he built his body, using simple exercises and minimal equipment.
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Author: David Morton