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AMRAP Example

AMRAP.

No need to adjust your eyes. I had no idea what that “word” meant when I first saw it written in erasable marker on a mirror in the gym before one of my first Ultimate Fitness Experience classes. Since then, not unlike the burpee, it’s a word I’ve come to love and hate. It’s an abbreviation that stands for “As Many Reps / Rounds As Possible.”

The directive pushes you to do as much work as possible in a given amount of time. Here are just a few some examples of the high-intensity AMRAPs I’ve pushed through during the past month courtesy of our class instructor Roberto Murichi:

7-minute AMRAP: 21 sit-ups, 7 box jumps
For this workout, you push out as many rounds of 21 sit-ups followed by seven box jumps. You rest when you need to, but of course the idea is to sweat through multiple rounds.

20-minute AMRAP: 15 rear lunges, 15 push presses, 10 kettle bell high pulls
Same concept as above but different exercises for longer amount of time. I managed to get through six rounds. Adding it all up in terms of reps, that meant 90 rear lunges; 90 push presses and 60 high pulls.

If you’re not a complete fitness newbie, AMRAPs can be a great way to make the most of a limited amount of time. You can also progress or regress as needed. The first day of UFX, Roberto had us perform a four-minute Tabata using a combination of four rounds of squats followed by four rounds of sit-ups. That meant pushing out as many squats or sit-ups as we could (or AMRAPs) in a 20-second work period followed by 10 seconds of rest and repeating the cycle eight times. Maybe the first time you try this Tabata, you can barely perform seven squats in 20 seconds. Then a few weeks later, you’re banging out 15-18. Listen to your body about moving at a good pace for you.

Again, these workouts aren’t for the faint of heart or anyone who’s brand spankin’ new to exercise. However, if you’re looking to kick things up a notch, using the AMRAP practice in your workout can be a challenging way to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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Posted on April 20, 2012, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. sounds like your really working super hard! good for you! tabata is one of my most favorite workouts along with 4×4 and HIIT! all super great and gearing up to use it all in my boot camp which starts in just 3 weeks! outdoors….. rain or shine! BOOYA! just taught a full on tabata with the trx yesterday! they looooooooved it! you should cxome out and try a class one day. like nothing you’ve ever done before. one strap and your body weight! awesome! have a great weekend!

    • Hi Amy! Happy Friday! Thanks for the comments and the kudos! Your boot camp sounds awesome – wish we were a little closer, but hopefully I can try at least one of your butt-kicking workouts sometime soon. Have a great weekend!

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