Do you want an all-encompassing upper-body workout? This one focuses on a solid warmup/workout section that builds your muscle stamina with one-minute sets after a 1-5 burpee/run pyramid. Do one burpee, run 25 meters, do two burpees, run 25 meters, then continue until you get to five burpees. Do one minute of sit-ups, push-ups and max pull-ups. Repeat two more times.
Repeat 3 times
- Burpee/(run 25 meters) pyramid 1-5
- One-minute sit-ups
- One-minute push-ups
- Max pull-ups
Workout section one: This is a pulling challenge section that works the body's vertical and horizontal plane.
Repeat 5 times
- Pull-ups max
- Pulldowns 10
- Body-weight bench press 5 (or TRX push-ups max)
- Dumbbell rows 5-10 (or TRX rows 10)
Workout section two: This is a pushing challenge section, using overhead weighted and isometric holds as well as the opposite direction with an easy pulling exercise and core mixed in for good measure.
Repeat 3 times
- Push press 10
- Overhead plate hold one minute
- Biceps curls 10 (or TRX biceps curls 10)
- Dips max
- Plank pose one minute
Lightweight Shoulder Workout: This lightweight routine is a great way to build strength in the smaller muscles of the shoulder. Go slowly and perform each repetition with no more than five-pound dumbbells.
Cardio/skills/PT combo: Goal pace running and swimming are important, so you can build that pacing muscle memory and know exactly how it feels to run a six-minute mile pace or a 1:30 100-meter swim. Focus on the goal pace you want to perform at your next PT test.
Swim or run PT combo (do either or both)
Repeat five times
- 200m combat swimmer stroke (CSS) at goal pace for 500 meters
- Rest with 1-2 minutes of a drownproofing event (tread, bob, float, flip)
- Run PT
- 400-meter warmup
Repeat five times 400 meters at goal pace mile pace Rest with one minute of abs of choice and one minute of push-ups* *Usually these one-minute sets of push-ups turn into a plank pose, as people are typically burned out from push-ups by now.
Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Visit his Fitness eBook store if you’re looking to start a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle. Send your fitness questions to email@example.com.
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