Workout of the Day

July 18th, 2011 by Phil Brown

Ok, so you may or may not have heard of Crossfit. I have been looking at some of their incredibly intense workouts and thought I would attempt “Barbara” to see how far I got!

Well, all I can say is that Barbara is an extremely intense workout that should NOT be attempted unless you have trained enough to develop the strength and stamina to cope with it.  I did NOT complete it and I am used to regular resistance training. To get strong enough to complete this workout in its “pure” form is an achievement that needs a serious history of scaled and progressive training. However, the exercises that make up the routine are all superb, all rounder movements that will challenge your body as a whole. Here is a scaled down version for you to try. You can add or subtract repetitions as you feel, to add more intensity or to lower it.

10 Pull ups

20 Push ups

20 Sit-ups (I prefer crunches here)

30 Squats

Make 5 cycles of this and rest for 3 minutes after each cycle.  Make a note of your time so that you can try to beat it next time!

Work hard but try to maintain a pace that allows you to complete the cycle. Use the first session doing this circuit workout as a “taster” to find what intensity level works for you.




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