For the last few weeks I decided it would be a good idea to drag myself out of bed and down to a local park at 6:30AM in the freezing cold (and some days the rain) for an intense workout.
I have just completed a 10 day Block Workout and get the feeling I will be haunted by the words “rep out or step out” This workout is the kind of exercise which it really doesn’t matter your level of fitness it is still going to be tough and will always be more of a mental battle than a physical one. Now depending on your personality, this will either make you want to curl up and go to sleep or it will ignite curiosity and make you want to get involved.
The great thing about this type of exercise is it’s a workout which you can do anywhere, anytime and if done consistently, it will get you into great mental and physical shape.
This camp included a range of body weight exercises which get you using your own weight as a type of resistance- think press-ups, pull-ups, planks, lunges and squats. But then add sprints in between set, in which someone is chasing you and then add the whole competitive dynamics of finishing first and you have yourself a block workout!
With the calisthenic aspect you are working on all the major muscle groups, which include your abdominals, back, arms and legs. Which is great for strength and conditioning, burning fat and will increase your flexibility, endurance and stamina.
For the high intensity part- Researchers have found that when you push your body to its limits for brief periods, with periods of rest in between, it is far more effective than continuous effort at a lower pace.
High intensity interval training has been shown to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and functional movement. It also burns fat, builds stamina and results in other athletic improvements that are not always associated with high intensity training.
So how can you add this to you routine without having to get up first thing in the morning, in the freezing cold and head down to South East London? Take a look at this video for some inspiration and if you are ever local come down and check it out!
For those of you who are local Block Workouts is a charity based in South London, they have lots of reasonably priced classes and lots of free ones too which you can pop in and check out. You can find out more about these workouts on their facebook page here and check out what the founder Terroll Lewis is doing and get some workout inspiration by going to his Instagram here.
Luke Miller is the creator of Potential For Change. He believes that spirituality is the foundation for good health and likes to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of his free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here
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