The premise of this series is simple — a week’s worth of workouts.
Perhaps you’ve got a big vacation coming up in roughly seven days and want to get in a great week of training before you relax (and look your best in a bikini). Or maybe your current program is just growing stale and you need something new to reignite your training spark.
These Week to Peak routines can get you there. Choose one that looks appealing and that matches your goals and accommodates your available equipment. The workouts are challenging and fun, and they are suitable for most intermediate and advanced athletes.
Episode 1: At-Home High-Intensity Bodyweight Workouts
This five-day routine is perfect if you’re short on time and are devoid of equipment. These CrossFit-inspired workouts were designed by Brian Strump, owner of Live Active Charlotte in North Carolina, and they all can be completed in 30 minutes or less using nothing more than your own bodyweight and some elbow grease.
|Number of Workouts||5|
|Primary Goals||Conditioning, fat loss, functional movement|
|Equipment Needed||Bodyweight; jump rope and dumbbells/bands optional|
Simple 7-Day Training Split
|Metcon: 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 for Time||Metcon: 5 Rounds for Time||Rest||Sprint HIIT||12-Minute AMRAP||Rest||Metcon: 21-15-9 for Time|
Complete this warm-up before each workout.
|Jog, Run in Place or Jump Rope||2 minutes|
|Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch/Runner's Lunge||20 seconds (each side)|
|Forward-Fold Hamstring Stretch||20 seconds (each side)|
|Arm Circles (forward and backward)||20|
|Leg Swing||20 (each leg)|
Complete three rounds of the following routine.
Metcon for Time
Begin with 21 reps of each move (21 burpees and 21 sit-ups), then do 18 reps of each, then 15 and so on down to three of each. Record your total time.
- Butterfly Sit-Ups
Metcon for Time
Complete five rounds of the following workout for time.
|Walking Lunge||10 (each leg)|
|Double-Under (jump rope)||20|
Day 2 Notes
- Perform whatever version of row or pull-up you’d like, but make sure you can complete all the reps each round. Your alternative options include dumbbell or resistance-band rows and band-assisted pull-ups.
- If you have light dumbbells available and are looking for more intensity, use them for your walking lunges.
- If you don’t have a jump rope, do 20 tuck jumps instead of double-unders.
Every two minutes for 20 minutes, complete the following workout (10 rounds).
Complete as many rounds and reps as you can of the following workout in 12 minutes.
Day 5 Notes
- When doing a squat jump, go down to full squat depth, then explode out of the bottom and jump vertically as high as you can. If you want a non-impact move and have dumbbells available, you can perform 10 dumbbell hang cleans instead.
- You can do your Russian twists with bodyweight only, touching your knuckles to either side of your hips as you twist, or you can hold a dumbbell or kettlebell for added resistance.
Metcon for Time
Complete the following workout for time. Start with 21 reps of each move, then 15 of each and finally 9 of each.
- Alternating One-Legged Squat
- Pike or Handstand Push-Up
Alternating One-Legged Squat
Day 7 Notes
- Do whatever version of one-legged squats you prefer — for example, pistol squats if you’re more advanced or one-legged squats holding onto a chair or desk for balance if you’re a novice athlete.
- Choose whichever push-up version you are able to perform — pike or handstand — or you can substitute with standard push-ups or push-ups with your feet elevated on a chair.