Sometimes you need a little challenge to help get you going. Well, today, we’ve got just the thing for you. The 1,200 Rep Challenge is exactly as the name implies – 1,200 repetitions of a variety of cardio, strength, and plyometric movements. The format of this workout is such that you’ll be bouncing from a cardio movement, to a strength, back to a cardio, etc. so you’re able to actively rest.
Unfamiliar with active rest? Well, active rest is when you keep moving (and burning calories) while allowing the most recently worked muscle groups to recuperate, or allow your heart rate to come back down. Utilizing active rest better allows you to make the most of your time in the gym, while simultaneously burning through more calories because you aren’t taking those 1-2 minute rest breaks after each set.
Workouts like the 1,200 rep challenge are especially effective because they have you competing against yourself. Each time you complete this workout, be sure to mark down your time to complete all 1,200 reps. Each time out, you’ll want to make note of your time and push yourself to continually improve. Even if you’re only coming in a few seconds faster, the point is, you’re making progress. I’ve found using these type of workouts with clients has been one of the biggest factors in their improved cardiovascular endurance, heightened metabolisms, and ability to push past the point where they’d normally give up and quit.
The 1,200 rep challenge is intense, no doubt about it, so I’d suggest not using this workout more than once or twice a week. Combine this workout with the rest of your standard fitness routine to really give yourself an all-around great body of work. Not only that, if you simply want to use this as a challenge or gauge for where you’re currently at, throw it in every 3-4 weeks and see how much you’ve progressed.
The 1,200 Rep Challenge
8 rounds of…
- 100 skips of the jump ropes
- 10 crunches
- 10 burpees
- 10 pushups
- 10 squat jumps
- 10 pullups (if you can’t do pullups, do bent arm hangs instead)
Complete for best time possible.
Need Extra Motivation, Support, or Advice?
As always, one of the things we really push here at Share it Fitness is sharing (go figure) amongst our community of fans. Catch us on Twitter and let us know how the #1200repchallenge is going for you!
If you want to talk with other people doing this challenge, check out The 1,200 Rep Challenge sub-topic on our forums!
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