AMRAP stands for ‘as many reps as possible’ or ‘as many rounds as possible’. I think they’re an awesome type of workout to do, particularly if you have a limited amount of time in which to get a workout in. If you’re working out for only 10 minutes, you definitely want to give it your all during that time period … and that’s where the challenge comes in. Even though a 10 minute AMRAP is only … well, 10 minutes, it is amazing how mentally and physically challenging it can be. You’ve got to keep telling yourself (or at least I do) that it’s only 10 minutes. Don’t stop moving. Don’t stop pushing. Keep going.
I usually finish my 10 minutes sweating and feeling breathless — which makes me feel like I’ve gotten in a good workout, even if it was a short one.
In addition to pushing yourself, an AMRAP also allows you to focus on your form. For example, you could bust out 15 shallow squats and get in more reps for your set … but you could also slow it down and make sure that each of those 15 squats is deep, with good form, thus making sure you actually work and do the exercise instead of giving a half-hearted attempt.
You can decide what you want to focus on each time. Just be sure that no matter what you decide to do, you stay safe. If you have an injury, modify it so that it works for you. [Read this article for more about AMRAPs.]
Here’s a list of 12 different AMRAP combinations. They’re all bodyweight exercises so no additional equipment is needed. If you try them and/or come up with your own AMRAP workouts, please share them in the comments below! [As always, proceed with caution when trying out exercises on your own. Modify as necessary. If you start to do any exercise and it hurts in any way, stop doing it immediately.]
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