This timed workout challenge is a quick, fun one! No equipment needed so you can do it right from home.
Timed Workout Challenge: 100 Reps, 3 Ways
You’ll go through 100 reps of the three exercises three times, resting in between sets as needed. Each of the three rounds is done differently, but the end result is the same: you will have completed 100 reps of each move.
- Round 1 | Complete 100 reps of each exercise (must do 100 of one before moving onto the next)
- Round 2 | Complete 50 reps of each exercise, going through them twice (like a circuit to add up to 100 reps)
- Round 3 | Complete 25 reps of each exercise, going through them four times (like a circuit to add up to 100 reps)
You’re going through these AS FAST AS POSSIBLE without sacrificing proper form. Time yourself each round to see which structure you can complete the fastest. I found that Round 3 was my fastest. Even though I was starting to tire from the previous two, moving from one to the next after only 25 reps gives certain muscles a rest while the others work so that I could fly through the circuit.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS | These are like doing high knees in a plank position. Start in a plank, hands stacked underneath shoulders, core squeezing in tight (don’t let your low back sag or your butt stick up in the air). From this position, drive one knee at a time up towards your chest, like running horizontally. The pace on these should be quick. Each pair (right, left) is one rep. So think one, one, two, two, three, three…
SQUAT PULSES | Feet about hips-width apart, squat down, sending your hips and butt back and down (not the knees forward!). Keep your chest open, shoulders back—it’s natural to lean forward slightly as you lower down, but we don’t want to hunch forward. Bring your hands in front of you as you sink down to your lowest point, bodyweight staying in your heels. This is your starting position and you’ll try to stay this low the entire time. From here pulse up an inch or two, down an inch or two. It’s a small movement, pressing through the heels to slightly straighten the knees and then sinking right back down to your lowest squat point.
BICYCLE CRUNCHES | Start laying on your back, hands behind your head (but not pulling on your head) and legs extended straight out, hovering off the floor a couple inches. From here, bend your left knee in, keeping the right leg extended out straight, and crunch your upper back up off the floor, twisting the right elbow across your body to meet the left knee. Repeat to the other side, fluidly moving from one side to the next, legs alternating in a pedaling motion. Go fast, but don’t move so quickly through these that you aren’t extending your leg out completely straight with each rep. Each pair (right, left) is one rep. So think one, one, two, two, three, three…
Which round was your fastest? Tell me in the comments!