Have you exhausted yourself doing the same old routine week after week? Are you looking for something new to mix up your workouts? It’s time to answer the question “what is AMRAP!” Whether you’re a beginner and just starting to workout or at a more advanced level, you’re likely heard this acronym thrown around by many trainers.
So what is AMRAP? It’s a term and style of workout that become popular by Crossfit enthusiasts. It stands for As Many Rounds (or sometimes Reps) As Possible. Workouts are structured where you have a set amount of time to do as many exercises as you can. Most AMRAP routines are around twenty minutes long, but you will come across some set at 10, 15, 30 minutes or other variations of length for the workout. Most trainers feel that AMRAP workouts are the best fat burning workouts you can do!
A good example of a beginners AMRAP circuit workout would be a 6-minute time frame. Perform 5 deadlifts, 10 pull-ups, and 20 double unders (double unders mean swinging the rope up a bit higher than usual while swinging the rope twice under your feet). Perform as many rounds of this routine as you can in a 6-minute time frame. AMARAP workouts can vary greatly. It’s really not about the individual exercises as much as it is about the sequence, duration, and combination of all the exercises in the routine. As you get better, you can even begin to customize your own AMRAP workouts. Incorporate all muscle groups for an intense workout that will leave you feeling exhausted by the time you finish!
Incorporating AMRAP workouts or HIIT workouts into your routine is a great way to mix it up and challenge your muscles to grow in a new way! Don’t think you can just turn your current workout into a fat burning AMRAP routine just like that. You most likely will need to lower the number of weights you’d use normally. Remember the goal is the high intensity, low rest period concept rather than focusing the amount of weight you’re moving. Take a standard bicep curl for example. You may be able to lift a 20-pound dumbbell, however, if you’re doing a bicep exercises in an AMRAP workout, you’d want to lower that weight significantly so you can perform a higher quantity until failure.
AMRAP style workouts are one of the best you’ll find to burn fat and tone muscle! Your journey to a healthier and sexier you start today!