I whipped up this potent workout finisher to end my training session on a high note yesterday, and it turned out to be fantastic. Workout finishers provide a fresh take on traditional cardio training without the nauseating time commitment (aerobic) and a nudge to burn body fat.
Prior to the workout finisher, I had spent roughly 30 minutes time pounding away on some controlled strength training: single-leg deadlifts, unsupported pistol squats, kettlebell over-head presses and weighted inverted rows.
Leading up to the workout finisher, it was these 4 simple strength exercises to address everything: upper body push, lower body hinge/pull, upper body pull, lower body push.
Since tweaking my back, I’ve made a dedicated (and difficult) effort to address core control and rebuild my hips, which is why I’ve been hammering away on slow, controlled strength training.
Admittedly, it is difficult to ween off of the metabolic style training sessions and into strict reps coupled with even more strict rest periods. It’s probably how a NASCAR driver feels driving 30mph around town in a Prius after hardcore racing at the Daytona 500.
To be honest, I had no intention to include anything more than my strength training. My last set of pistol squats found me wanting a challenge, so why the hell not?
Here are the details of this workout finisher…
- Equipment needed: slam ball, rowing machine
- Time required: 10 minutes or less
- Exercises: 2 (“burpee + over head slams” are counted as one exercise)
- Rest: None (continuous work until finished, rest as needed for technique)
- Total Rounds: 4
What?! That’s it?!
Yes, keep it simple here. Cycle back and forth between the 250-meter row and burpee+over head slams for a total of 4 rounds. Do not stop until you’re finished.
Each burpee will be completed as a 3/4 burpee, with no push-up at the bottom. Adding the push-up would disrupt the flow because the slam ball would be positioned too far in front of the feet.
Instead, you’ll lower your hands to the floor, kick the feet back into the top of the push-up position, then quickly snap the legs back underneath to the bent knee athletic position (similar to the start position of a deadlift). From this position you’ll lift the slam ball from the floor to a fully extended overhead position and slam.
Again picking the slam ball off of the floor, do so with the same technique that you’d use to deadlift or clean a barbell. Keep the slam ball close to your body on the way up.
In all, you’ll be rowing 1000 meters and completing 40 burpees and 40 slams.
Unplanned efforts have their place. Not everything in a workout, or in life, needs to be by the planned and by the book. Breaking free, going for it when your body has the energy to do so is liberating.
Planned for 8 reps but able to get 10 reps? Go for it. Cardio not originally part of the day’s workout? Go for it. Not scheduled to workout today but feeling awesome? Go for it.
Give this workout finisher try, let me know what you think…