This is probably not new to some people (and I think I got this idea from one of the crossfit websites), but it’s a good one, regardless. I did it yesterday. A little crazy, considering I’m going surfing for two days, but interesting.
It’s a kind of timed pyramid. I did it for chinups, but you could modify it for any other exercise.
Equipment: A watch that shows seconds and a chin-up bar (or equivalent).
You must complete each set within the minute available. You can take as many rests as you need between reps, and for as long as you like, so long as you finish the set within the minute.
1st minute (ie. 0-60 seconds), 1 chinup.
2nd minute (ie. 61-120 second) 2 chinups.
All the way up to 8th minute, 8 chinups.
Then, go back down:
9th minute, 7 chinups…15th minute, 1 chinup.
(Total: 64 chinups in a little over 14 minutes.)
It starts of as though it would be way, way too easy. By the peak and the first few sets on the descent, I was getting absolutely no long rest at the end of each set and I was only just finishing each set, which effectively made half the descent into one huge set.
Let me know if anyone else tries it and how they go. Anyone who can do 1-9-1 would impress me, and anyone who could do 1-10-1 would, frankly, have to be beastly.