Wednesday 28 May 2008: PULL, CLIMB, TWIST


The idea for this workout came from Jim Biancolo over at Lean and Hungry Fitness. Jim has a nice site that fits in with many of the methods we use around here.

Perform ten rounds of the following cycle in twenty minutes.

  • 30 seconds - Body Rows or Pull-ups
  • 30 seconds - Mountain Climbers
  • 30 seconds - Russian Twists
    (Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Extend your arms and clasp your hands in front of you. Crunch up so that your shoulder blades are off the ground. Now twist your midsection to the left and to the right so that your arms are parallel to the floor. Once to each side equals one rep. This exercise can also be performed holding a medicine ball or weight in your hands or with a broomstick behind your shoulders.)
  • 30 seconds - Rest

Even though Advanced trainees are accustomed to doing 30 second sets of Pull-ups, the overall intensity of this workout makes the Body Rows an acceptable substitution. If you think the Body Rows are too easy, try the completely suspended version shown in the Body Row link or do them sprint-style and attempt to get 20-30 reps in each round.


  • 30 seconds - Body Rows
  • 30 seconds - Squat Thrusts
  • 30 seconds - Russian Twists or Regular Crunches
  • 30 seconds - Rest


  • 30 seconds - Body Rows
  • 30 seconds - Half-Squats
  • 30 seconds - Crunches
  • 30 seconds - Rest

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Mark said...

30 seconds - DVR Pull-ups - 10x5 reps
30 seconds - Mountain Climbers - 5x15; 5x10 reps
30 seconds - Chinnies 10x10reps

John10e said...

Nice going Mark!

Yes, you are right Joel, trying to overreaching the numbers could lead to disappointment. But I am just taking things as they come, so long as I’m working and breathing heavy I’m where I need to be.

Pull-ups with gym equipment and counter weight

Pull-up 10/6/6/6/6/6/6/6/6/6
M.C. 20/20 Squat 10/10/10/10/10/10/10/10
R.T. 10/10/10/10/10/10/10/10/10/10

Didn’t really workout to 30/30/30/30, so I got more of a rest. But I did need the longer breaks.