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Squat Triangle Pyramid Workout

Squat Triangle Pyramid Workout

THIS WORKOUT.

Only after finishing this workout for the first time did I realize what a serious lapse in judgment I had when I decided pyramid training was a good idea for increasing my squatting skillz.

I’m pretty sure the workout gods were laughing at me from who knows where as I started that first set.

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Just kidding.

This workout brought my back squat one-rep max from 190 lbs. to 225 lbs. in a month. So if you’ve hit a back squat plateau, check out this sucker.

The workout takes about 25-30 minutes, and it’s really an all-in-one deal. You get a warm-up on the first few sets, an attempt at your one-rep max, and a nice little cool down on the way back “down” the pyramid. The key is to not go heavy on those first few sets. If you do, you’ll be too gassed to truly attempt your one-rep max.

So if you’re ready to get the benefits of intensity and volume in one workout, give it a try.

Hungry Gator Gal's Squat Triangle Pyramid Workout

I did this workout once per week with some running, stadium conditioning, and swimming sprinkled in my routine throughout the rest of the week. Once per week is all you need.

I also only did this workout for four weeks. If you continue to do it for more than that, your results may diminish. I’m not a personal trainer or athletic coach, so speak with one for advice and to make plans customized to your goals.

Let me know what you think if you try it! 🙂

 

Questions:

  1. Have you ever used pyramid training?
  2. If so, what lifts/movements did you use it for?
  3. If you used pyramid training, what were your goals and did you reach them?

 

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10 Tips for Cranking Out More Push-Ups on a Military PT Test

10 Tips for Cranking Out More Push-Ups on a Military PT Test

Once upon a time I HATED push-ups. And when I say I hated them, I mean I loathed them, and not in a love-to-hate kinda way. I just sucked at doing them.

But guess what?

Push-ups are by far my favorite exercise now, even over the squat, which says a lot coming from someone like me who lives for the power rack and sprints.

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Push-ups are a total body movement, and I didn’t master the movement overnight. I learned the tricks of the push-up trade. After nine months in the Army ROTC program, here’s what I’ve learned that can help you perfect the form, get stronger and therefore crank out more push-ups.

I went from being able to do 25 push-ups in two minutes to being able to crank out 62 push-ups in two minutes on last month’s PT (physical training) test by using these techniques.

10 Tips for Cranking Out More Push-Ups on a Military PT Test from Hungry Gator Gal

Graphic by Brianna Kolota

 

1. Look straight ahead while performing the entire movement.

In other words, DO NOT look down at your hands!

 

2. Pull in your glutes.

a.k.a. Don’t sag in the middle or make yourself a tepee. Your body should look like one straight line from the heels to the top of your head.

 

3. Find the distance between your hands and feet that naturally allows you to perform the greatest number of push-ups . . .

 

4. . . . and change that stance when it becomes difficult.

Changing your stance will engage different muscle groups and will allow you to crank out a few more push-ups than you thought you had left in you.

 

5. Enagage your quads (a.k.a. the tops of your thighs) and push your heels backward.

 

6. Engage your core muscles (a.k.a. your abs).

 

7. Don’t forget to breathe.

You don’t want to pass out in the middle of a push-up, do you?!?

 

8. Take a 10-second break when you’re nearing complete muscle failure.

After your 10-second break, perform two or three push-ups and then break again for five seconds. Repeat this pattern of two or three push-ups followed by a five-second break until you can do no more push-ups or your time expires (if you’re being timed for a test).

 

9. Practice!

Basically every other day I crank out 100 to 200 push-ups. I usually complete it circuit style by alternating between 20 push-ups and a 1-minute rest. I do these push-ups a few hours before or after a workout to give my body enough time to rest.

Some days I go MUCH slower with these reps than I would during a test. Slowing the upward and downward motion of a push-up allows you to focus on form rather than speed and builds the muscles needed to push out as many reps as possible on test day.

Other days I focus on an explosive upward movement as I would during the test. This trains the muscles of your upper back for power and speed.

Note: If you can’t complete 20 push-ups in a row without resting, focus on doing 5, 10 or 15 at a time. Rest 1 or 2 minutes. Repeat as many times as possible.

 

10. Lift heavy things (body weight and added weight).

In addition to practicing straight push-ups for muscular endurance, I lift and pull heavy things.

I bench press or do incline presses. I do pull-ups. I perform military presses, goblet squats, dips, and biceps curls. In other words, I hit it all.

I like to stick with three or four sets of five heavy reps for each of the exercises. I focus on strength here as opposed to endurance with the 100 to 200 push-ups every other day.

 

That’s it!

Feel free to email me at bkkolota@gmail.com if you have any questions related to Army ROTC, military PT training, or PT tests. I’d be happy to share my experience! 🙂

 

Question:

  1.  What’s your trick for performing as many push-ups as possible?

 

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150-Rep Lower Body Challenge

150-Rep Lower Body Challenge

This lower body endurance workout + a 6.6-mile run afterward = sore quads and hip flexors for days.

But really. I was sore to the touch for a SOLID 48 hours. I really have no idea what I was thinking. All I know is that I hobbled around the mall and Target the next day in pain. I looked like a baby giraffe learning how to walk. But it was amazing.

So if you love self-imposed pain, check out this workout. Feel free to tell me how awful and awesome it makes you feel afterward. 🙂

150-Rep Lower Body Challenge from Hungry Gator Gal

Exercise videos:

P.S. This is an awesome at-home or holiday workout that requires minimal or NO equipment. No gym = no excuse. I usually complete 50 reps of one exercise and then 50 reps of the next exercise, etc. Feel free to split up the 150 reps however you choose.

Questions:

  1. Do you ever complete lower body workouts and longer runs on the same day?
  2. What’s the hardest workout you’ve ever completed?

 

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50-Rep Upper Body + Abs Challenge

50-Rep Upper Body + Abs Challenge

Merry Christmas Eve! If you’re looking for a fast-but-challenging workout to do today, you’ve come to the right place! 🙂

I’m all about challenges, both mental and physical. Pushing limits means making progress for me, and if you feel the same way, you’ll probably like this workout.

50-Rep Upper Body + Abs Challenge from Hungry Gator Gal

 

Exercise videos:

The workout may not look difficult on paper, but trust me when I say it’s a doozy, especially if you’re not accustomed to endurance workouts. I used lighter dumbbells (affiliate link!) for the curls and raises, and my biceps and shoulders were ON FIRE.

I had already completed 250+ push-ups, so this workout was a “finisher” that brought me to muscle failure. If you do this too, you’ll combine strength and endurance into one session and get more bang for your workout buck.

However, you can also complete this workout by itself if you’re new to strength training or short on time. I started strength training 3.5 years ago with these basic moves and still complete them today.

Regardless of what you choose, let me know what you think of the challenge if you try it. Also, stay tuned for more “challenge” workouts in the next week or so. I’m home for the holidays and actually have time to share my fitness creations. <— Yay for vacation!!!

Until next time,
Brianna

Questions:

  1. Do you ever combine strength and endurance in one workout?

 

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26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout

The treadmill is far from being a “dreadmill” with this 26-minute boredom-busting workout.

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Seriously though. If you think 26 minutes is nothing, you’re in for a surprise. The first half of the workout includes a seriously difficult speed pyramid. Then you finish off strong with speed intervals.

In other words, you’re testing both your speed and endurance in one workout. More bang for your workout buck if you ask me.

Complete this workout by itself if you’re short on time, but feel free to complete 15-30 minutes of strength training before or afterward. I like to do upper body work because my legs are pretty much JELL-O after a treadmill workout like this one.

Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to know what you think. 🙂

Question:

  1. Do you like or dislike treadmill workouts?
  2. How often do you train with intervals or pyramids?

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