AMRAP workouts involve doing as many reps or rounds (of a pre-established circuit) as possible. “You’re given a set time to try and complete as much work as you can within,”
Why are they so effective?
AMRAPs are a surefire way of burning lots of calories and hitting various muscle groups in a short time. They also keep you accountable and motivated even when you’re training alone. These workouts are designed to build fitness and endurance – to get you sweaty and boost endorphins – rather than to develop pure muscular strength, which is best done by lifting heavy weights with longer periods of rest. Because they require you to push yourself, AMRAPS are good for building mental resilience too, and it’s hard to worry about anything else while you are doing them.
They are also a great way to monitor changes in your own fitness level. If you perform an AMRAP workout today and manage to complete four rounds of exercises in a 10-minute time frame, you can try the same workout a month from now and try to accumulate five rounds of exercises in the same time frame. If you reach your goal, you know your fitness level has improved.
Since they involve plenty of repetitions, AMRAPS should not include any complicated exercises (e.g. weightlifting movements like the clean and jerk or snatch) you haven’t already mastered. This type of training is supposed to make you breathless – you’ll end up doing lots of repetitions and working towards fatigue. Allow recovery time in between; AMRAPs should be done 2 to 3 times per week and form part of a wider workout schedule that includes focused strength work and active recovery like walking or easy cycling.
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