Get Ready For Race Day With This Celebrity Trainer’s Workout
If you’ve ever considered challenging yourself at a Reebok Spartan Race| the killer obstacle-course race series| you’re in great company! The inspiring trainers of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss| Chris and Heidi Powell| recently participated in a Spartan Race together at Citi Field in NYC and had a blast. When it comes to training for a race full of obstacles| there’s one workout the duo recommends to clients of all levels: a burpee run.
Heidi says that stopping to challenge yourself with a set of burpees during a run is great| because it “”impacts your heart rate and lungs even more”” than just running does. And when you’re prepping for an event that challenges your strength and endurance like a Spartan race| there’s no better way to train!
| The Workout
Chris suggests starting with an 800-meter (half-mile) burpee run broken up into 200-meter segments. Here’s how to do it:
- After a quick warmup| run 200 meters* (halfway around a standard high school track)| stop| hit the floor| and perform 10 burpees. Once you complete the burpees| hop back up| and continue running.
- Repeat 10 burpees every 200 meters until you’ve run around the track two times.
- Aim to complete this workout three times in one week.
If burpees are new you to| learn how to do the exercise here.
*200 meters = roughly 0.125 miles on a treadmill
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| Build on Your Foundation
Chris and Heidi believe in “”progressive overload|”” meaning you’ll continue to gradually push your body over an extended period of time. Once you’ve completed your first week of burpee runs| up your distance to 1|200 meters the following week| with breaks of 20 burpees. For the third and fourth weeks| continue to add 200 meters to your total distance| continuing with breaks of 20 burpees.
Chris says that within a month| you will be “”more than primed and ready”” for a Reebok Spartan Race u2014 and doing more than 80 burpees in one workout!