4 X 12 pull ups (1 minute 20 recovery)
4 X 8 pistol squats (both left and right legs) (2 minute recovery)
4 X (5 basket hangs, straight into 5 hanging leg raises) (2 minute recovery)
4 X 20 raised leg bench tricep dips (1 minute 30 recovery)
I really rate pistol squats. When you don’t have access to a gym or a barbell, they’re my next best alternative. I’ve had surprisingly bad DOMS after sets of these. If you struggle with balance like I do, gently hold onto something for support, but watch your form! https://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/main/popup/name/pistol-squat
I’ve just started working on basket hangs and they’re tough! Ross Edgely rates them as a hard-hitting ab exercise. At the moment, I’m finding the form difficult to master, so I add in leg raises on top to make sure my abs are still getting fully worked.
Without access to a gym, triceps can be hard to work. Bench dips are the answer. Rather than countless reps, I raised my legs by sitting my feet on a second bench, forcing me to go lower into the dip.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
- Eccentric negative pull ups: (4 X 6 (5 second descent)) with dragon flies (6 X 3) as recovery.
- Tricep superset: 4 X (30 X Two handed bodyweight bench dips, straight into 20 X 10kg dumbbell lying single arm side skull-crushers) (near full recovery between sets).
- Calf burn up: 2 X (alternative right single leg calf raises, two footed calf raises, left single leg calf raises) (no recovery between legs, each set to failure, near full recovery between sets)
Eccentric (or negative) reps focus on the ‘down’ part of the exercise, which can be just as difficult and gain effective. Dragon flags were listed by Ross Edgely (CEO of TheProteinWorks) as one of the heaviest hitting ab exercises. I’ve started incorporating both of these into my workouts and I’m noticing differences immediately.
My tricep superset was surprising tiring given that it’s mostly low weight stuff. Note: the dumbbell exercise here is essentially single arm skull crushes, with elbows pointing outwards rather than towards feet.
The calf burn up is of my own invention. Each set is to failure. The focus should be on the right and left single leg calf raises. The two leg calf raises should be seen as an interval / recovery. Within each set, you go until you can’t do anymore, alternating legs when tired. Take a long rest, then repeat. The lactic build up is pretty bad as time under tension is high and recovery is low. The good thing is, you can do this anywhere!
Correct form for negative pull ups: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xNrImzdwI
Correct form for dragon flags: https://rossedgley.com/product/19-page-ab-guide-and-workout/