Lately I’ve been doing descending ladder workouts like they’re going out of style and allow me to explain my little infatuation.
All you’ve got to do is start by picking a few exercises. The more hard-core you are feeling, the tougher you can make your list. AKA if I’m sore and tired, burpees probably aren’t making an appearance. I have such a love-hate relationship with those things. Anyways, armed with some killer tunes you can then get to work and do each movement 10 times, followed by 9 times, then 8, and so on, until you’re rapid firing and reach 1.
What I love about this format is that as you get more and more tired, the reps get lower and lower. So when you find yourself finishing a round and thinking, “I AM SWEATING OUT OF MY EYEBALLS RIGHT NOW” (tell me you know what I’m talking about), you can relish in the fact that you get to do one less rep this time. Good concept or what?
When I did this particular workout yesterday, I added in a little sprint between each round with the hopes of driving my heart rate up quickly and it definitely did the trick! The distance is up to you; I think I did about 300 feet each time.
As is the case with most of my workouts, this one requires no equipment, making it a great one to do at home or while travelling!
Start in a squat and then jump straight up as high as you can. Land back in a squat and repeat.
Start in a plank on your elbows, and then raise yourself up to your hands one at a time.
Lower back down to your elbows and repeat.
Rest your elbow and hip on the ground, facing one direction.
Raise your hip off the ground, bringing your body into a straight line. Lower back down and repeat.
Complete the set and then repeat on the other side.
Lunge one foot forward, pause briefly and then stand and lunge the opposite food forward in a fluid motion. Repeat.
Do the required number of reps in each direction (so your first round will have a total of 20 lunges)
RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
I hope you find this workout as fun and motivating as I do. As always, feel free to adapt it to your liking so that you can sweat happy!
Do you ever do ladder workouts? What are your favourite workout formats?