Rebel Winter Rescue 3: Details and Sign-up Forms!

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National

National To join the “on your own” version of the 20th Rebel challenge where you will receive custom rebel workouts e-mailed to you (complete with video walk through), RWR3 Fit Test instructions, custom Rebel T-shirt handmade for you, & instructions on how to participate in the “Rebel Trekkers” challenge all the while being warmly welcome into our private Rebel Facebook community support group… CLICK HERE!

Local

Local (Santa Rosa, CA)  To join the “real thing” boot camp experience where you will  meet twice a week in the Rebel room for original Rebel workouts with the goal of ending this holiday season healthier than you started it, receive your custom Rebel T-shirt in person, experience the sound off & Rebel chant firsthand, be held personally accountable for your RWR3 Fit Test, and participate in all the local community drives we will be doing this winter… CLICK HERE!

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FRN2 – Official Sign-ups!

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FRN2: Rebels in Wonderland

National – To join the “on your own” version of the 18th Rebel challenge where you will have custom rebel workouts e-mailed to you (among other things such as nutritional, stretching, and resistance training guidance), do the fit tests and weigh-ins on your own, receive a custom Rebel shirt, & participate in the “Rebel Trekkers” mini-challenge while being warmly welcome into our private Rebel Facebook community support group… CLICK HERE

Local (Santa Rosa, CA) To join the “real thing” boot camp experience where you will receive your FRN starter packet/goodies at the orientation workout on July 11th (fit test/measurements July 6th-9th), meet twice a week in the Rebel room for original Rebel workouts led by yours truly (including themed workouts such as “black light” and “Dress like Josh,” “Decade Triple Trip” and more!), receive your custom Rebel shirt in person, experience the sound off & Rebel chant firsthand, be personally weighed, measured, and kept track of by me, and have a front row seat to the end of challenge wrap party, slideshow, and awards ceremony… CLICK HERE

World’s Toughest Mudder Circuit Workout!

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Greetings Rebels! As most of you know myself and Justin Zuiderweg are headed out to Las Vegas to compete in the 2014 World’s Toughest Mudder! Along with Rebel Paul Trujillo and Jacqualyn Evans we will have our professional Rebel entourage of Cara “Unicorn” Jones (I love you babe!), Maggie “Too Tough” Schuck, Tami “2 Guns” Tuminello, and Sean “Big Boss” Barnett.

While I’m gone Rebel leaders Lori DeMarco and Megan Gill will be peer leading the total body mud circuit workout you see below. Y’all know the drill by now there ain’t nothing to it but to do it!

The Workout

You are going to set up the exercises below so that you can do each one with zero to minimal break in between. Do each exercise for 30 seconds until you’ve completed 5 total rounds! AHHHOOOO!!!!

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Return of the OYO – On Your Own Workout!

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Click on the photo to download the workout, exercise reference guide, and workout tracking sheet! Download it to your phone or print it from your office or home!

Don’t call it a comeback… the return of the On Your Own workout! With Erik “The Punisher” Sherwood putting a ring on Jackie Mitchell like a boss this weekend I wanted to make sure that everyone was still taken care of and kept in the game Rebel style! That’s where this OYO comes into play… This total body bad boy is designed to make you branch out and kept comfortable with equipment you might normally have instructors telling you how to use. The only way you’ll ever get familiar with this stuff is through practiced application! THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY!!!

If this is workin’ for you… THERE ARE 10 MORE!!! Click HERE to check them out….

Reference Guide

Warm-Up Options

Warm-Up!

TRX Suspension Knee Drive   TRX Suspension Knee Drive – Make sure that the clothe strap (the loop that hangs from the handle) hangs to the halfway point of your calf. Next, grab an equalizer or anything else to stabilize in front of yourself to keep your balance when things get tricky. Once set, put your foot in the loop and extend that leg all the way back while staying nice and low on the leg still on the ground. Staying as still and solid as possible drive the suspended knee forward and flex your abdomen in the process. Stretch your leg all the way back again and repeat! BOSU Squat w. Alternating Barbell Punch   BOSU Squat w/ Alternating Barbell Punch – Set a BOSU on the ground with the blue side facing up. Next you’re going to get a barbell that is a challenging weight of your choice. Keep it held up at your shoulders like you’re going to do a shoulder press only instead of pressing upward you’re going to squat as low as you can and upon coming back up, punch 1 arm out with a full extension while keeping the other in. Squat again and repeat on the other side! BOSU Lateral Toe Touches   BOSU Lateral Toe Touches – Set a BOSU on the floor with the blue side up and step on top of it with your feet all the way together. Keeping your knees together and making sure they don’t go too far past your toes squat as low as you can where you’ll be able to hold that position. Finally put your arms out in “zombie mode” and lightly touch your toe to the floor. Stay as still as possible while you bring your foot back and extend your foot on the other side. Be sure to keep your chest out and head up! Equalizer Crunch Thrusters Equalizer Crunch Thrusters – Grab an equalizer (yellow bar) and mat and find some space. Lay the mat down then lay the equalizer down on its side on top of the mat. When you lay down on the mat on your back your feet should have part of the equalizer beneath them and above them. Next, place your hands underneath your butt and crunch your abs. Lastly you are going to fully extend your legs all the way out between the base of the equalizer, crunch your knees towards you, then fully extend your legs ABOVE the equalizer. Each time your feet go into the center of the equalizer is 1 rep. Dumbbell Flys w. Stability Ball Dumbbell Flys w/ Stability Ball – Choose a dumbbell set that is appropriately challenging and grab a stability ball. Roll into position (making sure your next is supported) and start with your arms fully extended above your chest with your palms facing one another. Keeping your arms extended bring the dumbbells to the side and use them to stretch your chest out. Carefully navigate how much stretch is best for you! Start slowly… Bring the dumbbells back to the top and squeeze your chest in the process before repeating! Kettlebell Squats w. Alternating Press Kettlebell Squats w/ Alternating Shoulder Press – Grab a pair of kettlebells and hold them with the weight resting on the outside of your forearm. Hold them up with your palms facing each other as you take a shoulder width stance with your feet. Squat as low as you can and on the way up shoulder press one kettlebell while keeping the other still. Squat back down and repeat alternating each side! Band Back Squeezes Band Back Squeezes – Grab a band and hold it straight out in front of you with your hands shoulder width apart. Keeping your arms fully extended pull the band apart and squeeze your back muscles. Return back to the start position and repeat. Make sure that tension stays on the band for the entirety of this exercise! Step 360 Band Curls   Step 360 Band Curls – Grab a step 360 platform and a band of your choice. Notice the grooves on the outside of the 360… This is where you are going to loop the band. Make sure the band is even before stepping on while holding the handles. Keeping your palms facing upward curl as high up as you can while lifting your elbows upward in the process. When going back down be sure to extend your arms all the way for a full stretch. Repeat!

The 10th OYO Workout!

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Click on the photo of the workout to download the workout itself, exercise reference guide, and workout tracking sheet!

Well… We made it! We end our Circus “On Your Own” experiment with the 3rd installment of total body work. Perfect to be able to work yourself from head to toe while still being ready for fit tests! 

Better yet, you now have 10 workouts with over 80 different exercises that you can download at ANY TIME. The excuse of not knowing what to do when you go to the gym has been forever marked null and void. If that’s not enough then help yourself to the 25+ workouts I’ve written for Anytime Fitness. If you’re still hankerin’ for some more stuff to do then don’t forget my complete guide to resistance training covering how to work your shoulders, legs, back, chest, arms, and core properly and on your own.

Ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it now… AhhhOOOO!!!!

Click HERE for all 10 “On Your Own” Workouts!

Reference Guide

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Leg Press “Heel Presses” w/ Shoulder Press – Make your way to the leg press machine and use the lever underneath the left handle to lower the seat to proper height once you’re seated (90 degree angle is the goal if able) and get dumbbells ready to use once in position. Place your feet at the top of the platform shoulder width apart and toes hanging off the top so that you are doing this leg press with only your heels (engages your glutes to the extreme!). Once your legs are extended, press the dumbbells all the way up overhead. In a fluid motion bring them down THEN lower your legs before repeating!

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BOSU Squats w/ Simultaneous Front Raise – Grab a BOSU and a pair of dumbbells of your choice. Place the BOSU black side down and step onto the blue side of the BOSU with your feet all the way together. You’re going to squat as low as you can (keep your knees together!) while raising your dumbbells up to forehead height at the same time. As you get back to upright is when you will lower the dumbbells before repeating!

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BOSU Stiff Legged Deadlifts – Grab a BOSU and a pair of dumbbells of your choice. Place the BOSU blue side down and stand on the black side on one leg (whichever you choose… you’ll be doing both). Once upright and ready use the dumbbells to stretch your body download while raising the leg not anchored to the BOSU as high as you can while keeping it fully extended. Bring your leg back down as you stand back to upright! Do all your reps on one side before switching to the other.

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Side Plank Shoulder Presses – Grab a dumbbell and mat and place the mat where you are going to lower your hip after doing this exercise. You can do this exercise either straight arm or on your forearm (only straight arm is shown). Pick which arm you are going to plank on first and place it on the ground while moving your feet into a wide stance split position. Raise your hips as high as you can and hold them there as you grab your dumbbell with your free hand and press it towards the ceiling. Complete all the allotted reps before switching to the other side!

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Lower Back Extension – Everyone has a different leg length so it’s important to know what adjustment to make before you begin on this one. Move the thigh pads up or down to the point where you can get in position as shown and when you bend at the waist you are supported all the way up to your waist/belly area but there is NO impingement as you go down. Once you have the pad adjusted, place your fingertips gently behind your head with your elbows pointed towards the ground in the bent position. As you raise your body to the point of making a straight line from your heel, to hip, to shoulder (no need to go higher!) flare your elbows all the way out to maximize the squeeze through the entirety of your back. Control yourself back down and repeat!

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BOSU Splitters – Place a BOSU blue side down on the ground and hold it in a push-up position with your legs in a wide stance split. Take one leg and stretch it as far forward as you can with the goal of getting as much distance between your front foot and back foot as possible. Bring it back to the start position and repeat on the other side! Get as much of a stretch as you can!

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Sideways Leg Transfers – You’ll need an open space for this one. Simply start on one leg and try to touch your toe with the opposite arm. While staying on one leg jump sideways to the other leg and do the same thing in one fluid motion. You want to be able to find a rhythm while staying on one leg the entire time. Keep this in mind when you try to touch your toe. It’s ok if you don’t go all the way down as long as you keep moving!

The 9th OYO Workout!

9th Week

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It’s that time of the challenge to revisit your upper body on your own! With a few more exercises as well as new challenging movements I expect y’all to do what Rebels do best…. Dig deep!

Click HERE for the previous 8 “On Your Own” workouts!

Reference Guide

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Cable Cross-Overs – Make sure the cable pulleys have the isolated hand grips set on them. Then make sure the cables are set evenly slightly above shoulder level. From here you are going to take 2 steps forward with the cable handles in front of you while getting set in a cable press position (one foot in front while balancing on the toe of your back foot). Since the cables are set slightly above you that means you want to press slightly downward to keep the trajectory even. As you extend and your arms in the “pressing” position you are going to cross one arm over before going back to the starting position, pressing again, and alternating which hand is over the other.

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TRX “Y” Flys – Find a spot to hang a TRX and grab the lengthened handles while facing the direction in which your TRX is anchored. With your arms fully extended lean back slightly. The farther your feet are forward the harder this exercise will be. Once in a comfortable position you are going to keep your arms extended while you pull your body forward and bring your arms overhead, focusing on a squeeze in the shoulders and back. Control yourself on the way back down and repeat! Remember to keep CONSTANT tension on the TRX ropes, never letting any slack on it for the duration of the exercise!

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Stability Ball Skull Crushers w/ Dumbbells – Grab a stability ball and choose a pair of dumbbells you feel comfortable doing this exercise with (a little goes a long way!). Starting out seated on the ball you’re going to roll your feet forward until your neck is supported. From here you are going to extend your arms up keeping your dumbbells above your shoulders. B ending at the elbows while keeping them relatively stationary you want to bring the dumbbells toward the top of your head, stretching the back of  your arm out. Squeeze the back of your arm while going back to the starting position and repeat!

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Upright Cable Pull-Overs – Make your way to the cable row machine; make sure the isolated hand grips are attached to the pulleys and select an appropriate weight (a little goes a long way!). Next, place your feet on the CENTER platform as opposed to the 2 outer pedals. With your arms extended push the handles down towards your hips and pull them back behind you squeezing your back muscles in the process. Control on the way back to the starting position and repeat!

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Upright Straight Arm Cable Curls – Set yourself up on the cable row bench with the isolated hand grips and get in position like you’re going to do a row. With your arms fully extended and palms facing upward you want to keep your elbows stationary at shoulder height as you curl the handles towards your forehead. Control on the way back down, be sure to stretch all the way out, and repeat!

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TRX Row Hold “Swings” – Setting a TRX up high you want to make sure the handles are all the way shortened by pressing the black buckle and pulling the yellow tab all the way to the top on each side. From here grab the handles, walk into them, and make sure there is still tension on the TRX. Keeping your arms tucked in walk forward until it is challenging to hold the position you’re in but doable. Once you’re set swing as far to the left as you can (with control) then swing as far to the right as you can (again with control!). Each side you swing to is one rep.

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Bent Over Rope Handle Cable Rows – Find a cable pulley system, attach the rope handle, and make sure it’s dropped all the way to the ground. Select your desired weight, grab the handles, and take 2 steps backwards so that you can lean forward and still have tension on the cable. Starting with your arms fully extended you want to keep your chest out and head up the entire time as you pull the ropes towards your body. Remember to squeeze your back and NOT to bend your wrists as you pull. Make sure to get a full stretch as you go back to the starting position and repeat!

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Kneeling BOSU Push-Ups w/ Medicine Balls – Place a BOSU on the ground with the blue side facing up. Next, make sure you have 2 medicine balls in front of you ready to be used as handles (if the medicine balls hurt your wrists then please forgo them). Keeping your balance and utilizing the medicine balls to get a full stretch you want to go down as far as you can in a push-up to the point where you can still come back up. Remember to bring your hips down towards the floor with you! Get a full extension back at the top and repeat!

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Anchored Band Curls w/ Dumbbells – Find a place to anchor a band of your choice (benches work wonderfully) and select your desired dumbbell weight for this exercise. You are going to grab the handles of the band WHILE holding your dumbbells (crazy, I know!) and take 2 steps back so that there is a good amount of tension on the band at all times. Once in position curl the dumbbells as high up as you can in an upper cut fashion, stretch them all the way back down again after, and repeat!

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Seated “Backless” Shoulder Press w/ Dumbbells – Grab 2 dumbbells of your choice and take a seat on a flat bench (picking a bench without back support makes your core/back muscles work harder and cohesively). Bring the dumbbells up to your shoulders and from there extend them as high up as possible while keeping your palms facing each other every step of the way. Control on the way back down, keep your abs tight the entire time, and repeat!

8th OYO Workout

8th Week

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This week’s OYO workout has you working on balance as a warm-up to the Rebel workout on Saturday the 19th which is going to be… balance. The wonderful thing about balance oriented workouts is that you are working SO MUCH MORE than just the muscles of your body. You are strengthening your joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones while teaching your body how to cohesively work together in a functional fashion. Expect this workout to be a little less “insanely difficult” and a little more “awkwardly frustrating.”

Click HERE for the last 7 “On Your Own” Workouts!

Reference Guide

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TRX Alternating Pistol Squat – Make sure you have a TRX set up high, grab the handles, and walk into them so that your arms are at your side but there is still tension on the TRX straps. From here squat down on one leg while keeping the other leg extended in front of you. On the leg that is squatting be sure to keep your knee above your feet and your heel planted on the ground. Also, only go down as far as your body will allow. Alternate each foot after every rep.

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1 Legged Blue Side BOSU Stands – Set a BOSU on the ground with the blue side facing up. Start with whichever foot you wish and stand in the center of that BOSU for the time allotted. The goal is to not touch the ground or the BOSU with your other foot for the duration. Remember that if you’re accustomed to this exercise then your challenge is to test yourself and see how you can make it harder.

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BOSU Plank Shufflers – Set a BOSU on the floor with the black side up and get in a plank position with your feet set wide on the BOSU. From here you are going to shuffle your feet and touch each side of the BOSU on the floor (similar to “Happy Hips” but in a plank position). Repeat for the allotted amount of time!

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Stability Ball/BOSU Cross Punches – Set up a stability ball with a BOSU in front of it (blue side up). Next select a pair of dumbbells (weight of your choice) and sit on the stability ball with your feet on the BOSU. Once in a “comfortable” seated position you want to punch across your body focusing on getting as much of a twist and stretch as you can (full extension is key!). Repeat while alternating!

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Stability Ball Kneeling Twists – Set up a pair of equalizers to act as safety rails for when you start to lose your balance (as pictured). Next place a stability ball behind your “guard rails” so you can place your knees on it and roll into a balancing position. From here you are going to focus on staying in a balanced kneeling position on the ball. Once you have the basic balance down, implement a twist! Twist as far as you can on each side while being mindful of the goal of staying upright

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Stability Ball Butt Balancers – Set up a pair of equalizers to act as safety rails for when you start to lose your balance (as pictured). Next place a stability ball behind your “guard rails” so you can sit on the ball and balance on your butt! You want to take v-sit position but know that the goal isn’t to strictly hold a v-sit but to rather stay balanced on your butt as long as possible. Remember to use your legs as a balancing mechanism!

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BOSU knee balancers – Set a BOSU down on the floor with the blue side facing up. Kneel down on the BOSU with your knee in the center and your shin partially supported. Your foot should be hanging off and the goal is to keep your foot off of the ground the entire time. Balance for the allotted time in that position before switching to the other side. The goal is to be able to maintain that position without your feet touching the ground the entire time!

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1 Legged Wood Choppers on BOSU – Place a BOSU on the ground with the black side facing up. Grab a medicine ball of your choice in weight and hold it as you stand on the BOSU with one leg. Whichever foot you are standing on is the side where you are going to raise the ball with your arms fully extended as high as you can. Keeping your arms extended you want to bring the ball back down across your body towards the opposite side. Get as low as you can before going back up, remembering to keep your arms fully extended and getting as much of a stretch at the top as you can. Once the allotted reps are completed switch to the other side!

7th OYO Circus Workout

7th Week

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This week you are tasked with revisiting your core in a major way! The goal here is to take more difficult movements requiring more overall total body usage and get you applying it on your own when maybe normally you wouldn’t attempt these balance endeavors. Every aspect of core is hit with this bad boy so have fun!

Click HERE for the previous 6 workouts!

Reference Guide

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Elevated Plank – Utilizing a BOSU, step, bench, equalizer, or anything you can to raise yourself your feet off the floor you are going to do exactly that while maintaining a proper plank position (straight line from shoulder, to hip, to heel while keeping abs/glutes TIGHT). If you are not able to hold an elevated plank then simply hold a regular plank. The higher the elevation, the more difficulty!

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Function Crunch Raises – Grab a dumbbell (weight of your choice) or stability ball if the weight is too much and lay down on your back with your feet fully extended. Keeping your knees relaxed, heels on the floor, and arms above your chest you are going to crunch all the way into a seated position while keeping the dumbbell or stability ball aimed towards the ceiling the entire time. If not able to crunch into a full seated position simply go as high up as you can for each rep! Eventually you will be able to do the full crunch.

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Dip Position Leg Lifts – Utilized the Lebert Equalizers (a bench or ledge works nicely as well) get your body into a dip position while keeping your arms extended. From here you are going to start with whichever leg you’d like (you’re doing both eventually) and lift it as high as you can while keeping your leg fully extended. While you lift you want to consciously crunch your abdominals in the process to finalize that squeeze in your midsection. You’re going to do ALL ONE SIDE before moving on to the other. To make this hard, place your feet on a BOSU (blue side up).

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Full Length Cable Rows – Find the cable row machine and make sure the isolated hand grips are put on each cable pulley. Take a seat and rather than placing your feet on the outer foot pedals you are going to place your feet together on the CENTER platform. From here you are going to lean all the way back until you are lying flat while still holding on to the handles. Your arms are strictly the catalyst so try not to pull with them too much. Control your body on the way back up to the starting position and repeat! PS odds are you are going to be able to pull more weight than you think you can on this one so keep that in mind if the first set seems to be too easy.

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One Legged Side Crunches on BOSU – Standing on one leg you are going to place your fingertips gently behind your head (DO NOT interlock… interlocking your fingers promotes pulling on your neck and ain’t nobody got time for that), stretch the side of your body out that is NOT standing on the BOSU before squeezing your side by getting as close to touching your elbow to your knee as you can. Go back to the stretch and repeat!

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Swiss Ball Inch Worms on BOSU – Place your BOSU blue side down and stand on top while holding your swiss ball at the sides. Squatting down you want to place the ball on the ground and stretch as far into a full length plank as you can before pushing back to a standing position. IMPORTANT!!!! When you place the swiss ball down on the floor instinct is going to make you want to readjust your hands on the ball. DO NOT re-adjust because it won’t end well. Hold on to the sides and keep them clamped down as you roll out.

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Dual Cable Crunches – Grab a mat and place it on the ground in the center of the gym’s cable apparatus. Make sure the cable pulleys have the isolated hand grips on them and bring them all the way to the floor. Choose the weight of your choice on BOTH cable stacks. Now lie down on your back, bring the cables over your chest, and crunch upward! Be cautious not to strain your neck too much! Control on the way down and repeat!

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Dumbbell Plank Transfers – Grab a weighted dumbbell of your choice and get into a plank position with your feet set wide. Start with the dumbbell off to the side then while maintaining your plank reach out, bring the dumbbell to center, and extend it to the OTHER side. Each time you extended either arm outward that is one rep.

6th OYO Circus Workout!

6th Week

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This week the 6th OYO workout works you from top to bottom while utilizing all of your assets; strength, functionality, endurance, and balance. Remember that most of the achievement is in the struggle so if it’s burning it’s working! Feel free to message me if you have any questions (or hit me up at the gym yo!)

Click HERE for the last 5 OYO workouts!

Reference Guide

Set up for Lateral Jumps Lateral Jumps

Lateral Jumps on Pull-Down Machine – 2 things you need to do immediately before getting started: make sure the short handles are attached to the pull down machines AND that you have ALL of the weight selected (don’t worry, you’re not lifting it J). Once that’s done place one foot on the seat with the other to the side. Using the handles to pull yourself you want to simultaneously jump up to the other side while transferring feet. Use the handles to control your body on the way down as well as getting a really good stretch so you have more spring! Get as much jump as your body will allow and go as fast as your body is able!

Dumbbell Sumo Squat Hold

Dumbbell Sumo Squat Hold – Imagine a wall-sit but a tad bit more difficult. Choose a dumbbell weight that works for you knowing that grip strength will play a role! Once you have your weighted dumbbell of choice take a wide stance with your feet, squat down with the dumbbell while holding on to the sides of it, and hold that squat! When gripping the dumbbell make sure you have your fingers all the way spread out (as pictured) so as to utilize the entirety of your body when holding it. You also want to make sure you keep your head up and chest proud the entire time so your body is in proper position. Go down only as far as able while still maintaining proper form.

Rope Machine V-sit Pull-Downs

Rope Machine V-Sit Pull-Downs – Make your way to our “MARPO” Rope machine and set the difficulty anywhere between 5-7. Once down take a seat on the bench and get in a v-sit position (feet off the ground, abs tight, balancing on the bench). For a lot of you your back will start screaming at you so if that is you do this exercise with your feet on the ground. Once in position you are reaching up as high as you can and pulling down as fast and hard as you can alternating each arm as quickly as possible. There is a timer on the machine itself so keeping time count is easy on this one!

Weighted Leg Lift Crunches

Weighted Leg Lift Crunches – Lay down on a mat with a barbell weight of your choice. Keep the bar extended over your chest with both legs all the way extended. One at a time you’re going to alternate lifting your fully extended leg as high up as you can while trying to touch the bar to your foot in a crunch movement.

Pull-Overs (Cable)

Cable Pull-Overs – Take a rope attachment and place it on a cable apparatus of your choice while making sure that cable is as high as it can go. Once in position choose the weight appropriate for you, grab the handles, and take 2 steps back so that you can stretch forward at the waist while still keeping tension on the cable. Once all the way stretched out while leaning forward at the waist (trying to get your back closer to parallel with the floor) you’re going to keep your arms fully extended (don’t lock your elbows!) while pulling the ropes to your pockets (or where pockets would be). If you have to round out your back (meaning your chest isn’t out and proud at the end of the movement) then you have too much weight selected. Go back to the starting position while consciously stretching your back out in the process. Repeat!

Perched Rows

Perched Dumbbell Rows – Select a dumbbell weight of your choice and grab a bench, high step, or plyo box so you position your  body in a wide stance push-up position with one arm on the bench and the other arm hanging straight down towards the floor. Maintaining the plank position you want to pull the dumbbell up in a “row” movement before stretching it all the way back down. Do all your reps on the side of your choice before repeating on the other side!

Squat-to-Press (Cable)

Cable Squat-to-Press – Utilizing the center cable machine in the center of the free weight area you want to make sure both cable attachments have the short grips on them and they are all the way to the ground. Select the weight that works for you before grabbing the handles, curling them up to your shoulders (and keeping them there), squatting, and then pressing on the upward end of the squat. Lower the handles while you go back to the squat and repeat!

Roman Chair Knee Lifts

Roman Chair Knee Lifts – First off when position yourself in the roman chair you want to make sure that you are NOT leaning all the way back on it but rather keeping your shoulder over your elbow for maximum efficiency and functionality. Remember you have platforms you can place your feet on for a break if you start to slip. Once in proper position simple go from having your legs hanging straight down to bringing your knees up as high to your chest as you are able and then… Repeat!

Stability Ball Jack Knifes

Swiss Ball Jack Knifes – For this exercise you want to get into a plank position with your legs on a stability ball and arms straight. From here you want to drive your knees forward while doing your best to raise your hips towards the ceiling in the process. If your body doesn’t agree with this movement do your best to hold a plank with your legs on the ball and maintain it with no movement.

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The 5th OYO Circus Workout!

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Click on the workout photo to download the workout itself, the exercise reference guide, and workout tracking sheet!

The 5th OYO workout brings us back to where we started… LEGS! Since this week has only one COMMITTED workout (that happens to be legs on Tuesday/Wednesday) I chose to double down on the lower body to get the most bang for your buck! I advise you don’t do this workout within at least 1-2 days before or after your Rebel boot camp day to make sure you allow maximum recovery.

Integrating a modified Rebel X 360, drop-sets, and a new “10X10” format you have even MORE of a chance to dig your deepest, Rebels! AhhhOOOO!!!

Click HERE for the previous 4 workouts!

Reference Guide

BOSU Squats

Set your BOSU down with the black side facing up and step on by pinning one side of the BOSU to the ground with your foot allowing you to swing your other foot to the other side and even yourself out. TADA! You’re in position! From here make sure your feet are as even as possible and commence to squatting! Remember to keep your head up, try not to let your knees go too far forward, and push your hips backward while keeping your chest out like you’re going to sit in a chair. If you’re not accustomed to balance work then it’s going to be a bit shaky at first but as long as you keep at it that shaky feeling will go away!

Step-Ups

Set up a bench, plyo box, or stepper (steppers with levels are great for controlling the height of your step up if you need it a bit shorter) and place one foot in the center of it. Keep your heel down as you step all the way up on one leg while doing your best to STAY on one leg (working your balance). Control yourself on the way back down, land as softly as you can, and repeat! 

Walking Lunges

Pick a space or lane where you can lunge forward for a stretch so as to get some mobility out of this one. When stepping to lunge make sure that you step far enough out where your back heel comes off the ground and you have to balance on the ball of your back foot. Focus on bringing your back knee straight down before simultaneously lunging up and stepping forward, repeating the process. 

Leg Extensions

To set the leg extension machine up to your body’s specifications you want to focus on 2 things: the knee pivot point and the shin pivot point. When you set yourself up in the chair the knee pivot point is the black circle on your left next to your left knee. You want your knee and that black circle to line up. If you are too far forward or backward you want to adjust the SEAT BACK by bringing your left arm behind you, pulling the seat adjustment pin straight outward, and adjusting the seat back until your knee is in proper position when seated comfortable. As for the shin pivot point that is what controls the pad on your ankles and is adjusted by the pin at the base of the pad with a “S, M, L, XL” setting. Pick which one is most comfortable for you when doing the leg extension (you might need to stop to adjust and that’s ok).Once all set you simply extend your leg at the knee and squeezes your quads (tops of your thigh). Lower and repeat!

Wide Stance Kettle Bell Squats

Select your desired kettle bell (you can flip a dumbbell on its side and use that if you want a heavier weight than what is available) and stand over it with a wide, toes out stance. Pick up the kettle bell and let it hang straight down. Your arms are merely the vehicle for the weight so they should hang straight down the entire time. When you squat make sure that the trajectory of the kettle bell is straight up and down. Keep your head up and chest out while making sure your knees stay directly over your feet. Get as close to a 90 degree angle from shin to hip as you can, clench your butt muscles at the top of the motion, and repeat!

Stiff Legged Deadlifts

The nature of this exercise is to strengthen your hamstrings (back of your thighs) through dynamic stretching. Your lower back is a major part of this exercise as well. You’re going to start by selecting your desired dumbbell weight, let the dumbbells hang at your side, and take a shoulder width stance with your feet. Bending at the waist you’re going to let the weights pull you towards the floor while simultaneously focusing on getting a stretch in your hamstrings. To do this you must keep your legs fully extended but do NOT lock your knee! There is a difference between full extension and locked joints. If you feel a nice stretch in your hamstrings from stretching forward then go as far down as able (don’t force it!) and then keep those very same muscles engaged when you stand back upright. Repeat!

Side Lunges

Take a very wide stance and start on whatever side you want. The goal is to extend one leg fully while bending sideways away from the extended leg. You want to focus on a stretch in your inner thigh while getting as low on the “bended knee” side as you can. Stand all the way back up while maintaining your wide stance before stretching to the other side. Repeat! Add dumbbells or a barbell for an added challenge/stretch

Calve Raises

Find the leg press machine and make sure the seat is as far up as it goes by pulling the pin out from under the seat and moving accordingly. It can be a bit touchy at times so keep at it and you’ll get it! Once you’ve selected your desired weight place the balls of your feet at the bottom edge of the platform with your heels hanging off. Extend your legs so all the weight is rested on your toes. From here, let the weight push your heels down so you can get a really good calve stretch before reversing direction and raising as high up on your toes as you can. Repeat for allotted rep count!

– Ringmaster8