Think back to the most fun you had in the gym. Yes, actual fun. I’m sure it wasn’t corrective exercises, deadlifting, or even a workout filled with biceps.
No, it was when you loosened the reins at the end of your workout, creative, and came up with a finisher that pushed your body and mind to the brink of exhaustion. In short, your workouts end with you feeling accomplished as your lunges spew fire and legs wobble like gelatinous pillars.
Finishers are short-term high-intensity exercises performed at the end of a workout, designed to maximize workout density and push your body and mind to the limit.
Getting in great shape typically requires some form of cardiovascular training, but it doesn’t have to be spent slugging away on a rickety treadmill. With finishers significant improvements in work capacity, muscle building, and fat loss are derived in short, high intensity bursts using basic gym equipment.
Like any smart lifter your goal isn’t to crush yourself every time you hit the gym; rather, pick your periodic battles and follow a program tailored to your goals and restrictions 90% of the time. Random challenges for the sake of being a training sadist and muscle “confusion” is a sure fire way to stay injured and small.
That said, the periodic throw-down of epic finishers in training offers a mental and physical challenge to test your mettle and see how tough you really are. Not only that, they might be just the tool you need to mentally conquer your recent training plateau and stagnant muscle growth.
Front Squat Finishers?
Oh, oh yes. Countdown pyramids.
Goblet squat iso holds followed by high-rep sets?
You bet your squat lovin’ glutes there is.
High-Rep Squat Challenges?
Yes, there’s a 225 Rep Squat Challenge. Here’s a video of me completing it before laying on the floor for the next 10 minutes in a lactic acid fueled coma.
Are you ready to step up to Three Killer Squat Workouts? Find out why these squat finishers is vital to you helping you shred fat, build muscle, and get mentally tough as nails in my latest post on T-Nation.
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