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If you’re connected to the world of HIIT/weightlifting/Crossfit in any way, you’ve probably heard of the term ‘AMRAP.’
So, what does it mean? AMRAP stands for ‘as many reps or rounds as possible.’ Usually, a set amount of time is attached to the exercise that you are performing. For example, doing as many push-ups as you can in 30 seconds is an AMRAP workout.
According to David Marshall, owner of Royal Docks CrossFit using an AMRAP approach is a great way to measure and improve physical fitness.
‘We are motivated to push harder in the workout because we are much more conscious of the number of reps that we are achieving in that set period of time’ he says. ‘An AMRAP workout is also great because it gives a quantifiable number to the workout, where it is measurable and repeatable in the future so we can measure our progress.’
AMRAP can also be used to burn muscles out at the end of a weightlifting session. To do this, perform as many reps as possible of an exercise instead of the typical ‘three sets of 12 reps.’ This completely fatigues the muscle, which in turn helps build the muscle back even stronger.
So, next time you’re at the gym, why not try using the AMRAP technique? You might just find it improves your strength, speed, motivation and physical fitness.