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The 10 best workout challenges to put your body to the test

There's something for every skill level—beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
Film by Steer Digital Media; SteerFilms.com

Let's put whatever workout routines you're following to the side right now—it's time for a challenge or break from the typical grind. These one-off workouts will test your muscular strength and endurance, and push you past pain thresholds. Sound a little too intense? That's OK. Take on each workout at your pace, focus on your form, and gradually make progress. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or workout-lunatic we're got a challenge to fit your abilities.

Wyatt Krueger, a Level-1 CrossFit instructor, owner of CrossFit Amherst, and contributing expert to Men's Fitness and HUMANFITPROJECT demonstrates his series of 10 challenges.

Click on the links below to watch the videos.

 

CHALLENGE 1: THE 20/10 CHALLENGE


Complete all exercises as one circuit. Rest 30 seconds in between circuits. Complete for a total of 5 rounds.

20 Squats
10 Renegade Row Push Ups
20 Front Squats
10 Renegade Row Push Ups
20 Front Raises
10 Renegade Row Push Ups
20 Forward Lunges
10 Renegade Row Push Ups
20 Reverse Lunges
10 Renegade Row Push Ups

 

CHALLENGE 2: THE DUMBBELL COMPLEX CHALLENGE


Without putting the dumbbell down—complete the following exercises as a circuit. Rest 30 seconds between sets. Attempt to increase the weight with each set. Complete 3 total sets.

10 Dumbbell Squats
10 Dumbbell Squat Cleans
10 Dumbbell Thrusters
10 Dumbbell Shoulder Presses

 

CHALLENGE 3: THE DESCENDING REP SCHEME


Rep scheme is descending, and allows for great strength work as well as some conditioning. Each movement is performed for 10 reps. Once all are completed you then perform each movement with 9 reps, and so on down to 1 rep of each movement.

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Bench Press
Deadlift
Dips
Pull Ups

 

CHALLENGE 4: THE 500 REP CHALLENGE


Move through this circuit one time at 50 reps per movement.

1-50 Push Ups
2-50 Air Squat Jumps
3-50 Inverted Barbell Pull Ups
4-50 Neutral Grip Dumbbell Shoulder Press
5-50 Dumbbell Front Squat
6-50 Russian Twists
7-50 Renegade Rows
8-50 V-Ups
9-50 Bench Hops
10-50 Mountain Climbers

 

CHALLENGE 5: THE BY-THE-RACK BEAR COMPLEX


You will complete four sets. Increase weight each set: Perform all 5 movements in succession, 2:00 rest between sets:

5 Hang Cleans
5 Reverse Front Rack Lunges (5 each side)
5 Push Press
10 Back Squat
10 Sumo Deadlift High Pull

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CHALLENGE 6: THE 1-MINUTE CHALLENGE


At the start of every minute, complete the following exercises as quickly as possible. Rest for the remainder of that minute and begin again at the start of the next minute. Continue for a total of 10 minutes.

5 Barbell Thrusters
5 Burpees

 

CHALLENGE 7: THE GIANT SET CHALLENGE


Complete each exercise with :10 rest between movements and 1-2 minutes rest between sets. Complete a total of 5 sets.

5 Deadlift
5 Bent Over Barbell Row
5 Chin Ups
5 Reverse Dumbbell Flys

 

CHALLENGE 8: THE KETTLEBELL "OLY" CHALLENGE


Complete five rounds.

KB Snatch
Complete as many as possible in 45 seconds.
Rest 15 seconds

KB Clean
Complete as many as possible in 45 seconds.
Rest 15 seconds.

 

CHALLENGE 9: THE CORE-CRUSHING CHALLENGE


Complete five rounds of the following exercises. Rest 2 minutes rest between rounds.

 

20 Reverse Crunches
20 Barbell Roll Outs
20 Hanging Windshield Wipers
20 Lying Med Ball Pass

 

CHALLENGE 10: THE DUMBBELL HIIT CHALLENGE


Complete for five rounds with 3 minutes rest between rounds.

:40 Mountain Climbers
20 Alternating Dumbbell Curls
:40 Squat Thrusts
20 Dumbbell Floor Press
:40 Reverse Lunges
20 Shoulder Press
:40 Hollow Hold Flutter Kicks
20 Bent Over Dumbbell Rows

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