In my last few posts I mentioned that I had put together a simple bodyweight routine whilst I was back at my parents house for Christmas. Today I am going to be fully explaining this bodyweight routine.
The creation of this routine came about because I had no access to a gym at my parents house. In the past I have just accepted this and not worked out at Christmas. However, this year I wanted to be a bit healthier and do some exercise. My first thought was to go jogging but the pathways were very icy and I didn’t want to be slipping and sliding all over the place. So with jogging out I thought about what else I could do. I then remembered a post that I had read way back in August on bodyweight burpees (see the video below for a demonstration – apologies for the cheesy music).
I had done bodyweight burpees in the past and knew that they would provide me with a good all round workout. However, I did not feel they were enough on their own and wanted to create a full routine. Later that day I was reading Andrew Rubalcava’s concluding post on free weights vs machine exercises which featured the awesome training video from Rocky IV. This gave me some inspiration. I thought I need to come up with a workout like Rocky’s that gets me outside, involves some resistance training/heavy lifting but also involves some running/cardiovascular exercise. In other words a good all round workout that can be performed outside with little or no equipment. After a bit of thinking I came up with ‘Bodyweight Soccer Sprints’.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PERFORM BODYWEIGHT SOCCER SPRINTS:
– A set of soccer goalposts (or something similar) that facilitates pull ups.
– A rucksack (optional).
– Bottles of water (optional).
HOW TO PERFORM BODYWEIGHT SOCCER SPRINTS:
– 1) Go outside.
– 2) Find a set of soccer goalposts (or something similar) that facilitates pull ups.
– 3) Choose the number of bodyweight burpees that you will be starting with (bear in mind your overall fitness when picking this number).
– 4) Grab the top bar of the soccer goalposts and pull yourself up.
– 5) Lower yourself down.
– 6) Place your hands on the floor.
– 7) Kick your legs out and assume the push up position.
– 8) Perform a push up.
– 9) Pull your legs in.
– 10) Jump up and grab the top bar of the soccer goalposts.
– 11) Congratulations. You have just performed your first bodyweight burpee. Now repeat until you reach the number of bodyweight burpees you chose in step 3.
– 12) Once you have finished the final bodyweight burpee of the set sprint to the opposite soccer goalposts and then sprint back.
– 13) Perform another set of bodyweight burpees that is one less than the number you started with. For example, if you chose ten bodyweight burpees in step 3 go down to nine this time.
– 14) Once you have finished the final bodyweight burpee of the set sprint to the opposite soccer goalposts and then sprint back.
– 15) Repeat this process until you get down to one bodyweight burpee.
– Note: If you want to add resistance to this workout you can also wear a rucksack and fill this with a few bottles of water (or something similar that will add weight to the rucksack).
The first time I did bodyweight soccer sprints they absolutely kicked my ass. I thought I was quite fit and this workout would not be too much trouble but trust me it’s a lot more difficult than it seems, especially when you add the weighted rucksack. The last few sprints are an absolute killer.
Currently, I’m starting my workout with ten bodyweight burpees and then working my way down to one whilst wearing a rucksack containing 3.5 litres of water. I plan to keep the number of bodyweight burpees I do constant and add 0.5 litres of water to the rucksack each week. So by the end of January I will be on 5-5.5 litres.
I would not recommend doing bodyweight soccer sprints every day. The first time I did them I was very sore the following day so I would suggest doing them every other day instead. Also you do not need soccer goalposts to to bodyweight soccer sprints. Anything which you can do a pull up on is fine. In fact since I have come back to my house in Salford I have been using the climbing frame in my local park because I can’t reach the goalposts (they must be bigger here). However, bodyweight climbing frame sprints doesn’t have quite the same ring to it :-).
Another thing I must emphasise is the importance of proper form when doing bodyweight soccer sprints. I found the first time I did them the sprints really tired me out. After two or three sprints when I came to do the bodyweight burpees I noticed I was not doing proper pull ups and not getting all the way down with my push ups. Therefore, to make sure my form is consistent I have a little rest and get a drink of water when I notice it slipping. Just make sure your rest periods are brief and do not compromise the intensity of your workout.
So there you have it…my very first bodyweight routine. Bodyweight soccer sprints work most of the major muscle groups (biceps, triceps, back, shoulders, legs, abdomen), provide you with a good cardiovascular workout and can be completed in about 30 minutes. Plus, they’re extremely versatile. You can add weight to the rucksack and do more reps to make bodyweight soccer sprints more difficult.
Give them a try and let me know what you think. I’m pretty sure you will be amazed at how tough they turn out to be.