Crazy workouts

So before we get into this one, I have a question for you.

What’s the craziest workout or single exercise you have ever done?

Yeah I know we are the nutrition guys, but if your nutrition isn’t in order there is no way your training will get even a fraction of the results you are hoping for.

I am willing to bribe you for this answer.
I will give away the following just for your post:

* Personalized Nutrition Program,
* Full set of audio coaching calls and
* Private personal call to answer all your fat loss and muscle building questions
* …And send you a copy of that call to the top 5 responses

Everyone wins, cuz’ we will find out a bunch of crazy new workout and exercise ideas to try.

This one is close to $500 in value just in case your counting.  But who cares, its free if your a top 5 commenter.

So to the top 5 comments on this post “what’s your craziest workout or exercise you have ever done?”

Alright here’s the nutrition for today.

It is plain, simple and blunt.  Do NOT drink your calories away.  That’s right, eat, eat and eat. That’s not hard for most of us, but NOT drinking calories is a tougher thing to do.

BTW this Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks could have 410 calories (I bolded the stats that you want to pay attention to).

Serving Size           16 fl. oz.sbuckls-PMmocha
Amt Per Serving
Calories          410
Fat Calories          140
Total Fat (g)          15

Saturated Fat (g)          9
Trans Fat (g)          0
Cholesterol (mg)          45
Sodium (mg)          120
Total Carbohydrates (g)          63
Fiber (g)          2
Sugars (g)          54
Protein (g)          13
Caffeine (mg)          175

Think about it.  If you eat sugar it takes a little bit of digestion and hit your blood stream to spike insulin.  Now compare that to liquid sugar, next to no digestion to buffer the rate at which the sugar hits your blood stream and spikes that fat storing insulin.  Not to mention a liquid sugar will deliver almost 100% of the calories to your bloodstream while a solid food, even as simple as white sugar will be reduced just a little bit by the calories it took to process the sugar to pass into the blood stream.

OK so some of the technicalities out of the way.  Think about this.  The stomach can only hold about 120 ounces of solids at anytime to be “full” and satisfied.  The rate is the same for liquids, but the perception of full or satisfied is much less with liquids than it is with solids.  Even crazier is that you can pack in almost 10x the calories in liquid form than you can with solids.

So now you know why I suggest for an instant reduction in fat storage and personal satisfaction to EAT your calories.

This is especially true as we rock our way into the next of the triple threat holiday feasts: Thanksgiving.

Tell me the craziest exercise or workout you have ever done in the comments and win yourself a Personalized Nutrition Program, Coaching Audios and a free personally recorded call with myself where I will answer all your questions on fat loss and muscle building and send you a copy of the call, absolutely free just for dropping your craziest workout or exercise in the comments below.

Any posts by Friday morning will be reviewed for the prizes to be awarded on Friday at noon (my time, Toronto ON).

Patrick.

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  1. Patrick
    8 years ago

    We had some reply issues and a few of you were quick on the draw to email me. So I will add them in now as comments from me, but with each persons name and email and their comments as received.


  2. Patrick
    8 years ago

    my craziest workout is an one from back in the olden days of the 80s. Hanging from a pullup bar by bootstraps (yep! hanging upside down)… and doing crunches!!!

    Abby Campbell
    all2himweo@carolina.rr.com


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      This is old school, like the original transam and Franco Columbo.

      Very cool. If you can find any pics doing this workout I bet we have a few thousand people that would love to see it.

      Very crazy girl, you’re nuts.


  3. Patrick
    8 years ago

    Jody – jody.pontius@gmail.com

    I tried replying on the link and for whatever reason, it wouldn’t work.

    I struggle with eating (while I know a lot, I need some structure/plan or I just don’t do well). So, here’s hoping you pick me!

    The craziest exercise thing I’ve probably done was where I was working on my lower body. I called it a “lunge” day. And I did walking lunges to get whereever I wanted to go. The whole day. Granted, it was my day off from the office. But my neighbors thought I had lost my mind.

    I followed it by a 9 mile hike the next day.

    Crazy. But my glutes were TONED!


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Jody you must have buns of steel and then some.

      Titanium toosh is more like it. You are crazy. Love it!

      I don’t think I can hang with you on lunge day and I got a big set of wheels to haul me around.


  4. Patrick
    8 years ago

    Wade…my craziest workout:

    A couple of my friends and I do this at least once a month.

    Go out into the park and pad up and spar.

    In between rounds we do sets of pushups, jump squats and sit ups.

    we also jump up bleachers, bear crawl from home plate back around with either push ups, mt climbers, body builders or what ever at each base.

    we finish off with a “all out” beat down on heavy pads, usually someone has to puke.

    crazy enough for you.

    w

    Wade J. Black, M.B.A.


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Wade that is wild. I love it. its the type of workout I can sink my teeth and my fists into.

      Great stuff, thanks.


  5. mike
    8 years ago

    it’s called a kneeling squat or kneeling explosive jump. Basically you kneel down with a barbell on your back and then you explode up into a standing position. It’s crazy hard, and you get winded real quick. Helps with that explosiveness

    looks like this


    • mike
      8 years ago

      forgot to write this, this is another kneeling lift

      kneeling power clean. It’s also crazy hard, first time i tried it couldn’t use any weight. I had the same thing with the kneeling squat first time i tried.

      I think using db’s is safer, either way crazy exercises and they are both crazy hard. These are similar to deadlifts in that you def. don’t want to be doing a lot of reps with these otherwise you will end up falling over or something


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Mike, i watched that video and its nuts. You are a crazy high risk player, but I bet it makes you explosive or gets you squished.


  6. gerjan
    8 years ago

    in karate training: one thousand sumo kicks. (sideways) it starts hurting after one hundred and then you use mentality and technique to do the other 900.


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      the idea of 1000 reps of the same thing scares me. I trained Muai Thai for a while and our first warm up prior to kick training was 500 body squats and then start kicking. It sucked and legs felt like cement bags. 1000 sumo kicks must be a mental demon, great post.


  7. James Abbott
    8 years ago

    Grid sprints on Chessell Beach in Dorset, England. Deadly 🙂

    The beach is about 5 miles long and is made up of high bank of small pebbles which move constantly as you even walk. Very hard on the legs.


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      grid sprints eh? on ground like that you are playing with danger, but I bet its great for mental focus, foot control and total leg stamina.


    • James Abbott
      8 years ago

      You are not kidding. It was wearing boots as well!!


  8. Mari
    8 years ago

    Hi,

    It’s not crazy but people found it weird. xD The normal warm-ups (star jumps, crunches, handstands, etc) in water for like 30 mins…WAYY harder than it sounds…

    Mari


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      this is a bit freaky for me. I would be afraid I would gas out and swallow a big mouth of fresh water instead of air.


  9. Dave
    8 years ago

    Straddle a bench with dumbell in either hand hanging by side, squat till butt touches bench and back up, curl dumbells one rep and squat and back up,shrug dumbells 5 reps squat and back up, lift dumbells to shoulders squat and back up, press dumbells overhead squat and back up, lower dumbells to shoulders squat and back up, lower dumbells to sides and that is one rep, cant seem to count reps on this so do it for 4 minutes and aim to increase


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      this is way too much to member, but if I made a poster i bet it would gas you out in 4 minutes for sure. Thanks Dave for total creativity. how many can you do in 4 minutes?


  10. Joseph
    8 years ago

    Nice contributions so far….Here in Poland, i work on my legs twice a week with my buddies….ordinarily, working on the legs is crazy enough, but we do this…..2 warm up sets and 8 heavy working sets of squats with lunges in between as a superset….after this, we are almost at a point of collapsing…..after one of these days, i fell down in the public while going down the stairs with people rushing to my aid….


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Joseph, I suggest you invest in a motorized wheel chair on leg days. That’s some tuff stuff leg training.


  11. Abby Campbell
    8 years ago

    They were hanging upside down (vertical) with gravity boots hooked onto a high bar (bootstraps is what I guess they called them) doing inverted abdominal exercises (crunches and oblique twists). This exercise was thought to get a more defined six-pack. LOL! But, it was a risky exercise that made all the blood rush to your head and make your eyeballs feel like that would pop out! LOL! Now we know that one can still do those vertical ab crunches but still never uncover a six pack if there is still fat covering them. 😉 {This was back in the early 80s when Rachel McLish and Arnold Schwartznegger modeled it.}


    • Abby Campbell
      8 years ago

      Ooops! I see you already entered my reply earlier, Patrick. I will try to find a picture and post. Can I do that here?


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Isn’t that wild. Grab two hot bodies and you can sell almost anything to everyone. Not much has changed in 30 years, but we at least have the internet to share info and remind people that not all exercises are created equal. Thanks Abby.


    • Abby Campbell
      8 years ago

      Here’s a motion picture of the crunch exercise upside down with gravity boots. LOL!

      Watch hanging crunches CLICK HERE


  12. ra
    8 years ago

    my craziest workout ever is “squats and milk”: it’s always tough and every day is another challenge cause you have to add 2.5 kg every day!!!!! beside that, it increased my strength dramatically, i started with about 25kg, but by the end of the month i was able to squat 80 kg!!!!!!!!!!!
    squats and milk is the best exercise ever.


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      That is a bit crazy… actually it could go in my odd workout category, thanks for another great one.

      If you are serious this paints a funky picture of a guy and a whole bunch of jugs over his shoulders.

      I would almost be afraid of over training going every day on squats, but apparently you did it and are doing just fine.

      Did you drink all the milk when you were done?


  13. Daniel Woodrum
    8 years ago

    My craziest exercise/workout was just the other day. It was Friday the 13th and I came up with 13 exercises with 13 reps of each for a fun little circuit at the end of my workout. It went like this:

    Pushups: 13
    Inverted Pullups: 13
    Box Jumps: 13
    V-ups: 13
    Sandbag Pickups: 13 each side
    Russian Twist: 13 each side
    Burpees: 13
    Pushups: 13
    Inverted Pullups: 13
    Box Jumps: 13
    V ups: 13
    Jackknifes: 13
    Sandbag pickups: 13 each side

    I did that circuit all the way through with no rest periods. I made it through them all but I about puked at the end. I think I am going to have to start implementing that on every Friday the 13th from now on!!!


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Daniel, this is great. I love it. I am going to post it for everyone and share your idea.

      In fact I would like to post it and send an email out every Friday the 13th with your permission of course. Can you send me a bit of a bio on you and why you decided to make this freaky Friday the 13th workout work for you. Thanks.


  14. Bobi
    8 years ago

    Why would anyone, much less a 59-year-old woman, spend 1 1/2 hours in a room with a temperature of 105 degrees doing 2 sets of 26 intense yoga positions? Try Bikram Yoga and you will find out your inner strength, agility and sense of accomplishment. My “tree” no longer falls and “awkward” isn’t awkward any more :).

    Bobi


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Bobi, I hear Bikram Yoga is “HOT” but 1.5 hours in that temperature is nuts. Maybe one day I can do the “awkward” and make it easy like you. Gonna have to try Yoga first, then I can try Bikram Yoga. Some like it hot.


  15. Daniel Woodrum
    8 years ago

    Patrick,
    Yes I would love to send you a bio about myself and why I came up the Friday the 13th workout. You may also send it out in an email to share with everyone. Would you like me to post my bio here on this site or send it to a particular email address?


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Daniel, that’s great. You can post it (bio and creation story) here if you like or use the Contact Us button in the top navigation bar and add your bio in the body of the email.

      I would love to give you the credit, its a cool idea. Where I live now and some of my friends including myself on occasion participate in a Friday the 13th motorcycle ride to Port Dover every time there is a 13 on a Friday. The workout could be cult like too. Great post buddy.


  16. Daniel Woodrum
    8 years ago

    Patrick:

    My name is Daniel Woodrum and I am a 22 years old. I am currently a student at the University of South Carolina. I have always been into fitness and nutrition. I follow a lot of programs from experts such as Mike Geary, Vince Delmonte, and Craig Ballantyne. I hate doing Traditional Cardio and dont believe in it so I often come up with different “Interval Training Cardio” at the end of my workouts. So Thursday night I was brainstorming what type of Interval Cardio I was going to do on Friday and realized it was Friday the 13th. I thought it would be kind of cool and fun to implement some type of cirucit based on this. I started jotting down some ideas and came up with 13 exercises using 13 reps. I did not really want to use any type of weights just basic bodyweight exercises. I wanted mostly full body exercises that would get my heart rate up and be challenging. Here’s what I came up with:

    Pushups: 13
    Inverted Pullups: 13
    Box Jumps: 13
    V-ups: 13
    Sandbag Pickups: 13 each side
    Russian Twist: 13 each side
    Burpees: 13
    Pushups: 13
    Inverted Pullups: 13
    Box Jumps: 13
    V ups: 13
    Jackknifes: 13
    Sandbag pickups: 13 each side

    I consider myself to be in great shape and it still kicked my butt. I was dripping sweat at the end and it took less than 10 minutes. Now thats what I call Cardio Interval Training!! Not that junk you do on the treadmill or elliptical.


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Thanks Daniel. I appreciate you firing up you details like that. I know not everyone likes to share, but thought I would ask you to share your personal details, its a cool workout, lets see if we can make it a cult following every Friday the 13th.

      Take care buddy.


  17. Tamara
    8 years ago

    Craziest ab work was hanging from a bar and pulling legs up to chest and kicking a 100# heavy bag in different directions with each kick. Also used the heavy bag with someone sitting on it to drag across the gym.


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      OUCH! That one is crazy, probably crazy to see too.


  18. Sean Cole
    8 years ago

    Muscle ups!

    Pull up first and when you reach the top of the pull up, flick the wrists round till you push your body up over the bar! Hard work!!


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      This one is tough, done it myself and let me tell you, you got to be tough and a bit nuts or fairly lean and light to make this thing happen without momentum. Keep it strict and keep me posted. Thanks Sean.


  19. Steve D
    8 years ago

    This workout (mostly BWE) is one of 3. Some exercises may need more explanation.

    Warm-up:
    prisoner squats. 30 seconds
    Pushups. diamond (8 reps), staggered (8 reps each side), wide (8 reps)

    rest: (40 second break)

    Flip-Up to Burpees (10 reps)
    DB one leg Renegade Rows

    rest: (60 seconds)

    DB Burpees to DB lateral delt raise (8 reps)
    Lateral star pushups (6-8 reps)

    rest: (120 seconds)

    Roll-up (deck squat) to Tuck Jump to Burpees (8 reps)
    Push-X – similar to pushT with leg up as well (8 reps per side)

    rest: (120 seconds)

    Core:
    Crunch Spins (imagine the ab wheel but worse)
    walking bridge
    birddog planks


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      This one is nuts Steve. If that’s a “circuit” I am fried thinking about it.


  20. bing galeno
    8 years ago

    it’s hard to find a kettlebell here in Philippines, soo i get my 25 pounds dumbbell and tied it together with packing tape, presto i have my 50 pounds kettlebell and it works just fine…


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      creative passion, love it


  21. Matt
    8 years ago

    The hardest workout we do is a leg workout. It all takes place at a squat rack. You begin with a 35lb plate on each side of a 45lb bar. The reps are grouped in sets of 5. You start out doing 5 sets of 20 reps, and after each set you add a 5lb plate to each side. After completing 5 sets of 20 reps you then do 5 sets of 19 reps while continuing to add a 5lb plate to each side. You continue this pattern down to doing 5 sets of 15 reps. This gives you a grand total of 525 reps of squats completed in one workout!


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      Matt, you are the bodybuilding version of Michael Flatley and his Irish dancers with “Feet a Flames”; now your “Quads on Fire” program here.

      I got big wheels and can already feel the pain just reading it.


  22. George Myers
    8 years ago

    My Crazy workout: I superset all my exercises to get max burn and cardio improvement and finish within a 60 minute period. Approaching 68 I need the work and to stay in shape as I work as a full-time Ski and Snowboard Instructor in the Winter time. I do this or a simular workout three times per week with cardio 2-3 times per week to get the heart pumping. Now onto my routine. 1a. 6 sets Glute-Ham Back extensions 1b. 6 sets push-ups 2a.6 sets Close grip bench press alternated with Regular bench press (3 sets of each) 2b. 6 sets of extreme sit-ups done on a glute-ham unit 3a. 3 sets of heavy Sumo squats 3b. 3 sets of seated Arnold shoulder press (Dumbell) 4a. 3 sets of dumbell shoulder shrugs 4b. 3 sets of calf raises using dumbells 5a. sets of dumbell bench rows 5b. dumbell French press 6a. 3 sets of Zottman curls 6b. 3 sets of Farmers Walk with heavy dumbells ( each set is a walk of between 20-30 yards) at pace. After my routine I hit a martial arts bag for three 4 minute rounds before a cool down stretch. Not too Crazy ! ! ! !


    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      George, this is awesomeness for a 20 something, but at 68, you are officially the most impressive empowered athlete on the slopes that is ON the HILL, clearly not OVER the HILL.


  23. brandon ronald
    8 years ago

    The craziest workout I’ve ever done is doing a pull up shoulders length away and I hold the pull up. My chin is usually even with the bar and I bring my knees up to the middle of my stomach while I’m still holding the pullup. I usually do 10 reps.


  24. R
    8 years ago

    I did the following

    25 two arm 45# kettlebell swings
    25 perfect pushups
    15 45# one arm kettlebell rows
    15 dips
    20 one arm kettlebell swings each arm
    ran 3/4 mile
    did four circuits two minute rest between circuit

    age 60
    60 yoa


  25. George Myers
    8 years ago

    Patrick………….I am glad that I found you via Craig at Turbulence Training and I absorb as much knowledge as possible to benefit myself and those around me. Keep up the great work. George Myers


  26. Andrew
    8 years ago

    Here’s mine, a variation on the bodyweight routines out there. I modified the Crazy 8 Bodyweight Circuit and combined it with a modified Leg Matrix.

    This is my Wednesday workout:

    60 Jumping Jacks
    20 Spiderman Pushups
    20 Reverse crunches
    20 Spiderman climbs on a Swiss ball
    10 Burpees
    24 Single-leg squats (butt to the floor if you can, 12 per side)
    24 Bulgarian split squats (12 per side)
    24 Lunges (12 per side)
    24 Jump lunges (12 per side)
    24 Squat Thrusts/Squat Jumps
    60 seconds plank
    30 second side plank (per side)
    50 High-knees

    This is a killer set. Rest 2-3 minutes in between and then do it again. I keep a set of DBs handy for the lunges and single leg squats, weight depends on how I feel that day. I do 3 sets, then follow it with 25 minutes of HIIT or agility drills for soccer.

    Agility drills go something like this:

    3 sets, 30 seconds rest in between each exercise and set:

    50 Toe-to-ball (25 each side)
    50 Step-overs (25 each side)
    50 Two-footed ball jump (25 each side)
    Pyramid Step-overs 1-2-3-4-4-3-2-1


  27. Elizabeth
    8 years ago

    craziest workout i do, actually it’s not really crazy, just do stair climbing during my lunch hour and in between waiting for trains at train stations, people think i’m crazy, hey gotta fit it somewhere.


  28. Terence
    8 years ago

    My craziest workout is what I like to call my “hold & release” day. Its basically where Ill take a group of exercises and hold them till i cant anymore then release them slowly. I do this maybe once a month:

    1. Pull up/Chin up-(hold at top position about 40 sec, 10 sec release)

    2. Push up-(hold in 1 inch from the ground about 41 sec, 10 sec up)

    3. Body Weight Squat-(hold in down position with thighs parallel to the floor about 40 sec, 10 rise up to top position)

    4. Barbell Curls-(hold in half way up position for about 40 sec, 10 sec release)

    I do this with no rest between sets. Then I follow this up with 100 jump ropes. Also while doing these, Im tightening and releasing my abs (as much as possible). Rest 90 sec and repeat it! Im usually queazy when Im done!


  29. Vanessa
    8 years ago

    Craziest Workout I ever did (I still have nightmares about it)…it’s called Thunder Thousand

    I timed how long it took me to complete the following:

    200 Russian Twists (25lb plate)
    200 Burpee Pullups
    200 Plyometric Pushups
    200 Side Shuffle Planks
    200 A2G (a$$-to-grass) Squat Jumps

    TOTAL TIME: 1HR 11MINS


  30. Sally
    8 years ago

    I am 47 years old and play roller derby 3x per week which we skate for 3hours at a time but my most favorite off skates exercise is LL Cool J pushups! your feet stay put as you rotate clockwise doing a pushup at each stop and then reverse direction Killer!


  31. Scott
    8 years ago

    pullups are fine, but i wanted some added motivation one day. so me and my buddy did pullups off of our shops trusses 14 ft off the ground. we would climb up and the other would move the ladder out of the way. crazy yes, but it worked.


  32. Stephanie
    8 years ago

    I always wanted to come up with my own little wacky, yet difficult triathlon, so I made this up and did it myself: 10 miles of roller blading followed by 1 hour of jumping jacks (not joking) and then 400 meters of lunges….pretty nutz, but I was the winner of that triathlon:)


  33. Jerry
    8 years ago

    Take two kettlebells:
    two bell swing 30sec
    two bell cleans 30sec
    1 bell snatch L/R 10 reps
    1 bell Front squats 30 sec
    1 bell alternating swing 30sec
    2 bell alternating cleans 20 reps
    2 bell swing 1 minute
    Rest 3 minutes and repeat x2

    Killer Fat Burner!!!


  34. Abby Campbell
    8 years ago

    SO………… WHO WINS, Patrick??


  35. Bill
    8 years ago

    My craziest workout was:

    Jumping one arm push up burpees
    combined with alternating chin up and pullups.


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    8 years ago

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    • Patrick
      8 years ago

      thanks, i appreciate it


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