So I’ve learned something over the past 6 weeks or so…It’s wicked hard maintaining one of these bloggy things. Anyway, this week as a sign of solidarity with some of our ingoing Freshmen athletes I decided to take on the Manchester United fitness test. Couple quick notes:
- It sucks
- REALLY bad!
Anyway, many schools will administer the test slightly differently but here are the rules I am following:
- Sprint 100 yards
- Recover by jogging 100 yards back to start
- Each sprint starts on the minute
- The first ten must be completed in 25 seconds, leaving 35 seconds to get back to the start line
- Each subsequent sprint must be completed in one less second, leaving a whopping one extra second to recover.
- My goal is to complete 22 rounds
I tried this for the first time on Monday knowing I wouldn’t do very well. As it turns out I completed a whopping 3 rounds. (yes I just realized I’m using whopping twice in the same post!) On Tuesday I doubled that to 6 rounds. I will make my next attempt tomorrow morning. Yesterday I did 6 50 yards sprints on the Woodway Force Treadmill on the top of each minute. My goal is to complete 22 rounds by next Saturday.
I do think too many athletes use much too much of their off-season training preparing for fitness tests at the expense of becoming stronger, more powerful, and more durable. So long as a solid baseline of fitness is maintained it will not take long (2-weeks ish) to be ready for a typical fitness test.
How’s that for a set up to my real point. After three days of training for this test I found myself completely pooped today. But I still wanted to get some good work in. Enter more minimalist training. Here was today’s workout:
- Goblet Squats – 32kg x 10 reps
- Kettlebell Snatch – 20 kg x 5 reps ea
I started each exercise on the minute and completed five rounds (ten minutes total.) After ten minutes I did 50 squats and 50 snatches and now feel tremendous! Plus, the entire workout lasted just a few minutes more than it took to listen to this song:
And yes, I do often time out workouts based on how many nifty ditties I need to listen to before I finish.