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Bodyweight exercise revolution

bodyweight exercise Revolution
by Ryan Murdock and Adam Steer
Copyright 2008 by Ryan Murdock and Adam Steer All rights reserved.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution

IntroductIon

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Chapter One
chapter one — the theory BehInd 4x7 chapter two — BalancIng work and recovery
IntuItIve traInIng: your governor
how much Is ‘a lot’? how tough Is ‘tough’?

BalancIng work and recovery

Chapter twO
the ‘4’ In 4x7
no IntensIty
rpe: 1-2; rpt: 8 or hIgher; rpd: 3 or lower

low IntensIty
rpe: 3-4; rpt: 8 or hIgher; rpd: 3 or lower

moderate IntensIty
rpe: 5-7; rpt: 8 or hIgher; rpd: 3 or lower

hIgh IntensIty
rpe: 8-10; rpt: 8 or hIgher; rpd: 3 or lower

Fat loss

Chapter three
16 step plan cIrcuIt a — strength
moderate IntensIty day: cycles 1 through 4

cIrcuIt B — metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt
hIgh IntensIty day: cycles 1 through 4

cIrcuIt c — hyBrId routIne
moderate and hIgh IntensIty days: cycles 5 through 7

exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses
hand press varIatIons

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exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses hand press varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses hand press varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses hand press varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses wheel / taBle varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses wheel / taBle varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses wheel / taBle varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses wheel / taBle varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses one-legged squat varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses one-legged squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses one-legged squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength routIne exercIses one-legged squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses quad squat varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses quad squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses quad squat varIatIons (contInued) 32 32 33 33 34 34 35 35 36 36 37 37 38 38 39 39 40 40 41 41 42 42 43 43 44 44 45 45 ii The 4 x 7 Wave TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

Table of ConTenTs TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses quad squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses spInal rock varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses spInal rock varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses spInal rock varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses spInal rock varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses leg swoop varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses leg swoop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses leg swoop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses leg swoop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses Jump squat varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses Jump squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses Jump squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses Jump squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses quad squat to hand press varIatIons 46 46 47 47 48 48 49 49 50 50 51 51 52 52 53 53 54 54 55 55 56 56 57 57 58 58 59 59 iii .

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
quad squat to hand press varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
quad squat to hand press varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
quad squat to hand press varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
one-legged squat to leg swoop varIatIons

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
one-legged squat to leg swoop varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
one-legged squat to leg swoop varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
one-legged squat to leg swoop varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
spInal rock to crow varIatIons

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
spInal rock to crow varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
spInal rock to crow varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
spInal rock to crow varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
Jump squat to wheel / taBle

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
Jump squat to wheel / taBle (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
Jump squat to wheel / taBle (contInued)

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exercIse descrIptIons: hyBrId routIne exercIses
Jump squat to wheel / taBle (contInued)

hypertrophy

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Chapter FOur
cIrcuIt a — moderate IntensIty hypertrophy sessIon B — hIgh IntensIty hypertrophy

exercIse descrIptIons: super slow eccentrIcs
quad squat

exercIse descrIptIons: super slow eccentrIcs (contInued)
trInIty squat

exercIse descrIptIons: eccentrIc / IsometrIc contrast
Inverted hand press

exercIse descrIptIons: eccentrIc / IsometrIc contrast
Inverted hand press (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: eccentrIc / IsometrIc contrast
Inverted hand press (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: eccentrIc / IsometrIc contrast
1-legged straIght legged deadlIFt

exercIse descrIptIons: eccentrIc / IsometrIc contrast
1-legged straIght legged deadlIFt (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets
push-up

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets
ellIpse

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets
screwIng press

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets

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one-legged squat to leg swoop varIatIons*

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets
one-legged squat to leg swoop varIatIons (contInued)*

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets
one-legged squat to leg swoop varIatIons (contInued)*

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets
assIsted one-legged squat*

exercIse descrIptIons: drop sets
trInIty squat

exercIse descrIptIons: max duratIon IsometrIcs
crow

exercIse descrIptIons: max duratIon IsometrIcs exercIse descrIptIons: max duratIon IsometrIcs
varIatIons on level oF dIFFIculty

exercIse descrIptIons: max duratIon IsometrIcs
superman

exercIse descrIptIons: max duratIon IsometrIcs exercIse descrIptIons: max duratIon IsometrIcs
varIatIons on level oF dIFFIculty

strength exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method
Inverted hand press varIatIons

exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method
Inverted hand press varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method
Inverted hand press varIatIons (contInued)

exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method

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Table of ConTenTs TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Inverted hand press varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method one-legged squat varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method one-legged squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method one-legged squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: dynamIc eFFort method one-legged squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: BallIstIc method quad hop varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: BallIstIc method quad hop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: BallIstIc method quad hop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: BallIstIc method Jump squat varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: BallIstIc method Jump squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: BallIstIc method Jump squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: near maxImal eccentrIcs screwIng press exercIse descrIptIons: near maxImal eccentrIcs screwIng press (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: near maxImal eccentrIcs pIstol squat 112 113 113 114 114 115 115 116 116 117 117 118 118 119 119 120 120 121 121 122 122 123 123 124 124 125 125 vii .

exercIse descrIptIons: near maxImal eccentrIcs pIstol squat (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: near maxImal eccentrIcs pIstol squat (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: altItude landIng Frontal ground engagement exercIse descrIptIons: altItude landIng Frontal ground engagement (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: altItude landIng Frontal ground engagement (contInued) general athletIcIsm 126 126 127 127 128 128 129 129 130 130 132 132 133 134 134 134 135 135 136 136 137 137 138 138 139 139 140 Chapter Six the general athletIcIsm master program chart Breakdown oF IndIvIdual routInes strength cIrcuIt moderate IntensIty day metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt (metcon) hIgh IntensIty day exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses trInIty squat varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses trInIty squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses trInIty squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses spInal rock varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses viii The 4 x 7 Wave TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

Table of ConTenTs TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution spInal rock varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses spInal rock varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses screwIng arm press-up varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses screwIng arm press-up varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses screwIng arm press-up varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses mountaIn clImBer varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses mountaIn clImBer varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses mountaIn clImBer varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses reactIve Jump varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses reactIve Jump varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses reactIve Jump varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses leg swoop varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses leg swoop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses leg swoop varIatIons (contInued) 140 141 141 142 142 143 143 144 144 145 145 146 146 147 147 148 148 149 149 150 150 151 151 152 152 153 153 ix .

exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses quad hop varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses quad hop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: metaBolIc resIstance cIrcuIt exercIses quad hop varIatIons (contInued) longevIty 154 154 155 155 156 156 158 158 159 160 161 161 161 162 162 164 164 165 165 166 166 167 167 168 168 169 169 Chapter Seven general guIdelInes For longevIty traInIng the longevIty master program chart Breakdown oF IndIvIdual routInes strength cIrcuIt moderate IntensIty day sprInt sets hIgh IntensIty day exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses quad hop varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses quad hop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses quad hop varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses halF spInal rocks exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses halF spInal rocks (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses halF spInal rocks (contInued) x The 4 x 7 Wave TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

Table of ConTenTs TABLE OF CONTENTS Bodyweight Exercise Revolution exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses sIngle-leg squat varIatIons exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses sIngle-leg squat varIatIons (contInued) exercIse descrIptIons: strength cIrcuIt exercIses sIngle-leg squat varIatIons (contInued) BodyweIght Bonus chapter: slottIng other programs Into 4x7 170 170 171 171 172 172 174 178 179 179 adam Steer ryan murdOCk keith kOger xi .

density sets. In keeping with the dual goal of Volume One. with no need for equipment or props. This e-book series is our response to those questions.Introduction We’ve received many questions over the past two years. By the time you work through each of these designs you will have added several new conceptual tools to your training or coaching toolkit. about Scott Sonnon’s groundbreaking DVD program “4x7: The Magic in the Mundane”. and incredibly fun method of strength training. both in person and on the RMAX Forum. 12 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER ONE Introduction Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . high octane. volume one deals specifically with bodyweight 4x7 programs. Those on the CST Coaching Track should be recording their observations of each program’s effect on their bodies and comparing that to the theory presented in the introduction to each program in order to fully “own” the material. we hope that you’ll read between the lines and study each specific layout in order to get a better sense of how training demand can be shifted to meet each of these goals. and longevity. For Clubbell enthusiasts who just can’t get enough of this unique. In this volume we’ve chosen to explore training protocols. In it you’ll find five separate and unique program designs. we’ve grouped these Clubbell program designs according to specific themes. The only thing that you need to begin training is this e-book. and the classic Clubbell density and double density cycles. We’ve organized the training cycles around several unique themes that reflect common training goals: strength. each incorporating several incremental levels of movement sophistication. fat loss. As you work through the material you’ll learn how to merge the 4x7 method of periodization with such proven training methods as: the HIIT protocol. functional hypertrophy. the Tabata Protocol. In addition to exploring the 4x7 format. as well as how to incorporate other RMAX programs — such as FlowFit® and Forward Pressure™ — into this groundbreaking method of periodization. Many of those questions deal with how to go beyond the specific program presented in the DVD to create your own training cycles around the 4x7 format. general athleticism. we’ve come up with a pile of demanding routines which will inject new creativity into your Clubbell sessions. which will enable you to explore the 4x7 format right now. volume Two of the series deals specifically with Clubbell 4x7 programs. for themselves and their clients.

Finally. if you’re a lifer who is simply training for the sheer love of it. and each program has an embedded video clip for each circuit so that you can see each one in motion. we show you how to go beyond GPP and apply the 4x7 method of periodization to conditioning for your chosen sport. Regardless of the approach that you take. After all. But there’s no need to feel dwarfed by the material or to become a slave to your training! It’s your book — make it work for you. You might choose to explore the material in this book in several ways. we’re certain that you’ll come out the other end with a much firmer grasp of the magic behind the 4x7 method of periodization. volume Three presents sport specific 4x7 program designs. you will be able to benefit from any of the programs. you might flip through and choose programs to attempt at random. we designed it that way… 13 . in which case you could simply scan the table of contents for a program which is designed to meet that goal. You may be looking to explore a specific training protocol. Each individual program presented in these e-books includes several levels of sophistication. This book also includes a specific Prasara yoga chain of compensatory movement. In response to one of the most common questions on the RMAX Forum. and with a totally transformed level of health and fitness. then there’s sure to be something here for you among the three available volumes. All of the exercises are illustrated with step by step photos. or you might be interested in 4x7’s which employ certain types of exercises. and each can be done as a separate and unique program. so whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced athlete. You may already be motivated by a specific goal. How to Use This Book This three volume series contains enough 28-day 4x7 program designs to keep you busy for several years. or you might even take the hardcore approach of working through each manual systematically and physically mastering each of these grueling programs over a number of years. which was specifically designed to balance the demands of these programs.CHAPTER ONE Introduction Bodyweight Exercise Revolution InTRoDUCTIon Finally. If so. All of these 4x7 programs are of course based on the original 28-day design.

What exactly is the ‘magic in the mundane’? There are several factors at play. and a great deal of time spent combing through their training journals to discover the unique thread that connected them all. The series represents Coach Sonnon’s distillation of an awful lot of hours and years of training cycles by an awful lot of high caliber athletes. He was constantly impressed by just how rapid his progress became when using the 4x7 method of cycling and compression. they discovered that it could be adapted to suit a limitless variety of needs and goals. As Coach Sonnon’s RMAX Faculty continued to test this new training protocol. Selection 4x7 incorporates Circular Strength Training® (CST) exercises which have been carefully crafted to optimize your health and fitness. The incredible results and the mystique that surrounds the program are such that you could be forgiven for imagining some strange new variety of esoteric alchemy involving late night conjuring sessions and Faustian bargains.Chapter One — The Theory Behind 4x7 The 4x7 program is the result of a unique distillation process. Despite months of increasingly demanding programs. and more importantly 14 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER ONE The Theory Behind 4 x 7 Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . and he was even more impressed by the rate of adaptation that his body was capable of when he tapped into its natural rhythms. His experiments sought the outer limit of that adaptability. healthier. The subtitle of the original DVD series. The final product was Coach Sonnon’s original 4x7 series. a 28-day program which would produce better. and the multi-month exploratory program that he crafted to test that is included in Volume Two of this e-book series. “the magic in the mundane” is much closer to the truth. Coach Murdock never did reach that outer limit. Each of the exercises. You’re probably champing at the bit by now to know just what’s so special about the 4x7 method. But that was just the beginning. more energetic and vibrant individuals in a fraction of the time of conventional training programs. and we’ll examine each one in turn. That hard work paid off. Coach Murdock in particular sought to push the protocol to its outer limits. and the Faculty continues to push those frontiers to this day.

and the specific Prasara chains which accompany each program were individually crafted to address any overcompensations which might come as a natural result of a specific program. your health and longevity will never be sacrificed for short term gain. You can rest assured that. 15 . this allows you to incorporate active recovery to promote rapid adaptation and injury-free progress. and also to ensure balanced development free of gross overcompensations so that this stand-alone program could form a complete fitness package. In addition to the actual “work” days. though you’ll be pushing yourself to the limit. while at other times the demands of the particular goal or protocol required development along more specific lines. Cycling Four distinct yet integrated programs are cycled seven times to reach the total of 28 days. and compensatory movements to balance your growth and to remove the parking brake from your output and mobility. But each program was designed to train the entire body. We haven’t always adhered to this specific formula in the programs that follow. This is one of the greatest secrets behind the incredible rate of progress harnessed by the 4x7 method. Sometimes we did.CHAPTER ONE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution The Theory Behind 4 x 7 The TheoRy the combination of exercises. the specific exercise selection and their combinations have been determined to produce maximal results for the goals of those programs. comes from the perspective of the CST ‘health-first’ value hierarchy. Sequence The 4x7 circuits in the original DVD were organized in a specific proprietary manner to guarantee optimal results: • A pull towards the sky with the arms • A push away from the earth with the legs • A pull away from the earth with the body • A push away from the earth with the body This exercise sequence was chosen so that the entire body would be trained in all dimensions. Further.

The 4x7 program incorporates movements which increase in complexity so that your gains compound as your movement abilities increase.We’ll talk more about each of the four types of program in Chapter Two when we delve into how to put 4x7 to work for you. What is a complex movement chain? Let’s take a simple example. It involves a continuous adding of the previous two numbers to get the next. the Clubbell Swipe. once you’ve completed a full 28-day program. This incredible and somewhat mysterious natural tendency is the other big secret behind 4x7’s profound success. Tapping into this effect in combination with the unique 4x7 4-day cycle will allow you to progress more rapidly. What is the Fibonacci sequence? For those of you with a burning desire to understand the theory behind this stuff. CST’s 4x7 training methodology will put all of these unique factors to work for you in a seamless design which. with smaller rest periods between training sessions. Sophistication 4x7 incorporates a key principle of the CST system: the synergistic training effect. you’ll find yourself structuring all of your training around. here’s a brief explanation of the Fibonacci sequence and how and why it affects the way that we train. The Swipe is the seamless integration of the Forward Pendulum with the Clean to Order. Compression 4x7 takes advantage of the powerful tendency of our biochemistry to adapt to stress according to the Fibonacci sequence (more on that in a moment). A complex movement chain practiced as one movement produces a sum total training effect which is greater than that produced if the individual components were practiced for the same number of repetitions. The Fibonacci sequence was named after the mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. 16 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER ONE The Theory Behind 4 x 7 Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

618 or 0. As a proportion. Its purpose is to present a model which will allow an athlete to “peak” on any given event day. new frontiers of adaptability began to open up. so far at least. 2. This same tendency was reflected throughout their training logs. Based on their studies of the competitive and training history of a wealth of athletes. 8.618. 34. etc.CHAPTER ONE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution The Theory Behind 4 x 7 The TheoRy in the following manner: 1. peak performance was the result. off days and even injury happened. off days and even injuries happened… The application of the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio to athletics first came to our attention through a small out of print book called Consistent Winning by Robert Sandler and Dennis Lobstein. and even stock market fluctuations and human development can be related to the Golden Mean. When they were tapping the tendency. it will allow us to influence tapering to a specific time for peak performance. 21. the book outlines how to organize training to reflect the human organism’s natural tendency to wave rest and work. science has neither proved nor disproved it. 17 . often referred to as the Golden Mean. in both macro and micro cycles. it must be remembered that this is a pseudo scientific approach in that. When examining the relationship between this magic number and the natural world. It should be regarded as a tendency rather than a law. It has been observed that such things as the structure of flowers. Basically. When they ignored it. 3. Coach Sonnon and the RMAX Faculty were immediately struck by how consistently the patterns resonated with their own personal history. leaves. 13. the Golden Mean was also tremendously influential in the literature on aesthetics which flourished at the time of the Renaissance. When they began to experiment proactively with this method of cycling. If we can render that sequence in a program and synch that up with our body’s natural rhythm. and usually on days which according to the template should have been scheduled for rest. the author’s underlying assumption is that our own rhythm resonates with the Fibonacci sequence. shells. When they ignored it. 5. This pattern relates to a natural phenomenon of sequence proportions of 1:1.

To create a peak day. this always falls on the high intensity day. you’ll know that we’re never content to take an approach “as is”. Once you’ve had that active rest day. moderate and high intensity days. you gradually ramp yourself up through sessions of increasing intensity levels until you experience your peak performance day — in the case of 4x7. Second. The Fibonacci wave allows you to plan active recovery so that you can avoid those occurrences. If you’ve been around RMAX for a while. You need to torque back in order to catapult ahead. Each of these elements must be organized within each micro and macro cycle for optimal results. larger peak performance at the highest intensity day of all. That’s the 4-day micro cycle. where we’ll teach you how to approach each of the four days in the 4x7 cycle so that you can choose a program and take it to the mats. We highly recommend Coach Sonnon’s original equipment-based 4x7 DVD series. movement sophistication. you experience peak performance on your high intensity days. and these culminate in a final. These smaller cycles culminate in a larger peak performance day at the end of your 28-day program. moderate and heavy work. Think of it as a ratchet. the final day of your 28-day program. That combination of ingenuity and experience simply can’t be beat.The Fibonacci waving of rest and work operates on the premise of variable intensity: active recovery. Most people make the mistake of only organizing an active recovery day or cycle when they suffer and injury or if they overtrain. You only begin to benefit from rest 3 days afterwards. which is composed of a series of seven 4-day micro cycles. and sequencing which have made CST the most dynamic health and training system on the planet. So. you must begin by planning a rest period. you haven’t grokked the 4x7 experience! 18 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER ONE The Theory Behind 4 x 7 Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . what do you need to know to get started? Move on to the next chapter. Now that you’ve got a primer on the theory. Until you’ve been through the original program. low. to recap. it introduces the CST Intuitive Training Protocol. The macro cycle is your 28 day program. 4x7 combines that waving intensity with the unique exercises. The 4x7 program improves upon the basic template presented in Consistent Winning in several ways. First. light. which allows you to precisely gauge — and more importantly to regulate — your energy output and technical precision on the no.

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So how does it all come together? What exactly should you be doing on each of these four days? Before we go there we must first establish some definitions. and you create a very accurate gauge of your progress. because these will be key. It’s the template that dominates your day to day work. because your output and your gains really do swell and ebb and finally come to a resounding crescendo at the end of the 28-days.Chapter Two — Balancing Work and Recovery The 4x7 format is all about balancing work and recovery in a precise fashion that taps into and harnesses your body’s natural rhythms. exertion and discomfort subjectively. The Rosetta stone to unlocking your performance involves becoming intimately familiar with the CST Intuitive Training Protocol. the ‘4’ in 4x7 refers to that balancing. Perhaps ‘orchestrating’ work and recovery might be the better image. Balancing Work And Recovery 20 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER TWO Balancing Work and Recovery Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . and you can then use this as a determinant factor in progressive resistance. Intuitive Training: Your Governor How much is ‘a lot’? How tough is ‘tough’? What might be considered a difficult session for a sedentary person would be a walk in the park for an elite athlete. and what an elite athlete considers low intensity might be beyond extreme for the average person. So just how do you determine “low” or “high” when it’s so subjective? You do this by journaling your training and by applying your tools. The CST Intuitive Training Protocol allows you to develop the ability to differentiate form. Whatever you want to call it. By learning to quantify the subjective you give yourself an immediate sense of where you stand.

You’re playing a game of balancing between your output and what’s being lost as ‘leakage’ to poor technique.CHAPTER TWO Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Balancing Work and Recovery balanCIng In order to make this tool work for you. 21 . That takes a bit of diligence in the beginning. But you will have to think about it in the beginning. and discomfort increases. you must first learn how to use it. until eventually you barely have to think about it. 10 being the worst pain you’ve ever experienced. As fatigue takes over. By journaling your training and by rating these three variables you will come to a better understanding of your body and you will calibrate your instrument. high quality technique. • Rate of Perceived Technique (RPT): the subjective evaluation of your mechanical performance on a scale of 1 to 10. strength and endurance allow. • Rate of Perceived Discomfort (RPD): the subjective evaluation of your pain level on a scale of 1 to 10. strength and endurance diminish as you start to hit the wall. 10 being the hardest you’ve ever worked. If your technique is high enough (greater than or equal to 8) and your discomfort is low enough (less than or equal to 3) you can hold even an exertion level of 10 for as long as your stamina. But your stamina. As fatigue takes over. Without that technique you no longer have the channel to safely harness the fluid forces of your effort. These are the three variables that you will rate after each training session: • Rate of Perceived exertion (RPe): the subjective evaluation of your effort on a scale of 1 to 10. your technique begins to deteriorate. the potential for injury also increases. your technique begins to deteriorate. and to stop when you’ve tipped the balance into deteriorating form. Your goal is to ride that edge of high output. with 10 being the best possible form in that exercise. and so on down the spiral. The skill of rating your performance becomes more finely honed with each use. As discomfort increases.

it’s time to increase a variable: frequency. You’ll use the CST Intu-Flow® system of joint mobility and longevity to accomplish this. etc. Decompressing and mobilizing each joint in the specific sequence presented in Intu-Flow® will ensure that they receive the nutrition and lubrication that is critical for healthy performance. even the likelihood. We have also precisely calculated exactly which variable to change. When you reach the No Intensity day. poor technique is also repeatable. volume. Each of the four days in 4x7 includes specific guidelines that you should be aiming for with each of these variables. and plug and play the program. Don’t skip it! 22 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER TWO Balancing Work and Recovery Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . We’ve taken care of the rest. RPD: 3 or lower Your task on the No Intensity day is to incorporate active recovery to promote rapid adaptation and injury-free progress. RPT: 8 or higher. let’s take a look at how each day unfolds. The greatest efficiency lies in knowing how to precisely gauge your form so that you stop before you begin to groove poor technique. when you can sustain an RPT of equal to or greater than 8. speed. and an RPE of equal to or greater than 6 over the course of 3 sessions. It’s a fundamental aspect of the Law of Conditioning: whatever you repeat you are making repeatable. complexity. Now. density. simply do your regular Intu-Flow® practice at the level you are currently working with. when it comes time to move on. of injury. All you have to do is rate your performance in terms of the Intuitive Training Protocol. and by how much. It will also ship out the toxins that result as waste products from exercise. intensity. This is one of the keys to the rapid adaptation that you’ll experience with the 4x7 program. The ‘4’ in 4x7 No Intensity RPE: 1-2. Your goal is to work slowly and smoothly through the movements. whether you want to or not. an RPD of less than or equal to 3.In addition to the potential. As a general guideline.

so that optimal function is restored. In CST we use Prasara to locate these tight bands and to reprogram the motor function to delete this tension from the motor programs. restoring the body to balance. Your body adapts to become more efficient at doing those tasks. Anything that you repeat produces compensations in the body. Our goal is to compensate for the work load of the Moderate and High intensity days and to release any accumulated tension. For more in-depth exploration of Prasara Yoga.) Click Here for your Custom Prasara Flow.CHAPTER TWO Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Balancing Work and Recovery balanCIng (Keeners can also use the Intu-Flow® program to prime their joints before engaging in the “work” phases of the Moderate and High intensity days. simply follow the directions for that program and work with that specific Prasara flow. For more thorough coverage of the Intu-Flow Joint Health and Mobility system consider the Intu-Flow® DVD or the Ageless Mobility DVD.) Low Intensity RPE: 3-4. 23 . RPD: 3 or lower Your task on the Low Intensity day is to use the Prasara yoga wing of CST and its specific compensatory movements to balance your growth and to remove the parking brake from your output and mobility. chains of tension will eventually result — imbalances in your myofascial matrix where some muscles pull too tightly while others are too loose. whether that be an exercise program or sitting in a chair all day staring at a computer. the myofascia hardens into thick. When you reach the Low Intensity day. (Keeners may also use that specific Prasara flow to warm down from the work sets of the Moderate and High intensity days. leathery straps in order to maintain this imbalanced structure. it is that very adaptation that you’re trying to elicit by placing the body under an exercise load in the first place. In fact.) Click Here to download your basic Intu-Flow® session. Over time. RPT: 8 or higher. The catch is that if you don’t address those compensations. we recommend the Prasara Yoga Book and the Prasara Yoga Instructional DVD. if left unaddressed. We’ve designed a specific Prasara flow to compensate for the programs presented in this e-book.

Just as you did on the Moderate day. On the Moderate Intensity day you’ll begin to ramp your body up according to the Fibonacci wave. and be sure to regulate your efforts so that you’re consistently hitting an RPE of 5 to 7. working it hard and preparing it for the maximal effort you’ll exert for a peak performance on the High Intensity day. High Intensity RPE: 8-10. when you reach the High day simply follow the specific program guidelines regarding exercise selection. RPT: 8 or higher. this will be your peak performance day. Then take a long hot shower and bask in your success. duration. and rest periods.Moderate Intensity RPE: 5-7. When you reach the Moderate day. RPT: 8 or higher. You’ve got a couple days of active recovery before you have to hit it again. duration. and be sure to regulate your efforts so that you’re consistently hitting an RPE of 8 to 10. 24 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER TWO Balancing Work and Recovery Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . simply follow the program guidelines regarding exercise selection. RPD: 3 or lower Now the work starts. and rest periods. RPD: 3 or lower If you’ve been following the 4x7 format and if you’ve correctly regulated your energy output according to the specified Rating of Perceived Exertion for each day.

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So one of the goals of this program is to preserve or even increase lean body mass through hypertrophy (muscle gain). We do this through intense interval training called Metabolic Resistance Circuits (MRC). The reverse is true of muscle gain. These full-body circuits place several body weight resistance exercises in succession in order to heavily tax the anaerobic energy systems while at the same time continuing to develop/maintain lean muscle mass. must be coupled with high intensity anaerobic work designed to create a metabolic disturbance. Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the human body. Lean muscle gain. Muscle loss lowers metabolism and thus reduces our daily energy needs. Simultaneously. The Moderate Intensity day of our 4 x 7 cycle will be devoted to the dedicated strength training portion of our program during the first phase of the program. The higher one’s metabolism.Fat Loss Fat Loss There are two essential ingredients in an effective fat loss exercise strategy. the more energy is used in the simple fact of being alive. we must drive our bodies into fat burning mode with a periodic kick start to our fat burning furnaces. This mode of training has also been shown to simultaneously develop both the anaerobic and aerobic energy systems. As we move into the final phase of this 4 x 7 for Fat Loss program. or at least maintenance. The circuit will be performed at varying intensities depending on the prescribed intensity of the day in the 4 x 7 intensity wave. The High Intensity sessions of our 4 x 7 circuit will be composed of the MRC during the first phase of the program. we will be merging our strength and conditioning work into one unified master MRC circuit. Both of which are important indicators of high-performance and health. 26 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

For more in-depth exploration of Prasara Yoga. For your bonus video clips of the circuits for the Fat Loss program. Intensity-> Moderate Strength high MRC — 3-5 min rest RPE = 8-10 MRC — 1-3 min rest RPE = 8-10 MRC — 30 sec rest RPE = 8-10 MRC — 15 sec rest RPE = 8-10 Hybrid — 1 min rest RPE = 8-10 Hybrid — 30 sec rest RPE = 8-10 Hybrid — 15 sec rest RPE = 8-10 no Intu-Flow® low Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow faT loss Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6 Cycle 7 Strength Intu-Flow® Strength Intu-Flow® Strength Intu-Flow® Hybrid — 1 min rest RPE = 5-7 Hybrid — 30 sec rest RPE = 5-7 Hybrid — 15 sec rest RPE = 5-7 Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Click Here to download your basic Intu-Flow® session.) Click Here for your Custom Prasara Flow. For more thorough coverage of the Intu-Flow Joint Health and Mobility system consider the Intu-Flow® DVD or the Ageless Mobility DVD. use the following links: Fat Loss A • Fat Loss B • Fat Loss C 27 .CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution 16 Step Plan Fat Loss The following table gives an outline of the 7 cycles of 4 days which give the 4 x 7 protocol its name. we recommend the Prasara Yoga Book and the Prasara Yoga Instructional DVD.

And 45 seconds falls pretty much in the middle of the accepted TUT to stimulate muscle growth. Exercise Hand Press x 45 seconds Level 1 Hands on box Level 2 Rocca Rest 60 sec Wheel / Table x 45 seconds Table Transition Reaching Arch Rest 60 sec 1-Legged Squat x 45 seconds per side Free leg in back (supported) Free leg in back (unsupported) Rest 60 sec Free leg in front (bent — use of heel assist optional) Reach & Touch Rotating Wheel Level 3 Feet on box Level 4 Supported HSPU Pistol 28 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .Fat Loss Circuit A — Strength Moderate Intensity Day: Cycles 1 through 4 This strength circuit is designed to get maximum results in the most time-efficient format. Each exercise is separated by a 60 second rest period. The selected exercises are performed in a staggered manner. Rather than counting repetitions. Complete 4 Rounds of the following Super-Set of exercises. It is recommended to use recovery techniques. such as those found in the RESET program. during rest periods. Each exercise consists of 4 different levels of difficulty. TUT is the main predictor of the outcome of strength training. Experiment with each exercise and choose the level which best corresponds to your current skill and conditioning level. completing one set of each exercise before returning to start again. You can increase difficulty level as you gain strength and coordination. The goal is to achieve continuous Time Under Tension (TUT) during the full 45 seconds. perform each exercise in a slow and deliberate manner for 45 seconds.

Experiment with each exercise and choose the level which best corresponds to your current skill and conditioning level.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Circuit B — Metabolic Resistance Circuit High Intensity Day: Cycles 1 through 4 The MRC places 4 bodyweight resistance exercises one right after the other. more importantly this protocol places a heavy demand on our energy systems (both anaerobic and aerobic) in order to create what is known as the Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption effect (EPOC). This means you are incinerating calories for hours after training. even if you are just lying inert. at high intensity. also stimulates the creation of a hormonal profile which will promote fat loss and muscle gain. Working this close to your edge. Perform the following circuit for 5 rounds. resting between rounds according to the appropriate rest periods prescribed in the master table above. for the body to work its way back to homeostasis (a normal state). Essentially. elbows back) Rest Full Continuous Standard Tuck Split Tuck 29 . without rest. Each exercise consists of 4 different levels of difficulty. Exercise Quad Squat x 10 Spinal Rock x 10 Leg Swoop x 10/10 Jump Squat x 10 Level 1 Squat Standard Level 2 Hop Butterfly Level 3 Clap Pike Level 4 FGE partial Compression faT loss Lateral Quarter Prisoner (hands behind head. up to 36 in fact. this means that we are placing such an intense metabolic demand on our system that it takes several hours. While it continues to build the strength and density of our musculature.

Perform each compound exercise for 45 seconds before moving on to the next compound exercise. You can do this by decreasing the difficulty level of the exercise according to the choices offered. In this Hybrid Routine. Above and beyond volume. level 3 Clap Quad Hop / Feet on Box Press Foot in Front / Full Swoop Pike / Crow Prisoner / Reach & Touch Wheel level 4 FGE Drop / HSPU Pistol / Full Swoop Drop / Jump to Crow Prinsoner / Rotating Wheel 30 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . exercise Quad Squat to Hand Press 1-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Spinal Rock to Crow Jump Squat to Wheel / Table level 1 Quad Squat / Hands on Box Press Foot in back / Lateral Swoop Basic / Forward rock to Crow entry position Basic / Rotating Table Top level 2 Quad Hop / Rocca Foot in Front / Quarter Swoop Butterfly / “Toe Crow” Basic / Reaching for Wheel Rest Since we will be using the same circuit for both the Moderate and High Intensity Days. frequency and intensity. Go through each of the 4 compound exercises without rest and then take the prescribed rest according to the master table. by reducing the number of repetitions or by increasing the rest pause between repetitions. you will need to adjust certain variables in order to respect the Rate of Perceived Exertion targets. complexity is an oft ignored but extremely powerful tool in our physical conditioning arsenal. we take the exercises we have been grooving up until now and incorporate them into compound exercises which adds a new level of complexity to our program and requires new adaptation from the body. The Hybrid Routine is to be performed in much the same way as the Metabolic Resistance Circuit.Fat Loss Circuit C — Hybrid Routine Moderate and High Intensity Days: Cycles 5 through 7 One of the signatures of the Circular Strength Training® System is Incremental Sophistication.

Hands on box faT loss Start Middle Begin with hands on low box. Lower for a count of four. Stretch the spine long and slightly draw the belly towards the spine. Slowly lower the crown of the head to an imaginary line between your two hands on the box. maintaining straight legs and a long spine. Ensure that shoulders are actively pulled away from ears. Allow your lungs to passively fill as you return to the starting position.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Hand Press Variations 1. 31 . End Pause one second with your crown between your hands and forcefully exhale and press away from the box. Ensure a straight line from feet to hips and from hips to hands.

You may need to come further up on to your toes in order to maintain the tight piked position.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Hand Press Variations (continued) 2. Rocca Press Start Middle Set up similarly to the previous level. A good way to find proper distance is to start in a standard push-up position and pike the body by driving the butt towards the sky. Perform in the same manner as the previous level. but with your hands on the floor. You may need to come further up on to your toes in order to maintain the tight piked position. 32 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . End Perform in the same manner as the previous level.

33 . but with your feet elevated. End Perform in the same manner as the previous level. Feet on box faT loss Start Middle Set up in a piked position as in previous levels. You should be aligned with your hips much more directly over your hands here. thus creating more load for the exercise.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Hand Press Variations (continued) 3. Perform in the same manner as the previous level. Having your mass placed more vertically over your hands will require much more force production.

Exhale and stretch the spine long. Contract glutes and thighs and stretch toes to the sky. spring up into a handstand with your back to the wall and supported with your heels against the wall.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Hand Press Variations (continued) 4. *All previous versions of this exercise MUST be MASTERED before attempting this version. 34 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Supported Handstand Pushup* Start Middle With hands about one foot from a solid wall. Inhale as you slowly lower yourself until your hairline brushes the mat End Forcefully exhale and press yourself to the starting position. Keep elbows tucked in to about 45° from the ears and keep shoulders pulled away from the ears.

Table Transition faT loss Start Middle From your lowest squat. 35 . reach your right hand to the rear to form a three point stance between your two feet and that hand. Exhale and create momentum with your free right hand to bring you back up into your low squat. Keep your shoulder pulled down away from your ear. Maintaining your planted hand firmly on the ground. End Bring your right hand off the ground and establish a three-point stance using your left hand. reach around with your left hand to plant it on the ground as well. The next repetition will begin to the left instead of right. while maintaining good form (see Jump Squat section). contract your glutes and drive off mid-foot to send your hips towards the sky as high as possible.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Wheel / Table Variations 1. At the same time exhale.

reaching it towards the ground. Reaching Arch Start Middle Begin this exercise similarly to the Table Transition. End Drive your hips to the sky by squeezing your glutes and driving off mid foot. Exhale completely as you reach and create that arch with your body. bring your left hand up and over your head. so it points towards your head at the end of the reach. but orient the fingers to point as far backwards as possible. Allow your right hand to pivot back into a neutral planted position on the mat. 36 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Drop your hips towards the mat and bring your left hand back to the starting position. Your planted right hand should continue rotating to the inside. The subsequent repetition will start with the left hand planted. At the same time.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Wheel / Table Variations (continued) 2.

but continue reaching until the left hand touches the mat above your head and to the left.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Wheel / Table Variations (continued) 3. End Perform as in previous exercise. 37 . Reach and Touch faT loss Start Middle Perform as in previous exercise Perform as in previous exercise.

End Transfer your weight to your left hand. 38 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Perform the next repetition by starting to your left. Shift your hips down and towards your feet as you pivot your shoulders to the left and allow your planted left hand to pivot on the mat in a clockwise direction. drive your hips to the sky and contract the glutes as you drive your left hand diagonally over your head. Your planted right hand will rotate on the mat to point back towards your head. Make sure to allow all the air to be expelled from your lungs. This will bring you back to the 3-point stance.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises Wheel / Table Variations (continued) 4. Rotating Wheel Start Middle Prepare as in the above versions. From the 3-point stance. Make contact to the mat with the fingers of your left hand and roll the hand flat. Use your free right hand to create momentum to come back into your low squat. fingers also pointing back towards your head.

Use only enough assistance from the supported arm to complete the rep in good form. Exhale as you drive up. Free leg in back (supported) faT loss Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). Drive off the ground through the heel and project the hips up and forward. Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises (continued) One-legged Squat Variations 1. Keep the spine stretched long. using an active contraction of the glutes. You can help yourself as needed with your supported hand. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel line to the direction of the toes. The free leg is cocked to the back. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the planted leg. Keep your free shin parallel to the floor at all times. Place your hand (on side of planted leg) on a chair or other solid object to help support yourself. Reach forward with the free hand to counter-balance this movement. 39 . End Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall. Finish “straight as a soldier” in the top position with the glutes clenched and the hips extended. The free leg shin stays parallel to the ground. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot.

Exhale as you drive up. Reach forward with the hands to counter-balance this movement. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel line to the direction of the toes. Free leg in back (unsupported) Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). 40 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises One-legged Squat Variations (continued) 2. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the plated leg. using an active contraction of the glutes. then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. Finish “straight as a soldier” in the top position with the glutes clenched and the hips extended. The free leg is cocked to the back. Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall. Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. Keep your free shin parallel to the floor at all times. Keep the spine stretched long. The free leg shin stays parallel to the ground End Drive off the ground through the heel and project the hips up and forward.

optional use of heel assist) faT loss Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). using an active contraction of the glutes. End Drive off the ground through the heel and project the hips up and forward. 41 . Free leg in front (bent . Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises One-legged Squat Variations (continued) 3. The free leg is out in front and comfortably bent with the heel slightly raised from the mat. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the plated leg. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel like to the direction of the toes. Reach forward with the hands to counter-balance this movement. The free leg heel should continue to hover just above the ground. then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. Exhale as you drive up. Keep the spine stretched long. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot. Finish “straight as a soldier” in the top position with the glutes clenched and the hips extended. Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall. You can press your free front heel into the ground to assist the movement as needed.

then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the plated leg. Maintain good knee and back alignment as in the lowering portion of the movement.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Strength Routine Exercises One-legged Squat Variations (continued) 4. Reach forward with the hands to counter-balance this movement. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel like to the direction of the toes. 42 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot. The free leg is out in front and locked straight. Pistol Squat Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). End When you get to the bottom of your functional range of motion (when your low back begins to round). to finish. Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. Come to a fully locked out position. forcefully exhale and drive your hips forward and up as you push through the ground with your heel / mid-foot. Keep the spine stretched long. glutes clenched. Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall.

Ensure that your spine stays long and that your back remains parallel to the floor. Press equally with all four limbs in order to drive away from the floor.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Quad Squat Variations 1. Your knees and elbows should be slightly splayed out (at about 45°). Stretch the spine long from crown to coccyx. Keeping your butt there. End Return to the start position. Ensure that you bring your butt back to heels and your nose stays aligned with your hands. lean forward until your back is parallel to the floor with your hands on the ground. Keep your back parallel to the floor and your spine stretched long. Quad Squat faT loss Start Middle Begin in a kneeling position and bring your butt as close to your heels as possible. 43 .

You will start from here in order to take advantage of the elastic energy accumulated as we sink into the middle position of the Quad Hop. As you near the bottom. drop your butt to your heels and your nose towards the floor. seek out a feeling of elasticity as you absorb your momentum with your muscle and connective tissue. Keeping the spine stretched long and parallel to the ground.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Quad Squat Variations (continued) 2. as forcing it will cause a deterioration of form. There should be no pause at the bottom of the movement. but allow this to happen naturally. but keep the spine long and parallel to the ground. Quad Hop Start Middle From the start position above. End Take the elasticity built up in through the bottom position. 44 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Both hands and feet should leave the ground. exhale and forcefully explode upwards equally with all four limbs. You will be able to increase the height of your jump. rise up to the middle position of the Quad Squat.

this portion is identical to the middle of the standard Quad Hop. bring your hands and feet together for a “clap” as you reach the apex of the hop. Again. Quickly return hands and feet to their neutral position in order to once again absorb and redirect the energy into the next repetition.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Quad Squat Variations (continued) 3. Quad Hop with clap faT loss Start Middle Prepare in the same way as for the standard Quad Hop variation. capturing the elastic energy as in the standard Quad Hop. 45 . End As you explode out of bottom position.

into a position to engage the ground on all fours. allowing you to return to the low squat position. Your spine should be stretched long. The pivot point will run from one side of your torso to the other at about the level of your lower ribcage. Tilt forward onto the balls of your feet and use the energy from that movement to make a very small hop which will allow you to pivot. like a falling cat. your arms reached forward and your low back neutral. End Absorb the descent on all fours. Partial Frontal Ground Engagement (FGE) Start Middle Start from your lowest squat position with good form. your weight on your heels. But this time spring back up around that same pivot point.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Quad Squat Variations (continued) 4. 46 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . using the alignment described in the previous versions of the exercise. then exhale and forcefully spring back up.

Stretch the crown of your head towards the sky and inhale. As you reach your mid-back towards a point behind you. contract your abs and round your back like a cradle rocker. Reverse the direction of the rock and perform a second exhale as you roll once again along the mat. 47 . Standard Spinal Rock faT loss Start Middle Begin in a seated position with your knees bent to about 90° in front of you. stretching the crown to the ceiling as you inhale. Finish in a seated position as at the start. End Be sure to end the rocking motion at about the level of the shoulder blades in order to protect the neck.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises (continued) Spinal Rock Variations 1. At the same time you will let yourself fall backward and rock along that rounded back one vertebra at a time as if along a string of pearls. simultaneously exhale.

according to the instructions form the Standard version. but you will let your knees fall to the outside. This is what gives the movement its name. End As you perform the middle portion. From there fold back into a tuck. As the roll reaches the shoulder blades. 48 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . fold your knees back into a tucked position by your chest.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Spinal Rock Variations (continued) 2. Hover for an instant in your “butterfly. Butterfly Start Middle The start position for the Butterfly is very similar to the Standard version. simultaneously drive the front of the hips to a point behind you as you open the legs back up into the knee splayed position you started in.” The trick to this position is “unfolding” the hips in one direction over your head and the knees in the other direction as they open. as it resembles a butterfly. exhale and roll back to your starting position.

Shoot for a comfortable position. Ensure a full emptying of the lungs. extension. stretch your spine long and inhale. your starting position is similar to the previous versions. If you have the range of motion your feet will contact the ground. As you reach the seated position of the start. except you will now extend the legs out straight in front. 49 . Ensure a strong contraction of the abdominal muscles along with a final exhalation in order to round out the spine and allow you to contact the mat one vertebra at a time from the top to the bottom of the spine. Pike faT loss Start Middle Again. with your legs in full. extend the legs to project the feet above your head. locked out. balanced on your shoulder blades.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Spinal Rock Variations (continued) 3. but this is not a necessary component of the exercise. As you get to the shoulder blades. Tuck your knees back in to your chest and rock back along the mat to the starting position. End Tuck the knees into the chest as you roll through the middle portion.

” tuck the knees into the chest and roll one vertebra at a time along the mat until you reach the shoulder blades. Stretch the spine long and inhale. you will begin seated with your legs stretched straight in front of you. round the spine into a “rocker. begin rolling back to the starting position as per previous versions of the exercise. End Contract the abs. Compression Start Middle Just as in the Pike. Drop your feet to either side of your head. From there. Remain balanced on your shoulder blades and allow all the air in your lungs to be forced out through the compression from the movement. Once you de-compress.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Spinal Rock Variations (continued) 4. This will cause or allow for a slight inhale. project the hips towards a point above your head as you drive your feet towards the sky. effectively “unfolding” your body and finishing much like in a yoga Shoulder Stand. 50 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

Pivot to the right on your right ball of foot so that you can place the heel on the floor at the end of the movement. Exhale as you settle in to that four point stance. slipping your foot through the space between your arm and leg. Shift your weight to your left hand and your right foot (although all four limbs remain in contact with the ground).CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises (continued) Leg Swoop Variations 1. 51 . Once you have brought the free foot back to its original starting position. Extend the free leg as far to the side as possible and exhale as you settle in. tip forward until both outstretched hands contact the floor. the knee aligned vertically with the foot. Lateral Swoop faT loss Start Middle From your lowest squat. Stretch the crown of the head in one direction and the coccyx in the other. End Bring your left knee towards your right elbow and then continue the movement towards the right. Pull the free leg back through the space between the right arm and leg. Simultaneously pivot on the ball of the right foot to once again face to the front. Pull the shoulders down away from the ears and lock the arms out by contracting the triceps slightly. transfer your weight so that you have equal pressure on all four limbs in preparation for repeating the movement to the other side.

You will use that slight rebound in order to hop your back (right) foot off the ground while you simultaneously sweep your free (left leg) towards the back. Exhale both on the rebound at the end of the lateral extension and as you land back down on your right foot with your left leg extended back. End As you reach the end point of the Lateral Swoop.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Leg Swoop Variations (continued) 2. notice the natural storing of elastic energy as you settle into that position. Note that the secret to success in this exercise is feeling out the natural points of absorption and explosion of elastic energy (bounciness). Draw your left leg back up underneath you and get set in your four point stance to finish the repetition by going to the opposite side. Quarter Turn Start Middle Begin as in the Lateral Leg Swoop and then reach your left leg through to the right as described in the Middle portion of the Lateral version. 52 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

End Begin sweeping your free leg around as in previous versions. 53 .CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Leg Swoop Variations (continued) 3. Our objective is to sweep all the way through. back to the right. Do the same for the right hand. place the right hand back on the ground and draw your free leg back in underneath you to prepare the completion of your repetition to the other side. Perform a slow and steady exhalation throughout the sweep of the leg. extended to the right. As your sweeping leg approaches your left arm. shift your weight to the right hand to allow you to quickly lift the left hand up and allow the passage of the leg. As your free leg swings back into its original position. Full Swoop faT loss Start Middle Begin as in the Lateral Leg Swoop and then reach your left leg through to the right as described in the Middle portion of the Lateral version.

As your sweeping leg approaches your left arm. place your right hand back on the ground and transfer your weight forward as you let your leg continue to swoop towards the back. extended to the right.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Leg Swoop Variations (continued) 4. Hop over the swooping leg with your back planted leg and continue on with another repetition. As your free leg swings back into its original position. Perform a slow and steady exhalation throughout the sweep of the leg. End Begin sweeping your free leg around as in previous versions. 54 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Do the same for the right hand. Continuous Swoops Start Middle Begin as in the Lateral Leg Swoop and then reach your left leg through to the right as described in the Middle portion of the Lateral version. Our objective is to sweep all the way through. back to the right. shift your weight to the right hand to allow you to quickly lift the left hand up and allow the passage of the leg.

End As you begin to come down from the apex. forcefully exhale as you drive up from the ground with your legs. creating a slight arch in the low back. Trinity Jump Squat (standard) faT loss Start Middle Find balance on mid-foot and stretch the spine from the crown of the head to the coccyx.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises (continued) Jump Squat Variations 1. Reach forward with your arms to counter balance the movement. Make as little noise as possible on landing. At the same time your hands will drive down and back. From your bottom position in the squat. landing as softly as possible before repeating. and snap your hips up and forward. pushing through your heels first. start sending the hips back again and prepare to absorb your downward momentum with the legs. 55 . You should finish with your hips extended forward and your hands just behind your hips as you float at the apex of your jump. Begin by sending the hips slightly back then lowering down as far as you can go without losing your long spine and slightly arched back.

From your bottom position in the squat. forcefully exhale as you drive up from the ground with your legs. Make as little noise as possible on landing. and snap your hips up and forward. Begin by sending the hips slightly back then lowering down as far as you can go without losing your long spine and slightly arched back. Your hands remain behind your head throughout. Prisoner Jump Squat Start Middle Find balance on mid-foot and stretch the spine from the crown of the head to the coccyx. creating a slight arch in the low back. End As you begin to come down from the apex. Place both hands behind your head and draw the elbows backwards. You should finish with your hips extended forward as you float at the apex of your jump. start sending the hips back again and prepare to absorb your downward momentum with the legs. landing as softly as possible before repeating. 56 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Jump Squat Variations (continued) 2. pushing through your heels first.

ready to help you explode upwards. Your arms should help you by driving upwards. Forcefully exhale as you drive first off your heels then through your mid-foot and forefoot while simultaneously projecting up and forward with the hips. End As you begin to drop. bring your knees up to your chest and ball up as compactly as possible as you come to the apex of your jump. Make as little noise as possible on landing. Begin by sending the hips slightly back then lowering down as far as you can go without losing your long spine and slightly arched back. Prepare to absorb your downward momentum with the legs. 57 . As you begin to lift off the ground. unfold your body. Allow the arms to swing down to your sides. landing as softly as possible before repeating.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Jump Squat Variations (continued) 3. Tuck Jump faT loss Start Middle Find balance on mid-foot and stretch the spine from the crown of the head to the coccyx. creating a slight arch in the low back.

Your spine should be stretched long. As you begin to lift off the ground. End As you begin to fall out of the apex. 58 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Actively exhale and concentrate on driving through the mid-foot of the forward leg to propel yourself upwards. open back up into a split stance to the other side. Split Tuck Jump Start Middle Adopt a split stance. ready to softly absorb your downward momentum. Find balance mid-foot on the forward leg and forefoot on the back leg (heel up). Simultaneously drive upwards with the arms. pull your knees into your chest and ball up as in the Tuck Jump.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Jump Squat Variations (continued) 4. your legs bent to about 90 degrees at the knees and your back knee almost touching the ground.

After returning to the extended position. Box Press Transition Lower your head to a point on the box between your two hands then exhale and press back up. Quad Squat / Hands on Box Press faT loss Quad Squat Transition With your hands on a low box (6-8 inches). through your shoulders. Lower your hips back down until your back is parallel with the ground. extend your legs. rise up on your toes and form a straight line from your hands to your hips. perform a Quad Squat according to the instructions give earlier. 59 . Pull your shoulders away from your ears and tighten your core. Flare your knees back out slightly and prepare for another repetition. Keep your elbows tucked in towards the head to about 45° throughout.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Quad Squat to Hand Press variations 1.

Flare your knees back out slightly and prepare for another repetition.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Quad Squat to Hand Press variations (continued) 2. Lower your hips back down until your back is parallel with the ground. Quad Hop / Rocca Press Quad Squat Transition Perform a Quad Hop as described earlier. 60 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Rocca Press Transition Lower your head to a point on the floor between your two hands then exhale and press back up. Rise up on your toes and align your hands and hips in a straight line through your shoulders. Absorb the momentum of the hop. Keep your elbows tucked in towards the head to about 45° throughout. Pull your shoulders away from your ears and tighten your core. then extend your arms and your legs.

Use the elastic energy from the landing to bounce the feet back and up onto the top of the box while keeping the hands on the ground. 61 . exhale and press back up to a locked out arm position. Once set on the box. extend the arms to form a straight line between the crown of the head and the hips as you extend up onto your tiptoes. you can land and then walk your feet up to the box one at a time. Exhale on absorption. Hop the feet back off the box to the start position ready to repeat your Quad Hop. You can add a clap if desired to add difficulty.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Quad Squat to Hand Press variations (continued) 3. Perform a Quad Hop as described earlier. bringing your hips above your hands. Lateral Quad Hop / Feet on Box Press faT loss Lateral Quad Squat Transition Set up for a Quad Hop in front of a low box (6-24 inches). Feet on Box Press Transition Lower your head to a point on the mat between your hands. Alternatively. Create a bounce in order to initiate the subsequent repetition.

Keep the core stiff and the thighs and glutes tight. Exhale and press away from the mat to the handstand position. Keep your elbows tucked to no more than a 45° flare. Drop out of the handstand directly into the 4-point stance ready to perform the Quad Hop. Use the elastic energy from the drop from handstand to initiate the Quad Hop. The tighter the lighter. 62 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . extend the right leg backwards and extend the arms so that biceps are vis à vis the ears. Supported HSPU Transition Lower yourself until your hairline contacts the mat. Upon landing in a 4-point stance. Quad Hop to Supported Hand Stand Push-Up Quad Squat Transition Set up for a Quad hop with your hands about 1 foot (30 cm) away from a solid wall. Use your left leg to power your right leg up towards the wall to assume a supported handstand.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Quad Squat to Hand Press variations (continued) 4. Perform the Quad Hop as indicated previously. Exhale while absorbing the descent both on returning to the ground and on finishing the hop.

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One-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Variations
1. Foot in Back / Lateral Swoop

Foot in Back Squat

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Perform a one-legged squat with the foot unsupported to the rear as per previous instructions. We’ll use the right leg free for the purposes of this example.

When you get to the bottom of your squat, tip forward onto your hands so that you are supported by both hands and your left foot. Begin bringing your right knee towards your left hand. Slip your right foot through the space between your left arm and leg.

Lateral Swoop

Transition

Extend your right leg fully to the left side, keeping your hands in contact with the floor. Pivot your left foot (on the ball of foot) to face the direction of your outstretched leg then bring your heel down in contact with the ground. This ensures the knee stays in alignment over the foot.

Draw your foot back in through the “hole” and towards the rear as you push off your hands to bring your weight back over the heel of the left foot. Look forward and stretch your spine long before exhaling and pressing off the heel to rise back to the starting position.

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One-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Variations (continued)
2. Foot in Front / Quarter Swoop

Foot in Front / Quarter Squat

Transition

Perform a one-legged squat with the foot in front as per previous instructions. We’ll use the right leg free for the purposes of this example.

When you get to the bottom of your squat, tip forward onto your hands so that you are supported by both hands and your left foot. At the same time, allow your right leg to move to the left and extend it all the way out to the side. Slip your right foot through the space between your left arm and leg.

Quarter Swoop

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This time, as you extend your foot laterally as described above, notice the buoyancy created by settling into the end of the movement. Use this stored elastic energy to swoop your right leg straight to the back, hopping over it with your left foot.

Draw your foot back in underneath you as you push off your hands to bring your weight back over the heel of the left foot. Look forward and stretch your spine long before exhaling and pressing off the heel to rise back to the starting position.

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One-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Variations (continued)
3. Foot in Front / Three quarter Swoop

Foot in Front Squat

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Perform the one-legged squat with free foot in front as described earlier. We will use the right leg free for this example.

When you get to the bottom position of the squat, tip towards your right hand while you simultaneously begin swooping the right leg towards the left and stretching it out to full extension. When the leg passes the line of the left arm, place the left hand down onto the mat.

3⁄4 Swoop

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Continue swooping the leg through to the back, hop over the swooping foot with your left leg. Maintain a locked out position at the knee of the swooping leg until it moves through the back and begins to swing forward again. At that point, allow it to bend as it comes around.

As the leg approaches the front, shift your weight backwards so that you tip back onto your left foot with your right leg bent in front of you, ready to complete the squat. Exhale forcefully and press off the ground to come back to start position. You can use the heel of the bent free leg to assist.

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Exhale forcefully and press off the ground to come back to start position. hop over the swooping foot with your left leg. We’ll use right leg forward for the example. ready to complete the pistol. When the leg passes the line of the left arm. Maintain a locked out position at the knee of the swooping leg.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises One-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Variations (continued) 4. As the leg approaches the front. 66 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . place the left hand down onto the mat. according to previous instructions. When you get to the bottom position of the pistol. Pistol / Full Swoop Pistol Transition Perform your pistol normally. tip towards your right hand while you simultaneously begin swooping the right leg towards the left. shift your weight backwards so that you tip back onto your left foot with your right leg stretched out in front of you. Full Swoop Transition Continue swooping the leg through to the back.

contract your abs and forcefully exhale. project the chest forward and inhale in order to come to a balanced low squat position. As you start to rock up onto the feet. exhale and then start to transfer as much weight as possible to the palms of your hands through your thigh/triceps interface. Hold that for a few seconds. Basic Spinal Rock to Crow Pose Entry Position Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises faT loss Basic SR Transition Perform the basic Spinal Rock as described on page 47. Crow Entry Transition From the 4-point stance. continue tipping forward until both hands are planted on the ground. reach your mid back towards the back wall. Rock your weight back off your palms and onto mid-foot in a low squat. Instead of stopping at a seated position. and continue the momentum forward to rock onto your feet.” 67 . Begin to tip backwards and simultaneously tuck your tailbone under. nuzzle your inner things onto the triceps of your bent arms. This will round your back out like a “rocker. tuck the feet in a close to the butt as possible. Find a comfortable position.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution (continued) Spinal Rock to Crow Variations 1. From there. forming a 4-point stance.

contract your abs and forcefully exhale. continue tipping forward until both hands are planted on the ground. tuck the feet in a close to the butt as possible. Find a comfortable position. Instead of stopping at a seated position. From there. forming a 4-point stance. Butterfly to “Toe Crow” Position Butterfly Transition Perform the Butterfly Spinal Rock as described on page 48. “Toe Crow” Transition From the 4-point stance. This will round your back out like a “rocker. project the chest forward and inhale in order to come to a balanced low squat position.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Spinal Rock to Crow Variations (continued) 2. transferring weight onto your palms through your thigh/ triceps interface. As you start to rock up onto the feet. Begin to tip backwards and simultaneously tuck your tailbone under. nuzzle your inner things onto the triceps of your bent arms. Hold that for a few seconds. and continue the momentum forward to rock onto your feet. exhale and then rise up onto your toes. Come down off your toes and find mid-foot balance in a low squat.” 68 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . reach your mid back towards the back wall.

and continue the momentum forward to rock onto your feet. exhale and shift your weight onto your palms until your toes leave the ground. forming a 4-point stance. tuck the feet in as close to the butt as possible. Balance there for a few seconds. Let your toes come back to the mat and find mid-foot balance in a low squat. Find a comfortable position. Pike to Crow Pose faT loss Pike Transition Perform the Pike as described on page 49. contract your abs and forcefully exhale. As you start to rock up onto the feet. Instead of stopping at a seated position. reach your mid back towards the back wall. From there. nuzzle your inner things onto the triceps of your bent arms.” 69 . Crow Pose Transition From the 4-point stance. continue tipping forward until both hands are planted on the ground. Begin to tip backwards and simultaneously tuck your tailbone under.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Spinal Rock to Crow Variations (continued) 3. This will round your back out like a “rocker. project the chest forward and inhale in order to come to a balanced low squat position.

As you start to rock up onto the feet. contract your abs and forcefully exhale. If the toes touch down. Rock back and find midfoot balance in a low squat. reach your mid back towards the back wall. just rock back up into Crow. tuck the feet in as close to the butt as possible. do not worry.” 70 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . The hands land first and then the thighs come to settle on the triceps of the bent arms. project the chest forward and inhale in order to come to a balanced low squat position. Bounce off your triceps and thrust your feet backwards to come into a 4-point stance. Crow Jump Transition From the low squat. and continue the momentum forward to rock onto your feet. Begin to tip backwards and simultaneously tuck your tailbone under.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Spinal Rock to Crow Variations (continued) 4. continue forward momentum and perform a gentle leap onto the hands. This will round your back out like a “rocker. Compression Drop Spinal Rock to Crow Jump Compression SR Transition Perform the Compression Drop as described on page 50. This may take some practice to develop the timing and the balance. Instead of stopping at a seated position.

Your weight should be equal on all three points (two feet & one hand). As before. fingers pointing away from you. 71 . Trinity Jump Squat to Table Transitions Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises faT loss Trinity Jump Transition Perform the Trinity Jump as described earlier. We’ll start towards the right in this example. Finish the Table Transition in a three-point stance with your left hand planted. continue absorbing the momentum of the jump until you come to rest in your lowest comfortable squat with good technique.CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution (continued) Jump Squat to Wheel / Table 1. alternating between sides each time. Use the momentum generated using your right arm to bring yourself back into a low squat. make sure you keep the shoulders pulled down away from your ears and that you contract the glutes forcefully to drive the hips to the sky. Perform your next Table Transition to the left. But when you land. reach the right hand back and put it on the floor behind you. From your low squat. ready for the next jump. Table Transition Transition Perform the Table Transition as described earlier.

continue absorbing the momentum of the jump until you come to rest in your lowest comfortable squat with good technique. But when you land. 72 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . ready for the next jump. This will bring you back into a low squat. Exhale completely as you reach. Your weight should be equal on all three points (two feet & one hand). Trinity Jump Squat to Reaching Arch Trinity Jump Transition Perform the Trinity Jump as described earlier. reach the right hand back and put it on the floor behind you.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Jump Squat to Wheel / Table (continued) 2. We’ll start towards the right in this example. alternating between sides each time. Come back out of the reaching arch to the same side. A strong contraction of the glutes is a key to success in this exercise. From your low squat. Reaching Arch Transition Perform the reaching arch as described earlier. as described earlier. fingers pointing away from you. Perform your next Reaching Arch to the left.

reach the right hand back and put it on the floor behind you. Exhale completely as you reach. We’ll start towards the right in this example. continue absorbing the momentum of the jump until you come to rest in your lowest comfortable squat with good technique. Reach and Touch Transition Perform the Reach and Touch as described earlier. Prisoner Jump Squat to Reach and Touch Wheel faT loss Prisoner Jump Transition Perform the Prisoner Jump as described earlier. Perform your next Reaching Arch to the left. But when you land. A strong contraction of the glutes is a key to success in this exercise. alternating between sides each time. fingers pointing away from you. Come back out of the Reach and Touch to the same side. From your low squat. 73 .CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Jump Squat to Wheel / Table (continued) 3. The rotation of the planted hand towards the inside to point back down at the head will also be key. as described earlier. This will bring you back into a low squat. ready for the next jump. Your weight should be equal on all three points (two feet & one hand).

ready for the next jump. From your low squat. continue absorbing the momentum of the jump until you come to rest in your lowest comfortable squat with good technique. This will bring you back into a low squat. But when you land. Transfer your weight to the left hand and rotate out of the Wheel to the left. Exhale completely as you reach across to plant the left hand. Perform your next Reaching Arch to the left. reach the right hand back and put it on the floor behind you. A strong contraction of the glutes is a key to success in this exercise. Prisoner Jump Squat to Rotating Wheel Transition Prisoner Squat Transition Perform the Prisoner Jump as described earlier. 74 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER THREE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . fingers pointing away from you. alternating between sides each time.Fat Loss Exercise Descriptions: Hybrid Routine Exercises Jump Squat to Wheel / Table (continued) 4. The rotation of the planted hand towards the inside to point back down at the head will also be key. Your weight should be equal on all three points (two feet & one hand). We’ll start towards the right in this example. See earlier description for more detail. Rotating Wheel Transition Perform the Rotating Wheel Transition as described earlier.

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Supersets allow us to do more work in less time… We will also be using what are known as compound exercises. Hypertrophy is indeed a valid pursuit.Hypertrophy The Circular Strength Training® System employs a very clear hierarchy of priorities. there is absolutely no contradiction. but we will be alternating between two or more exercises for the duration of a superset. These exercises will often be organized to place “antagonistic” movements opposite each other. These are movements that recruit the most amount of muscle per repetition due to the fact that they target as much of the body as possible through very functional movement. it is still an integral part of the equation. This approach is often referred to as Functional Hypertrophy even though it actually embraces the entire hierarchy. but our approach to muscle gain will be skewed to reflect all the preceding elements. When approaching any training goal. In many cases. we will be using a principle called Time Under Tension (TUT). these exercises will be arranged in something called supersets. function and attributes until finally we arrive at physique. Antagonistic movements are considered those that involve muscles that work in opposite 76 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Although physique falls last on our hierarchy. However. Since hypertrophy (muscle gain) for its own sake is clearly a physique related goal. From health we descend the ladder through mobility. TUT is the time the muscle spends working under mechanical load. At the top of the list is health. In our case. It is generally accepted that for hypertrophy. This just means that we will not be performing the same exercise for several sets consecutively. it is important to carefully choose the parameters which most appropriately target that goal. we need to aim for somewhere between 30 to 70 seconds. one may wonder what it is doing in a resource devoted to the application of the CST System’s 4 x 7 protocol.

So instead of resting for three minutes. do a set of antagonistic movement and then rest another minute before returning to the original exercise. for example. Therefore. tempo refers to the time you take to do various portions of the exercise. Use it to ensure that you are applying all the tempo instructions to the letter. you can download this metronome (right click and save to disk) and either burn it onto a CD or play it directly from your computer. if we pause at the bottom of our squat. alternating back and forth between the two. it has been shown that most people grossly misjudge their tempo. In our same example. An example of this is push / pull. To help with this. the action of rising from a squatted to a standing position would be the concentric portion. As it relates to the execution of an exercise. in a Trinity Squat (or bodyweight squat). • Isometric Portion(s): An isometric contraction is any sustained period in which you hold the same position. we are performing an isometric hold or an isometric contraction in that position.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy patterns. improving efficiency. However. the eccentric portion would be going from a standing towards a squatting position. Tempo will be an important variable in our hypertrophy program. 77 . Supersets also allow us to do more work in less time. This is because you can adequately rest the muscles involved in one movement pattern even while engaging another. All of the protocols described in this program will use specific tempo instructions. we can rest for one minute. Therefore. we may do a quadriceps dominant movement paired with a hip dominant movement in one superset. it is essential to understand the anatomy of a repetition: • Eccentric Portion: An eccentric contraction is the yielding or lowering portion of a repetition. • Concentric Portion: A concentric contraction is the overcoming or rising portion of a repetition. In order to understand this principle. So.

78 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Theory and Application of Modern Strength and Power Methods.) Click Here for your Custom Prasara Flow. use the following links: Hypertrophy A • Hypertrophy B Circuit A — Moderate Intensity Hypertrophy In our Moderate Intensity Hypertrophy sessions we will be borrowing and adapting a couple of principles that we were first introduced to by Canadian strength coach Christian Thibaudeau in his book. For more thorough coverage of the Intu-Flow Joint Health and Mobility system consider the Intu-Flow® DVD or the Ageless Mobility DVD. For your bonus video clips of the circuits for the Hypertrophy program.Intensity-> Moderate Super-Slow Eccentric Eccentric/Isometric Contrast Super-Slow Eccentric Eccentric/Isometric Contrast Super-Slow Eccentric Eccentric/Isometric Contrast Super-Slow Eccentric Eccentric/Isometric Contrast Super-Slow Eccentric Eccentric/Isometric Contrast Super-Slow Eccentric Eccentric/Isometric Contrast Super-Slow Eccentric Eccentric/Isometric Contrast high Drop Sets Max Duration Isometrics Drop Sets Max Duration Isometrics Drop Sets Max Duration Isometrics Drop Sets Max Duration Isometrics Drop Sets Max Duration Isometrics Drop Sets Max Duration Isometrics Drop Sets Max Duration Isometrics no Intu-Flow® low Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6 Cycle 7 Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Click Here to download your basic Intu-Flow® session. For more in-depth exploration of Prasara Yoga. we recommend the Prasara Yoga Book and the Prasara Yoga Instructional DVD.

we will be taking a full 15 seconds during the yielding phase and then we will explode through the concentric or overcoming phase of the repetition. thus placing us at around 45 seconds of Time Under Tension (TUT). Exercise Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 hyPeRTRoPhy SuperSlow Eccentric — Number 1 Quad Squat Lower the weight slowly to a count of 15 seconds Rest 60 Seconds SuperSlow Eccentric — Number 2 Trinity Squat Lower the weight slowly to a count of 15 seconds Rest 60 Seconds and return to Max Duration Isometrics 1 Exercise Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Eccentric / Isometric Contrast — Number 1 Inverted Hand Press Three 5 second holds Hands on Box Rocca Feet on Box Rest 60 Seconds Eccentric / Isometric Contrast— Number 2 1-legged SLDL Arms to Side Three 5 second holds Arms Overhead Standing Bow Rest 60 Seconds and return to Eccentric / Isometric Contrast 1 79 . we will be performing 3 repetitions per set in this manner. For each exercise. In Superslow Eccentrics. well within our hypertrophy range. where we will be lowering slowly and stopping in three positions along the way for an isometric hold of 5 seconds in each position. The concentric / overcoming portion should be done to a count of about one second.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution The first of these methods is the SuperSlow Eccentric. putting us within our 30-70 second hypertrophy range of TUT. We will do between 3 and 5 repetitions. The next method we will be using is the Eccentric/Isometric Contrast. Our focus will be on the eccentric phase.

etc. Each Drop Set will include 3 exercises without any rest between them. using Supersets will give us more time for recovery between sets without adding excessive downtime to the session. without rest.Session B — High Intensity Hypertrophy Although you were likely “feeling the burn” during your Moderate Intensity Hypertrophy session. 80 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . So we will do as many reps with perfect form as we can on the first exercise then. instead of reducing the weight to adjust the load we will be moving to a new exercise which adds the use of different muscles to allow us to continue working. Our main training method in this session will be a modification on the idea of a Drop Set in conventional weight training. alternating between one group of movements and another. Since we are using our body weight as resistance for our Drop Set method. With this approach. we will be performing two exercises in Superset fashion in order to allow appropriate rest without lengthening the duration of the training session. then drop the weight again. also borrowed and adapted from Christian Thibaudeau. Our Drop Sets will be arranged in a Superset formula. holding each for the prescribed amount of time. This method involves isometric (static) holds of anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds. Since the Drop Set will fully fatigue the muscles in question. move on to the second and then the third. The other method we will be using in this section of the program is Max Duration Isometrics. Each exercise will be made up of holds in three separate positions. in this session you will be taking that to the next level. you perform as many repetitions as possible at a given weight and then you reduce the load and continue on with as many repetitions as possible at that lower weight. Again.

CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Perform the following sequence of Drop Sets twice through (two sets). Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Max Duration Isometrics — Number 1 Toe support Bent Extended Crow Right Toe support Bent Extended Crow Left Toe support Crow Knees to armpits Crow Full Rest 60 Seconds Max Duration Isometrics — Number 2 Knees Toes n/a Superman Stretch Knees Toes n/a Superman Bent Knees Toes n/a Superman Plank Rest 60 Seconds and return to Max Duration Isometrics 1 Exercise 81 . There is no rest between exercises in the Drop Set. Exercise Push-up Ellipse Screwing Press Level 1 Level 2 Drop Set Number 1 Knees Toes Knees Four Point Knees Four Point Level 3 Feet Elevated Four Point Extended Four Point Extended Rest 60 Seconds Drop Set Number 2 Leg Behind Leg in Front Pistol 1-legged Squat* n/a n/a Assisted 1-L Squat* n/a n/a n/a n/a Trinity Squat Rest 60 Seconds and return to Drop Set 1 or move on to Max Duration Isometrics *1-legged Exercises — do maximum repetitions on one leg before completing the exercise on the opposite leg. You are spending 30 seconds in each of the three positions for each exercise. Perform the following sequence of Max Duration Isometrics for two Rounds (twice through the entire sequence).

Press equally with all four limbs in order to drive away from the floor. Ensure that your spine stays long and that your back remains parallel to the floor.Exercise Descriptions: Super Slow Eccentrics Quad Squat Start Middle Begin in a kneeling position and bring your butt as close to your heels as possible. Take a full 15 seconds to descend. End Star Return to the start position. Ensure that you bring your butt back to heels and your nose stays aligned with your hands. Keep your back parallel to the floor and your spine stretched long. Your knees and elbows should be slightly splayed out (at about 45°). Stretch the spine long from crown to coccyx. Keeping your butt there. 82 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . lean forward until your back is parallel to the floor with your hands on the ground.

stretching the top of the head towards the sky. Maintain a long spine and a slight arch in the low back. Stop your descent when you begin to lose that arch.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Super Slow Eccentrics (continued) Trinity Squat Start Middle Stand tall. Sta Drive your butt back and begin to lower yourself. End Think of driving your hips forward and up by driving off heels to mid-foot. Your balance may transfer slightly towards the heels. Create a small arch in your low back by tilting your pelvis as if you were trying to roll your butt slightly towards the back of your head. Find your mid-foot balance. Tightly clench your butt muscles as you reach the top of the movement. 83 . Keep your spine stretched long throughout the rising movement. Finish with your entire body stalk straight like a soldier. Reach your hands forward to counter balance. Take a full 15 seconds for this portion of the exercise.

Ensure a straight line from feet to hips and from hips to hands.Exercise Descriptions: Eccentric / Isometric Contrast Inverted Hand Press 1. Hands on box Start Middle Begin with hands on low box. Ensure that shoulders are actively pulled away from ears. Lower under control. End Pause one second with your crown between your hands and forcefully exhale and press away from the box. maintaining straight legs and a long spine. Stop in three separate positions for a hold of 5 seconds each. 84 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Stretch the spine long and slightly draw the belly towards the spine. Slowly lower the crown of the head to an imaginary line between your two hands on the box. Allow your lungs to passively fill as you return to the starting position.

Rocca Press Start Middle Set up similarly to the previous level. You may need to come further up on to your toes in order to maintain the tight piked position. End Perform in the same manner as the previous level.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Eccentric / Isometric Contrast (continued) Inverted Hand Press (continued) 2. A good way to find proper distance is to start in a standard push-up position and pike the body by driving the butt towards the sky. but with your hands on the floor. Perform in the same manner as the previous level. 85 . You may need to come further up on to your toes in order to maintain the tight piked position.

End Perform in the same manner as the previous level. but with your feet elevated. Perform in the same manner as the previous level. Feet on box Start Middle Set up in a piked position as in previous levels. thus creating more load for the exercise. 86 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . You should be aligned with your hips much more directly over your hands here. Having your mass placed more vertically over your hands will require much more force production.Exercise Descriptions: Eccentric / Isometric Contrast (continued) Inverted Hand Press (continued) 3.

Ensure to maintain all the technical points already mentioned. bent at the hip of the Action leg. Your head will go down and your free foot up. actively contract the gluteal muscles of your planted leg. The movement should be smooth and controlled Arms Overhead Start Middle End 87 . you break your head to heel alignment or you let your hip turn out and up. The end position of this movement is just before you reach the end of your current mobility. Keep a soft bend in the knee of the Action leg. this will have you leaning slightly forward. The other leg is slightly behind and you are looking for a straight line from the head all the way down to the heel of that free leg. End To return to the starting position. Your arms should be out to the side for balance or projected straight overhead so that you are aligned from hands to free foot. Maintaining the straight line from head to heel. Arms to Side & Arms Overhead Start Middle Get balanced on the mid-foot of your planted “Action” leg. Keep the hips square to the floor as you descend and maintain balance between mid-foot and heel. begin to slowly flex at the hip of the Action leg.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Eccentric / Isometric Contrast (continued) 1-Legged Straight Legged Deadlift 1 & 2.

Bend your “Free” leg back at the knee so you can grab the foot with the same side hand. Ensure to leave yourself room to accomplish your three isometric holds. exhale and press into your hand. 88 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . flex your glutes on the side of the support leg to drive yourself back up into a vertical position. Maintain your grip on your Free leg and prepare for the next repetition. each time moving the head further down and pressing more vigorously into the hand End Keeping the hips square and staying balanced on the Support leg.Exercise Descriptions: Eccentric / Isometric Contrast (continued) 1-Legged Straight Legged Deadlift (continued) 3. Put your opposite hand out in front of you for balance. Using the top of your foot. Make sure you keep your hips square to the floor. Begin tilting the head forward and down and the knee backwards and up. This will create an extension at the hips and back. Standing Bow Start Middle Get balanced on the mid-foot of your planted “Support” leg.

you can change the lower body “fixed point. Elbows should point back at about °45 from the body. End Adjusting Level of Difficulty: To adjust difficulty level for this exercise. Pull your shoulders down away from your ears. Keep the shoulders pulled down away form the ears throughout the movement. Draw your belly button slightly in towards your spine and keep the glutes contracted in order to keep your core tight. Forcefully exhale and press through you hands to drive back to starting position. From there you can progress to the classic push-up position from the toes and even to a position with the feet elevated which is more difficult again.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets Push-up Start Middle Get yourself set with your arms extended and palms on the floor. Push Up Easiest Push Up Hardest 89 . Maintain your body alignment and your shoulder pack throughout.” The easiest level is to start from the knees on the floor. Stretch the spine long and slightly contract the glutes and abs in order to get a straight line from the top of the head all the way down to the feet (or knees). Slowly lower your chest to about one inch shy of the ground. just outside shoulder width. maintaining a straight line from head to feet (knees).

Adjusting Level of Difficulty: Adjust the basic starting position in order to add difficulty to this movement. Angle your elbows back at about 45° to the body and your knees forward at about 45°. You can start from the knees. This is generally accompanied by an inhalation. until you come back to the starting position. Then swoop your chest down towards the mat and exhale. With butt to heels. the toes or from an extended position on the toes as pictured below. Continue sliding forwards until your chest goes past your hands. just grazing the surface. Hard Harder Hardest 90 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Raise the back towards the sky and then forwards over your hands. You can adjust difficulty by how far past your hands you continue to travel. stretch the spine long.Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets (continued) Ellipse Start Middle Select starting position (see below for options). End Hover backwards along the mat.

Screw Press Level 2 Screw Press Level 3 91 .CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets (continued) Screwing Press Start Middle Stretch the spine long and pull the shoulders down away from the ears. End Exhale forcefully as you unfurl and press into the ground with your right palm heel to come back to the start position. Either from the knees or from the toes (refer to Ellipse variations) stretch the right let back and bring your right shoulder to your right hand by tucking your elbow in to your ribs Roll sideways until your shoulder muscle is pressed against the mat. but no further. Adjusting Level of Difficulty: The Hardest version of this exercise starts from the classic Push-up position (legs stretched out behind). Make sure your shoulders stay pulled down away from your ears throughout the movement. This eliminates the need to stretch the leg out behind you as you roll towards your shoulder.

allow your right leg to move to the left and extend it all the way out to the side. At the same time. Slip your right foot through the space between your left arm and leg. Look forward and stretch your spine long before exhaling and pressing off the heel to rise back to the starting position. *Perform maximum repetitions on one leg before finishing the exercise by doing maximum reps with the second leg. We’ll use the right leg free for the purposes of this example. Quarter Swoop Transition This time. as you extend your foot laterally as described above. Foot in Front / Quarter Swoop Foot in Front / Quarter Squat Transition Perform a one-legged squat with the foot in front as per previous instructions. Draw your foot back in underneath you as you push off your hands to bring your weight back over the heel of the left foot. notice the buoyancy created by settling into the end of the movement. Use this stored elastic energy to swoop your right leg straight to the back. tip forward onto your hands so that you are supported by both hands and your left foot. When you get to the bottom of your squat. 92 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . hopping over it with your left foot.Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets (continued) One-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Variations* 1.

shift your weight backwards so that you tip back onto your left foot with your right leg bent in front of you. As the leg approaches the front. ready to complete the squat. tip towards your right hand while you simultaneously begin swooping the right leg towards the left and stretching it out to full extension. At that point. 93 . Foot in Front / Three quarter Swoop Foot in Front Squat Transition Perform the one-legged squat with free foot in front as described earlier. hop over the swooping foot with your left leg. place the left hand down onto the mat. Maintain a locked out position at the knee of the swooping leg until it moves through the back and begins to swing forward again. When you get to the bottom position of the squat. You can use the heel of the bent free leg to assist. allow it to bend as it comes around.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets (continued) One-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Variations (continued)* 2. Exhale forcefully and press off the ground to come back to start position. We will use the right leg free for this example. 3⁄4 Swoop Transition Continue swooping the leg through to the back. *Perform maximum repetitions on one leg before finishing the exercise by doing maximum reps with the second leg. When the leg passes the line of the left arm.

94 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . When you get to the bottom position of the pistol. Maintain a locked out position at the knee of the swooping leg.Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets (continued) One-legged Squat to Leg Swoop Variations (continued)* 3. shift your weight backwards so that you tip back onto your left foot with your right leg stretched out in front of you. according to previous instructions. *Perform maximum repetitions on one leg before finishing the exercise by doing maximum reps with the second leg. Full Swoop Transition Continue swooping the leg through to the back. Exhale forcefully and press off the ground to come back to start position. We’ll use right leg forward for the example. Pistol / Full Swoop Pistol Transition Perform your pistol normally. When the leg passes the line of the left arm. tip towards your right hand while you simultaneously begin swooping the right leg towards the left. place the left hand down onto the mat. As the leg approaches the front. ready to complete the pistol. hop over the swooping foot with your left leg.

Use only enough assistance from the supported arm to complete the rep in good form. Drive off the ground through the heel and project the hips up and forward. 95 . Keep the spine stretched long. Finish “straight as a soldier” in the top position with the glutes clenched and the hips extended. The free leg is cocked to the back. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel line to the direction of the toes. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the planted leg. Keep your free shin parallel to the floor at all times. Place your hand (on side of planted leg) on a chair or other solid object to help support yourself. Exhale as you drive up. You can help yourself as needed with your supported hand. Reach forward with the free hand to counter-balance this movement. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot. End Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall. The free leg shin stays parallel to the ground. Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. *Perform maximum repetitions on one leg before finishing the exercise by doing maximum reps with the second leg. using an active contraction of the glutes.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets (continued) Assisted One-legged Squat* Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity.

stretching the top of the head towards the sky. End Think of driving your hips forward and up by driving off heels to mid-foot. Finish with your entire body stalk straight like a soldier. Take a full 15 seconds for this portion of the exercise. Drive your butt back and begin to lower yourself. Stop your descent when you begin to lose that arch. Keep your spine stretched long throughout the rising movement. Maintain a long spine and a slight arch in the low back.Exercise Descriptions: Drop Sets (continued) Trinity Squat Start Middle Stand tall. Tightly clench your butt muscles as you reach the top of the movement. Your balance may transfer slightly towards the heels. Reach your hands forward to counter balance. Create a small arch in your low back by tilting your pelvis as if you were trying to roll your butt slightly towards the back of your head. 96 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Find your mid-foot balance.

End Under control. Lift one of the legs off of its triceps support.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Max Duration Isometrics Crow 1. Tilt forward to place as much pressure on your triceps as you wish (see below for difficulty levels). Concentrate on short exhalations throughout the isometric hold. bring the leg back to its triceps support. Exhale and extend the leg backwards as far as possible (see below for difficulty levels). palms flat on the mat and elbows flared slightly outwards. 97 . Shift your weight back to your feet until you come back to your four point squatting position and inhale. allowing air to be brought in automatically by the body. One-sided Crow (left and right) Start Middle From all fours. find a comfortable position with the inside of the thighs resting on the triceps of your bent arms.

Full Crow Start Middle From all fours. As you balance in Crow (with or without the toes leaving the mat) continue to focus on your exhalations. This will tighten your core and help you maintain the position. find a comfortable position with the inside of the thighs resting on the triceps of your bent arms. End Shift your weight back to your feet until you come back to your four point squatting position and inhale.Exercise Descriptions: Max Duration Isometrics (continued) 2. 98 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . palms flat on the mat and elbows flared slightly outwards. Tilt forward to place as much pressure on your triceps as you wish (see below for difficulty levels).

CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Max Duration Isometrics (continued) Variations on Level of Difficulty Toe Support Bent You always have the choice of leaving the toes touching the mat for extra support.or you can extend it backwards to add difficulty. the more difficult the exercise becomes In the one-legged versions. 99 . the higher you place the knees on the triceps the more difficulty you add to the exercise.. The further you tilt forwards and place the weight on the hands. you can keep the free leg bent and close to the body to make the exercise easier… Extended Elbows or Armpits . In the full Crow.. The most difficult is with the elbows nudged into the armpits.

Walk hands backwards to return to the starting position. Make sure you are as “long” as possible by stretching in opposite directions from the heels and the top of the head. Do not let your hips sag towards the floor. End At the end of the set drop your knees and elbows to the mat then allow your hips and chest to lower down to the mat. Concentrate on small exhalations and let the inhalations happen on their own. Pull the belly button slightly towards the spine to ensure proper activation of the abdominal “belt. ready for the next variation. walk your hands forward until your arms are stretched overhead and your elbows locked (like Superman flying).” While holding this position. 100 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Ensure to pull your shoulders down away from your ears. Stretched arms Start Middle With hands and feet (or knees) in contact with the floor.Exercise Descriptions: Max Duration Isometrics (continued) Superman 1.

Do not let your hips sag towards the floor. ready for the next variation.” While holding this position. Bent arms Start Middle With hands and feet (or knees) in contact with the floor. End At the end of the set drop your knees and elbows to the mat then allow your hips and chest to lower down to the mat. Walk hands backwards to return to the starting position. Pull the belly button slightly towards the spine to ensure proper activation of the abdominal “belt. Make sure you are as “long” as possible by stretching in opposite directions from the heels and the top of the head.CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution hyPeRTRoPhy Exercise Descriptions: Max Duration Isometrics (continued) 2. walk your hands forward until your arms are overhead and your elbows bent to about 90° with your hands above your head. Concentrate on small exhalations and let the inhalations happen on their own. Ensure to pull your shoulders down away from your ears. 101 .

Ensure to pull your shoulders down away from your ears. Variations on Level of Difficulty Knees Toes 102 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FOUR Hypertrophy Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Concentrate on small exhalations and let the inhalations happen on their own. Make sure you are as “long” as possible by stretching in opposite directions from the heels and the top of the head. Do not let your hips sag towards the floor. ready for the next variation. Plank Start Middle With hands and feet (or knees) in contact with the floor.” While holding this position. Pull the belly button slightly towards the spine to ensure proper activation of the abdominal “belt. Walk hands backwards to return to the starting position..Exercise Descriptions: Max Duration Isometrics (continued) 3. End At the end of the set drop your knees and elbows to the mat then allow your hips and chest to lower down to the mat. assume a comfortable position with the forearms parallel to each other on the floor.

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In today’s society that is no longer true for millions who work and live in more sedentary patterns. This means that we need to resort to more artificial strength building tools and methods to ensure that we maintain that instinctual base of strength which keeps us both feeling great and ready for the unexpected rigors of life and sport. Second is the neuromuscular recruitment of the muscle (how good the connection is between the brain and the muscle). One is to manipulate really heavy stuff. 104 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . really quickly. As always. often referred to as Relative strength. the question is “strong for what?” And the root of that question is in the reflection of how much of your strength you can transfer to your daily activities. How well do your strength building methods and tools transfer to your activities. although we will use some single limbed exercises to delve into the former as well. this program is an excellent place to begin your exploration into strength building. By coupling this program with the 28-day Hypertrophy program in this ebook. but doing the work of survival made us strong in and of itself. Since manipulation of your own body weight is one of the most important determinants of how strong you are. This 28-day program will focus more on how well the signal is getting from the brain to the muscle. if you can’t manipulate the weight of your own body. First is the cross-sectional area of the muscle (how big the muscle is). There are two main ways to improve muscle recruitment in order to build strength. what is strength? There are two principle factors which determine strength. generally for low reps. Since we are limited to the use of our body weight as our resistance tool. And the other is to manipulate stuff. Throughout human evolution. After all. There are many ways to get strong. strength was an unavoidable prerequisite to survival. why would you want to start adding external loads? … strength was an unavoidable prerequiste to survival Now. This is the essence of functional strength. But it was also a looped process whereby it was necessary to be strong.Strength Strength The attribute of strength is one of primal importance. of various weights. whether they be in the arena of sport or on the playroom floor with your kids. we will be focusing mostly on the later. you can create a powerhouse duo for serious strength gains.

) Click Here for your Custom Prasara Flow. when our goal is to build strength we are best to leave approximately 3 minutes of rest between bouts of the same exercise. In some instances we will pair exercises together so that actual rest periods will be shorter.CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength We should also make a quick note about rest periods. Intensity-> Moderate Dynamic Effort Balistic Dynamic Effort Balistic Dynamic Effort Balistic Dynamic Effort Balistic Dynamic Effort Balistic Dynamic Effort Balistic Dynamic Effort Balistic high Near Max Eccentric Altitude Landing Near Max Eccentric Altitude Landing Near Max Eccentric Altitude Landing Near Max Eccentric Altitude Landing Near Max Eccentric Altitude Landing Near Max Eccentric Altitude Landing Near Max Eccentric Altitude Landing no Intu-Flow® low Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow Custom Prasara Flow sTRengTh Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6 Cycle 7 Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Intu-Flow® Click Here to download your basic Intu-Flow® session. For more in-depth exploration of Prasara Yoga. Circuit A • Circuit B 105 . For your bonus video clips of the circuits for the Strength program. For more thorough coverage of the IntuFlow® Joint Health and Mobility system consider the Intu-Flow® DVD or the Ageless Mobility DVD. Generally. but time between bouts of the same exercise will remain in the 3 minute range. This is long enough for the nervous system to recover without losing the benefits of potentiation (this is when the activation of the muscle actually leads to increasing strength for subsequent sets). use the following links. we recommend the Prasara Yoga Book and the Prasara Yoga Instructional DVD.

Since we will be training strength again the next day. We’ll stop when we can no longer create that explosive movement and the repetitions start to slow down. Even if you actually move slowly. We will start with the Dynamic Effort Method which will have you working against a resistance that you can move for 5-6 repetitions. Choose a complexity level that allows you to do 5-6 good repetitions. we do not want to break the muscle down. Then we will move on to the Ballistic Method.Strength On our Moderate Intensity Strength days we will focus on two methods which have the lowest associated effect on muscle breakdown and the highest associated effect on neuromuscular stimulation (building the brain-muscle connection). Perform the following SuperSet for a total of 5 sets. We are shooting for between 5 and 10 repetitions depending on resistance. the intent to move with speed is what is important. exercise level 1 level 2 level 3 level 4 Session A — Moderate Intensity Strength Dynamic Effort Method — Exercise A Inverted Hand Press Hands on box Rocca Rest 60 Seconds Dynamic Effort Method — Exercise B 1-legged Squat Free leg back (with support) Free leg back Free leg front Pistol Feet on box Hand-stand Push-up Rest 60 Seconds and return to Dynamic Effort — Exercise A 106 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . thus the ballistic component. The goal is to lower the resistance (eccentric part of the movement) under control and then overcome the resistance (concentric portion) as quickly as possible. lowering under control and overcoming the resistance with as much speed as possible. This approach differs from the above in that the explosive concentric portion will actually cause you to lift off the ground.

CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength After completing all of your Dynamic Effort sets. The first method we will use is the Near Maximal Eccentric. What most people think of as “plyometrics” can be included in this 107 . Shoot for a level which allows you to do 5 to 10 repetitions without slowing down. depending on the chosen difficulty level and on fatigue. This will harness the potential of the principle of KEAT. where we will be using a level of resistance that is at or even beyond our ability to overcome. perform the following SuperSet for a total of 5 sets. we will still focus on maximal neuromuscular recruitment. We will follow up with Frontal Ground Engagement Altitude Landings. and it has been shown that it is the eccentric phase that has the most potential for muscle damage. Canadian strength coach Christian Thibaudeau explains: “KEAT (kinetic energy accumulation training) refers to creating a supramaximal muscle tension by using a build-up of kinetic energy. Lower your weight under control to a count of 3-5 seconds per lowering phase. The two methods involve somewhat more intense eccentric phases (refer to the descriptions in the Hypertrophy program for a full description of the phases of a movement). since we have our No and Low Intensity days to restore ourselves. Stop when you reach an RPE of 9.” Basically it comes down to absorbing force. exercise level 1 level 2 level 3 sTRengTh Ballistic Method — Exercise A Quad Hops Basic Clapping Rest 60 Seconds Ballistic Method — Exercise B Trinity Squat Jumps Basic Prisoner Tuck Rotating Rest 60 Seconds and return to Ballistic Method — Exercise A Session B — High Intensity Strength On our High Intensity Strength day. We’ll be doing 3-5 repetitions. but within our ability to resist or lower under control. but we will also permit ourselves to indulge in methods which may illicit a somewhat greater degree of breakdown to the muscle.

Strength category of training method. Increase repetitions or move up in difficulty as RPE drops while maintaining a high Rate of Perceived Technique. 5 sets of 6 repetitions. which basically means we will be dropping into our end position and “sticking” the landing as quickly as possible for a short isometric hold before returning to the starting position. 2 sets of 8 repetitions. cycles 5 &6. Perform the following for 6 SuperSets of 3-5 repetitions. 4 sets of 7 repetitions. cycles 3 & 4. exercise One-Arm Screw Press level 1 level 2 Near Maximal Eccentric — Exercise A From Knees From Quad Squat level 3 From Plank Rest 60 Seconds Near Maximal Eccentric — Exercise B Pistol (see loading To Box To Parallel To Floor options) Rest 60 Seconds and return to Near Maximal Eccentric — Exercise A Use the following progression. cycles 1 & 2. Choose a level of difficulty that only allows you to achieve that number of repetitions within a rate of perceived effort of 9. we will be using what is called an Altitude Landing. cycle 7. For our purposes. choosing a level of difficulty which allows you to perform: 3 sets of 5 repetitions. exercise level 1 level 2 level 3 Altitude Landing FGE Altitude Landing From low squat From quarter squat From standing Rest 90 Seconds 108 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

109 . Lower for a count of four. Hands on box sTRengTh Start Middle Begin with hands on low box. Allow your lungs to passively fill as you return to the starting position. maintaining straight legs and a long spine. Stretch the spine long and slightly draw the belly towards the spine. Ensure that shoulders are actively pulled away from ears. Slowly lower the crown of the head to an imaginary line between your two hands on the box. End Pause one second with your crown between your hands and forcefully exhale and press away from the box.CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method Inverted Hand Press Variations 1. Ensure a straight line from feet to hips and from hips to hands.

110 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . You may need to come further up on to your toes in order to maintain the tight piked position. You may need to come further up on to your toes in order to maintain the tight piked position. Rocca Press Start Middle Set up similarly to the previous level. A good way to find proper distance is to start in a standard push-up position and pike the body by driving the butt towards the sky. but with your hands on the floor. End Perform in the same manner as the previous level.Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method Inverted Hand Press Variations (continued) 2. Exhale and drive up as forcefully as possible in an attempt to create as much speed as you can. Perform in the same manner as the previous level.

Perform in the same manner as the previous level. creating as much speed as possible. 111 . You should be aligned with your hips much more directly over your hands here. Exhale and drive up forcefully. Feet on box sTRengTh Start Middle Set up in a piked position as in previous levels. End Perform in the same manner as the previous level. but with your feet elevated. thus creating more load for the exercise.CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method Inverted Hand Press Variations (continued) 3. Having your mass placed more vertically over your hands will require much more force production.

112 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Exhale and stretch the spine long. Contract glutes and thighs and stretch toes to the sky. Supported Handstand Pushup Start Middle With hands about one foot from a solid wall. Inhale as you slowly lower yourself until your hairline brushes the mat.Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method Inverted Hand Press Variations (continued) 4. End Forcefully exhale and press yourself to the starting position. Keep elbows tucked in to about 45° from the ears and keep shoulders pulled away from the ears. spring up into a handstand with your back to the wall and supported with your heels against the wall.

Reach forward with the free hand to counter-balance this movement. then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. Drive off the ground through the heel and project the hips up and forward. Exhale as you drive up. using an active contraction of the glutes. Place your hand (on side of planted leg) on a chair or other solid object to help support yourself. The free leg is cocked to the back. You can help yourself as needed with your supported hand. Use only enough assistance from the supported arm to complete the rep in good form. Finish “straight as a soldier” in the top position with the glutes clenched and the hips extended. Free leg in back (supported) sTRengTh Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). Keep your free shin parallel to the floor at all times. The free leg shin stays parallel to the ground. End Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall.CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method One-legged Squat Variations 1. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel line to the direction of the toes. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the planted leg. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot. 113 . Keep the spine stretched long.

Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. using an active contraction of the glutes. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot. 114 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel line to the direction of the toes. The free leg shin stays parallel to the ground Drive off the ground through the heel and project the hips up and forward. Free leg in back (unsupported) Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). Finish “straight as a soldier” in the top position with the glutes clenched and the hips extended. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the plated leg. Exhale as you drive up. then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. End Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall. Reach forward with the hands to counter-balance this movement. Keep the spine stretched long. Keep your free shin parallel to the floor at all times. The free leg is cocked to the back.Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method One-legged Squat Variations (continued) 2.

Finish “straight as a soldier” in the top position with the glutes clenched and the hips extended. Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel like to the direction of the toes. Drive off the ground through the heel and project the hips up and forward. Keep the spine stretched long. The free leg heel should continue to hover just above the ground. Exhale as you drive up. The free leg is out in front and comfortably bent with the heel slightly raised from the mat. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the plated leg. You can press your free front heel into the ground to assist the movement as needed. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot. then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. Reach forward with the hands to counter-balance this movement. 115 .CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method One-legged Squat Variations (continued) 3. Free leg in front (bent — optional use of heel assist) sTRengTh Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). using an active contraction of the glutes. End Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall.

116 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall. forcefully exhale and drive your hips forward and up as you push through the ground with your heel / mid-foot. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel like to the direction of the toes. Find your balance on the area between the heel and mid foot of the plated leg. glutes clenched. to finish. Come to a fully locked out position. End When you get to the bottom of your functional range of motion (when your low back begins to round). The free leg is out in front and locked straight. Reach forward with the hands to counter-balance this movement. then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. Maintain good knee and back alignment as in the lowering portion of the movement. Pistol Squat Start Middle Begin with weight balanced over right leg (foot can be turned out up to 15°). Stretch the spine long from the crown of the head to the coccyx. Keep the spine stretched long. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot.Strength Exercise Descriptions: Dynamic Effort Method One-legged Squat Variations (continued) 4.

rise up to the middle position of the Quad Squat. but keep the spine long and parallel to the ground. drop your butt to your heels and your nose towards the floor. seek out a feeling of elasticity as you absorb your momentum with your muscle and connective tissue. Will will start from here in order to take advantage of the elastic energy accumulated as we sink into the middle position of the Quad Hop. As you near the bottom. exhale and forcefully explode upwards equally with all four limbs. Both hands and feet should leave the ground. Keeping the spine stretched long and parallel to the ground. End Take the elasticity built up in through the bottom position. There should be no pause at the bottom of the movement. but allow this to happen naturally.CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Ballistic Method Quad Hop Variations 1. as forcing it will cause a deterioration of form. 117 . Quad Hop sTRengTh Start Middle From the start position above. You will be able to increase the height of your jump.

bring your hands and feet together for a “clap” as you reach the apex of the hop. End As you explode out of bottom position. Quickly return hands and feet to their neutral position in order to once again absorb and redirect the energy into the next repetition. 118 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .Strength Exercise Descriptions: Ballistic Method Quad Hop Variations (continued) 2. Quad Hop with clap Start Middle Prepare in the same way as for the standard Quad Hop variation. Again. capturing the elastic energy as in the standard Quad Hop. this portion is identical to the middle of the standard Quad Hop.

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Strength Exercise Descriptions: Ballistic Method Jump Squat Variations 1. landing as softly as possible before repeating. pushing through your heels first. Trinity Jump Squat (basic) Start Middle Find balance on mid-foot and stretch the spine from the crown of the head to the coccyx. Make as little noise as possible on landing. You should finish with your hips extended forward and your hands just behind your hips as you float at the apex of your jump. Begin by sending the hips slightly back then lowering down as far as you can go without losing your long spine and slightly arched back. creating a slight arch in the low back. Reach forward with your arms to counter balance the movement. From your bottom position in the squat. 120 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . start sending the hips back again and prepare to absorb your downward momentum with the legs. forcefully exhale as you drive up from the ground with your legs. End As you begin to come down from the apex. At the same time your hands will drive down and back. and snap your hips up and forward.

pushing through your heels first. Place both hands behind your head and draw the elbows backwards. End As you begin to come down from the apex. Your hands remain behind your head throughout. You should finish with your hips extended forward as you float at the apex of your jump. Make as little noise as possible on landing. forcefully exhale as you drive up from the ground with your legs. landing as softly as possible before repeating. start sending the hips back again and prepare to absorb your downward momentum with the legs. and snap your hips up and forward. 121 . creating a slight arch in the low back. Begin by sending the hips slightly back then lowering down as far as you can go without losing your long spine and slightly arched back. Prisoner Jump Squat sTRengTh Start Middle Find balance on mid-foot and stretch the spine from the crown of the head to the coccyx. From your bottom position in the squat.CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Ballistic Method Jump Squat Variations (continued) 2.

End As you begin to drop.Strength Exercise Descriptions: Ballistic Method Jump Squat Variations (continued) 3. Prepare to absorb your downward momentum with the legs. creating a slight arch in the low back. ready to help you explode upwards. Your arms should help you by driving upwards. 122 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Forcefully exhale as you drive first off your heels then through your mid-foot and forefoot while simultaneously projecting up and forward with the hips. Allow the arms to swing down to your sides. unfold your body. Begin by sending the hips slightly back then lowering down as far as you can go without losing your long spine and slightly arched back. landing as softly as possible before repeating. bring your knees up to your chest and ball up as compactly as possible as you come to the apex of your jump. As you begin to lift off the ground. Make as little noise as possible on landing. Tuck Jump Start Middle Find balance on mid-foot and stretch the spine from the crown of the head to the coccyx.

Roll sideways until your shoulder muscle is pressed against the mat. then proceed to the other side. End Place your left hand back to the mat. 123 . stretch the right leg back and bring your right shoulder to your right hand by tucking your elbow in to your ribs. Do all repetitions to one side. Exhale forcefully as you unfurl and press into the ground with your right palm heel to come back to the start position. Make sure your shoulders stay pulled down away from your ears throughout the movement. but no further.CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Near Maximal Eccentrics Screwing Press sTRengTh Start Middle Stretch the spine long and pull the shoulders down away from the ears. Lift your left hand off the mat and put it by your side. Either from the knees or from the toes.

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Begin the movement by driving the hips towards the back wall, then reach back and down with the hips to lower your center of gravity. Reach forward with the hands to counter-balance this movement. Weight should remain between the heel and mid-foot. Keep the spine stretched long. Ensure that the knee tracks in a parallel line to the direction of the toes.

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CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Near Maximal Eccentrics Pistol Squat (continued) loading options: As our only concession to the use of equipment in this program. sTRengTh Clubbell Kettlebell Dumbell 127 . another way to adjust difficulty is to add weight to the movement using some of the following examples.

End Absorb the descent on all fours.From low squat Start Middle Start from your lowest squat position with good form.Strength Exercise Descriptions: Altitude Landing Frontal Ground Engagement 1. Tilt forward onto the balls of your feet and use the energy from that movement to make a very small hop which will allow you to pivot. your weight on your heels. The pivot point will run from one side of your torso to the other at about the level of your lower ribcage. 128 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Frontal Ground Engagement (FGE) . Return to the starting point for the next repetition. Your knees and elbows should be slightly splayed out (at about 45°). your arms reached forward and your low back neutral. like a falling cat. Stop the movement as quickly as possible and “stick” your landing for 2-3 seconds. Your spine should be stretched long. Stretch the spine long from crown to coccyx and make sure your shoulders are pulled down away from your ears. into a position to engage the ground on all fours.

CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Strength Exercise Descriptions: Altitude Landing Frontal Ground Engagement (continued) 2. Return to the starting point for the next repetition. End Absorb the descent on all fours.From quarter squat sTRengTh Start Middle Start from a quarter squat position as shown. Your knees and elbows should be slightly splayed out (at about 45°). like a falling cat. 129 . Stop the movement as quickly as possible and “stick” your landing for 2-3 seconds. The pivot point will run from one side of your torso to the other at about the level of your lower ribcage. Tilt forward onto the balls of your feet and use the energy from that movement to make a very small hop which will allow you to pivot. your arms reached forward and your low back neutral. your weight on your heels. Your spine should be stretched long. Frontal Ground Engagement (FGE) . into a position to engage the ground on all fours. Stretch the spine long from crown to coccyx and make sure your shoulders are pulled down away from your ears.

your arms reached forward and your low back neutral. Stretch the spine long from crown to coccyx and make sure your shoulders are pulled down away from your ears. Your knees and elbows should be slightly splayed out (at about 45°). Frontal Ground Engagement (FGE) — From standing Start Middle Start from standing. Your spine should be stretched long. Tilt forward onto the balls of your feet and use the energy from that movement to make a very small hop which will allow you to pivot.Strength Exercise Descriptions: Altitude Landing Frontal Ground Engagement (continued) 3. The pivot point will run from one side of your torso to the other at about the level of your lower ribcage. 130 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER FIVE Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . into a position to engage the ground on all fours. your weight on your heels. like a falling cat. Stop the movement as quickly as possible and “stick” your landing for 2-3 seconds. End Absorb the descent on all fours. Return to the starting point for the next repetition.

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This program is an excellent choice for those looking to build their GPP (General Physical Preparedness) for any activity. agility. and adding that element gives you a definite edge in sport and in life. We start there because without it you’ll have a difficult time building up to coordination. The other big one is pressing movements. 132 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Your mastery will increase as you move through the program. allowing you to graduate to the more sophisticated versions of each exercise. thus building increasing levels of movement mastery.General Athleticism General athleticism is most often defined as a balanced combination of the following traits: strength. commonly termed coordination and agility. Pushing from the ground with the legs is important for most activities. We’ll work slower strength based circuits on one day and metcon style endurance circuits on the next. In order to tackle this goal we must choose a well rounded compliment of movements. agility and speed drills. mobility. A functional. we’re talking about well rounded attributes. Core strength — whether supportive in the form of stabilizing the trunk and spine or power generating in the form of striking. We’ll begin this program by focusing on building a solid base of strength and endurance. primed physique which will serve you well regardless of what life throws your way. and so we’ll have to include some squatting. We’ll add wrist strength to that because it’s often neglected. and we’ll focus them on specific key areas which can be built upon later. In other words. swinging or throwing — is another priority. endurance / ‘wind’. This platform of general athleticism is also the base upon which you’ll build more specialized sport specific training. and speed. coordination.

For more in-depth exploration of Prasara Yoga. For your bonus video clips of the circuits for the General Athleticism program. use the following links: Circuit A • Circuit B 133 . we recommend the Prasara Yoga Book and the Prasara Yoga Instructional DVD.) Click Here for your Custom Prasara Flow.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM The General Athleticism Master Program Chart Intensity-> Moderate Strength circuit Strength circuit Strength circuit Strength circuit Strength circuit Strength circuit Strength circuit high Metcon Metcon Metcon Metcon Metcon Metcon Metcon no Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility low Prasara yoga Prasara yoga Prasara yoga Prasara yoga Prasara yoga Prasara yoga Prasara yoga Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4 Cycle 5 Cycle 6 Cycle 7 Click Here to download your basic Intu-Flow® session. For more thorough coverage of the Intu-Flow Joint Health and Mobility system consider the Intu-Flow® DVD or the Ageless Mobility DVD.

Exercise Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Trinity Squat x30 Basic Hold at bottom With jump Spinal Rock x10 (done very slowly) Screwing arm press up x10 (one left plus one right equals one rep) Basic Pike Plow Palms Fist Ratchet 134 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . until you’ve mastered them all.Breakdown of Individual Routines Strength Circuit Moderate Intensity Day The strength circuit is designed to build a baseline of strength in several key areas so that you’ll have a platform upon which to sophisticate movement and coordination. You’ll perform one set of each exercise. Experiment with each exercise and choose the level which best corresponds to your current skill and conditioning level. As your movement sophistication grows you may also want to come back to this program to complete the entire 28 days at the next higher level of difficulty. Each exercise is presented with three variations of increasing difficulty. rest for 60 seconds. Let the target RPE and RPT numbers be your guide. And remember to bump up a level of movement sophistication if it gets too easy — that’s how you’ll increase your coordination and agility. and start again until you’ve completed 5 rounds in total.

Your endurance will improve. The specific type of Tabata-based circuit that we’re using here is also designed to increase your performance speed. remember the following mantra: If you can go harder. The resilience of those tissues and your ability to access SEE is of great importance in building agility and speed. After completing all 4 minutes of station one. Each of 4 exercise stations performs 20 seconds work / 10 seconds rest repeated 8 times (for a total of 4 minutes).CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Metabolic Resistance Circuit (Metcon) High Intensity Day Rather than work up to long periods of slow. Continue this pattern until you’ve done them all. We’re using them here in order to accustom your body to repeated bursts of energy followed by brief rest pauses. remember to move up a level of movement sophistication if it gets too easy. As you work through these circuits. this metcon circuit is designed to build your endurance base while at the same time teaching your body to recover quickly between rounds and to use the stored elastic energy (SEE) of your tendons and ligaments for increased efficiency. Metcon circuits place a heavy demand on your energy systems (both anaerobic and aerobic). Also. Let that be your goal. Let the target RPE and RPT numbers be your guide. The entire session will last a total of 24 minutes. low energy expenditure movements. take a 60 second break and then move on to the next station. Exercise Mountain Climbers Reactive Jumps Leg Swoops Quad Hop Level 1 Basic Knees to chest Leg out to side Quad Press Level 2 With Squats Prisoner Half swoop Quad Hop Level 3 Double leg Hot coals Full swoop To squat and back 135 . and strive to push a little more each time you do the circuits. you must. as will your ability to recover your ‘wind’ within a shorter and shorter window.

Return to standing by reversing the process. Slowly lower yourself by removing structure — first the hips and pelvis and then onwards up the spine. chest raised. your head should be aligned with your hips crown to coccyx. and your spine elongated rather than rounded. with good posture rather than slumped. Basic Trinity Squat Start Middle Begin with feet shoulder width apart. replacing structure and rolling your spine upwards until your hips snap back into place. Throughout the descent. spine aligned crown to coccyx with good posture. Your shoulders should be packed down and your weight mid-foot.Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises Trinity Squat Variations 1. End Continue until you reach a flat foot squat. and buttocks as close to your ankles as possible. 136 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . accompanied by a deep exhale.

Remember: this is an active hold. and sit back as far as you can. maintain good crown to coccyx alignment. this time continuing down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. 137 . and come back to standing.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 2. Pause there for a slow 5 count (you can increase this count as you gain strength). paying attention to the same points of alignment as in the previous level. begin with feet shoulder width apart and spine aligned. Perform the squat in the same manner as the previous level. This will be slightly more taxing than the basic version because the pause at the bottom will force you to yield. End Pause. Shoulders are packed down and your weight is mid-foot. Keep your crown high. reverse. halt and overcome your downward movement without being able to access the slight plyometric effect of the basic version. Trinity Squat with Hold at Bottom Trinity Squat Variations (continued) Start Middle As before.

Perform in the same manner as the basic squat. pulling knees to chest in the top portion for maximum height. and then drop back down into the squat for the next repetition.Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 3. End From the bottom portion. Land. pause for a split second. push the ground away as hard as you can to come up in a jump. 138 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Trinity Squat with Jump Trinity Squat Variations (continued) Start Middle Begin the movement in the same manner as the previous version.

Bring yourself to a sitting position by rolling up one vertebra at a time. go as slowly as possible in order to reveal and shore up any weak points in the movement. Once on the ground and elongated. lift your breastbone and raise your head from the crown. begin by exhaling hard and rolling your shoulders up and over. Basic Spinal Rock Start Middle Lying flat on your back. At the top. 139 .CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises Spinal Rock Variations 1. allow the breath to be sucked into your lungs by the removal of compression. these will show up as jumps or hitches. elongating your spine and allowing the breath to be sucked into your lungs through the release of pressure. slowly and smoothly. End Reverse the movement by exhaling hard and rolling back down to the floor one vertebra at a time. Again. By going slowly and controlled you’ll uncover any weak spots in the range of motion.

As this happens the pressure on your lungs is released and the breath floods in. Don’t slide them across the floor. Allow the air to flood back in during this release in compression.Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 2. Complete the spinal rock as above. Pike upwards by straightening your legs and snapping your hips forward to an inverted locked position. exhale hard and pull your legs up towards your chest. 140 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Straighten your legs back out by unrolling one vertebra at a time and slowly extending them. Raise first and then draw them in. After rolling back down to the floor and allowing the inhale. They should not touch the floor until you return to the fully extended position. End Lower your knees back towards your chest while allowing the air to be expelled by the compression. gliding over the floor but not touching it. Spinal Rock with Pike Spinal Rock Variations (continued) Start Middle This variation picks up right after the basic spinal rock. Continue to roll up one vertebra at a time until your weight is on your shoulder blades. Be sure to move your knees apart so that they come to either side of your head.

When your knees have reached your chest. 141 . After rolling back down to the floor. continue to extend your legs back behind your head into the plow. then bend your knees to draw your legs back in. The lungs are compressed and the breath will be expelled.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 3. draw your knees into your chest as you did in the Pike version. Your weight should be resting comfortably on your shoulder blades. Spinal Rock with Plow Spinal Rock Variations (continued) Start Middle This movement picks up immediately after the basic spinal rock (first variation). never on your neck. unrolling one vertebra at a time as before and rolling slowly back out until you are lying flat on the floor. End Pause.

End From the top position. The lowering and unscrewing motions happen simultaneously rather than step by step. Repeat to bring yourself back to the other side for one complete repetition.Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 1. As you roll your body towards the right. lowering yourself to the right by unscrewing your right arm and rotating it over to the palm up position. and your right propped up on your palm in pushup position. rotate your left arm to screw it over palm down and bring yourself to the top position. You should ascend on an angle rather than simply roll over and press straight up. Basic Screwing Arm Press-up Screwing Arm Press-up Variations Start Middle Begin by lying on your stomach with your left arm bent beneath you (weight on the back of the forearm and palm up). 142 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . The screwing motion of the arm happens simultaneously with the press that raises you up. collapse your right arm and reverse the motion.

Repeat back to the other side for one complete repetition. The wrist remains firmly locked throughout. As you screw up to the top position. You must maintain the tensile strength of the wrist joint to do this. End Screw down to the right side as above. but with your hands formed into fists rather than flat. Screwing Arm Press-up on Fist Screwing Arm Press-up Variations (continued) Start Middle Begin as before.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 2. 143 . maintaining tensile strength as you did in the upwards portion. rotate up onto your left fist. but with the weight resting on the fists.

Lower yourself back down by reversing the process. Ratchet Up Screwing Arm Press-up Variations (continued) Start Middle Begin by lying on your stomach with your arms beneath you. End Next. hands formed into fists. 144 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . knuckles touching. ratchet up to come up onto your fists.Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 3. This movement builds on the previous one by adding movement to the tensile strength you built in the earlier variation. Your elbows should be pointed out to your sides. Press yourself straight up until your weight is held on the tops of your flattened hands.

switch your legs rapidly by pulling in the extended leg while extending the tucked leg. Your hands are placed on the floor on either side of the raised leg for balance. End As you hit that “weightless” point at the top of the rebound. Basic Mountain Climber Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin in a relaxed lunge position. Allow the descent to load your legs for the next switch. Your balance is held over your hands. 145 . Maintain good spinal alignment throughout.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Mountain Climber Variations 1. Focus on opening your hips and allowing that springiness to load the connective tissues so that the movement becomes as effortless as possible. one leg up and one leg extended behind you with the weight on your toes. Take advantage of the “rebound effect” at the bottom of the movement to allow the stored elastic energy (SEE) that you are accessing to spring you back up. Allow your descending bodyweight to load the tendons and ligaments of your legs.

Exercise Descriptions: Mountain Climber Variations 2. 146 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Mountain Climber with Squat Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin in a standing position. Follow the earlier directions for the basic Trinity Squat to bring yourself down into a flat foot squat. End When the extended leg comes to rest. tilt forward while maintaining good spinal alignment and place your hands on the mats for balance. That’s one repetition. Return to standing as in the basic Trinity Squat. then draw the extended leg back in to the flat foot squat. Shoot one leg backwards into mountain climber position. When you reach the squat. access the SEE of your hips and legs to perform two rapid leg switches (the basic mountain climber version above).

Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle The movement begins with the downward portion of the Trinity Squat. Double leg and tadpole. when you reach the bottom. Return to standing as in the basic Trinity Squat. Straighten your arms and arch your back. allowing your thighs to come into contact with the mats while your head tilts back and you look up to the ceiling. as above. until you’ve returned to the flat foot squat. 147 . End Allow the loading from the arch to pull both legs back in simultaneously. This arch will load your hips.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Mountain Climber Variations 3. This time. shoot both legs back so that you’re resting on your hands and toes.

Exercise Descriptions: Reactive Jump Variations 1. pulling your knees to your chest. begin immediately to lower into the flat foot squat. Knees to Chest Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin by standing with your legs shoulder width apart. Allow the stored elastic energy of the squat to help rebound you into the next jump. When they make contact. 148 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . End Allow your legs to drop back out of the tuck as your feet reach for the floor. Drive your feet into the floor and jump as high as possible. Remove structure and come to the flat foot squat as in the basic Trinity Squat.

149 . but with your hands clasped behind your head.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: 2. but with your hands clasped behind your head. Prisoner Variation Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Reactive Jump Variations (continued) Start Middle As before. but with your hands clasped behind your head. As before. End As before.

Try to maintain that feeling of pulling your feet away from hot coals throughout. your goal is to pull them up away from the floor as though you were standing on hot coals. 150 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Instead of driving your legs down into the floor. The moment your feet touch the floor. You should have the feeling of loading the stored elastic energy of the ankles to make rapid upward jumps. this time the upward pull of your legs will be rapid while the descent will be slower. Hot Coals Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Reactive Jump Variations (continued) Start Middle Begin as in the basic variation.Exercise Descriptions: 3. but this time you won’t drop down into the flat foot squat. pull them back up again. End Unlike the basic squat jump variation. but it will be obvious once you try it. It’s a subtle difference.

shift the weight to the other side and repeat with the left leg (as you get better at loading the hip. Back in the squat.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Leg Swoop Variations 1. 151 . As you shift slightly to the right. You are loading the leg in the same way as you did in the basic Mountain Climber. the switch happens in one motion). observing the same points of form as you did in the downward phase of the Trinity Squat. Then return to standing as in the basic Trinity Squat. rotate your squat on the ball of your left foot and shoot your right leg out to your left side (across your body) until it is straight. Leg to Side Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin by standing with your legs shoulder width apart. and the more efficient the movement will become). End Allow that loading of the leg to unload it back to the squat (the better you become at loading the springier this will feel. Your focus should be on snapping the hip to extend the leg. place your right hand on the floor for balance and slightly shift your weight to that hand. When you reach bottom. Lower yourself to the flat foot squat.

Half Swoop Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin as before. as you did in the mountain climber. Repeat with the other leg. then return to standing as above. rotate the locked right leg around so that it is pointing straight back. as in the mountain climber (you will have to hop the squatting left leg to allow the extended right leg to swoop under it — shift your weight slightly onto your hands to do this). Rather than draw back in. 152 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . End Draw the extended leg back in to the squat.Exercise Descriptions: Leg Swoop Variations (continued) 2. lowering to the squat and shooting your right leg out across your body to the left side.

Maintaining that locked leg. Remember to keep that leg locked and open your hips.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Leg Swoop Variations (continued) 3. Remember to alternate sets of swoops between the right and left legs. 153 . allow your weight to shift between the squatting left leg and your hands as you swoop your locked leg entirely around your body in a circle. and the swooping leg should feel free. Shoot the right leg out to the left side until it is locked. Full Leg Swoop Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin at the bottom portion of the squat. End The movement will become more efficient as you learn to access the loading and releasing effect of the alternation between load bearing by the upper body and the squatting leg. The movement should feel buoyant.

Your knees and elbows should be slightly splayed out (at about a 45° angle) so that the position feels buoyant. Exhale on the downward phase (as your lungs are compressed). with your hands on the ground. allow the loading of the tendons and ligaments to help propel you back up to the top. and allow air to be sucked in on the upward phase (as that compression is released). Ensure that your spine stays long and that your back remains parallel to the floor throughout the movement. When you reach the bottom portion of the movement.Exercise Descriptions: Quad Hop Variations 1. Press equally with all four limbs in order to drive away from the floor. lean forward until your back is parallel to the floor. Keep your back parallel to the floor and your spine stretched long. Elongate your spine from crown to coccyx to maintain proper alignment. Quad Press Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin in a kneeling position and bring your butt as close to your heels as possible. End Return to the start position. Next. 154 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Ensure that you bring your butt back to heels and your nose stays aligned with your hands.

Allow height to happen naturally. 155 . Begin there in order to take advantage of the elastic energy accumulated as you sink into the middle position of the Quad Hop. while your spine remains parallel to the ground. Both hands and feet should leave the ground. End Keeping your spine stretched long and parallel to the ground. drop your butt to your heels and your nose towards the floor. There should be no pause at the bottom of the movement. exhale and explode back upwards seamlessly. Using the elasticity built up through your descent. rise up to the middle position of the Quad Squat.CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution aThleTICIsM Exercise Descriptions: Quad Hop Variations (continued) 2. with an equal extension of all four limbs. Quad Hop Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle From the start position above. seek out a feeling of elasticity as you absorb the momentum with your muscle and connective tissue. As you near the bottom. Forcing it will cause a deterioration of form. The press should be even and your back should remain parallel to the floor.

Exercise Descriptions: Quad Hop Variations (continued) 3. loading your tendons and ligaments. with your spine aligned and chest raised. 156 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SIX General Athleticism Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Ensure that you have established good form in the quad squat before your bodyweight comes to bear. End Absorb the downwards energy. Allow the loading of the squat to provide the rebounding energy to remove your feet backwards for the next repetition. As your body leaves the ground. and rebound back upwards to a hop. snap your hips forward to replace your feet beneath you and return to the flat foot squat. Remove structure by allowing your feet to vanish backwards so that you drop immediately into the quad squat position. Quad Hop to Squat Metabolic Resistance Circuit Exercises Start Middle Begin at the bottom portion of the flat foot squat.

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your goals can be completely arbitrary. and so they’re stumped when a well meaning coach asks them what their goals are in order to design a training plan to fit their needs. we’ve included a longevity-type program fitted into the 4x7 training protocol. The focus for lifers is more on health and wellness first and functional or strength goals second. Forward Pressure. such as FlowFit. endurance. To illustrate an example of this. etc • Exploring a new program. dictated by your interests at the time. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be so complicated. perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn to walk on your hands but lack the upper body strength and balance / coordination The main difference between competitive and longevity training is that the training needs of lifers aren’t cycled to match a competitive season. they’re training simply for the enjoyment of it. Self-described “lifers”. and training intensity is generally geared to the long term rather than employing steep heights and extended periods of recovery. we’re talking about goals that follow your curiosity rather than the demands of a sport or discipline which you might be conditioning for. Rather. hypertrophy. but don’t cocktail”).Longevity Longevity Many people become confused with programs like 4x7 because they feel they don’t have any specific goals to pursue. By arbitrary we don’t mean “purposeless”. Our sample program combines a strength training day with a running day. 158 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . As long as you follow sound training protocols (such as “cycle or circuit. such as increased strength. What follows are some general guidelines for Longevity Training. Any of the following could be examples of arbitrary training goals: • Choosing a cycle based on an attribute goal. etc • Working through all of the cycles in this manual as a way to direct your long term planning • Gearing up for a seasonal sport that you enjoy • Filling in the blanks to master a new movement goal – ex.

when training for strength rest longer between sets (approximately 4 to 5 minutes). after all! • Pay careful attention to your nutrition and hydration. • Keep it fresh when planning your cycles. • In general. and you respond with lesser intensity and energy over time. such as Intu-Flow®. Such changes in protocol. It is when you learn new exercises that you will see the greatest improvement. Once you adapt to an exercise your body becomes more efficient at that exercise. and incorporate a compensatory movement session at least twice per week with Prasara yoga to unwind and to release accumulated tension. As you can see. • Perform a joint mobility program. These guidelines are applicable to any sort of longevity program. but if you’re tapping into your body’s natural rhythms the 4x7 way you shouldn’t have to worry about this. The general rule is to change your program whenever progress plateaus. and vary the intensity of your workouts from one session to the next (the 4x7 protocol preincorporates this). Strive to keep it fresh and fun. It’s a game. and resistance give the nervous system time to regenerate and to prepare for higher performance levels. the 4x7 protocol already incorporates most of these things. with regard to rest periods. • Never go to failure. and for muscular endurance set your rest periods somewhere in the middle (1 to 2 minutes). Don’t exceed your workout threshold. longevITy 159 .CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Longevity General Guidelines for Longevity Training • Complete your circuit in 30 minutes or less. As you repeat that exercise you come to require greater and greater degrees of mental toughness and variation in your training protocol. for cardio-endurance rest for shorter periods (10 to 60 seconds). rep. each morning. Applying the CST Intuitive Training Protocol will help with this. • Incorporate changes to your program every 28 days (which corresponds to one 4x7 cycle). set. Your nervous system remains excited and responds with enormous energy levels to new exercises.

Longevity The Longevity Master Program Chart Intensity-> Moderate Strength circuit high Sprint Sets 4 sets / 90 sec recovery Sprint Sets 5 sets / 75 sec recovery Sprint Sets 6 sets / 60 sec recovery Sprint Sets 7 sets / 60 sec recovery Sprint Sets 7 sets / 45 sec recovery Sprint Sets 7 sets / 30 sec recovery Sprint Sets 7 sets / 30 sec recovery no Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility Intu-Flow® joint mobility low Prasara yoga Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Strength circuit Prasara yoga Cycle 3 Strength circuit Prasara yoga Cycle 4 Strength circuit Prasara yoga Cycle 5 Strength circuit Prasara yoga Cycle 6 Strength circuit Prasara yoga Cycle 7 Strength circuit Prasara yoga Click Here to download your basic Intu-Flow® session. we recommend the Prasara Yoga Book and the Prasara Yoga Instructional DVD. For more thorough coverage of the Intu-Flow Joint Health and Mobility system consider the Intu-Flow® DVD or the Ageless Mobility DVD. use the following link: Circuit A 160 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . For your bonus video clip of the circuits for the Longevity program.) Click Here for your Custom Prasara Flow. For more in-depth exploration of Prasara Yoga.

Each exercise is presented with three variations of increasing difficulty. and start again until you’ve completed 5 rounds in total. longevITy Exercise Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Quad Press Ups x10 Basic Quad Press Up Forward Ellipse Swinging Plank Half Spinal Rock x10 Pike — ‘T’ Arms Pike — Arms Overhead Pike — Around the World Single-Leg Squat x10 Balance Holds Negatives Heel Out 161 . As your movement sophistication grows you may also want to come back to this program to complete the entire 28 days at the next higher level of difficulty. rest for 60 seconds.CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Longevity Breakdown of Individual Routines Strength Circuit Moderate Intensity Day The strength circuit is designed to build a baseline of strength in several key areas so that you’ll have a platform upon which to sophisticate movement and coordination. You’ll perform one set of each exercise. And remember to move up a level of movement sophistication if it gets too easy. Let the target RPE and RPT numbers be your guide. until you’ve mastered them all. Experiment with each exercise and choose the level which best corresponds to your current skill and conditioning level.

Finish with a 5 to 10 minute cool down jog. crank up that fat burning furnace. to build your general conditioning for running. 162 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . and up to a month. you’ll be well prepared for the demands of this sprint program. After all. That’s one set. For your high intensity day we’re going to take advantage of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to boost your metabolism. Take at least two weeks. and give you the satisfaction of a hard fought and hard won training session. If you begin with a 20 minute jog and build up to 45 minutes. for the lifer that satisfaction of a job well done is what the High Intensity day is all about. When you feel warm and loose. begin with a 20 to 30 second sprint followed immediately by a 60 to 90 second recovery jog. running every other day. Your goal is to bring your wind and endurance up to speed.Longevity Sprint Sets High Intensity Day This running component is based in part on a program that Faculty Coach Joseph Wilson designed for Coach Murdock. If you aren’t currently using running as part of your training or if it’s been a while since you strapped on the shoes. we recommend that you put yourself through a cycle of running GPP prior to undertaking this sprint set cycle. and to get your legs used to pounding the pavement. By the end of the 28-days you’ll have worked up to 7 or 8 sets. You’ll start with 4 sprint sets. you’ll begin with a 5 to 10 minute warm up jog. For the sprint sets.

The number of total sets will be determined by your Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE).CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Longevity As your recovery time improves you’ll also shorten the recovery period between sets by 10 to 15 seconds at a time. If this is something you’d like to pursue. longevITy Your goal is to bring your wind and endurance up to speed… A thorough warm up and cool down are essential parts of an injury-free running program. until you’re doing 30 second sprints followed immediately by 30 second jogs. 163 . We encourage you to check it out. under the 4x7 format you’re always shooting to meet the target RPE of that day. you’ll build up to 7 or 8 sets. Remember. Again. You’ll have to tweak the details of your program to do that. you’ll find a full complement of such exercises on the RMAX Powered Running DVD.

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Begin in a kneeling position and bring your butt as close to your heels as possible. Next, lean forward until your back is parallel to the floor, with your hands on the ground. Your knees and elbows should be slightly splayed out (at about a 45° angle) so that the position feels buoyant. Elongate your spine from crown to coccyx to maintain proper alignment.

Press equally with all four limbs in order to drive away from the floor. Ensure that your spine stays long and that your back remains parallel to the floor throughout the movement.

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Return to the start position. Ensure that you bring your butt back to heels and your nose stays aligned with your hands. Keep your back parallel to the floor and your spine stretched long. When you reach the bottom portion of the movement, allow the loading of the tendons and ligaments to help propel you back up to the top. Exhale on the downward phase (as your lungs are compressed), and allow air to be sucked in on the upward phase (as that compression is released).

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From the basic quad position above, shift your weight forward over your hands.

Keeping your spine stretched long and parallel to the ground, drop down to the lower portion of the press while simultaneously pushing back so your butt moves toward your heels. The press should be even and your back should remain parallel to the floor.

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Using the stored elastic energy of your lower legs, exhale and press upwards and forwards seamlessly to bring yourself back to the basic quad position. The entire movement will trace the shape of an ellipse.

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Begin by establishing the basic quad position as above, then turn your knees to the left. This is your start position.

While keeping your elbows close to your ribs to protect your shoulders, extend your body straight out over your hands. Your back and hips should remain in one plane.

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When you’ve reached the forward limit of your movement, twist your knees to the right and then shift your weight all the way back to the opposite side start position. Again, your back and hips should remain in one plane. Repeat, changing sides with each repetition.

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so that your body forms a ‘T’. Return to tuck. draw your knees into your chest. then slowly extend your legs back to the floor. Pike — ‘T’ Arms longevITy Start Middle Lie on your back with your arms out to your sides. End While using your hands for balance. 167 . pike your feet straight up and point your toes at the ceiling. Press your palms down into the floor while lifting your feet.CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Longevity Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises Half Spinal Rocks 1. Next. The entire sequence should be done as slowly as possible.

168 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Your arms are removed from the equation in this variation. so you’ll have no extra support. then slowly extend your legs back to the floor. Lift your feet from the floor and slowly draw your knees into your chest.Longevity Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises Half Spinal Rocks (continued) 2. Pike — Arms Overhead Start Middle Lie on your back with your arms overhead. End Pike your feet straight up and point your toes at the ceiling. The entire sequence should be done as slowly as possible. Return to tuck.

Without letting them touch the floor. Repeat to the other side. End This time.CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Longevity Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises Half Spinal Rocks (continued) 3. 169 . Pike — Around the World longevITy Start Middle Lie on your back as before. and pike to the ceiling as before. with your arms at your sides. rotate them down until they’re extended straight as in the start position. Raise your legs and draw your knees to your chest. lower your back to the floor and then rotate from the waist to bring your legs to the floor straight out to your sides (in an ‘L’ position). rather than reversing the movement.

Hold for 20 seconds. Bend at the waist and flex the knee of your grounded leg in order to make a clean line between your crown and the extended foot. Balance Holds Start Middle Begin by shifting your weight to one leg. 170 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Hold for 20 seconds. End Draw the extended leg back in. knee locked and pushing from the heel. See if you can rotate that entire leg outward by pointing your big toe to the back wall as much as you can. extend it straight back.Longevity Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises Single-Leg Squat Variations 1. Raise the other leg and extend it straight out in front of you. knee locked and pushing the heel out. extend it again at a 45 degree angle. Hold for 20 seconds. and without it touching the ground. Repeat with the other leg. Draw the extended leg back in. locking the knee and pressing from the heel. flexing that knee slightly to maintain balance. and without it touching the ground.

Repeat. Extend one leg out in front of you. End Pull the extended leg in and return to standing by using both legs. Try to make the movement as smooth as possible. Don’t simply drop. When you’ve reached the desired number of repetitions. 171 . repeat with the other leg. In the beginning it’s okay if the extended leg’s heel touches the ground. Lower yourself down slowly with the planted leg until you’re in a rock bottom squat.CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Longevity Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 2. Negatives longevITy Single-Leg Squat Variations (continued) Start Middle Begin by holding onto something for balance.

Focus on locking the knee of the extended leg by driving the heel forward and pulling the toes back. on one leg and with the other leg extended in front of you. Come back to standing on one leg by driving that grounded leg into the floor to push the earth away. Heel Out Single-Leg Squat Variations (continued) Start Middle Begin as above. as before. Lower yourself down smoothly. stopping in a rock-bottom squat. When you’ve reached the desired number of reps. repeat with the other leg.Longevity Exercise Descriptions: Strength Circuit Exercises 3. End Keep that extended foot raised off the floor. 172 The 4 x 7 Wave CHAPTER SEVEN Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . Simultaneously pressing the heel of the extended leg outward will help your balance. This time the heel of your extended leg may not touch the ground.

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Bodyweight Bonus Chapter: Slotting Other Programs into 4x7 Many of our members have asked how they can incorporate other RMAX resources — products like Flowfit®. such as Forward Pressure. Here’s how it breaks down: • No Intensity Day — Intu-Flow® only • Low Intensity Day — Intu-Flow® and Prasara (Pick a chain that either compensates for the movements of your work days. Low Intensity.) On your next Moderate day you’ll repeat this number. Forward Pressure. intensity (in this case the pace). Some programs. following the standard 4x7 progression of No Intensity. So if you did 10 circuits in 10 minutes on your last High Intensity day.) • Moderate Intensity Day — Do your Flowfit® at the same level as your last High Intensity day. The first is to choose your end goal (for example. We’ll use Flowfit® as our example. and then you’ll bump it up a notch on the following High day. or number of minutes — you can alter any ONE of these. do 11 circuits in 11 minutes on the following High Intensity day. That’s what the mini cycles will look like. (We’re changing one of the variables — complexity. or releases the areas where you tend to store tension — you may need to come up with your own chain and tweak it to your specific needs. You can do this in two ways. 18 circuits of Flowfit® in 18 minutes) and set that for your last High Intensity day. do that same amount again today. 174 The 4 x 7 Wave Bonus Chapter Slotting Other Programs into 4x7 Bodyweight Exercise Revolution . and Flowfit II — into the 4x7 training protocol. Moderate Intensity. Then count backwards and fill in the numbers to arrive at your start number for Day One. but bump it up a notch. come with their own compensatory movements designed to release the specific overconditioning of that program. The task is really much simpler than it would at first appear. Tackle it in 28-day cycles. So if you did 10 circuits in 10 minutes on the Moderate Intensity day. To chart out your entire 28 day progression you’ll have to fiddle with the numbers a bit. and High Intensity. • High Intensity Day — Do your Flowfit® again. number of circuits.

stop. We’ve included a chart to go along with our example. You can also print this off and post it on the wall of your training area to keep track of your progress. See the full e-book if you need a reminder of what those are. remember that you can add more rest but you can’t add more work. And if you do hit bumps along the road. Let’s say that you were able to do the Flowfit® circuit for 5 minutes. A quick study of the numbers should answer any questions that you might still have. By the end of the 28 days you’ll have reached a new personal record and you’ll have seriously altered your health and wellness. Good luck. put them all together into the full circuit and time yourself. You can slot any of the RMAX programs into this 4 x 7 format. If you structure your plan well and begin with a realistic start number you should have no trouble keeping within those safe guidelines. you’re still working to meet the RPT and RPD numbers of each of the 4 days. Fill in the rest of your 28 days by adding one minute (or 30 seconds if a minute is too difficult) on each High intensity day. That number then becomes your start number for your first Moderate Intensity day. and have fun! 175 .BONUS CHAPTER Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Slotting Other Programs into 4x7 sloTTIng 4 x 7 Another option for those new to these programs is to first establish your baseline. When you reach a point where your technique is about to deteriorate. After practicing the component exercises of the program until you reach an RPT of 8 or higher and an RPD of 3 or lower. This is the same template that Coach Murdock developed for his personal training journal and that of his clients. and you’ll increase your capacity more rapidly and in a shorter period of time than you ever thought possible. One final note: as with all of the 4 x 7 programs. If you do. we guarantee that you’ll experience faster than average recovery.

4x7: Flowfit® GPP Cycle DAY 1 No Intensity IntuFlow® DAY 8 High Intensity FlowFit — 6 minutes DAY 15 Moderate Intensity FlowFit — 7 minutes DAY 22 Low Intensity IntuFlow® + Compensatory Movements DAY 2 Low Intensity IntuFlow® + Compensatory Movements DAY 9 No Intensity IntuFlow® DAY 16 High Intensity FlowFit — 8 minutes DAY 23 Moderate Intensity FlowFit — 9 minutes DAY 3 Moderate Intensity FlowFit — 4 minutes DAY 10 Low Intensity IntuFlow® + Compensatory Movements DAY 17 No Intensity IntuFlow® DAY 24 High Intensity FlowFit — 10 minutes DAY 4 High Intensity FlowFit — 5 minutes DAY 11 Moderate Intensity FlowFit — 6 minutes DAY 18 Low Intensity IntuFlow® + Compensatory Movements DAY 25 No Intensity IntuFlow® DAY 5 No Intensity IntuFlow® DAY 12 High Intensity FlowFit — 7 minutes DAY 19 Moderate Intensity FlowFit — 8 minutes DAY 26 Low Intensity IntuFlow® + Compensatory Movements DAY 6 Low Intensity IntuFlow® + Compensatory Movements DAY 13 No Intensity IntuFlow® DAY 20 High Intensity FlowFit — 9 minutes DAY 27 Moderate Intensity FlowFit — 10 minutes DAY 7 Moderate Intensity FlowFit — 5 minutes DAY 14 Low Intensity IntuFlow® + Compensatory Movements DAY 21 No Intensity IntuFlow® DAY 28 High Intensity FlowFit — 12 minutes 176 The 4 x 7 Wave BONUS CHAPTER Slotting Other Programs into 4x7 Bodyweight Exercise Revolution .

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He simply wanted to “keep me out of trouble” .Adam Steer Internationally Acclaimed RMAX Coach Bodyweight Exercise Revolution My grandfather sparked my lifelong fascination with health and fitness. to improve your performance in whatever sport you practice. Germany. Join me on my journey by visiting my Momentum Training website for information about my live and online training services. “coaching the coaches” in Canada. Sport became the lodestone of my life. if you’re willing to put in the sweat I’ll bring your project to fruition quickly and safely with CST. Holland. the United States. alpine skiing. I serve others in search of excellence. Whether you’re looking to make your skiing more enjoyable through physical preparation. among a myriad of other sports and recreational activities. I’ve traveled the world in that role. and now allows me to form the minds of other coaches across Canada as a Level 4 Course Conductor for the Canadian Ski Intructors Alliance. With a background in hockey and skiing.instead he shaped the person and the coach that I am today. and to compete in skiing. and I discovered that I had a talent for it. where devoted study and intense personal practice culminated in my successful completion of the rigorous CST Head Coach examination process. Throughout my journey. I went on to compete in Laser Class sailing at an international level. or to lose those last 10 pounds. web site • blog • newsletter bIos . Coaching is a natural outgrowth of athletics. I’ve always sought out the best mentors and resources. because I constantly test the limits of my own performance. Now. I know the path well. My first coaching passion. football and hockey. This is what led me to Coach Sonnen and his Circular Strength Training® (CST) system. granted me the privilege of working with young elite athletes like current Canadian Alpine Ski Team member Frank Bourque. Slovenia and Singapore. Or follow along in my blog and my newsletter. I soon rose from an entry-level instructor of inline skating to become the top Examiner in the International Inline Skating Association.

rmaxstaff. and international rock stars like Jim Gillette of Nitro. He holds black belt rankings in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and is one of four Head Coaches of the RMAX FlowFighting™ system. by Russian jeep. conducts seminars worldwide.com/murdock bIos Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Keith Koger Bio Keith Koger. has been practicing Circular Strength Training since 2006. guitar diva Lita Ford. dugout canoe. You can find online samples of his graphic design work here: online portfolio • After Forty Tennis . He is the creator and star of the three-volume RMAX Powered Bujinkan DVD Series and author of the RMAX Training Group Manual. An Associate Editor of Outpost Magazine. fighters. and strength training for the past 25 years. and works with a wide range of private clients including athletes. In 2006 he was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master Instructor of the Year. and North Korea. Nicaragua. his article “Taklamakan: The Worst Desert in the World” was nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award in 2006. He certifies CST Instructors and Coaches. and Steve Kilbey of The Church. including Mongolia. horse and camel. As one of four Faculty Coaches handpicked by RMAX founder Scott Sonnon for his elite Coaching Staff. RMAX Faculty Coach • Senior Editor. graphic designer from Charlotte. Ryan Murdock. Murdock has taken a leading role in the research and development of Circular Strength Training® (CST) and RMAX FlowFighting®. In addition to his work with RMAX. This pursuit has taken him to 42 countries to date. the internet’s largest fitness and martial arts publication.Ryan Murdock Bodyweight Exercise Revolution Internationally Acclaimed RMAX Coach Ryan Murdock is an RMAX Faculty Coach and Senior Editor of RMAX Magazine. NC. motorcycle. Coach Murdock regularly puts his training to the test in some of the world’s most unforgiving places as a widely published travel writer / explorer. RMAX Magazine http://www. He has been involved in martial arts for the past 20 years.

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