By this time of year, people usually fall into one of two camps: One is full of those who hit the iron in the spring and carried the fruits of their labor through the gantlet of the sleeves-optional social circuit. The other is loaded with those who almost hit their desired level of conditioning before their abs died a slow and painful death at the hands of summer ale and finger food.
But no matter which category you fall into, the remaining weeks of warm weather offer opportunity— one last shot to show of a body you can be proud of. But that chiseled look you’re hoping to use as a new profile pic is going cost you. The most proven and reliable programs out there are the ones that account for progression and adaptation; the ones that call for specific cycles of work at varying intensities and loads, to elicit a particular result.
Sadly, with the autumnal equinox on the horizon, you don’t have that kind of time. In order to slay the good times you’ve accumulated around your waistline this summer—or to recapture your early June form—you’re going to need to dig in with a program that forces results by attrition. The goal is to train so hard, so often, and so well that your body has no choice but to respond with a markedly increased capacity to torch fat.
This routine is from the “break in case of emergency” vault, and those who follow it to the letter will be decidedly more prepared to go sans shirt in the waning days of beach season. Will you be one of them?