Workout Routines

CrossFit-Inspired Challenges: The descending rep scheme workout

Become an athlete who exceeds expectations. It's all possible with this routine.

Man performing deadlift exercise
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Duration 45
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Put your mental and physical toughness to the test with this brutal CrossFit-Inspired challenge that subtracts a rep from each round of the workout. You may think you feel pretty good by the third or fourth set—but in the last few, we guarantee that every muscle will be burning with exhaustion.

The only thing you're not allowed to do? Quit.

Directions

The descending rep scheme and allows for great strength and conditioning work. Each movement is performed for 10 reps. Once all are completed, perform each movement with 9 reps, and so on down to 1 rep of each movement (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). Rest in between rounds as needed.

Wyatt Krueger, a CrossFit Level-1 coach, owner of CrossFit Amherst, and expert contributor to Men's Fitness and HUMANFITPROJECT, demonstrates the moves.

This routine is part of our video feature on the 10 kickass CrossFit-inspired workout challenges to test your limits. Check out the whole series here.

CrossFit-Inspired Challenges The descending rep scheme workout (do 10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Bench Press You'll need: Barbell How to
Bench Press thumbnail
-- sets
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps
As needed rest

Exercise 2.

Deadlift You'll need: Barbell How to
Deadlift  thumbnail
-- sets
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps
As needed rest

Exercise 3.

Dip You'll need: Dip Station How to
Dips thumbnail
-- sets
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps
As needed rest

Exercise 4.

Pullup You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
Exercise: How to do an Eccentric Pullup thumbnail
-- sets
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps
As needed rest
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