On most days you head to the gym and ‘do the right thing’. You take out your training log, follow the reps and sets, add a little more weight than last week and walk out the door feeling pretty darn good about yourself. Other days, you’re not quite ‘feeling it’ and you spend less time bulking up and more time chatting up the former pro football cheerleader at the squat rack. Hey, it happens.

Then there are some days you just walk into the gym feeling extra pumped and super focused. Sure you could bang out your regularly scheduled training program. Hell, the way you’re feeling you could probably hit a couple of PR’s. But, today, you’re same-old training program just won’t do. You want to tackle something tough. You want a challenge. You want to train so hard that you crawl out of the gym. You want to GET CRUSHED.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help. Each week we’ll give you a tough, one-off workout that you can try when you are looking for the ultimate training challenge of just feel like you need a break from your regular routine. But be warned, this training program will leave you totally CRUSHED.

There’s a famous saying which states “what gets measured, gets managed”. In this circuit, what gets measured is time – you need to get through all the exercises below in as little time as possible. What needs to be managed is the amount of muscular and cardiovascular fatigue you’ll experience by the time you are done. Choose loads that are challenging, but will allow you to get through the “A” circuit three times while still having enough in the tank for the 1 mile run. By the time you are finished your legs, shoulders, back and lungs should feel like they’ve been doused in lighter fluid and set aflame.

The Inferno Workout

Complete the circuit below in as little time as possible resting only as needed. Be sure to perform all three sets of the “A” exercises before moving on to the “B” run which can be performed outdoors or on a treadmill.

A1) Conventional Deadlift
3 sets x 6 reps

A2) Barbell Push Press
3 sets x 9 reps

A3) Wide-Grip Pull-ups
3 sets x 12 reps

B) Run
1 mile