This Simple No-Gear Couplet Workout Is a Full-Body Burner

Brett Williams, NASM
·2 min read

From Men's Health

While the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has halted the cadence of everyday life for just about everyone, the world is now beginning to adjust. We're all handling the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation differently—but that doesn't mean that we have to go it completely alone in every sense.

At Men's Health, we're using this period as an opportunity to build up our community and share as much useful, positive information as possible. For everyone stuck missing their typical workout routines with gyms and fitness centers closed down, we've done our best to provide as many at-home workout options as possible. But that's just the start. We're also hosting live workout sessions on Instagram with some of our favorite trainers to fill the fitness class-shaped void in your daily routine.

Bobby Maximus, former UFC fighter, fitness personality, and author of the Men's Health Maximus Body book, hosted the latest session. Maximus makes a point to train without equipment even when he has a fully-stocked gym at his disposal—so creating an accessible session for guys stuck at home without access to gear fits perfectly to his training style.

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

For this bodyweight-only session, you'll stick close to that simple is best ethos. "What is gonna be effective is simple, old-fashioned work," Maximus says. "That's worked for thousands of years. Use your own damn body."

To make the most out of your time, you'll use a novel format to spread out the reps. Maximus has selected five different bodyweight exercises, and you'll perform two sets of each, working for 30 seconds, then resting for 30 seconds.

"This is something that you guys can do anywhere, anytime, anyhow," he says. Just work as hard as you can during each active period. "The format's easy, but the effort is not easy." he continues. "For this type of stuff to work, you've gotta go hard."

Bobby Maximus' 2x30-30 Couplet Workout

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, then rest 30 seconds. Repeat for a total of two rounds. Use this same work-to-rest structure for each exercise.

  • Squats

  • Situps

  • Reverse Lunges

  • Pushups

  • Flutter Kicks

Stay up to date with our workouts every single weekday at 12 p.m. ET. Want to keep up with the sessions you've missed? Check out the whole collection here.

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