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General Fitness Program Two

Athletic Development and General Physical Preparedness for the Non-Athlete and Athlete Alike

The following is a general fitness program for the development of general physical preparedness in all 10 components of fitness. The idea for this program is athletic development for the non-athlete. Athletes train extremely specifically for their sport, whereas the general population, military, police and fire fighters all need to train in a generalised format.

This program will go a little further than the typical definitions of fitness by including actual athletic skill development. The idea is to train similar to a decathlete, as did the ancient Greeks during the period of the ancient Olympics.

There was a time when sport had a greater purpose than simply entertainment, endorsements and impressing members of the opposite sex. Not that these things are necessarily bad. Once upon a time athletes trained for military purposes or other practical reasons. Sporting competitions were a means of preparation for soldiers and other professionals. This general fitness program aims at taking the participant back to ancient times with the added benefit of modern scientific exercise physiology research.

Imagine being like an ancient Olympian, a Greek God with abilities in multiple domains. This general fitness program could be a good first step.

This program is broken down into 12 workouts. The instructions are simple, just start at workout one and work your way through in a three days on, one day off format. Once the 12 workouts are complete simply aim to improve your performance and start again at the beginning of the cycle.

Workout One

Throw and sprint practice...

Grab a football, a baseball, a javelin or anything else that can be thrown a long way. For 30 minutes throw it as far as possible and then sprint to retrieve it. Repeat the process with intermittent rests for the 30 minute period.

Workout Two

Snatch for 5-3-1 reps

Clean thrusters for 5-3-1 reps (perform a clean, on the way up from the bottom of the clean explosively thrust the barbell overhead in one movement)

Squat jumps for 5-5-5 reps

Clap push-ups for 5-5-5 reps

Workout Three

Sprints with short recovery...

Sprint 200m at max pace x 5

Rest just 45 seconds between sprints

After workout three take a rest day.

Workout Four

Set up something you can jump over that is about mid-shin height.

Stand behind it and jump forward and backwards over it as fast as possible 10 times.

Rest 90 seconds.

Stand side on to your hurdle. Jump side to side over it as fast as possible 10 times.

Rest 90 seconds.

Do this a total of five times for each.

Workout Five

Back squat for 10-7-5-3-1 reps

Bench press for 5-5-5-5-5 reps

Overhead press for 5-5-5-5 reps

Bent over row for 5-5-5-5-5 reps

Finish by doing one set of pull-ups for as many reps as you can.

Workout Six

Burpee Tabata...

Do burpees for 20 seconds as fast as possible. Rest 10 seconds then do another 20 seconds of burpees. Do a total of eight 20 second intervals. Rest two minutes and repeat for another eight intervals.

Take a rest day after workout six.

Workout Seven

Practice soccer skills. This may include tricks, dribbling, game skills etc. for 30 minutes.

Workout Eight

Pull-ups for a total of 100 reps, rest as needed in blocks of reps.

Walking lunges x 100 with a barbell set at moderate weight, rest as needed in blocks of reps.

Single arm push-ups for 5-5-5 reps

Workout Nine

Pick a mode of aerobic training. It might be cycling, running, rowing, swimming, anything.

Perform this activity at a moderate pace for 30 minutes. Throughout the 30 minutes do a total of five one minute intervals at absolute maximum pace.

Take a rest day after workout nine.

Workout 10

Illinois agility test x 7. Rest 60 seconds between  each time through.

Standing triple jump x 10 with 20 seconds rest between each. If you don't know how to do these look it up on youtube for a demo.

Workout 11

Overhead squats for 5-3-2-2 reps

Cleans for 1-1-1-1-1 reps

Push-ups on gymnastics rings or stability ball for a total of 50 reps. Rest as needed in blocks of reps.

Workout 12

Danny the Dog. Which consists of...

Five rounds for time of...

Burpees x 10

Squat jumps x 10

Scissor jumps x 10

Take a rest day after workout 12 before returning back to workout one.

Follow this general fitness program for as long as you like before changing it. Remember however to include periodisation to avoid halted progress. This is a unique type of program unlike most fitness programs prescribed by trainers at your local gym. It may not be what you're used to. Try it out and watch the results. Not only will it make you leaner and more muscular, you will also experience profound improvements in performance throughout many areas.

Please note also that no program or exercise is the master of all results. There is no one magic program.

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