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Bobby Maximus' Total-Body Challenge Workout Also Trains Your Brain

This equipment-free crusher gets harder as you progress.

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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.

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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.

This workout is more than just a quick exercise in effective, efficient training. You'll have to use your mind, too. This ladder format inverts the typical top to bottom format to make the movements get harder as you go.

"I do believe that workouts should be more than just physical—you should train your brain as well," Maximus says. "If you become resilient in the gym, if you become strong in the gym, if you face challenges in the gym, that skillset that you learn and you pick up will transfer to every other area of your life. Use the gym as a laboratory where you can face pressure, you can learn how to fail safely, you can learn how to succeed, and then you can use those skills, those attributes that you build up."

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Bobby Maximus' Ascending Ladder Bodyweight Challenge

Perform 1 rep of each exercise. Resting only as needed, add an additional rep for every round until you reach 10 reps.

  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Lunges (perform reps on each leg)
  • Situps

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