AMRAP is a form of interval training. It stands for “as many rounds as possible” or “as many reps as possible,” depending on the format of the workout.
Typically, the idea is that you perform a circuit or [single] exercise with a specified number of reps, for as many rounds as possible within a given time frame. For example, you might do a circuit (e.g., 15 reps each of dumbbell, squat, pushups, and v-seat ups) for as many rounds as possible in 15 to 20 minutes, resting as needed. Or, it could set a timer for 30 seconds and try to complete as many reps of a given exercise as can before time is up.
The length of an AMRAP workout can vary widely and will depend on whether is incorporating it into an existing workout (as a finisher, for example) or doing it as a standalone routine.
It can be as short as 30 seconds of a single exercise, or as long as a 30-minute circuit workout. Technically it can be even longer, but that starts to get pretty aggressive. Ideally a 45mins WOD would be best. These WOD’s are similar to Crossfit and/or F45 training.
AMRAPs tend to burn more calories due to their higher intensity levels, which can be useful for weight loss in general.
Plus, many AMRAP workouts incorporate strength exercises, making them a great way to build muscle and improve muscular endurance and building muscle can help to enhance metabolism.
Unlike traditional cardio, AMRAP can do an excellent job of building muscle as well. It can use both strength- and cardio-focused exercises in an AMRAP workout, including burpees, push-ups, kettlebell swings, plyo lunges, and mountain climbers, etc.
Day & Time: Mondays 6pm
Location: Torrington YMCA “Green St.” (Fitness Center)
Who’s taking the class: from teens (16+) to adults and seniors (with modifications when needed)