What is AMRAP?

December 21, 2021

Have you ever heard of AMRAP? It stands for “as many rounds (or reps) as possible,” and it’s a circuit training-style workout that’s growing in popularity.

Why is it so popular? Because it gives you the chance to compete against yourself, assess your progression and see real results.

Before you give AMRAP a try, there are some things you should know. To learn more about why it’s beneficial and how it can help you meet any fitness goal, keep reading!


The basics of AMRAP

The main goal of an AMRAP workout is to do a set list of moves as many times as you can in a set amount of time. An example of a popular AMRAP-style workout is Crossfit. However, your training doesn’t have to be quite as intense to help you meet your goals!

You control the time you want to work out and the moves you want to do. That ensures it’s a safe and versatile option that helps you track your improvements.

How to get started

First, get the list of moves together that you want to include in your workout and set your time limit. 

If you’re just getting started with your fitness routine, set ample time so you give yourself some breathing room. Don’t over-extend yourself right at the start. Yes, that means it’s perfectly fine if your time limit is one minute! Starting small is the most sustainable strategy.


Start the timer

If you’re just getting started with AMRAP, you can assess your progress by taking note of how many reps you complete in your given time frame. Sticking with the same workouts and reps each time helps you notice improvement as you grow stronger.

When you complete each workout set once, that’s considered a circuit. The more you do an AMRAP workout, the more circuits you’re likely to fit into your time frame. That’s progress!


Customize your workout

The beauty of AMRAP is you can customize your workout to your fitness goals. If you’re trying to lose inches around your waist, focusing on the core will help. But if you want to build upper body strength, you can work on reps for that instead. 

Whether you choose workouts you’re more comfortable with or challenge yourself with something new, AMRAP puts the control entirely in your hands.


Watch your form

AMRAP might seem like it’s all about speed, but your form is the most crucial aspect of building strength and meeting your fitness goals. Yes, you want to complete as many rounds as possible, but you want to achieve them safely. 

Injuries occur most often when people forget to focus on form. If your feel like your form is starting to fail, take the reps more slowly. Overall, doing the workout correctly is what will help you meet your goals (not the speed at which you do them).


Get stronger with CA

CA’s three fitness clubs offer a wide variety of fun group fitness classes, many of which embrace AMRAP-style workouts. We also have small group training and personal training programs that can be personalized to your needs and preferences.

Whatever your fitness goals are, we’re here to share the journey and celebrate every success.

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