Real pyramids vary by culture, but they are generally known to contain secret chambers and the resting places of the dead. But mainly they are repositories of the unknown. “What’s in there? Why was it built, and by whom? How did they make it?” we all ask.
What lies within the pyramid? The unknown.
And what happens when the hero confronts the unknown? He learns something about himself.
Look, you’re unlikely to ever have the opportunity to explore an actual pyramid. Fortunately for you, I have an alternative, and it comes complete with a valuable life lesson packed inside.
What you do is far less important than how you do it.
If you approach the things you do with full attention and execute them to best of your ability, you get better, smarter, faster, stronger and so on. And then you make better decisions about what you should be doing. Which means if you do things right, what you do takes care of itself.
Trust me when I say that if you do this workout as designed below — if you climb to the top of this pyramid to the best of your ability — you will see inside the pyramid and inside yourself.
Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #47
Full Pyramid of the following 5 exercises. That’s 1 rep of each exercise, 2 of each, 3, 4, etc. to the peak, then back down to 1 of each. Take as few 12-count breaks as you need in order to finish.
- Push-up, Full Stop (hands off floor for split second at bottom of each rep)
- Neck Crunch (front on way up the pyramid and back on way down, or left on the way up and right on the way down)
“How do I find my peak?” Good question. How many strict Push-ups or Squats can you do? Index on the chart below to find your peak. And this is the central, ‘secret chamber’ of this whole pyramid thing.
If you can do 15 Push-ups and/or 30 Squats in one shot without resting, your pyramid peak = 7. So, even though you’ll never do more than 7 at one go, you’ll do 49 of each exercise total. But a Bodybuilder contains a Squat and a Push-up. Which means that this pyramid tricks you into doing way more reps than it seems like you’re doing. It pushes you beyond your ordinary limits.
It’s not a contest with anyone other than yourself. Just finish the darn thing without taking any breaks longer than a 12-count — take as few 12-count breaks as you need.
|Max strict Push-ups no rest||Max strict air Squats no rest||Pyramid Peak|
|5 – 10||10 – 24||5 (25 reps each exercise – about 10 mins)|
|11 – 25||25 – 49||7 (49 reps each exercise – about 20 mins)|
|26 – 49||50 – 99||10 (100 reps each exercise – about 40 mins)|
|50+||100 +||12 (144 reps each exercise – about 1 hour)|
Use your common sense. If you don’t exercise regularly and/or you haven’t seen a doctor lately, I strongly recommend that you consult with your physician before trying this workout and/or beginning any exercise program. Proceed at your own risk. All exercises and/or exercise programs entail the possibility of physical injury.