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    Ideas for replacing sprints?

    So due to injury sprints of the actual running varity are out.

    Can't afford to attend a gym or go swiming

    Don't have a working bike that will stand sprints

    Any suggestions?
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    First off - love the signature.

    Since you're talking injury, I assume jumping is out? If not, burpees are usually recommended around here. Also known as squat thrusts. You could also by-pass the the planking/push-up part and do high tuck-jumps. Start in squat, explode up and lift your knees up as if you were to cannonball into a pool (they do that in England too, right?) as you come back down break your fall by going into a squat again and jump right back up. Repeat 10-15 times for 3 sets or so.

    Harder than it sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iniQuity View Post
    First off - love the signature.

    Since you're talking injury, I assume jumping is out? If not, burpees are usually recommended around here. Also known as squat thrusts. You could also by-pass the the planking/push-up part and do high tuck-jumps. Start in squat, explode up and lift your knees up as if you were to cannonball into a pool (they do that in England too, right?) as you come back down break your fall by going into a squat again and jump right back up. Repeat 10-15 times for 3 sets or so.

    Harder than it sounds.
    I've damaged my achelies(sp?) tendon so I would probably be best to wait till I've seen the physio before trying them. You are right though they are far harder than they sound, my local park has a trim-trail with a high pull up bar - I'm planning to try burpees into pull-ups at some point, should prove intense

    ETA: we call annonballs 'bombing' and are included on the list of 'no' things at most pools, along with running, heavy petting, diving, shoulder rides or fun
    Last edited by Tribal Rob; 11-08-2012 at 04:32 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iniQuity View Post
    burpees are usually recommended around here
    I've been doing sprints but I hate them, partly because I'm using a treadmill since I can't find a hill.

    Tried burpees last night and loved them. They fried my abs, and I wasn't expecting that, but fortunately it didn't seem to interfere with squats today.

    I wasn't looking for a sprints replacement, but looks like I found one.
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    a good sprint workout without using much leg is tough.

    i did a quick search, but couldn't find the thing i'm recommending, but can't remember the name of...so i'm hoping someone will help out. there are a couple of cheap sandbags you can make that are great for getting a high heart rate workout in (for some reason, the words tornado or hurricane seem familiar, but i don't know). anyway, it's basically a loose tube of sand that you can swing all around your body.
    there is another that is just a ball, with some weight, with a tail coming off of it. you stand with your back facing a brick wall, and twist so that the ball bounces off the wall on one side of you, then the other, for about 20 seconds. rest. repeat. really high intensity, i just don't remember what it's called.

    those are horrible descriptions. somebody help me out.

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    It's called a tornado ball. Or, like you said, swinging a sandbag around your head is pretty cool too - plus it develops transverse plane power and stability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
    It's called a tornado ball. Or, like you said, swinging a sandbag around your head is pretty cool too - plus it develops transverse plane power and stability.
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    tornado ball...yes. that was going to bother me. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tee View Post
    This...really gives you a workout.

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