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WOW: Slowdown

Complete two cycles of the following, slowly:

12 Pushups
15 Squats
10 Pullups
2 Minute Plank

How-to:

Warmup: 30 second Grok Squat [7], lateral, forward, and backward leg swings (10 each leg).

I was privileged to speak at Bo Railey’s fabulous Indy HIT seminar [8] last month in Indianapolis. While there, I had the the pleasure to train [9] with Bo and Dr. Doug McGuff, of Body By Science [10] fame, using the SuperSlow Systems equipment at one of Bo’s Exercise Inc. [11] facilities. I did a row, an overhead press, and a leg press. “Pleasure” may not be the right word, because this was not pleasurable. It was over quickly, but it was intensely unpleasant in a good way. I’ll invite Doug to guest post on the concept in a few weeks.

I’m still not a machine guy – though I admit they are effective, especially when helmed by a guy like Doug or Keith Norris [12] – but I thought it’d be interesting to see what it’d be like doing bodyweight movements using the super-slow protocol. It turned out pretty well. The pullups in particular got me sweating and straining, and I got a nice bit of DOMS [13] the following day. For a change of pace, it’s worth trying. Let me know what you think.

A few things to remember:

Variations:

No variations this time, but feel free to do the movement progression step that you feel most comfortable doing. These are tough, even if they don’t look like it, so you’ll want to choose the progression that you can actually complete as described.

What Are WOWs?

  • Workouts of the Week (WOWs) are an optional component of Primal Blueprint Fitness [14] that add a fractal and often fun and playful quality to the basic PBF protocol.
  • In most cases WOWs should only be completed by those that have mastered Level 4 of each Lift Heavy Things Essential Movement. Also, it’s recommended that WOWs replace one or both Lift Heavy Things workouts or the Sprint workout (depending on the WOW) each week instead of being done in addition to the Lift Heavy Things and Sprint workouts.
  • Learn more about WOWs and Primal Blueprint Fitness by getting the free eBook [14]. And access all Workouts of the Week in the WOW Archive [15].