Fitness Alert! What Is an AMRAP Workout and Is it Worth Trying?

Everything you need to know about AMRAP workouts including what they are, whether or not they’re beneficial, and more.

Some people could (and do) spend hours in the gym and thrive on every hard-earned second. The heavy weight of the barbell, the milage racking up on the treadmill, five variations of crunches…they love it all. Others have no desire to spend the majority of their free time in the gym. They find it boring and favor a workout that’s as efficient as possible.

Whichever camp you fall in, an AMRAP workout just might be your new favorite way to get your heart racing and tone your entire body. You can make it as hard (or easy) as you want and it keeps you on your toes (literally and figuratively), so you definitely won’t be bored. Intrigued? Consider this your AMRAP workout primer, with everything you need to know.

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Fitness instructor Lauren George explains that AMRAP can stand for As Many Rounds Possible or As Many Reps Possible; both are correct. If you’ve ever done CrossFit or F45 classes, you’ll have a leg up on giving AMRAP workouts a try as they are similar in format.

Fitness instructor Jen Eddins says that the way you do an AMRAP workout is exactly what it sounds like: By doing as many rounds or reps of a certain fitness move as possible in an allotted amount of time. “For example, you may have a circuit of five exercises that you repeat for as many rounds as you can for 20 minutes with minimal rest,” she says. George adds that the goal of an AMRAP workout is to minimize rest while on the clock, which increases the intensity and builds endurance.

Eddins explains that AMRAP workouts are scored by the number of rounds, plus any reps you get within the set time frame. “They’re great for tracking improvements in strength and conditioning because you can repeat the same workout and see if you’re able to get more rounds or reps,” she says. If you keep track of your AMRAP score, you can try to beat it the next time you hit the gym.

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