Note: this is a guest post by Jim Rollince from GymSource.com
If you are seeking to improve your fitness level, attain your weight loss goals, or simply increase your overall strength and endurance, taking on extreme fitness challenges may allow you to get into the best shape of your life. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor extreme fitness activities that will allow you to train like an elite athlete and help you achieve the body that will reflect your endeavors.
Traditional indoor fitness activities
Versatile home gym equipment, such as push-up handles, pull-up bars, resistance bands, medicine balls, and kettle bells are effective additions to challenging home workouts. Exercise routines that allow you to incorporate free weights or to use your own body weight for resistance are typically the most effective ways to build your strength and power. You can accelerate fat burning and muscle building by engaging in fewer repetitions while using heavier weights. Traditional indoor workouts, such as cardiovascular exercises on treadmills and ellipticals can also be converted into more extreme fitness routines by kicking up the intensity and integrating short power-intervals. Therefore, instead of using your treadmill only for slow-paced runs, you may integrate minute-long sprints during which you up the intensity and go as fast as you can
manage. Combining high-intensity interval training with cardio and strength training routines will help maximize results.
Traditional outdoor fitness activities
Some of the most effective workouts are performed outdoors. What better place to engage in an intensive run, complete a 500 meter swim, traverse steep hills by mountain bike, or hike miles of mountainous trails than in an open, natural environment? If you enjoy running outdoors, try changing location and do your run in the sand, grass, mud, or even water. Overcoming increased resistance will not only allow you build strength, but also facilitate fat burning. Visit a local track and alternate sprints with short yet intense intervals of power moves like squats, jumps, burpees, and pushups.
Non-traditional indoor fitness activities
Some of the most extreme, non-traditional home workouts that require little to no additional equipment and can be completed at home or on the road include high-intensity programs like P90X and Insanity. P90X is an extreme fitness program that draws on multiple disciplines, such as martial arts, strength training, yoga, and high-intensity interval training to promote cutting-edge results. Insanity is comprised of rigorous cardio and max interval training, will help blast fat, and allow you to build lean muscle tone. Both have been dubbed as two of the most challenging workouts ever put on DVD. To obtain extreme results, you can also bring home training programs typically offered at gyms. TRX suspension training is a workout that can be completed at home or in the gym. This type of advanced fitness training allows you to use your own body weight and increase core strength while performing exercises on TRX suspension cables. Crossfit is another non-traditional extreme elite fitness program that requires you to move at high intensity while engaging in functional exercises like pushing tires across an area, climbing ropes, pulling yourself up on gymnastic rings, or lifting heavy weights.
Non-traditional outdoor fitness activities
If training like an elite athlete is your ultimate goal, then you may want to consider signing up for boot camp-like outdoor activities that will not only challenge your body, but will also require a sound mind to overcome mental inhibitions. One of the most rigorous non-traditional outdoor extreme fitness events is Tough Mudder, a ten to twelve mile long obstacle course that will have you climbing ropes, conquering bodies of water, traversing resistant mud pits and uneven terrain, and tackling steep hill drills. This event is not the only one of its kind. Outdoor boot camps are gaining in popularity and make use of nature courses, beaches, mountainous terrain, and other unusual locations to incorporate extreme training measures that are reminiscent of military-style training drills.
If you are looking to train like an elite athlete, it is important to remember that where extreme fitness is concerned there are no locational boundaries. Cutting-edge fitness routines and exercises can be performed indoors, whether in a fitness center or from the comfort of your own home, as well as in outdoor terrains of varying intensity. If you are an extreme athlete with the goal of improving your health, endurance, strength, and overall fitness level, then you will likely enjoy pushing yourself to the limit with advanced training routines that are typically reserved for the training of special forces or elite athletes.