Firstly, AMRAP means As Many Reps As Possible. I’ve always been fascinated by these and I think it’s a great way of training to challenge yourself both physically and mentally. Oftentimes we fall into the habit of doing the normal 3 sets of 10 5 sets of 5 and it’s important to break that mold sometimes. AMRAP’s give us the ability to push ourselves and see what we’re truly capable of doing. AMRAP’s force you to give 100% and push yourself to that breaking point. By doing so, you will become physically stronger but it will also teach you a lot about yourself mentally. We’re so busy searching for the best programming or nutrition plan that we completely neglect mental fortitude. Once you build up your mind to the point that it’s bullet proof then nothing can stop you from achieving your goals whether they are inside or outside of the gym.
Personally, I try to AMRAP in my training week to week. A lot of my training is based around a top AMRAP set of deadlifts, squats and bench. I knowingly pick a top number and shoot for as many reps as possible with that amount of weight. Just this past week I did an AMRAP set with 635 on deadlift. Since my previous best had been 8 reps at this weight, I was shooting between the 4-10 rep range. After working myself up to the AMRAP I was able to power through 10 reps at 635 lbs. This was a big PR for me, especially being that it was done at a lighter body weight than usual – I weighed in at 190 lbs that morning.
I highly suggest incorporating AMRAP sets into your programming to put your body and mind to the test!