I have the privilege of working with Chris Lee to help him transform his body and mind into the true superhero that he is.
We are using several movements that Chris requested from his boy, Thor Himself, Chris Hemsworth.
This is a very high-intensity interval training program with a focus on bodyweight movements.
There are 7 movements:
- Walking Switchbacks
- Deep Squats with a Twist
- Bear Crawls
- Reverse Lunges with a Forward Knee Kick
- Hanging Straight Leg Raises
- Athletic-Stance Medicine Ball Wall Dribble
The Interval & Timing System We Use
The interval between movements:
20 seconds of work/5 seconds of rest for a total of 2:55 minutes per round. I am using the Bit Timer app, because it’s quick, simple and effective.
The Number of Rounds Performed in One Training Session
We focus on completing 7 rounds per session. On days that takes him longer to recover between sets, we may only get in 6 rounds max.
The Intensity – 80-100% Max Heart Rate Focus
This is very high-intensity work, so we are aiming for 80-100% max heart rate on this LFBX Superhero Circuit. A simple formula to obtain this is 220 – age and Chris is 26 years old, so that equals 193 bpm (beats per minute). So we want to aim for a max range of about 193 and at the very least 154 bpm, as that is 80% of 193.
The Rest – 60% Heart Rate = Start the Next Round
Now, for the rest period. We will not start the next round until his heart rate drops to 125 bpm (beat per minute), as that is 60% of his max heart rate and that gives him just enough recovery to be able to give his all to the next round. I love this rest interval because it is smart and honest. I highly recommend that for really hard interval training like this, you use this system. Get your heart down to about 60% of your Max before starting the next round.
*Since Chris is a True Superhero, his heart rate sometimes goes to 195, which is 101%:-) This is true, so just be aware that the 220 – age formula doesn’t always apply to superheroes
A Note on Recovery
When Chris’ sleep and recovery is on point, sometimes he recovers within 2:00 between sets. On days where he’s off, he may require 4:00-6:00 for his heart rate to drop to 125 bpm (60% of his max heart rate).
The Chart We Use to Track Progress
We use this simple excel chart to track progress for each session. HR = Heart Rate. We are aiming for 80-100% effort, so his target heart rate ranges from 156-194 beats per minute. The Seven Exercises are printed in the order we perform them and all the results are logged.
The Gear I use to Track Heart Rate
I use a Polar FT7 which comes with a chest strap, which is about 10 years old. My wrist is 48 years old at the time of this photo.
Here is a new Polar H10 at Amazon USA. The Polar H10 is just a heart rate monitor that connects with your smartwatch or smartphone. It’s about half the price of the model I am using above, so I recommend you buy the H10. My old FT7 is still working, that’s why I’m still using it. Here is a review of the best 7 chest strap heart rate monitors for your information.
If you want to know more about how I use my Heart rate monitor for Sprint Training, which is an absolute game-changer for health, see this previous post. I also do a brief comparison of how I use my Apple Watch vs my Polar FT7 here in this post.
Measurable Results with LFBX-7 HIIT
Here is an accountability form I use for all clients to show their attendance and any goals they may have to keep in mind each time we meet. I recommend that clients get their waists measured each time they come in for training because sometimes there may be no weight lost, since there is muscle gained, so the waist shows clearly that fat is coming of the midsection. Look at the fat that came off of Chris’ midsection between 5.1.2019-8.3.2019 below. 9.5cm of fat loss off the waist!
Visual Results with LFBX-7 HIIT
Other Things that Chris Is Doing to Achieve His Superhero Transformation
It is important to know that Chris has dialed in his diet to match his tastes and what his body can handle. We have found out through trial and error, that even with very little starch (wheat, corn and rice), he gains fat very easily. So we have learned to eschew anything that resembles starch in his diet, He is incorporating a 24-hour water fast once per week and also a Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) Eating approach to accomplish this, mainly eating Big Green Salads, Meat, Fish and EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). If you want to know more about how to do 24-hour fasting, see my post here.
Do You Want to Join the Ranks of Superheroes?
If you do and have a few months or more of solid training under your belt, give this a shot. It works! Here is a video of Round One of Seven. Enjoy!
If you have any questions or comments, please them below.
Thank you for reading.