The Bracket Buster Workout Challenge

Jim Cotta
by Jim Cotta
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The Bracket Buster Workout Challenge

So you are filling out your NCAA hoops bracket with your friends or co-workers. You may have some money on the line, or are doing one for fun online to see how you do against the rest of America. How about putting a little fitness on the line as well?

Try an exercise routine that’s based on the winners and losers that your picked correctly or incorrectly. Here’s how it works: You’ve picked a certain seeded team to win or lose. If that team wins, you perform a specified exercise for a certain number of reps; if they lose, you perform that exercise BUT, as a slight punishment for picking wrong, the reps are higher. You will perform an exercise for each game that is played, win or lose. So 16 exercises circuited after day 1 and day 2.

In round 2, you will circuit through the 8 exercises 2 times. Round 3, it’s 4 exercises 3 times. Round 4, it’s 2 exercises 4 times through. Round 5 is 2 exercises 5 times, and Round 5 (Championship Game) it’s 1 exercise 6 times. So if you don’t have a team in the championship game, it’s 6 sets of 20 Burpees. Ouch! For any game that you don’t have either team in the game, the exercise is 20 Burpees. The exercise routine should be performed the day after the games. The schedule looks like this:

bracket buster workout challenge schedule

Here’s a breakdown of the exercises you and your buddies will need to bang out:

bracket buster workout challenge exercises

Ready to start the challenge? We’ve made it easy for you to invite your friends and family to join you (and for you to gloat about your wins) on our Facebook event page.

Like what you see here and want more advice on how to get fitter faster than your friends? Then enter for a chance to win a free copy of Jim Cotta’s Workout War book.

About the Author

Jim Cotta
Jim Cotta

Jim Cotta is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning coach and author of Men’s Health Workout War. He was the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers (1997-2004), and has trained athletes such as Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, and Terrell Owens to name a few. Jim is currently the fitness director at The Grove in the Nashville; he specializes in working with golfers.


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