Tayla Howe’s Workout of the Week
Today’s workout is programmed by Welsh Semifinalist Tayla Howe. While she has not yet punched her ticket to Games, Howe has been knocking on the door for several years, including finishing eighth at Strength in Depth in 2022 and 21st in the packed field at the Europe Semifinal this year. She also represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Every 4 minutes for 6 rounds:
- 15 Wall-Facing Strict Handstand Push-Ups
- 15 Overhead Squats, 135/95 pounds (60/43kg)
- 15 Bar-Facing-Burpees
- Wall-Facing Strict Handstand Push-Ups: This is a large number of reps–if you have to perform these in more than 3 sets, either reduce the number, or switch to regular strict handstand push-ups, kipping or piked on a box.
- Overhead Squats: Choose a weight which you can perform unbroken each set.
Advice from Tayla: “Aim to complete each round as quickly as possible so you can capitalize on more rest so your body (in particular your shoulders) has more time to recover. If you have to break the handstand push-ups, don’t go to failure in your sets as you will have to wait a while before kicking up for your next rep. Prioritize getting into a strong and stable overhead position with the barbell before squatting it, to avoid feeling like you have to break at any point.”