Armageddon Workout: Build Strength

Armageddon workout? You might take one look at what’s required from this toughie and cry “Armageddon out of here!”, but hang in there.

Although halfway through you could well feel like your world is going to end, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Survive the Armageddon battleground and you’ll face the unknown with the knowledge that there’s nothing in the future you can’t handle.

By Jedd Johnson. Photographs by Simon McDermott-Johnson.


The deadlift is a total-body strength exercise and can also be used to build endurance and burn massive amounts of calories. You’ll begin the routine with drop sets on the deadlift, going from a heavy load down to a light one with no rest in between. Then you’ll alternate sets of two more exercise pairs. On the first pair, shoot for 100 total reps, and on the second, pump out as many reps as you can in a minute.
The goal is to push yourself as hard as possible, activate all your muscles, and build your wind. The workout is an enormous challenge for your body and mind, but if you find yourself burning out in the middle of it, remember — it’s not the end of the world. Or is it?



  • Perform the routine once a week, allowing two days’ rest before any other lifting.


  • 30 minutes.


  • Perform the exercise pairs (marked “a” and “b”) as alternating sets. Do one set of “a”, rest as prescribed, then one set of “b”, and repeat until all sets are complete.

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