There are many different workouts that can be done on the bleachers, depending on what you are trying to focus on, a bleacher workout can be aerobic or anaerobic, it can be done to build muscle or to slim up, running bleachers can even be done to focus on improving speed or endurance.
In this post we will provide a couple sample bleacher workouts. Prior to starting any workout it is important that you have a good pair of running shoes with good traction. My favorite running shoe is the Nike Free it isn’t really a minimal shoe, but it provides enough support for long runs while also providing much more traction and flexibility.
First things first lets define a couple terms for different bleacher workouts (these are not official terms, but ones that I will use for the sake of simplification).
- Run straight up – running up the bleachers one step at a time.
- Every other one – skipping a step between.
- Hoping both legs – hoping on every step.
- Hoping one leg – hoping up the steps with one leg.
- Push ups – with your feet a couple steps above your hands, do push up as you crawl backward up the bleachers. (Don’t worry there is a video link below to explain).
- High knees – standing at the bottom touch the first step with one foot at a time.
- The “S” – Go up the seating section, go down the step section. Do this for every section all the way across the bleachers.
- Sprinting 50m
- Russian Walks
- Monster Walks
- Frog Jumps
- Running backwards
Bleacher Workout Video
Beginner Bleacher Workout
|Dynamic Stretching||15-20 minutes
|Jog 800m warm-up||Slow pace|
|Ins & Outs||Jog the curves and sprint the straight around the track.|
|BEGIN BLEACHER WORKOUT|
|Run straight up||3||Rest 2 minutes between rep|
|The \"S\"||2||Rest 3 minutes between reps|
|Hope on both legs||2||Rest 3 minutes between reps|
|Jog 800 cool down||Slow pace|
|Static Stretching||15-20 minutes|
Intermediate Bleacher Workout
|Dynamic Stretching||15-20 min|
|Ins & Outs||2||Sprint straights and jog the curves.|
|Run Straight Up||3||After first rep sprint 50m then rest 2 min.
After second rep do 25 frog jumps then rest 2 min.
After third reps do 25 frog jumps then rest 2 min.
|Hop on 1 leg||2||Rest 3 min between reps. Alternate legs between reps.|
|Hop on both legs||2||25m of lunges between each rep.
Rest 2 min between reps.
|The \"S\"||1||Sprint 50m after.|
|25m gut buster|
|Jog 800m||Slow pace.|
Advanced Bleacher Workout
|800m Jog||Slow pace|
|Ins & Outs||2|
|Run Straight Up||3||After first rep run 50m. Rest 2 min
After second rep run 50m then do 25 frog jumps. Rest 2 min.
After third rep sprint 50m, broad jump 10 times, 25 lunges. Rest 2 min.
|Push Ups Up The Bleachers||1||Monster walks 25m. Rest 3 min|
|Hop on both legs||1||No rest|
|The \"S\"||1||Sprint 50m, 25 frog jumps. Rest 2 min|
|Run Straight Up||2||Russian walks 25m, broad jump 10 times|
|Hop on One Leg||2||Run backwards 25m|
|25m gut buster||2|
|Jog 800m||Slow pace|
|Ins & Outs|
|Static Stretching||15-20 min|
Obviously, there are a ton of options for different workouts. It is best to experiment with different workouts, including things you are already doing to find what works best for you. Keep in mind that it should hurt a bit “no pain, no gain”! Running bleachers will improve your overall health and bleacher workouts can be incorporated at any time during your training.
Check out this book for a workout guide: Running Bleachers: a Workout Guide & Companion