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A Sherlock inspired HIIT workout

This post was originally written for and posted on the Geeked Out Fitness blog.

After two years on hiatus, BBC finally aired Season 3 of Sherlock (thank you, Moffat) in January.

Whether you’re a longtime fan or a new viewer, you have probably noticed the episodes are lengthy. Each episode could be it’s own movie – but we’re grateful that it’s not because then who knows how long we would have to wait between episodes and seasons. Episodes with commercials run about two hours in the states which provides a great time to sit down, relax, and enjoy yourself.

Or not.

It’s also two hours that you could spend mostly sitting down but occasionally working out too. I’ve created a Sherlock workout for you to bring to any episode of Sherlock and get some exercise in. Any movement is better than no movement at all and it’s a two hour period with occasional exercise which makes it a workout with plenty of breaks to get your wits about you before the next exercise.

The instructions are easy. Any time something listed on the left happens, you move your cat off your lap, get off the couch, and do the exercise listed on the right. Use commercials to get yourself some water and stretch out. Invite a friend over and make a game of it. Not only will it help you get moving but it will also help you focus more on the show so you can catch all of the cues.

The workout is designed for Sherlock as a show and not specifically the next episode to air in the US so feel free to use this workout anytime you watch Sherlock – old or new. Just remember to shower afterwards so you don’t smell funny when you meet your friend later for coffee and crime solving.


Need an explanation for one of the exercises? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back: push up, tuck jumpwalking push upplanktriceps dipreverse crunchwall sitSupermanjump squatmountain climberburpee.

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