Bodyweight Training – The Hated 8-Count Bodybuilders

The Hated 8-Count Bodybuilders

Many think that it takes a complicated well thought out plan to get
in great physical shape the fact is that the more time you spend
making your training more complicated the less time you spend

Look at most training plans, most experts give you anywhere from
8 to 15 different exercises in any given workout and unless someone
shows me that the more complicated a workout, the better results; I’ll
stick with a basic workout where I can get in a zone and work on
my physical and mental conditioning. The more I have to think about
my workout the less concentration I have for an all out assault on my
level of fitness.

My mental and fitness level started to soar when I focused on no more
than five exercises at a time, sometimes I do only one but mostly its
two to three exercises at a time, it’s easy to remember and you can
concentrate on breathing, the way the body is working and the only
thought is getting done the task you set for the day.

A great exercise that the military used was the 8-count bodybuilder.
What got me interested in the 8-count bodybuilder was a Navy Seal
exercise book and the author explained that every Friday they had
to do 1 nonstop set of 100 8-count bodybuilders and that they
hated it. He hated it so much he left it out of the workout section
of the book.

A full body exercise that will shrivel the fittest men and hated by a
Navy Seal, in my opinion, if a Navy Seal leaves an exercise out that
is tough and hated, it’s an exercise I want to do.

So how hard is 1 set of 100 8 – count bodybuilders? It’s brutal
enough to have most men sore for a few days and tough enough
to have another throw up. I will tell you that they are tough; I have
tested myself and have done 500 in 47 minutes. This is an exercise
that will test the fittest men on the planet, because it never gets easier
unless you’re dogging it.

The best 100 8-count bodybuilder times I ever had was 100 in
6:00 minutes and if you think this time is easy try it just one time.

I do these every morning 4 times a week at about 4:00am to get
the day started, and you talk about a pick me up. 8 count body builders
will get you amped up for the day.

Try to just finish one set of 100 8- count body builders don’t focus
on time, then on another day try to do 10 every minute for 10 minutes,
doesn’t sound too tough right?

8-count body builders aren’t for the physically and mentally
weak, if you want work on your physical and mental weakness
give these a try.

Attention: Here’s the Fitness Program that took a 240lb Overweight Weight Trainer to the Holder of 6 World Records

Toughness Builds Winners

Johnny Grube

P.S. The Wildman Training Program is the Ultimate Physical
fitness manual on this planet, simple, basic and brutal.

P.S.S New book coming in the next few months “The lost
Secrets of Physical Fitness”


  1. That’s funny you posted this because I just attempted the 100 non-stop 8-count yesterday (from the Course)…loved it! Don’t get me wrong, I was pushin it/gettin’ burnt, maybe cryin’ inside a little (haha) towards the end, but I made it in decent time for my first go at it (11 mins). I wouldn’t doubt if the apartments next to me heard me breathing by the end of it either : ). Yes, they kick your ass but man, do they make you feel good after you catch your breath! All natural High indeed!* So much so that I decided (couldn’t help myself I felt so good) to do another 35 about 15 mins later while my lunch was cooking. : )

    *“Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.” – William S. Burroughs

    Oh yeah, 2 days ago I tried your ‘Deck of Cards’ Workout w/ Hindu Squats and Hindu Pushups (Aces -15 /Jokers- 15) and I renamed it the ‘Hindu HellHole’ for obvious reasons. haha. Great though! Took me 22 mins so I do have to improve that somewhat – but once again! – to feel totally burnt and then rejuvenated within minutes for the rest of you day is worth the pain!

  2. Chris Schrauger says

    I got in 75 min of continuous eight count body builders so far with two ten pound weights coming up and down again. It is a great workout if you are pressed for time!

  3. Chris Schrauger says

    Try 65 min with forty pound db bells for the up and down portion of the eight counts for one hour. It is brutal but a great challenge! Careful with knee position.

  4. A remark and a question. My remark: I love exercises that take on a lot of body parts. I’ve always lifted weights, but after an injury that took me out for a year, I’m looking for bodyweight exercises. I’ve already done some. My exercises: 8-counts, pull-ups, squats, push-ups. Mountain climbers I love doing as well, but really don’t have the space at home. My question: if I only do 8-counts and pull-ups, would that get me back in shape (aka ripped)? How many reps and sets ideally? Thanks! Great website

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  9. I find it hilarious that even navy seals though eight counts were awful and difficult. Beacause, as a thirteen year old cheerleader we had to do them every practice four times a week. No wonder we were all crying.

  10. You must have been the baddest cheerleaders around!

  11. I couldn’t agree more Johnny, they now have a share of building toughness am I right?

  12. Legit haven’t done one since boot camp, I think, in 2006. Except tonight.
    I e been blowing off “burpees” because they looked like a waste of time… and easy. Most of this CrossFit stuff is… ??? I used to love these things because they were a break from planks and straight pushups and all those damned jumping jacks. You get to do ONE push-up and then get up… not 50.
    LSS, I tried them again tonight and did a bunch watching tv. I don’t know how many. But it had to be up there, because halfway through the movie I started having a hard time getting up. I thought it was a joke… “Ok, I’m gonna do one of these cheater workouts.” And when people would workout and do some, I never thought very much of them… I usually thought, “oh, they want to look busy but not put any effort into what they’re doing…” especially on deployments in the hangar bays… oh my, my eyes rolled a million miles.

    Cool. It had to have been at least a few hundred, pretty much non-stop for 44-50 minutes. I’ve given birth twice since 2006. I don’t work out all that often, maybe twice a week and play tag with the kids. I eat 90% healthy real food, and don’t go on crazy restrictive diets. At 155 lbs and 34 years old, I think maybe you guys are blowing these completely out of proportion. This is not a difficult exercise. It’s meant to be thrown in to a circuit of more challenging calisthenics when your glucose stores already depleted and your muscles are fatigued, or to deplete you before you attempt your 2 minute planks, 50 sit-ups, swimmers, mountain climbers. Etc.

    Or I’m in much better shape than I ever give myself credit for, which would also be cool, but unlikely with a 30-some percent BF. I think you all have some sort of mental block that’s holding you back with these.

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