What are AMRAP, FOR TIME, and Other Tasks Types?

What are AMRAP, FOR TIME, and Other Tasks Types?

Our kettlebell workouts have tasks, each task can be of a different type, the following explains all different task types:

  1. AMRAP
  3. Round
  4. MAX
  5. Work
  6. Rest
  7. Transition
  8. Active-Recovery


AMRAP is an acronym for As Many Rounds As Possible. You perform as many rounds as possible in the assigned time of whatever is prescribed. For example, if one round is 5 kettlebell swings, 10 kettlebell snatches, and the time is 12 minutes, then you would perform as many rounds of that as possible within the 12 minutes.


FOR TIME is where you are given a task to complete as fast as possible in the shortest time possible. For example, if the task is 50 kettlebell swings and 100 kettlebell snatches, then your objective is to complete that task as fast as possible in the shortest time.


Round is where you repeat whatever the task at hand is for a set number of rounds. Sometimes you might cycle through a warm-up which is different than a round. Example: Task 1 is 3 rounds, and task 2 is 4 rounds, and you cycle through the warm-up 2 times. That means you perform task 1 for 3 rounds, task 2 for 4 rounds, and then do that again (second cycle).


MAX is similar to AMRAP but reserved for single exercise repetitions. Whereas AMRAP is usually as many rounds, MAX means the maximum reps that you can perform in the assigned time.


Work can be any sort of work but is usually something that does not need to be done fast or within a given time frame. The work just needs to be completed.


Rest is usually a task that’s programmed after very intense work so that you can recover for the next task to come.


Transition gives you time to transition to your next task and potentially also gives you time to write down your scoring if it’s a scored task. The transition time might take longer than what you need, simply use that as rest/recovery.


Active recovery means that you’ll be moving but recovering for the next task to come. Active recovery is light work and usually focused on stretches and mobility work.

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