Bear Grylls Shares Intense ‘Wilderness Workout’ For Those Ready to Tackle Outdoor, Nature Fitness

by Thad Mitchell

When it comes to the great outdoors and surviving Mother Nature’s wrath, there is no greater expert than Bear Grylls.

Grylls is most known for his television show “Man vs. Wild” that aired from 2006 to 2011 to great success. He has also been the star of “Running Wild with Beat Grylls” and “The Island with Bear Grylls.”

A common theme among Bear’s survival tactic shows is the need for endurance and physical fitness. He says the earth can be a deadly force against the weak and that fitness is paramount to the success of outdoor survival. Grylls recently shared some of his fitness tip and workout routines with Men’s Health.

While it is only a 30-minute workout, his full-body routine is intense and is designed for peak performance in the outdoors. Despite rarely entering a gym, Grylls is 46-years-old and always appears to be in tip-top shape. The design of his routine is based on his real-life experiences in utilizing scarce resources to stay in shape. The workout he demonstrates can be performed with no equipment and only take around a half-hour to complete.

Bear Grylls Says No Equipment Necessary for His Workout

Much like High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Bear’s workout consists of 20-second bursts of activity with 10 seconds of rest between sets. These exercises make up five-minute blocks, followed by 90 seconds of rest. Four rounds of each block completes the workout.

The first exercise is squat jumps. You have the option of using added weights if you desire. Bear says he typically uses around 55 pounds to perform the exercise.

The workout then utilizes 20 seconds of pullups. Grylls says he typically uses a tree branch to do his pullups. The workout then moves on to good old-fashion pushups. Bear says you can utilize everyday items, such as rocks, to make the exercise more difficult. Hanging leg raises come next in the routine.

“You should be really high heart rate and breathing mega hard,” he says. “If you’re not, up the intensity and up the weight.”

The workout routine then shifts directions utilizing different exercises. The next round consists of dips, Russian twists, farmer squats and bicycle crunches.

It only takes about 30 minutes to complete, but Grylls says it’s intense enough for event the most advanced athletes.