Do 10 push ups as fast as you can! (Photo courtesy of Denise Crew)
Celeb trainer Bob Harper's a big fan, Jessica Biel has done it and firefighters, cops and other emergency responders swear by CrossFit, a workout that combines strength, stamina and high-intensity cardio for a total-body challenge. I was just telling myself that I should try a CF workout when I heard about New York Sports Club's new CrossFit-inspired class, UXF. I signed up, half excited, half terrified.
NYSC Master Trainer Kris Flores created the Ultimate Fitness Experience workout which combines high intensity weight lifting, body weight exercises, kettlebells and suspension training to maximize results and keep workouts fresh. Our workout started with warm up exercises and a quick review of proper form before launching right in. Here are the moves from the 25-minute circuit:
- Reverse Rows with TRX straps, 10 reps
- Push-Ups, 10 reps
- Squats, 10 reps
- Sit-Ups, 10 reps
- Burpees, 10 reps
You might think to yourself, like I did, "How hard can a 25-minute workout be?" Well, after doing these moves non-stop, I'm pretty sure this is the toughest one I've done yet. Kris pointed out that this routine shows that anyone can squeeze in a good sweat session in just 20 minutes. The exercises change with each session so you're never doing the same routine over and over.
UXF is offered in all New York City NYSC locations and is available at the Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia gyms, too. Members and non-members can sign up for sessions, which are held twice a week for four straight weeks.
Now tell us: Have you tried CrossFit or CrossFit-inspired workouts? What's the toughest workout you've done yet?