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We Tried It: The Ultimate Fitness Experience Workout

Written on March 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm , by

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?

Fit Blogger We Love: Caitlin Lives Well

Written on March 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm , by

Caitlin is all smiles after finishing the Chicago marathon in 2011!

A devoted runner with a fun-loving attitude, Caitlin from Caitlin Lives Well is a great role model for finding balance within healthy living. Her tagline sums it up quite nicely, actually: “choosing health, one day at a time.” After all, that’s all anyone can do, isn’t it? Read on to find out what makes her happiest and what intense workout trend has piqued her interest.

My favorite way to work out: Running, indoor cycling and I’m a new CrossFit convert. Last week I did a WOD [Editor's note: This is CrossFit speak for "Workout of the Day."] and couldn’t walk down stairs without cringing for three days, so I was immediately hooked.

On my fit life list: Complete a triathlon, run the Dublin and London marathons, become a run coach and coach new runners/first-time marathoners.

My fitness mantra: I run because I can. When I get too caught up in PRs (personal record), splits and bad runs, I remind myself that I’m blessed with my health and the ability to move.

I’m happiest when I’m: Running on the beach. Running, endorphins, sun, sand, sweat…it doesn’t get any better.

My motivation comes from: Surrounding myself with awesome, fit people. I have an amazing husband and incredible friends, teachers and coaches—working out with them is fun, inspiring and keeps me going.

Do you have a favorite fit blogger you want us to highlight? Leave a comment below or email blog@fitnessmagazine.com

Fit Favorites Finale: The Year’s Best in Fitness Motivation and Inspiration

Written on February 24, 2012 at 9:39 am , by

Sofia Vergara always seems to wow us on the red carpet, like she does here at this year's SAG Awards. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

As the big awards season circuit draws to a close with this Sunday’s Academy Awards, we wanted to share a few last picks for our fitness-related moments, ideas and people worth celebrating. Check out our other best of picks here and here!

Most Fun Red Carpet Moment of 2012 (so far): Sofia Vergara at the Golden Globes

The Modern Family star told Ryan Seacrest that she hit the gym for two sessions daily leading up to the awards “for the first time in my life.” She then flexed her strong biceps and said, “Gunnar Peterson [her trainer] here…But cake over here [pointing to her torso].” Vergara worked hard to achieve her killer curves, but admitted that she treats herself too. We love an honest celebrity! It makes her seem more relatable—it really is all about moderation.

Most Classy Runners-Up: USA Women’s World Cup Team

Although Japan took the gold during a finals shoot-out, Team USA inspired a new generation of soccer fans with several come-from-behind wins earlier in the tournament and the way they took second place with grace. We were also introduced to some up-and-coming athletes. One standout? Hope Solo, with her amazing goalkeeping skills and inspiring muscles, which were later showcased on the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue.

Best Free Fitness App: Nike Training Club

Sweat like a celebrity (Lea Michele), athlete (Shawn Johnson) or trainer (Ary Nunez, who puts Rihanna through the paces) during more than 85 custom routines contributed by these big names and more. You can even set your own soundtrack and share your successes with your pals on Twitter and Facebook! We find ourselves repeatedly tapping back to this app for the physical results and for the rewards we can earn for racking up workout minutes, including tips, recipes and more.

Most Popular Unisex Workout Trend: CrossFit

Everyone from Bob Harper to Jessica Biel has touted the powers of CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program that mixes resistance training, running and plyometrics in a high-intensity, efficient workout. Learn more about the sport and follow along as one of our readers tries it out in the March issue of FITNESS!

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Now tell us: What celebrity, athlete, workout or fitness tool earned your kudos this year?

Life as a Stuntwoman: A Sneak Peek into Luci Romberg’s Fit Career

Written on November 22, 2011 at 10:08 am , by

Photo courtesy of Levine Communications.

(Photo courtesy of Levine Communications)

Whenever the latest blockbuster hits theaters, we rush to our seats to watch stars pounce from vehicle to vehicle, race through a collapsing building or barrel under a semi-truck. With all this action, we often forget that someone other than the superstar is actually performing these stunts. Sometimes celebs, like Tom Cruise, are fit enough to do their own moves, but most often a professional is called in for the job. Enter Luci “Steel” Romberg, a professional stuntwoman and freerunner, who has been in top films like Green Lantern, Zombieland and Terminator. We caught up with the super-fit daredevil to find out how you get into a less-than-mainstream career and what keeps her always coming back for more.

Most people don’t think of “stuntwoman” when plotting out future careers. What made you pursue this path? 

I was a gymnast all through college, and a national champion my senior year at Texas Woman’s University. I was a kinesiology major, but there just wasn’t really anything else I wanted to do. I could have been a professor, a physical therapist, a coach or a handful of other things with my degree, but none of them appealed to me. One day one of my teammates came back from acting in L.A., and she just convinced me to give it a shot. When I first got there, I had no idea what being a stuntwoman actually entailed. I was just so pumped on the idea of it that I knew I had to at least give it a try. I’ve been lucky enough to stick around.

What’s a typical day like when you’re hired for a film?

There is no typical day. Sometimes it’s really exciting and you’re working right away, doing anything from falling down a flight of stairs to rolling under a semi-truck, and other days you spend the day waiting around to see if they’re going to get to your segments. It’s definitely exciting though, I love that I don’t know what to expect when I go into work.

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