Fitness Focus: CrossFit Circuit Workout

Burn and Firm – Circuit Workout
“In 20 mins you incinerate major calories and fat, plus you boost every facet of fitness, such as strength, balance, endurance, and speed.” Says Megan May, the head trainer for Reebok CrossFit on 5th Ave NYC. “You’ll really notice the change you’re working so hard for – and fast.”

6-Move Sampler from Megan May
Using set of 6-8lb. dumbbells and a sturdy chair. Do as many rounds as possible – that’s AMRAP to you newbies – of the full circuit in 20 mins.

Dumbbell Swing
Targets shoulders, back, abs, butt, and hamstrings
Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, holding a single dumbbell with both hands in front of thighs.
Slightly bend knees as you hinge forward from hips until back is nearly parallel to floor and swing dumbbell behind you between legs.
Quickly drive through heels and push hips forward to straighten legs, swinging dumbbell overhead in an upward arc, arms straight. Repeat immediately.
Do 20 reps.

Targets shoulders, hips, butt, and legs
Stand facing chair, a dumbbell in each hand.
Place right foot on seat and bring dumbbells by shoulders, palms facing each other.
Stand up on seat on right leg, lifting bent left knee as you press dumbbells overhead.
Lower left foot to floor, then lunge back with right leg. Jump up, switching legs in midair to land in lunge with right leg forward. Repeat, placing left foot on seat. Do 10 reps, alternating sides.
MAKE IT EASIER: Leave arms by sides throughout.

Turkish Get-Up
Targets triceps, abs, obliques, butt, and hamstrings
Holding a dumbbell in right hand, lie faceup on floor with right knee bent, foot flat, left leg extended; raise right arm toward ceiling and extend left arm directly out to side on floor.
Keeping right arm pointed up throughout, press onto left forearm to lift torso off floor and then press into left palm and right heel to lift hips.
Bringing left leg behind body, kneel on left knee and then stand up. Reverse motion back to start.
Do 3 reps; switch sides and repeat.

Power Deck Squat
Targets abs, butt, and legs
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding ends of a single dumbbell with both hands directly in front of chest, elbows bent by sides.
Keeping dumbbell close to chest throughout, lower into a deep squat. Then sit on floor and, maintaining a tuck position with chin toward chest, roll onto middle of back and then upper back (don’t roll onto neck).
Using momentum, roll forward to return to squat, and then jump up.
Do 6 reps.
MAKE IT EASIER: Instead of jumping up, return to standing.
MAKE IT HARDER: Press dumbbell overhead before you jump up from squat position.

Inchworm to Grasshopper
Targets shoulders, back, chest, arms, and abs
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, then hinge forward at hips, back flat, and place palms on floor.
Walk hands forward into full plank position.
Bring left leg diagonally beneath body toward right hip. Return to plank; switch legs, repeat.
Alternate sides once more, then walk hands back to meet feet to return to start. Do 10 reps.
MAKE IT EASIER: Bend knees slightly on the walk-out.

Handstand Push-Up
Targets shoulders, triceps, and abs
Kneel on all fours on floor with your back to a chair. Place balls of feet atop seat and, keeping arms extended, straighten legs so that hips rise in an inverted-V pike position.
Slowly bend elbows to lower head near floor.
Push through palms to extend arms fully.
Do 5 reps.
MAKE IT EASIER: Rest knees and shins on chair or do the move with feet on floor.
MAKE IT EASIER: Bend knees slightly on the walk-out.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Brian says:

    Been hearing the buzz surrounding the circuit workout this year, but hadn’t actually seen a rundown of the specifics yet. Thanks for sharing!


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