Vacations generally present a number of fitness obstacles, and summer ones are no exception. For starters, there never seems to be enough room in your suitcase for bulky running shoes and the five pairs of wedges you just have to bring. Plus, it's way too beautiful outside to be holed up in a gym (never mind a tiny hotel room), and your itinerary is jam-packed (you know, with all that poolside lounging).
But now is so not the time to slack off. This CrossFit-inspired workout, created by Nathan Forster and Michael Alfaro, co-owners of Reebok CrossFit 5th Avenue in New York City, will keep you on track. For the uninitiated, this uberpopular fitness program runs you through a series off unctional exercises at an intense pace. Translation: You build muscle and torch megacalories in under 20 minutes. This versatile workout requires no equipment and only a few feet of space, so your makeshift gym can be a hotel room, a park, or even the beach.
6 Moves, 4 Workouts!
For CrossFit followers, each day is a new adventure, thanks to the program's signature Workout of the Day routines (WOD), which change up the moves and reps. This helps guarantee results because your body is in a constant state of guesswork; adapting to a set routine is what stalls progress, says Forster. Using the six CrossFit exercises (at right), mix and match the four workouts below. Do three or four sessions a week. It doesn't matter which workouts you pick; just keep the pace fast and the effort hard.
Do 10 reps of each exercise, moving from one to the next without resting. Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes.
EXERCISE ORDER: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Complete 60 reps of the first move, 50 of the second, 40 of the third, and so on, until you've worked down to 10 reps of the last exercise.
EXERCISE ORDER: 2, 1, 6, 5, 4, 3
Do 12 reps of each exercise, moving from one to the next without rest. Complete five rounds and note how long it takes you to finish. Aim to do the workout faster next time.
EXERCISE ORDER: 3, 4, 5, 2, 6, 1
Complete as many reps as you can of each move in one minute each, moving from one exercise to the next without stopping. Rest one minute, then repeat the entire sequence two more times. Keep track of your total rep count (e.g., if you finish 20 lunge hops, start counting pushups at 21). Try to beat your grand total next time.
EXERCISE ORDER: 5, 6, 2, 3, 1, 4
Print the Crossfit workout!
Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly out. Keeping your chest upright and core tight, bend your knees and sit your hips back, extending your arms straight in front of you at shoulder height(a). Press through your heels to jump as high as you can off the ground, swinging your arms behind you (b). That's one rep. Land softly and immediately lower into your next squat.
Lie faceup on the floor with a folded towel under your lower back, soles of your feet together knees open to the sides, and arms overhead on the floor(a). Brace your core and sit up, reaching your fingers toward or past your toes (b). Slowly return to start. That's one rep.
Bend your knees to place your hands on the floor underneath your shoulders (a). Jump both feet behind you, bending your elbows to lower your body to the floor (b). Quickly reverse the motion, then jump straight up and clap your hands overhead (c). That's one rep.
Sit on the edge of a bench or chair and place your palms facedown next to your thighs, fingers gripping the edge. Place your feet on the floor in front of you, knees bent. Keeping your arms straight, scoot forward until your hips and butt are in front of the seat (a). Bend your elbows and lower your hips until your upper arms are parallel to the floor (b). Push back to start. That's one rep.
Step your right foot forward and bend both knees to 90 degrees, keeping your chest upright and core tight. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees, raising your left fist toward the ceiling and lowering your right fist toward the floor(a). Jump as high as you can, switching your arm and leg positions in midair (b) and landing in another lunge (c). That's one rep. Continue quickly alternating.
Place your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor and extend your legs behind you. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels (a).Lower your body until your chest touches the floor, keeping your elbows close to your sides (b). Push back to start, fully extending your arms. That's one rep.