Remember that? Seems like another life. Back in my Dallas days I loved my Crossfit box, Tiger’s Den. I was not much of a fan of the Olympic lifting, but I do credit Crossfit with teaching me how to lift heavier weights with proper form.
What I lived for were the met-cons.
The short definition of metabolic training is completing structural and compound exercises with little rest in between exercises in an effort to maximize calorie burn and increase metabolic rate during and after the workout.”
I know that some Crossfit boxes have a separate “boot camp” class that is almost ALL met-con style workouts. I would have loved that!! Not that the Olympic style lifting isn’t good for you — it IS — it just wasn’t my thing. I think people that rock out Crossfit WODs kick butt. I just could never get ahold of snatches, as much coaching as I received…
I love met-cons so much that I sometimes create a crossfit-style workout for myself to do at my regular gym. The key for me is to incorporate both high-intensity cardiovascular moves with a few slightly lower intensity exercises. That way I can catch my breath at least a teeny bit in between burpees and box jumps.
Here is one that I did a few weeks ago — I completed the five rounds in right around 15 minutes.
I tend not to go for the “work so hard you puke” approach like some, but still try to keep my heart rate up pretty high and work hard for the entire short workout.
Quick an effective = perfect type of workout!