Women start their path to fitness for all kinds of reasons—sometimes the wrong ones—but often discover their true motivation later in the journey. With every weight lifted, crunch completed, and rep logged, they discover a growing sense of accomplishment and self-worth. And this confidence comes in different forms. Yes, it’s cool to be able to lift 200 pounds off the ground—and I like to do it—but it’s also cool to jump around, sweat, and just feel good. There’s room for all of this and more.
I’m Alex Silver-Fagen. I’m a Cellucor and Bodybuilding.com athlete, a personal trainer, and a group fitness instructor at CityRow in New York City. I’ve competed in the past, which I think is a good goal, but by no means does it equal living a fit lifestyle. Today, I do a little of everything: bodybuilding, CrossFit, yoga, running, powerlifting, and circuit training.
My fast-and-dirty circuit is how I think circuits should be: quick and effective. This workout gets your heart rate up and can be either the cardio portion of a heavy lifting day, or stand alone as a total-body fat-burning workout. You’ll work in different planes of motion while also increasing your metabolism.
Perform 3-4 rounds with as little rest as possible between movements.
1. Burpee with side-to-side shuffle 8 reps
2. Split squat with shoulder press 8 reps
3. Decline push-up with cross climber 8 reps
4. Dumbbell front squat to rotational press 8 reps
5. Renegade row 8 reps per arm
6. Overhead reach with toe-tap leg extension 8 reps per leg
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