If you’re an avid HIIT or CrossFit junkie, you’ve probably done your fair share of AMRAPS by now. Usually, they involve doing several burpees in a row within 60 seconds, and ending up on the floor out of breath. But if you've never done CrossFit before, you've probably wondered what your friends are talking about when they use the acronym.AMRAP stands for "as many reps as possible" or "as many rounds as possible." It's a workout structure frequently used for conditioning that pushes your body to the max within a set period of time (anywhere from 3 minutes to 60 minutes).To do an AMRAP, you set a timer for a certain amount of time, and pick a set of exercises (say, 10 pushups, 10 pull-ups, and 10 squats). Repeat that sequence for as many rounds as possible until time expires, resting when needed.Doing AMRAPs helps you track your progress over time, as you’re basing your review of your performance off a set period of time or a specific exercise.“AMRAPs allow you … [Read more...] about 3 AMRAP Workouts That’ll Take Your Fitness Game to the Next Level
I fancy myself pretty fit. I can ride centuries and double centuries. I trail run. Hell, I once did that little thing called Ironman. But somewhere over the past several years, I noticed that I’m still plenty fit, but I’m not as strong as I’d like to be. Cranking up a kicker climb and cleaning a tricky section of trail felt like more work than it used to.I’d spent nearly a decade immersed in building a massive aerobic engine and sort of half-assed my strength training, only doing the stuff I thought was fun, like box jumps, core work, and some medicine ball and kettlebell stuff, but very erratically and just enough to feel like I was doing something, which was in fact, better than nothing. But it wasn’t enough, especially not for a woman over 40.It was time to make a change. I’d written about CrossFit when it burst on the scene and, like many of you, had seen my share of cringe-inducing YouTube videos of people behaving badly with too-heavy barbells … [Read more...] about How 30 Days of CrossFit Made This Cyclist Fit AF
Since the Carter administration, the Army has tested fitness with two minutes of pushups and situps and a 2-mile run. “That test measured endurance but failed to assess strength, power, speed, and agility, all of which are also critical on the battlefield,” says Michael McGurk, director of research and analysis directorate at the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training. His team spent years redesigning a new combat test. It’s 81 percent predictive of how a soldier will perform field tasks and also a great test of functional fitness. 1st Sgt Diamond Ott, 37, with the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, is helping build stronger, more durable men and women. Take his fitness advice and see if you have what it takes to ace the new combat test!About my name: My mom was a big fan of Neil Diamond.Home is American Samoa, born and raised. My first sport was soccer.When I joined the Army, we ran a lot and did the basics: pushups, situps, drills. The new fitness test … [Read more...] about The New Army Fitness Test
Americans are going crazy for orange—theory, that is. Everyone seems to be canceling their big box gym memberships to sweat it out at a boutique studio called Orangetheory Fitness. The nationwide franchise was America’s fastest-growing woman-owned company for 2017, and it looks to be just as hot this year.Nearly four years ago, in March 2014, I decided to see what makes this 60-minute, full-body workout class so popular. What I thought was just market research ended up being love from the get-go. Here's a recollection of my first experience, and why I'm still sweating at Orangetheory, to date! (Boost your energy and slim down in just 8 weeks with the 20-minute workouts in Prevention’s Toning Transformation!)From the moment I walked in the doors of my local Orangetheory Fitness boutique in Round Rock, Texas, I was greeted by my first name. That made me feel a sense of belonging. Because this was my very first class, I arrived 30 minutes early for a complimentary … [Read more...] about I’m Obsessed With Orangetheory Fitness Classes. Here’s Why You Should Be, Too.
Ask most celebrities about how they stay in such great shape, and they give some lame answer like running after their kids or walking their dog. (Yeah, right.) But not Hilary Swank.The 43-year-old actress has a strong, sculpted physique that would probably make an American Ninja Warrior jealous. And no, she didn’t earn it from chasing a toddler at the playground. How do we know this? Because Swank documents all the hard work that goes into staying in shape after 40 on her wildly popular Instagram account. What’s more, she does it with an upbeat, no-nonsense attitude that’s both infectious and inspiring.(Sculpt your belly, butt, and thighs with the 20-minute workouts in the all-new Prevention Toning Transformation!)Here’s a look at the no-fail tenets she stands by—and encourages her fans to remember on their fitness journeys. Spoiler alert: You’re 100% going to start following her before you finish reading this. … [Read more...] about 8 Ways Hilary Swank Stays Fit At 43—And Why We’re Obsessed With Her Instagram