CrossFit and HIIT Married, and This 20-Minute Fat-Burning Workout Was Born
Grab a bike, a rower, and a pair of light to medium-weight dumbbells and get psyched to work your entire body! We did this workout in my CrossFit Burn class, which is a boot-camp-style workout that involves no barbells but utilizes every other piece of equipment in the gym, like dumbbells and other weights, jump ropes, battle ropes, and machines like rowers and assault bikes (the bikes with the handles and the fan).
Here's a little taste of a CrossFit Burn workout. It's just four moves, and it's a HIIT-style workout where you push hard for 40 seconds, then rest for 20. CrossFit coach and owner of Champlain Valley CrossFit Jade Jenny says you get to choose how hard you want to work. You can go hard on the machine, or you can go chill. You choose whether you want lighter dumbbells so you can cycle through the movements quickly for more reps, or choose heavier dumbbells to challenge your muscles and do fewer reps. If you don't have a bike or rower, you can run, jump rope, or do a CrossFit fave: burpees!
Directions: Do each of the below couplets for 10 minutes, totaling 20 minutes. Alternate between each move, pushing hard for 40 seconds, then taking a 20-second rest to transition to the next move, continuing until the 10 minutes are up.
0:00 to 10:00
- Dumbbell push press: 40 seconds on, 20 seconds rest
- Bike: 40 seconds on, 20 seconds rest
10:00 to 20:00
- Dumbbell thrusters: 40 seconds on, 20 seconds rest
- Row: 40 seconds on, 20 seconds rest
Read on for directions to the two dumbbell moves.