Friday, December 21, 2012

First Experiences: Calorie Crusher!

Calorie Crusher is best described with one word: intense. It's a 55 minute calisthenics/aerobics class that can pack a major calorie burn-if you work for it. It's held a few times a week at my local gym, but can easily be done on your own or even at home.

When you walk into calorie crusher, there are 10 sheets of paper taped to the floor-to-celing mirror. Each sheet has the name of one type of exercise on it. Each exercise is performed for 60 seconds, and then you progress to the next one until all 10 are complete. At which point, the instructor will scream something such as "Rip it down, or we'll do it again!" Someone will run up and rip the #10 exercise down.

Then we go through exercises 1-9 again, each for 60 seconds. At the end of this round, someone (hopefully) will rip down #9. And so it continues until all 10 rounds have been completed.

 Each class, the specific exercises change. Some of them are familiar, such as:
  • Run/March in Place
  • Squats
  • Jumping Jacks
  • V-sits
  • Planks
  • Burpees
  • Pushups

Others are less familiar, but easily learned:
The class has taught me a lot of new exercises, and has challenged me to go outside my fitness comfort zone (which typically revolves around cardio only). It can easily be done at home as well, although it isn't quite as easy to stay motivated without having an instructor hollering at you.