Cross Fat Gain Off Your List

These full-body workouts performed “for time” maximize intensity while burning tons of calories afterward as your muscles recover from the onslaught.

By Joe Wuebben | February 15, 2017

Desperate times call for intense measures. If you’re desperate to not pack on significant bad weight this month, the intense measure we recommend is CrossFit. Its full-body workouts performed “for time” (read: no dedicated rest periods) maximize intensity while burning tons of calories afterward as your muscles recover from the onslaught.

CrossFit “metcons” are typically short and can be scaled to be done anywhere, so they’re excuse-proof for the guy who says he doesn’t have enough time and is stuck on vacation without a gym nearby. To make it easy for you, we’ve picked five of our favorite do-anywhere workouts from the website TheTravelingWOD.com. When you’re able to this month (preferably at least a couple of times per week), bang out one of these workouts at a time. Doing so will make your holiday meals a little more guilt-free.

  • WOD #1: For Time: 200 Air Squats
  • WOD #2: 10 Rounds for Time: 10 Sit-Ups, 10 Burpees
  • WOD #3: For Time: 100 Push-Ups, 100 Sit-Ups, 100 Squats
  • WOD #4: AMRAP* in 20 minutes: 10 Bench Dips, 10 Box Jumps, 10 Walking Lunges
  • WOD #5: For Time: 250 Jumping Jacks
  • *As many rounds as possible

     

    For more info on CrossFit, check out theboxmag.com.



    About the Author

    Joe Wuebben

    Joe Wuebben is a veteran fitness writer with over 15 years of experience. He was a staff editor at Muscle & Fitness magazine from 2002-2014 and currently writes for Muscle & Performance, The Box and Oxygen magazines, among other publications. He's authored or co-authored four books, including Mario Lopez's Extra Lean.