Day Three: METCON3
On Thursday, I had a PT appointment in the morning which meant an after-work gym visit. I'm not a big fan of waiting until the end of the day for my workout, but knowing I had a class I wanted to check out helped motivate me to go. Plus, I knew all I had to do was what the instructor told us to do - no thinking required.
Still, at the end of a long day I was a little nervous about the "fat incinerating" total body workout that METCON3 is advertised as.
THE SET UP
The way this class works is my favorite way to workout - pick a bunch of exercises, do them all without stopping. Rest. Repeat.
Perform each exercise for 60 seconds.
Rest 60 seconds.
Repeat 10 exercises for 60 seconds each.
Rest 60 seconds.
That's three rounds of a 10-exercise circuit, for those of you who saw lots of numbers and skipped ahead.
- Box Front Squat with Dumbbells
- Incline row in plank position
- Plank Jax + Pushups
- Diagonal lunge with dumbbell high pull
- Regular Pushup/Incline Pushup
- Squat slams
- Step up lunges
- Curl and press sitting on box with feet up
- Toe taps
- Incline bicycle
Just when you're relieved that you've made it through round #3 - hold up (wait a minute, put a little boom in it - booooom dynamite...). There's more.
- 20 Single arm sand bag slams
- 20 Should tap puships
- 20 Butt kick jumps
No rest in between those three finishers. Wooooof.
WHAT I LIKED
I loved the way that METCON3 was set up. The circuit-style is my favorite. I also really liked the fact that METCON3 wasn't just a cardio class with burpees and jumping jacks, etc. There were weights and lots of strength moves.
It was also great that each of these moves had different levels that the instructor offered. A level 1, 2, 3 (hard, harder and hardest they should have been called!)
By the end of the class, you could challenge yourself by trying to "level up" on one or more of the exercises. Or just try to make it to the end alive. Either way.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
I didn't like the fact that the instructor started class and taught us all the exercises along the way. It meant that the entire first round of exercises I was unsure what I was doing which meant a lot of wasted time not actually doing the exercises.
It would have been easy enough to run through the 10 exercises ahead of time, which would have helped a lot to make round 1 more efficient (and sweatier).
However, since that's just the particular instructor that I had, I would definitely recommend the METCON3 class at Equinox. Or, just use this format to set up your very own kick-ass workout! Just try to make sure you're using exercises that target all the different muscle groups.