I will come out and say that I am not a fan of UFC, however there is something that we can learn from the GSP workout creator Georges St Pierre. Georges aka “Rush” and “GSP,” is a MMA champion who has been coined as one of the most fit athletes in the world. He disciplines, conditions, and trains in various combat styles which gives him explosive strength along with a very lean body. So does this program fit with my personal approach to fitness? Let’s find out with my little Rushfit review…
(St Pierre’s body type is ideal for his size. He has just the right amount of muscle with very low body fat levels. His success as a fighter goes to show you that you don’t have to be big and bulky.)
No Neon Tights Or High Chunky Socks Here
I have been exposed to many home workout dvd’s over the years and I was glad that it didn’t have an 80’s flashback or a Zumba feel like most routines. With most home based workouts it doesn’t require a lot of space and the only equipment you need is a set of 10-15 lb dumbbells. However, there is a portion where he performs movements like swings/getups that could have been utilized with a kettlebell. There are some other movements that would work perfect with a kettlebell instead of a dumbbell (due to the different distribution of weight between the two). It isn’t a deal breaker but since kettlebells are not that expensive anymore it would have had its place in the routine.
I’m Not The Only One Struggling
What I liked about the program is that it is challenging. Even Georges himself struggles through it. Georges trainer, Eric Owings is actually the one who pushes him through the conditioning. I like that it does have a tendency to make you do the same. I found myself trying to keep up with him which ultimately increases the effectivness of your workout. I did appreciate that a clock was always showing. It helps you push through right to the last second. The workouts from warm ups to cool downs are all around 45 min and are the same with each dvd. They all have series and lesson promo’s where St Pierre breaks down how to perform the exercises correctly.
Strength and Endurance/Fight Conditioning Workout
In mixed martial arts fights each round is about 5 minutes. So the workout is set up in rounds/circuit style to relate the intensity of what a fight would be like. However, it seems like they were trying to over sell the relation of every piece of exercises to fighting. Of course there is a bit of marketability when doing this but it isn’t necessary. This doesn’t take anything away from the actual effectiveness of the workout because it really does kick your butt (no pun intended). Exhausting and rewarding all at the same time. Note: If you don’t have the funds for the full program you can get the Strength and Endurance Workout portion of the program for about $11.
Rushfit’s Ab & Core Conditioning
There are a few moves in this section that you need to be careful with. I’m not a fan of any movements that flex the spine forward like situps, crunches, etc. If you aren’t familiar with the book Low Back Disorders by Dr. Stuart McGill, I highly recommend you read it. In it he says “when the spine is fully flexed, we’ve measured the spine losing up to 40% of its ability to bear compressive loads. In other words, the spine is strongest when in a neutral position.” I just suggest that you stick to plank exercises, ab wheel exercises, hanging leg raises, and back/hip bridges for your ab conditioning. Your spine will thank you. If you have done ab workouts for any length of time then you will naturally have a six pack. I would just focus my efforts on staying lean more than anything to reveal the abs.
I don’t know if I’m just being nitpicky but I found that Georges and Erik didn’t have the best chemistry. At least not in the sense of making a workout program. I also thought Georges should have spoken more even though this broken English is difficult to understand sometimes. One feature I wish was available was the ability to turn off the sound and just listen to their instructions so I can play my own music. Not that big of a deal…
Note: A little word of advice. If you are currently wearing street clothes that has “tapout” written all over it, get rid of it. Just because you are in shape doesn’t mean sacrificing personal style.
Inside The Trenches: How I Would Use The Program
The complete program is only 8 weeks long so how would I utilize this in my overall fitness goals? My main workout is Visual Impact. Everything I do revolves around the principles of this program. However, every now and then I will take 1-2 months off from my program and transition to strictly bodyweight, circuit training, or programs like the GSP workout. I typically do this in the colder months of December-February when I don’t want to drive in the snow. So if I want a rigorous fully body workout without all the equipment to helps me stay lean through the holidays, this would be it. I hope this Rushfit review was enough information to give you a better understanding of what is inside. Feel free to ask any questions or let me know what you thought about it.