GSP RushFit Strength & Endurance

Erik Owings
Year Released: 2010

Categories: Circuit Training (cardio and weights)

This is one of the DVDs in the Rushfit set, and the only one of the set also sold alone (I have just this DVD). Since this has already been broken down, I’m just going to give my impressions of the workout.

This is a 50 minute workout which spends about the first 20 minutes, including the warm up, on body weight strength (some aerobic work is mixed in) and 20 minutes of pure functional strength work, and a cool down. Erik leads GSP as well as another man and woman in an MMA gym setting. You need one set of moderate-heavy dumbbells for this set, and a mat if you’re going to work out barefoot (I did). I was really anticipating loving this workout, I thought Rushfit would be right up my alley with agility moves and functional strength, but I actually found it rather dry. The warm up (while somewhat challenging) dragged on, and somehow I found the rest of the workout be redundant. There was also a LOT of chatting between chapters (warm up-workout, and workout-cool down) which required fast forwarding.

Pros: My heart rate got up with the body weight strength (walkouts to plank, pushup variations, some burpees) and stayed up with the strength work (lots of twisting core-focused functional moves). Erik gave clear instructions. There was a countdown timer (a different timer for each chapter) which was motivating. High production values and OK music. I think they put a lot of thought into the exercises and everyone had excellent form.

Cons: As I mentioned, the warm up was very long, I was hoping for more cardio moves interspersed but that’s just my personal preference. GSP was amusing to listen to and look at, but he sometimes said the strangest things, and he must have said the word “terrible” (either he feels “terrible” or the workout is “terrible”-I think he meant that it was really challenging) about 5 times. I didn’t want to hear about how terrible it was! He also kept repeating the same things again and again: how endurance was hard for him and he was better at fast-twitch explosive moves, etc. The strength workout seemed more upper body focused and for the upper body, chest/back/shoulder seemed much harder worked than biceps/triceps.

Erik/GSP used 15# weights (I used 10#s) and felt it was a high intermediate workout. The only move which I definitely could not do was the kneeling to standing jump so I substituted tuck jumps which I thought was of a similar intensity. This is definitely functional strength and had excellent form pointers, and I would recommend it to those who want something straight forward and down to business. I will keep it in my collection for the occasional usage, but this workout definitely squashed my desire to get the full Rushfit set.

Instructor Comments:
This is the only workout I have with Erik (and GSP) and thought Erik was articulate with his instructions. GSP was part endearing (with that accent!) and partly annoying by repeating the same thing over and over.

Emily B.