We’ve all had that feeling before, especially around New Year’s Eve. That feeling creeps up on us at least once a year, maybe once a month, and even once a day. It’s the feeling that we’re a little out of shape (or we have a shape, but it’s not the one we want!).
Maybe you’re a desk warmer in corporate America, watching the pounds add on between trips to the lounge, afraid of what you’ll find when you step on a scale.
Maybe you’re fresh into college, and all your “gen eds” are boring you out of your mind, and you keep thinking, “I’d like to bulk up, slim down, be a little more active”.
Maybe you’re the stay at home mom (or dad!), and while the kids give you plenty of cadio (running around after them) and dead lifting (pickin’ those little rascals up) you’d love to head to gym like you used to, but you’ve got the kids to watch and it’s just easier to keep them at home.
Whatever your unique situation is, you’re not alone and there is a whole community out there for you.
What is GSP Rushfit?
GSP Rushfit is an eight-week home exercise program that uses Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as the basis for getting into shape. The routines are taught by Erik Owings, an ex-MMA-turned-trainer and accompanied by none other than Georges “Rush” St. Pierre himself (aka, “Rush” and “GSP”) .
The program’s namesake, GSP, is from Quebec, and has been ranked as the #1 welterweight in the world according to Sherdog (a UFC and MMA news and info site). From 2008-2010, he was named Canadian Athlete of the year. Can read more about the history of these two men here (XXXLINKTOPAGE), if you like.
What’s SO Great About GSP Rushfit Anyway?
Now, there are a ton, and I mean a TON, of home fitness products out there (over 30,000 “home fitness” products on Amazon alone!).
What makes GSP Rushfit unique and beneficial for you?
Rushfit is Affordable and Guaranteed: Here are some quick comparisons I drummed up just checking out two other major players in this realm of home fitness:
P90X 139.80-$330 (depending on kit) from BeachBody.com*
- -Free Weight (at least $30)
- -Resistance Bands (at least $10)
- -Pull Up Bar (at least $22)
- -Advocates supplements ($25-$50)
Insanity $144 from BeachBody.com*
- -No accessories, just your body weight
- -Mostly Plyometrics and cardio
- -Some body weight training, but the focus is just slimming down
Rushfit: $88.99 from GSPRushfit.com*
- -MMA and body weight workouts
- -Free weights (around $30)
- -No supplements necessary
Body Weight and Functional Movements for a Well-Rounded Body Type: GSP Rushfit guarantees weight loss (unless you are already SO lean you have no weight to lose) and muscle growth. This is kind of a no brainer; it’s hard to imagine someone doing these workouts and NOT lose weight/gain muscle.
Balance and Stability Exercises: You can actually do important, everyday activities with all of these movements:
- -Pick up and wrestle with your kids
- -Life is easier when you’re stronger (carry groceries, hold things in precarious positions, etc.)
- -Not that I advocate for this, but you’ll also get some basic MMA training as well, which could get your out of a scrap if it came to it!
Workouts are shorter than other programs
- -Really intense workouts for about 25 minutes at a time (5 rounds, 5 minutes, just like MMA)
- -10 minutes of warm up
- -10 minutes of cool down
- -Perfect for the person trying to get it all in in under an hour.
MY PERSONAL FAVORITE: You’re training WITH GSP, not being trained BY him. One of the first things I noticed about this program is that that GSP is NOT the one training you, Erik Owings is. GSP is doing the exercises WITH you.
This is really amazing because you get to see an athlete at the top of his career train in person, see him sweat, and see his weakness. I’ve NEVER seen this before in a training program. The guy is there with you, doing everything you’re doing and stuggling just like you are. Amazing.
What are REAL People Saying About GSP and Rushfit?
While I couldn’t find the exact total for GSP Rushfit sales and returns (other than 700 new orders in November of 2012), I researched some reviews on the GSP website and off, and here are some of my favorite positive and negative reviews (note, these are paraphrased, as I don’t think Amazon and others like the direct quotes from their website):
- -Many people cited they LOVED the shorter, more intense work out routines.
- -They also cited that they were really pushed—either through their competitive nature or by comradery—that GSP was doing the workouts with them.
- -From the GSP Rushfit website and Facebook page, you can read about how Joanna lost all of her pregnancy weight, and George lost 85 pounds in 16 weeks (two cycles of the program).
- -My FAVORITE testimonial an AMAZING story from Brian E. on the GSP Rushfit site that forward over to there Facebook page with the story of how Brian was able to save his daughter’s life. In regards to Rushfit, he says “At first I just wanted to get ripped. But now, I will never take my health, or my children’s health for granted or again.” Truly an amazing story.
- -There were a couple reviews here and there from folks who had done the Insanity workout, or something similar and thought that Rushfit workouts were too easy, saying that their heart rate monitor “barely registered” and they didn’t even break a sweat. These people also cited they were in peek physical condition from the other programs they’d done so Rushfit didn’t really work for them.
- -A common complaint: Some folks didn’t like that the Cardio Workout is on your own. You can run, mow the lawn, walk your dog, ride your bike. Whatever, but there’s no video for it.
What Else Should You Consider?
Of course, this video series and workout program isn’t for everyone. Why would you NOT want to buy this?:
- -If you’re already extremely fit and active, this might not be the right workout program for you.
- -If you’re an experience MMA fighter, you should probably go somewhere else.
- -If you’ve got crazy health or medical problems, you might not wat to do this (I have a degenerative disk in my lower back and GSP Rushfit is HELPING me care for and maintain strength in my back, but be sure to consult your physician if need be).
Does This Really Work?
GSP Rushfit and many people say this home fitness program works if you stick with it! Even if you were to do half of this program every week (i.e., three videos a week), you would probably see more results that what you’re doing now (especially if that’s NOTHING). You can see the burgeoning GSP Rushfit community online, read their stories and testimonials online and judge for yourself.
This home fitness program has one of the lowest barriers to entry in the industry. You can get everything you’ll need for $100 or less, whereas similar programs (Insanity and P90X, for example) will have you spending $140 or more. Save that $40 for rewards (a new pair of pants, your favorite pizza, or a one way ticket to your desitnation of choice)when you’re Rushfit!
Again, If it doesn’t work for you, contact the folks at GSP Rushfit and get your money back. You have 60 days—or the length of the beginner’s program—to return the product for a full refund.
Should you order directly from the GSP Website?
YES! Even though the product is between $60 – $80 on Amazon (check it out here), this does NOT come with the 60-day money back guarantee if you purchase through Amazon. Consider the extra $10 – $20 as insurance in case you wanted to send it back or need to quit early. Also, when you get through the program (because you will!), and you take a picture and write out your testimonial, they’ll send you a free shirt! How great is that?!
*It is my understanding that these prices include shipping and handling, but double check before you order.
It’s always good to go back and call into question the traditional, very long, gradual cardio workouts and compare these with the interval way of working out and accelerating that unwanted fat loss. This interval training is known as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). From an extra fat reduction standpoint, the greater amount of calories you burn, the better! How can the interval way of working out enhance your body’s job at burning energy? Check out this video to see one way to do sprints:
Although extended, gradual cardio burns far more calories all through the training session, the interval way to train burns additional energy all round (in the course of and soon after the workout session). This is because it makes you burn up energy between the different training sessions you’ll encounter, in this case, the Rushfit sessions. Considering the fact that your entire body need to recover after the intensive bout of HIIT, It’s “hard” on the overall body. Regular cardio only challenges a certain set of muscles and body functions.
Round 1 Winner: HIIT
Extensive, sluggish cardio won’t help you get muscle mass. Conversely, HIIT will make you attain muscle mass, simple because to do a fifty meter dash or bike like a mad crazy person, you’ll need to force your body to work extremely hard. This builds muscle mass (think of the sprinter versus a marathon runner).
And this is the key of HIIT workouts and their effect on our bodies: fact the more muscle you might have, the higher your resting metabolic rate is. This means that exercising the HIIT way causes you to burn more energy all day long, every single day.
Round 2 Winner: HIIT.
High Intensity Interval Training sessions have another benefit: they take significantly less time to complete than a standard cardio session. Whereas you might be running for at least 20 minutes, perhaps even 30 or 45 minutes, HIIT workouts only require 8 to 15 minutes of sprinting exercises. If you can go longer, that’s ok, but only if you’re in extremely good shape! For the great majority of people, 8 to 15 minutes of HIIT training is more than enough.
Round 3 Winner: HIIT (by TKO!)
However, if you’re just starting to get in shape, interval training can be very tough, perhaps too tough, for beginners. If you’re just starting, persist with slow jogging for the first month or two. Only after you get accustomed to those movements should you move on to experiment with increasing the rate of running for 5 minutes and walking in the subsequent five minutes. After that, jogging will become effortless, and you’ll be on your way. Shorten the work interval and raise its speed and you’ll be able to move into HIIT in no time.
The Bottom Line
To sum up, if you’re in shape, High Intensity Interval Training is best. However, considering the fact that it is very challenging on your body and cardio and metabolic system, not one person (even elite runners) does it 365 days a year. You should definitely rest between sprinting sessions, perhaps doing only 2 or 3 per week at the beginning.
To lose fat promptly, your very best guess is really a blend of interval instruction (1-2 situations weekly), light or medium weight training to build muscle mass (and help increase your resting metabolic rate), and a few sessions of extended cardio (hiking, walking, biking, or even playing with your kids). In addition it brings variety towards your training, which is great!
World class athletes like Georges St. Pierre use HIIT, and Rushfit is a prime example of this. You probably should too.
Ahh, the Fight Conditioning Workout. Isn’t this what MMA-type workout is all about? Learning the basic moves of MMA and fighting style are the focus of this workout. There’s a lot packed into this session.
Today’s Exercise: Fight Conditioning Workout
Here’s a video preview of what’s in store for you:
As you can tell, there’s a ton of movement in this workout session. There’s plenty of bobbing and weaving, standing, squatting, punching and kicking. There’s a lot of “putting it all together” as well, where you’ll do a few moves separately for the first four minutes of a five minute segment, and then you’ll combine them all together in the last minute. This is a great way to improve coordination and muscle memory for these exercises.
The hardest part of this workout for me was the mix-up of different fighting moves. Erik is back there shouting at you as to which combos you should be performing, and they switch up pretty quickly. One second it’s kick, jab, cross, jab. Then it’s kick, upper cut, knee, cross. I found myself getting fatigued, which led to me getting more and more uncoordinated as I was trying to complete these moves.
Again, I should be getting better at these, and more coordinated as the program continues. I think that is the point of it all, incremental change and intense workouts. I’ll probably be writing about how beneficial High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can be for overall fitness improvement and better health in the long run. GSP Rushfit is basically designed around HIIT, so there’s a ton of intensity in a short amount of time. You can see this with the assessment you do at the beginning, and you can see this throughout the program as you do five rounds of five minutes.
Ok, time to get up an move around again.
If you’re looking for a little extra motivation, or added level of difficulty, check out this video!
Georges St. Pierre is an incredible athlete. His fighting and form is second to none. In his GSP Rushfit series, St. Pierre is not only a model of physical conditioning, but also training next to you, giving you that extra push when the training and exercises get really hard. After the success of the GSP Rushfit program, you might think St. Pierre and company would try for something similar. However, this is not the case. Recently release is the new Touchfit app from GSP and Zolmo.com. At less than one-tenth the cost of the GSP Rushfit series, the Touchfit app promises to be a great suppliment for continued training in the Rushfit style, or starting training in general. And at $6.99, it’s quite accessible (unless you’re an Android user).
The Official Trailer
Here’s the official Touchfit trailer, featuring Georges St. Pierre. Well produced and perhaps inspiring, but doesn’t show any of the app’s functions:
The Touchfit App: An Overview
Created with GSP’s new trainer Patrick Beauchamp, Touchfit is a “smart fitness” app, allowing you to customize your workouts, routines and training to get the results that are best suited to your current abilities and fitness goals. There are a whopping 500+ videos available in this app, all streamed (so access to sustained internet access is important). The main benefits of this app are:
- A focus on a high performance level of personal fitness, especially in balance and strength
- “Smart Fitness” that adapts to your changing workout needs
- Fitness and nutrition information that forms the foundation to overall health and performance.
- Mobility and availability of these exercise anywhere and anytime you need them.
A focus on strength and explosive power is prevalent throughout, working on all sorts of muscles and stamina training. After each of the workouts, you are asked to log how difficult you felt the workout was:
Balance and coordination are essential for overall functional fitness, and GSP is a master at both. Helping to train you in with stretching and balance exercies, he encourages a synthesis of strength and flexibility:
All of these exercises form a cohesive whole to your fitness routine. You start out at an assigned level after completing a quick fitness test. After each workout, you are asked to log how you felt the activity went. This way, you can stay improving on the workouts that were a little more difficult, and advance up a level or two if you performed well in other areas. This is the “smart fitness” aspect of the Touchfit app.
Early Reviews from the early Adopters
Touchfit: GSP came out in mid-March, 2013, and by all accounts, released to pretty positive reviews. I wasn’t able to find a review of less than four stars out of five for this app. There are several pros about this application according to reviewers:
- An extremely intuitive and friendly user interface. There is no doubt about what you’re supposed to do when you open the Touchfit app.
- Active, engaging and quick workout sessions make the training period fly by.
- Working out and learning from Georges St. Pierre, an amazing athlete and welterweight champ.
- The “smart fitness” aspect allows users to go at their own pace and level to avoid injury, yet increase their level of fitness at a more rapid clip.
- You can browse through the exercises, as well as see what has been assigned you for a more flexible experience.
- Professional nutritional advice from GSP’s nutrition coach Dr. John Beradi allows the users access to high level nutritional advice.
- Since the app is located on the smart phone, it is mobile, and can easily be taken to the gym, traveling or to a park.
The one criticism that was mentioned time and time again was the over reliance on WIFI and highspeed internet to stream the videos. None of the videos are stored on the mobile device, so wireless access to high speed internet is essential for the app to work. This can limit the available location for use depending on wireless network availability in one’s local area.
Will the Touchfit App be good for you?
If you’re looking for a pretty cheap and easy alternative to the GSP Rushfit program, this app would be a good place to start. It allows you to experiment with high intensity interval training and functional fitness and movements in a smart way, allowing you to grow and progress with the program.
If you’re on the go a lot, and would like what amounts to a personal training coach in your pocket, complete with nutritional advice, then Touchfit GSP would be a good app for you.
If you’re pretty frugal when it comes to your fitness, then the Touchfit app is just right for you. At a $6.99 price point, it’s has a pretty low barrier to entry for anyone who wants to improve their strength and balance, endurance and fitness level
Today was the Day 1 of my GSP Rushfit training, and I did the Strength and Endurance workout. I didn’t know how this was going to go when I woke up this morning, but it’s been a wild ride.
Today’s Exercise: Strength and Endurance
There is so much packed into 25 minutes of exercise that I really wasn’t able to keep up. I know that knowing what the exercises are, how to do them and what’s next will get easier as I go through more of the program. Today though, I had to stop, stare at the screen and make sure I knew what I was doing.
I think the hardest exercises for me to do so far are the squat thrusts and burpees. I haven’t done these since high school, and my body definitely doesn’t move this fast anymore.
Here’s a preview of the workout:
My legs are more sore than anything. Good ol’ lactic acid build up! There is a lot of squats and leg work in this exercise. I haven’t done this much explosive legwork since high school football. Lord knows it’s good for you, but man, is it tiring!
First impressions are pretty good of this program. I know that I’ll be doing this workout at least once a week on the rotation according to the calendar and schedule that is provided in the fitness guides and training calendars.
I remember reading about some folks who had done this program complaining that they barely broke a sweat. I was sweating PLENTY with this program. Also, and maybe more to the point, so was Georges St. Pierre! He’s a world class athlete and he’s dripping sweat. You know the people writing those reviews are either super human or lying through their teeth.
Anyway, the bottom line, today’s workout kicked my butt. My legs are pretty stiff. I think I’ll get up and walk around.
See y’all in the next session!