Row, row, row the fat away!

The hardest 7 minutes of your life could help aid in rapid fat loss.

Are you up for the CRUCIBLE challenge?

I didn't create it, but I have tried it. And let me tell you one thing. This fitness challenge ain't no joke!

It's called the CRUCIBLE. It is the one fitness challenge that makes you question you sanity and overall fitness level. The first time I heard of this test was in Men's Health. The challenge is simple, find a rowing machine, set the program for 2,000 meters and try to hit that distance within 7 minutes or less. One might ask, "how bad could 7 minuets be"? Well, if you ain't dying, you ain't trying.

If you are giving it your 100%, all out effort your soul will be thoroughly put to the test. Trust me, you will burn some killer calories in a very short period and then some. This is exactly what the doctor ordered if you want to add targeted cardio to you training. The days of doing long bouts of cardio kick boxing are a thing of the past. Launch your fitness and fat loss into the stratus sphere and take on the crucible row challenge.

The rowing machine works all of the major lower extremity muscle groups as well as the back, abs and hip flexors. When extending your knees and hips during the "catch" motion of rowing, it uses some of the largest muscles in your body, namely your quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteus maximus.

The core group includes your rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, obliques and erector spinae. The energy generated by your legs is then transferred to the midsection, allowing for the next phase of movements. When pulling your arms back after the back is near full extension, you then engage then activate upper trapezius and rhomboids, located between your shoulder blades, pull your shoulders back while your latissimus dorsi, located beneath your armpits, pull your upper arms back and into extension. The biceps as well as the deltoids are all involved with upper arm movements to finalize the pull then returning you to the original starting position.

The fact that rowing is very low impact makes it a great way to lose weight, burn calories and improve your overall fitness level. Ideally great for individuals with knee pain. It also helps with toning all of the major muscle groups in just a fun simple body motions.

Utilization of good technique is the key to getting the most out of this activity.

So if you are up for a new fitness challenge, take on the CRUCIBLE. You will love the way you feel and look after doing it.

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