BY THE EDITORS OF MEN'S HEALTH,
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ELIAS STEIN
Hurricanes and CrossFit workouts have one thing in common: Some of the most
brutal ones are named after women.
When scientists at Kennesaw State University studied Cindy, one of the fitness
brand’s benchmark timed workouts, they found that doing
total-body moves against the clock can burn 261 calories in just 20 minutes.
“The entire workout contains just three bodyweight exercises,” says Brian
Kliszczewicz, Ph.D. and lead study author. “But because the exercises
incorporate all your muscles and you do them intensely, the workout is
impressive in terms of caloric expenditure.”
As the infographic below reveals, that’s nearly as many calories as you’d burn
during a more typical half-hour gym session. Here’s how Cindy stacks up against
your average workout.
Set a timer on your watch or phone for 20 minutes. Do 5 pull-ups, 10 pushups,
and 15 squats, in that order. That’s 1 round. Do as many rounds as you can
before the time runs out.
Use an overhand grip to hang from a pullup bar with your arms straight. Pull
your chest to the bar. Pause, and then return to the starting position.
Assume a pushup position. With your elbows tucked, lower your chest until it’s
just a few inches off the floor. Pause, and push yourself back up.
Stand with your feet set slightly beyond shoulder width. Now push your hips back
and lower your body as far as possible. Stand back up.