At Home Workout Review: Georges St-Pierre’s RUSHFIT MMA Workout

I’m not a huge fan of MMA in general, but I do have respect for how these gentlemen train to be able to handle 5 rounds of non-stop combat. Unlike other sports, there are no breaks or time outs in MMA cage fighting. The winners of these MMA matches are generally in superior condition to their opponents. I’m just guessing here but I would say after the first or second round that skills take a back seat to who is in the best shape.

GSP otherwise known as Georges St-Pierre has just released a new 8 week training program on DVD format. The set comes with a nice guide on nutrition, calendars based on the beginner, intermediate, or advanced workouts, and some basic guides on exercise.

RUSHFIT seems to be similar to P90X in layout with the calendars and guides. RUSHFIT is based on functional fitness similar to P90X but in a much more complete way. P90X still does a lot of isolation movements whereas RUSHFIT combines individual pieces to create a full body movement. Functional fitness focuses on building a foundation capable of doing real-life activities in real-life positions, not just lifting a certain amount of weight in an pre-defined arc created by a gym machine. In essence, it get’s you ready for the real world. MMA fighters MUST train using functional fitness – getting off the ground, explosive movements, and strength endurance. All of these elements are brought nicely together in RUSHFIT.

Each of the RUSHFIT workouts are divided in to 5 ’rounds’ or circuits. Georges says these are to mimic a real fight that lasts for five rounds. In each of the circuits you are pushed pretty intensely without many breaks. You are given about 5 seconds to move to the next exercise in mid-circuit. There are times where you get a short break between sets in a given circuit, and I have to tell you it doesn’t feel long enough.

I consider myself in pretty good shape but was really struggling at the end of round 3 to keep up with the guys on the DVD. When I finished the first DVD I was completely drenched with sweat and my muscles were filled with lactic acid. Next day I felt a bit sore but nothing major. Overall I was impressed with the complete approach brought to this new at-home workout. Good dynamic warm up, great circuit training, and good stretches at the end.

Probably the best feature of the entire series is proper form guides included on each DVD. Georges and his trainer Erik Owings discuss and demonstrate proper form on movements you may find difficult at first. This is a step above anything else I’ve seen with at-home fitness DVD’s. A lot of time and effort has gone in to this project and it really shows. I would love to see a follow up DVD available each month for those who want to continue with the program to keep things fresh and prevent possible overuse injuries.

Get yours today at George St-Pierres RUSHFIT.

Christian Henning, NASM-CPT
Oklahoma City Personal Trainer / Bootcamp Instructor


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Leave A Reply (2 comments so far)

  1. Mike Ramero
    8 years ago

    Hi Christian

    Thanks for the honest review of Rushfit. yeah it is tough.I know guys who think they are fit and start at intermediate and just crumble-its so intense. I started at beginner level and back then I found that tough-just shows the state i was in! Cheers for the review-Mike

  2. Christian Henning, NASM-CPT
    8 years ago

    When I did Rushfit for 60 days I felt I was in the best overall shape of my life. I had just completed my own functional training program for 90 days and a lot of conditioning on top of that. GSP puts it all together in one workout that was way shorter than what I had been doing. The end results were the same, but the time involved was a lot less. I can’t recommend Rushfit enough!

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