Krav Maga is Hebrew for contact combat and it's a martial arts-based self-defense system developed in Israel that combines elements from, among others, boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling. I first heard about the boutique fitness studio, Krav Maga Academy, from Niv Zinder, an up-and-coming fitness trainer in New York City who teaches at Barry's Bootcamp. He teaches two conditioning classes at Krav Maga Academy, both of which are based on his IDF (Israel Defense Forces) training. Little surprise, his teaching style is non-stop and no-nonsense, which makes it one of the toughest workouts in New York City. Luckily, the classes are fast paced so you don't have too much time to dwell on how grueling they are.
Even diehard fitness enthusiasts will likely discover moves they haven't seen before. Here, Niv shows us four of his favorite. Do these as a circuit and repeat the circuit three times, taking a one-minute break between each four-exercice circuit.
One Arm Burpee
Start squatting down with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Place your left hand on the floor under the center of your chest and your right arm reaching behind you. Engage your core and walk or jump both feet back and out into a one arm plank position. Then, walk or jump your feet back landing in a squat and stand up. Do this for 45 seconds alternating your arms.
Start on one leg with your knees bent and jump all the way to the other side trying to get as much distance and height as possible and landing with your knees bent and on one leg.
Next, keeping your knees bent, lower your arms to the floor and jump back, landing on one leg (or two legs and walk back as a modification).
Then, jump (or walk with two legs) forward to a squat position and stand up. Do this for 45 seconds, alternating legs.
Start in push-up postiton (or push-up position with your knees on the floor). Lift your right leg with your knee bent at 90 degrees and lower it to the opposite side as you bring your upper body down to the floor. Do this for 45 seconds, alternating legs.
Side Mountain Climbers
Start with your body in plank position. Then, twist your lower body to the right side. Let your right knee drive to your left elbow followed by your left knee driving to your left elbow. Keep switching for 45 seconds and then repeat 45 seconds with your lower body twisted to the left and your knees driving to meet your right elbow.