These 4 Krav Maga Exercises Will Kick Your Butt into Shape

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.