This is the time of year when you're looking for a revamped workout program, or want to start a brand new one from the beginning. But what you really want with your fitness resolutions is results – and results as fast as possible.
That’s the idea behind Black Fire, a 60-day online fitness program created by The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper. It’s filled with short, dynamic, high-intensity workouts complete with a nutrition plan. You can almost think of it as CrossFit, but without the sometimes-scary Olympic lifting barbell moves.
“Let me tell you, I’m a CrossFitter. I drank the Kool-Aid. I do it. But what I wanted to bring to people was bringing the fear factor down,” Harper said while hosting a workout session with Daily Burn at CrossFit Solace in New York City. “So what I did with these workouts was a lot of metabolic conditioning. Let’s get that heart rate going. But also add some sort of resistance because I think resistance training is one of the most important things you can do working out.”
The draw for Black Fire is that you keep score for everything. You keep a score card with you and jot down reps for each exercise as you go. The most difficult part of the workout is remembering to count. The scoring system ensures two critical things: that you can accurately and consistently track your progress and, more importantly, that you’re always competing against only yourself.
I took the opportunity to try one of Harper’s Black Fire workouts and afterward got some time to talk to the renowned trainer about how we can all meet, and keep, our 2015 fitness goals.