Cardio for people who hate cardio!
As hard as it is to believe, Matt Damon is an action hero. With a wit and intelligence that made him a natural shoe in for “Good Will Hunting”, and a school boy demeanor that landed him roles in “School Ties” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, it seems a little unlikely that he would go on to become one of the baddest Navy Seals on the planet in the “Bourne Identity” series. But here we are, over 10 years later and he’s still going strong.
In the fifth installment of the Bourne series, celebrity trainer John Walsh (also responsible for Bradley Coopers 40lb bulk in American Sniper) was going for fit, Navy Seal fit. This means that not only did Damon have to pack on muscle and strength, he needed to have CARDIO for days. So Walsh needed to come up with a program that would incorporate all of that within the schedule of an A-list celebrity. What did he come up with?…The Versaclimber.
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The VersaClimber is a machine that’s been around gyms for years, but only a few people in the “know” use it. The machine requires you to simultaneously move your feet and arms, and mimics the feeling of climbing on an incline. The punishing part is that the faster you move, the harder it gets.
“The VersaClimber reinforces primitive movements, namely the natural crawl motion, which is superior for strengthening the body effectively and safely,”
“It demands the whole body to work as one unit, recruiting more muscle, oxygen, and ultimately more calories.” – John Walsh
This is another Cardio exercise for people who hate cardio. The workout puts less stress on your tendons and joints than exercises like running which can help with joint pain and recovery.
Below, trainer Matt Blackwell gives you the basic on the Versaclimber and a few exercise you can incorporate into your training routine.
Do you think you’re fitter than Jason Bourne? Perform the workout below and see if you measure up.
Segments are listed as: time, cadence, stroke length
- 0:00 – :30, slow, medium
- :30 – :50, fast, short
- :50 – 2:00, slow, medium
- 2:00 – 2:30, fast, short
- 2:30 – 4:00, slow, medium
- 4:00 – 4:40, fast, short
- 4:40 – 6:40, slow, medium
- 6:40 – 7:30, fast, short
- 7:30 – 9:30, slow, medium
- 9:30 – 10:30, fast, short