Saturday, August 11, 2012

Go for Gold at Equinox's Summer Games

Don't burn out yet! Credit: chelmsfordblue
It’s hard to believe that the Olympic torch is going to be extinguished in less than 48 hours. Sure, I’ve watched my fair share of live feeds and primetime coverage, and I’ve read plenty of stories and Twitter updates about the 2012 London Olympics. But these 17 days of sports always manage to fly by faster than expected.

How is it possible that last night I was watching 1992 footage of the original Dream Team and by tomorrow afternoon the 2012 U.S. men’s basketball team likely will have clinched their gold medal performance? How is it possible that Abdi, Meb and Ryan will be running 26.2 miles tomorrow morning—and that Desi, Kara and Shalane are already thinking about their next races and not the Olympics? How is it possible that some Olympians are already back from the Games and back to the daily grind?

I know it’s bound to happen, but I’m not quite ready to put an end to the 2012 Olympics just yet. I’m not ready to wait four years for the Summer Games—I’m not even ready to wait almost two for the Sochi Winter Olympics. But enough of my whining…it turns out that Equinox is going to let me live out my Olympic dream a little longer. It might not be one of the medals that was locked in the Tower of London, but the Equinox Chicago Summer Games could be the closest I get to wearing gold around my neck (and even that I’m not so sure of).

Equinox’s Summer Games kicks off on Tuesday, August 14, with a special edition of the fitness club’s MetCon3 workout. MetCon3 is already a tough workout in itself—granted I have yet to try it due to my ever-growing to-do list that is getting lost in Ironman training at the moment, but that’s what I’ve heard and read. Short for metabolic conditioning, this workout targets the body’s three energy systems, phosphagen, glycolic and oxidative. Don’t ask me what exactly that means, but the big take away is that you max out your calories burned in the shortest amount of time to fire up your metabolism and keep burning fat hours after class is over.

But this MetCon3 version might even be tougher than the original. It’s inspired by the Olympic decathlon and consists of 10 events and 10 exercise patterns to create a perfect 10 workout. I can only imagine even more buckets of sweat pouring out of my pores, though I guess we won’t know until we try it.

Ready for your fat incinerator? Give the MetCon3 decathlon a try next week at the four Chicago-area Equinox locations. And you don't need to be an Equinox member to participate. Guests can come with a member and pay a $35 drop-in fee to compete—maybe a little friendly rivalry? Here’s the schedule:

Highland Park - Summer Games: METCON3 DECATHLON with Cindy Smith
Tuesday August 14, 9:30am-10:30am

900 North Michigan – Summer Games: METCON3 DECATHLON with Jenn Hogg
Tuesday August 14, 5:45pm-6:30pm

The Loop - Summer Games: METCON3 DECATHLON with Kristie Hawkins
Thursday August 16, 6:30am-7:15am

Lincoln Park –Summer Games: METCON3 DECATHLON with Julie Bellis
Wednesday August 15, 5:45pm-6:30pm

For more information or to sign up visit Who knows? Maybe you can give Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee a run for their money.

Photo grabbed from chelmsfordblue at flickr.

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