Zuu Workout: A New Meaning to Being an Animal at the Gym

Man and woman doing a Zuu workout movement

Man and woman doing a Zuu workout movement

When someone tells you you’re a “beast” at the gym, they usually don’t mean in the literal sense, unless of course, you’re participating in a Zuu workout.

What’s a Zuu workout you ask? Why, it’s just what it sounds like: a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program that takes its cues from — you guessed it — animal movements.

The Zuu Fitness Concept

Officially started in the great country of Australia, Zuu fitness is the brainchild of Nathan Helberg, and is a program of bodyweight exercises often used in professional athletics and combat training.

It was designed to provide a full-body strength workout in situations where no equipment is available.

In other words, it’s perfect for those of us who want to strength train, but who don’t have the money (or the space!) for a full home gym.

Don’t mistake lack of equipment as synonymous for an easy workout; these movements aren’t ones you’re used to doing regularly, and you’re muscles are going to let you know afterward!

The Zuu Movements

Animal flow exercises are actually nothing new. If you’ve ever taken a fitness class, or even been in a child’s gym class, you’ve probably heard of the classic “bear crawl,” “crab walk,” or “frog hop”.  These fun activities are examples of what you have to look forward to in a Zuu workout — just times 10 and faster than you’ve ever thought to do them before!

Examples of movements in a Zuu program (feel free to try these at home) include:

The Iguana

Start in plank position and then alternate moving your hands and feet forward. (So think: right hand forward, left foot forward.) For an example, click here.

Gorilla Bounds

Position yourself on the balls of your feet, leaning forward onto your knuckles. Bound forward as far and as fast as you can.

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