Metro Challenge: And now the hard work begins

The push-up, “Elements”-style: The first lesson is that it's all about the follow-through. A full push-up starts with your chest all the way down on the floor and ends when your arms are holding you all the way up.

Day one of training at Crossfit NYC began this week for the four Metro Challenge winners: Alexandra Mitchner, Esther Carpenter, Robert Hawthorn and Sean Smith were all hand-selected by Metro to train like a Marine for the next month with Josh Newman, co-owner and trainer at CrossFit NYC. 

The four will even get the chance to participate in the Civilian Military Combine, a grueling 7-mile mountain race with military drills to be held Sept. 10 in the Pocono Mountains.

The Metro Challenge winners will train three times a week at CrossFit on West 26th Street, starting at 8 a.m. sharp every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That’s followed by working out on their own in between, plus runs every Tuesday and Thursday — and another run on weekends, just for good measure.

At CrossFit, they learn “Elements,” the fundamentals of how to safely perfect core exercises and do short intervals of high-intensity workouts. These techniques are also a crucial part of the military drills they’ll soon be doing in the combine.

After 20-second intervals of push-ups and squats, everyone’s arms felt like jelly and walking down the stairs without quivering legs wasn’t easy. 

But Metro Challenge winners said what they thought would be a grueling hour of torture turned out to actually be pretty fun.

“The workouts are intense,” said Hawthorn. “In what normally takes an hour to achieve at a conventional gym, takes half the time with Josh.”

Follow along in print as they prepare for the race, five weeks away.


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