Try It: Sydney Cummings’ 60 Minute Full Body Sweat Workout

Hayden Masia, Arts Editor

So, we’re still all staying inside, and that’s okay! If you’re like me, you might be more than a little upset that we’ve been advised by the CDC to social distance, meaning that no one can play sports and stay active anymore. As I was lying in my bed scrolling mindlessly through TikTok (don’t judge, we all do it), I came across a video of a girl trying a workout that claimed to burn 715 calories. I was a bored skeptic looking for something to do, so I had to try it. Here’s what happened:

I put on my Fitbit and played the video on my computer, and I was pretty nervous. This girl looked rather fit and I had been lying in my bed for two weeks straight. However, I got through the warm-up and I was feeling good! The first 15-minute circuit started, which featured six different strength workouts with a ten-pound weight. It was challenging, but her commentary through the video was motivating. Also, she does the whole workout with you while doing her commentary, so it feels like you’re in a personal training session!

Halfway through, I was breathing heavily, but I was still feeling good. I like working out with other people, so it was nice to have someone “talking to me” along the way. All workouts were 30 seconds of work followed by 15-30 seconds of rest, but we all know that those 30-second intervals start to feel longer and longer as you get closer to that 45-minute mark. At 45 minutes, it was time for the final cardio and strength circuit. 

I was sweating and panting while doing burpees (my least favorite thing ever), but I finally finished. I looked down at my Fitbit and saw that I had burned 650 Calories! Side note: The amount of calories that you burn in a workout does not determine whether you are or are not working hard, but I was interested to see how accurate the video was. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend this workout to anyone looking for something new to try. It was super difficult, but I felt great after. If one hour doesn’t sound doable to you, check out Sydney Cummings’ YouTube channel, where she posts new videos almost every day and has videos of every type of workout for times ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour. Have fun and happy grinding!

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