Do the MASHUP
Trying to squeeze in a quick workout? There’s an app for that.
We get it. You’re busy. Working out sounds like a good idea, but “ain’t nobody got time for that,” right? Wrong. A quick workout that lasts less than an hour can be done just about anywhere – even right in your office – using fitness programs like MASHUP.
MASHUP is a Fort Worth-based group workout led by TCU alumna and Medi-Weightloss Clinic nurse practitioner Jamie Zacharias. She’s an entrepreneur herself, starting MASHUP in 2012 with her husband.
“It’s extremely rewarding,” she said. “That’s why we still do it. My husband and I co-founded it together. It’s our passion and mission to, in a busy, fast-paced society, really help people realize that they can achieve and maintain their fitness goals.”
About two years since the launch, MASHUP classes have spread throughout the Fort Worth area, available at places like the YMCA Wellness Center, the E.R. Van Zandt Southwest YMCA and the Benbrook Community Center YMCA.
If you can’t make it to a class, the workout is available digitally on the Booya Fitness app. MASHUP is customizable, and participants can choose from a 15-minute, 30-minute or 45-minute workout. Each workout also has three levels of intensity (low, medium and high).
MASHUP workouts have three parts. Here’s how they work:
The first part of the workout focuses on improving agility and strength, while also warming up the body for the rest of the workout. Exercises include lower-body movements like squats, lunges and pushups, as well as upper-body movements like bicep curls and shoulder presses.
This part of the workout takes the intensity up a little higher with moves like burpees, high knees and mountain climbers – the “hard stuff,” Zacharias says. But it doesn’t get hard right away. MASHUP allows participants to start each exercise with a low level of intensity and work their way up.
The workout closes with the mind/body segment, using a fusion of Pilates and yoga movements to develop core strength and flexibility. The movements are slower, which helps cool down the body.
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