My Workout: One in a series of occasional articles on staying fit.

Just when you think you've mastered your personal fitness goals and pushed your hardest, a workout comes along that pushes you back and pushes you hard.

Workouts such as the group exercise training at Elite Athletic Performance in Upper Township are not for the feint of heart, or body for that matter. In fact, the trainers recommend you eat a lot before doing the workout, because, they say, the calories melt off at an incredible rate.

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The group exercise at EAP is a combination of movements designed to work every muscle in the body as often as possible. Many of the exercises within the session rely on equipment, everything from a giant rubber band to equipment that monitors how much resistance your body can take.

By the time you start getting comfortable with one exercise, it's onto the next. It's this type of fast-paced, strength-based workout that appealed to Greg Austin, a 29-year-old resident of Upper Township who does the workout to keep him fit as he serves as a state trooper.

Question: How did you get started in your workout? What got you interested in doing the group exercise at EAP?

Answer: At my old gym, Jon (Porter) was a personal trainer there. Just watching him, I really liked when he did his workouts and how he used them on the group training. They really worked and push-ed you harder.

Question: How often are you involved in your workout?

Answer: I try to come in at least three times a week. When I'm here, it's usually for anywhere from two to two-and-a-half hours.

Question: What is your goal with doing this group training?

Answer: It's to stay in the same shape I am for as long as I can. I used to play sports in high school and college, and I just want to continue doing that.

Question: One thing others should know if they're thinking about getting started with this group exercise class is...

Answer: It's a different type of workout. You're really working your body, your core strength, your speed, everything. It's not just lifting weights like at another gym.

Question: What other exercise or activities do you do besides this group exercise?

Answer: For a while I was doing ground wrestling. I've wrestled all my life.

Question: The most important thing to keep in mind about doing this group exercise is...

Answer: It takes a while to get used to it. There's a lot of training involved. It doesn't just come right away.

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What's the score?

Calories burned in 60 minutes during group exercise

(based on a weight of 175 pounds)

400 to 500: Weight lifting (vigorous)

600 to 700: Circuit training

Parts of the body worked during group exercise:

Cardiovascular system, core muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings, biceps, chest

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