Week of January 20, 2013

Schedule and Week in Review

Don’t forget there are many options to get your boot camp fix:

  • Monday & Thursday in Fairfax at the school at 7pm
  • Tuesday in Essex Jct. at Maple St. Rec. Department at 6:30pm
  • Saturday in Essex Jct. at the Aspire Studio at 7am
  • Saturday in Fairfax at the school at 8am


On Tuesday we took advantage of the medicine balls & kettle bells and did some interval moves with them, 1 min on – 15 sec rest – 4 reps – switch.  There were 8 stations and some of the moves were new ones for us.  There was a little Betty_burpeeconfusion with the moves at first but we got the hang of it.  It was nice, deep strength training class with the Westford gang and we are loving the cozy new space for our Tuesday night classes. Half way through the push-up challenge – how is everyone doing?  It’s not too late to join in the challenge for the second half of the month – it’s actually fun! — Lisa S.

So proud of my brother’s performance at a recent Crossfit competition.This says it all . . . true determination. No valley too wide, no mountain too high. We can apply this to all of our lives!

On Saturday we had fun with a deck of cards at the Aspire Studio in Essex Jct. After our tabata warm up we assigned a move to each card suit. First round was face value. Second round we rolled a die and whatever came up we boot camp essexmultiplied our card by that number. Third set the same. Our cool down was holding a plank to the Rocky theme. It was 3.5 minutes. Everyone did so well and I saw smiles all around. Annette was our new student this week. — Kris Gleason



Well darn!! That was so long ago . . . but I do remember that we were in the old gym and performed a pacemaker style workout. As each row finished, they lunged around the perimeter of the gym in the hallway. We welcomed a few new brides-to-be . . . Say “yes” to the boot camp! (For those of you not up on the latest wedding trends, there’s a show titled, “Say Yes to the Dress.”) It was nice to see Barb and her posse! Hey, where’s Maggie?!?

Thursday the 17th:
We had 26 in attendance! Nice to see the new faces amongst us. Welcome Amanda and Kaitlyn! We performed Jacks, butt kicks, squats, D/H skiing and jog in place all while adding 20+20+20+20+20+20 alternating push up rounds! That was a great warm up! We quickly went into the workout pacemaker style, groups 1,3,&5 squatted while group 2, 4 &6 performed plank rows for 1 min. switching back and forth for 8 continuous minutes. After that it was two new moves of windmills and jump squats. We had Lisa D., our fearless leader show us “The Wave” boot camp style… That was fun, but holding the plank or the single leg hold was killer to say the least! Awesome job everyone!!!!!  –Paula C.

Saturday the 19th:
There were 21 in attendance! Kudos to all of you who chose working out instead of sleeping in!! We warmed up quick with jacks, side to side jumps and mtn. climbers. One thing that we really have got to work on IS counting out loud….Maybe if I can’t hear you counting…..I’ll add a few rounds of burpees! ! Although it took us a bit to get things running smoothly, working out with the single time keeper worked great!! Everyone just works out and doesn’t have to worry about keeping track. ….Unless it’s your turn to be the time keeper. Your job is to count your reps and yell “switch”! Everyone worked out hard, as usual. We performed overhead presses, push ups, windmills, jump ups, frog hop squats, which we found our pro…Diana!!!  We performed 1/2 burbees and whole ones… WITH a push up ….Thanks Lisa D….We are all business when the boss lady is in the building!! Finished up with some leg shredding, compliments of Lisa D., Thanks again! Completed class with 100 ab moves….. I was then off for the Sat. morning bakery trip…Just coffee!….. while Diana and Lynn were off for a 5k run!! …..Talk about over achievers!! You GO GIRLS!! — Paula C.



The Challenge Kicks-Off Tonight

Several people are taking part in either the 50 or 100 Day Challenge. The kick-off is tonight at The Inn at Grace Farm in Fairfax. The Innkeepers are Jason and Elizabeth Minor. It’s a stunning inn that reflects the richness of Vermont.

bed and breakfast inn Fairfax Vermont

Plus they’re building a beautiful barn. Here’s what Liz said, “The barn we are building will be for weddings/events. It will hold about 110 people. There will be space for caterer and a bar area. The inside is built using timber frame construction (like the inn). Jason has been working so hard to get it ready for the end of May. He is basically the only person working on it (other than the certified electrician/plumber).”

Thank you Liz and Jason for your hospitality!

Upcoming Events

2nd Annual Run for Chocolate in Fairfax, VT

Come join us for the 2nd annual run to chocolate! Run 2 miles and we give you chocolate! $10 for Adults, $5 for senior and students $8 with discount pass (available for attending our fitness classes) or$8 if you bring a chocolate treat to share!

Location: BFA Fairfax School (enter through high school for registration)


Brian Bill Memorial Challenge

Sunday, February 17, there’s a 5+ mile military obstacle course challenge to be held on Paine Mountain and Norwich University campus.

Celebrate Brian, a fallen U.S. Navy Seal and support a scholarship held in his name. Challenge yourself with 30 obstacles to negotiate in this very worthy and exciting event.

Brian R. Bill was born 23 AUG 1979 in Stanford, CT. He was an Eagle Scout and loved the outdoors. He graduated from Norwich University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, Brian enlisted in the United States Navy. In 2003, he was designated as a SEAL. He achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. His awards include three Bronze Stars with Valor, a fourth Bronze Star Medal with Valor awarded posthumously. Chief Petty Officer Brian Bill was killed in action on 6 AUG 2011 while assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) he deployed to Wardak Province located in eastern Afghanistan.



Boot Camp Booty

Congratulations to Jensen! She was last month’s winner of a jump rope and a pair of Darn Tough socks. The more new boot campers you bring (drag) to boot camp, the more times your name is placed in the box for a monthly random drawing. Next prize is a lift ticket up at Smuggler’s Notch.

A Fun Recipe Website

A fellow boot camp owner turned me on to this site. So far, I’ve made two recipes this weekend and they were fantastic. Check it out . . . however, whereever it says use Stevia or other sugar substitutes–DON’T. Most of the time you don’t need any sweetener based oChocolate Protein Pancakes bananan the other ingredients–if you need to, then try applesauce, honey, maple syrup.

Enjoy and let me know if you’re successful with any of the recipes: http://www.happybeinghealthy.com/recipes/chocolate-protein-pancakes/


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