March Madness

First, spread the word, we’re moving Fairfax evening classes back to 6:30pm starting tomorrow, March 3! Basketball is over.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve released a blog post. February was an odd one for all of us. Felt sort of like a funky fog. Even though it’s snowing today, it’s March. It’s time for some serious action!

Read the rest of this post to hear from one our boot campers and to learn about a Challenge with a different twi$t.

Boot Camp Spotlight

I’ve been wanting to periodically highlight boot campers; highlight their reasons for coming, their successes, their obstacles, and their advice. Our first boot camper is used to being in the spotlight. He’s been with us a long-time. He can take what he’s given and can certainly dish it out too. Plus, it’s always nice to have him around in case one of us needs a first responder . . . Dan Vanslette.

Q: What were you doing for exercise before coming to boot camp?
Having just finished school and was at the heaviest weight I had ever been. I was doing some weight-lifting, running, biking, swimming, with meager results.  
Q: Do you remember how you felt the first day?
The first day wasn’t too bad struggled with core strength exercises (lacking core strength) , it’s the 3 days after the first workout where you know you’ve done something. If you make it past the initial shock the pain subsides and your strength improves. Soon what once was difficult becomes easy.  
Q: What are the personal benefits you’ve noticed by attending boot camp?
       Added strength, flexibly, agility. Boot camp has also allowed me to better understand my body. Lastly, but not least is the social aspect of working out together, the team atmosphere is a power benefit not to be overlooked.
Q: What advice do you have for others who have not started an exercise program?
 What are you waiting for? You body is the vessel that you travel thru life in neglect it and your in for a rough ride.

Q: For those who are on the fence to try interval training?
  One of my instructors/ trainers once said if money and time were not a concern the ideal workout would be 3 hours long , an hour of cardio , hour of calisthenics and stretching, and an hour of weight lifting. Boot camp comes about as close as you can to these three categories in an hour, and is different every time.  

Q: For those who have trouble sticking with their healthy and wellness goals?
   Keep trying, there are many ways to achieve your goals, you need to find what works for you and know when to switch gears. Health and wellness can be tough goals in modern society. Lots of good food that’s not so good for you, and plenty of other things compete with your exercise time. Experiment and make it work.

Challenge for 50 Days . . . It’s not what you think

We don’t always do what we know we should. Here’s a Challenge if you’re motivated by money and making your goal public.

Think of a reasonable fitness goal you can MEASURE and accomplish by 50 days. Perhaps it’s losing 7lbs, losing 2 inches off your waist, improving your mile time…something that you can measure.

Pay in $100.00 on or before March 10. If you meet your goal by the end of April, you get your money back. If not, we keep it and those who achieved their goals split the pot.

Yes, it’s a gamble. Some of you will win more than $100, some may lose $100.

Myself or any of the other boot camp instructors need to document your starting point and ending point.

No, you don’t need to be a boot camper, but you’ll need to see us at least twice to document your starting and ending point.

If paying by check, it will only be cashed if you don’t meet your goal.

Who is splitting this pot??

I know many of you expressed an interest. Remember, you don’t have to go to boot camp, but you know that vigorous movement is the key to achieving your goal.

For 100 Day and 50 Day Challengers, you already have the tools (all of the information given to you in the Challenge website…Go back to it…please let me know if you forgot the password).

For those of you needing extra nutritional support. Callie Chapman, a boot camp instructor, was recently certified as a personal trainer and she’s attending UVM for nutrition counseling (plus she continues to seek guidance from the amazing Megan Walsh…who’s traveling now). Callie’s telephone # is: 802-598-4769.

What are you waiting for? Click on this link to commit yourself to your goal:


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