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Boot Camp Wrap-Up

October 7, 2008

Last week, I completed the 4-week Boot Camp Fitness class at Jay’s Boot Camp. Boot Camp was a great personal success. I lost 9 pounds and 3% of body fat, and added 3-4% of muscle. It’s permanently changed the way I exercise. I never thought that I could run a mile-plus on a regular basis. I don’t think I’ll be watching the Channel 8 morning news show for a while, because it reminds me of our runs in the pre-dawn darkness of Victory Park (the front of Victory was the half-mile point).

I feel much better than I did at the start. On the second to last day I fought off a knee injury, but there was no way I was giving up on this class.

The hardest thing was to do was changing my diet. I cut back on some items but there are certain things that I love to eat, like my wife’s cooking, food at good restaurants, and food at the State Fair (post coming soon).

I would recommend Jay’s Boot Camp to anyone. A warning – it’s not for the faint of heart. There’s nothing Hollywood about the class, and you will feel it every day. In the end, it was all worth it.

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Things I’ve Learned at Boot Camp

September 22, 2008

Jay’s Boot Camp has been a great learning experience so far. There are a few things that I’ve learned along the way.

Remember to bring your mat – doing the Army’s PT test on concrete is not fun.

Don’t wear a Lucky (Jeans) T-Shirt. The trainer heckled me for most of that day by calling me “Lucky” everywhere I went.

My weekend eating habits are not helping, and I’m shocked. Peep this health-conscious menu:

*Before the start of week two: A 3-course Sunday brunch at Fearing’s.

*Last weekend: La Duni for dinner on Friday (with Cuatro Leches cake for dessert, of course), Chip’s on Saturday (my last meal there – soon to be RIP), and Sunday dinner consisting of my wife’s killer CFS. At least I skipped the homemade gravy!

Seriously though, this has been a great experience so far. You can learn a lot about yourself when you have to do dozens of sprints and mile-plus runs combined with other intense exercise. Pushing yourself brings you clarity in other phases of your life, and you can’t put a price tag on that.

Boot Camp Blog: Day 2

September 10, 2008

Today I learned that there are new levels of pain. P-A-I-N. Being upright is a luxury. Shouts to Mom for the home remedies.

I also learned that a lot of this stuff is mental, although your body has a way of exacting revenge for all the Pepsi’s that you drink (I’m writing this while drinking a Pepsi right now- some people never learn). I ran a 6:38 mile today…I guess that’s good. The bad news: a lot of people in this class are faster than me. I have to remember the trainer’s words: crawl, walk, run. How will this class coincide with me going to brunch at Fearing’s? Time will tell.

Boot Camp Blog: Day 1

September 8, 2008

Why is it so dark in these pics? You’ll find out soon enough.

As some of my friends know, I signed up for Jay’s Fitness Boot Camp. Jay’s came highly recommended in various news clips and from my friends at D Magazine, so I decided to sign up for the four-week class. As I quickly learned, Jay’s Camp is not for the faint of heart.

My wife questioned my sanity for a minute but encouraged me even more. She said I had that “first day of school” look.

Today was the first day. It started before dawn with a 1-mile run around the AAC and the parking lot (see pics). I hadn’t run a straight mile since college, so forget about asking my time in this event.

After the mile run, there were several exercise stations. Each station consisted of 3-4 sets of multiple exercises that caused various levels of pain. At this point, I questioned my own sanity.

For us newbies, we got to do some push-ups and more running (maybe a half-mile total) at the end. For the vets, they were treated to another mile run.

Jay and the other trainers warned us about the world of hurt we would experience come Wednesday. And with that statement, the parking lot lights shut off and we stumbled back to our cars. Shockingly, I’m not in a lot of pain but I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.