Freaky Fat Loss PUMP-kin Workout

Halloween is right around the corner and seeing that its on a Friday this year means its going to be a big night. Well as we Americans know the “eve” of a holiday is just as exciting. New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving Eve (the day everyone commutes home for the big day and meets up with friends the night before), Columbus Day Eve,…o.k. I’m stretching it a bit, but the idea is often times people like to start early and Halloween is no different.

This year on October 30, Halloween Eve, at 7pm sharp, Change Your Body Boot Camps (a new offering from Athletes by Alves) will be holding a FREAKY FAT LOSS PUMP-kin WORKOUT to benefit the boys & girls club of Newton. This workout will use only a pumpkin and your body weight to give you an awesome workout that you can do anywhere, anytime with most any object. It will be fun, colorful and you’ll learn something new.

The reason I chose the boys & girls club was because I grew up attending their after school programs and participating in their recreation leagues. It has given me many friends and memories. A donation (optional) can be made out to the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club.

Here’s the details:

When: Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 7pm sharp (plan to arrive at 6:45pm)

Where: John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street, Newton, MA

Why: Because you’re gonna sneak some candy and some of you too much, so you mine as well burn and learn how to keep it off the extra pounds.

Who: Anyone who is looking to get in better shape (stronger, more conditioned, move better, change their body), likes to try new things, likes value, likes charity and wants to see how you use a PUMP-kin to workout with.

What: Please rsvp to mike(at)mikealves(dot)com and bring a pumpkin (8-10lbs for women, 15-20lbs for men), a water bottle and a hand towel.

Bonus: Not only is this a free workout, but you’ll also get an e-copy of this Pumpkin workout so you can remember and do it anywhere, anytime, with most anything and you get a complimentary week to Change Your Body Boot Camps, which runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays @ 6am and starts November 3rd.

What do you think? Is this something you’d be interested in? Please comment below.

Boston Athletic Club Trains the Trainer

“Awesome and Disgusting” was my reply to Coach Rich’s question of how I felt after completing his boot camp at the Boston Athletic Club. Awesome because I haven’t had my butt kicked like that since high school basketball and disgusting because I was covered in sweat and dirt. I sweat like I just got out of a shower. My shirt and shorts were soaked and could have been wrung out and I was covered in dirt from lying on the grown (imagine jumping in the ocean with your clothes on and then rolling around on the beach-that’s how I felt).

Now don’t get me wrong, the sweat and dirt did not bother me. It was just an observation. I actually felt amazing. Happy, relaxed, clear of mind, supercharged and full of life. I loved every minute of it. I felt lucky to be there and to have done it. I’m guessing this is how some of my clients may feel and I definitely want them to walk away from every workout feeling as good as I did.

Another unique thing I observed was that no one was talking. It made me think of a dinner party when the meal is fabulous and no one talks because they are enjoying themselves so much. This was the same except no dinner (unless you count the turkey bacon burps I ate twice during the workout-grosser, I know). I was too winded and focused on doing my best before we had to switch to the next exercise. I’m sure this is how everyone else must have felt.

My favorite part, because I’m sick like that, were the sprint games at the end. We did like 15 total minutes of conditioning in the form of competitive relays. Losing team did push ups. My team didn’t lose, but everyone had fun. That’s when I realized how powerful boot camps (much like semi-private training) can be for creating peer support and getting results fast. No one knew me and I knew none of them, but we bonded. I gave maximal effort to help my team. My teammates responded with the same. Our opponents not wanting to lose and sensing our determination gave their best efforts. This led them to respect each other, to respect us and us to respect them (a triple win if you will). It was cool. Lots of high fives and “good efforts”.

Kudos and thanks to Rich and Ron, the two Fitness Managers at the Boston Athletic Club, who invited me to experience their boot camp after meeting with them recently. Boot camps are one of the largest growing sectors of the fitness industry because you can help a lot of people get in great shape fast.