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.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Blondie the comic strip

Show of hands if you remember the Blondie comic strips when Dagwood napped on the sofa all day.

That was me today after practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a much more experienced person who seemed to think I was wearing a skirt by the number of times he called me a girl or told me to take off the skirt.

Yup, this guy Keith, who was searching for a personal trainer and found the testimonial from my Krav Maga instructor, invited me to come train with him and compare fighting styles. I, wanting to be the best coach I can be excepted the offer so I could understand his sport better and what he was looking to do.

We met at a private gym near his home that has a small “mat room”. After warming up (most everyone knows I like to warm up my body before I play a sport), we “rolled” around on the mat, barefoot and wearing shorts & t-shirts. He showed me things like the guard (lying on your back with your opponent ready to attack), shrimping (like the bicycle ab exercise except its the same arm & leg coming together), the Kimora (think twisting someone’s arm into internal rotation) and the triangle arm lock (can’t explain yet). He told me that I made great facial expressions, was intense and got pissed off every time I had to tap out. “Yeah, thanks!”

In the end, even though I tapped out frequently and was called many feminine names (guys hate that) it was great. I really have natural athleticism in the form of kinesthetic awareness (knowing where your body is in space), strength (I was giving up 30 + pounds to this guy) and conditioning (I didn’t get tired). I moved well (thank you movement prep), endured (thank you planks & interval training) and made him work (thank you chosen profession). We agreed to do it again and he better watch out because I’m a fast learner. 🙂

Here’s a little background information on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with no gi or no Karate Kid uniform. It is basically grappling (wrestling) on the ground in which you try to get your opponent into a submission hold (think Head lock, arm lock, leg lock or some really embarrassing high pitched noise coming from your mouth that you never heard before). Once the victim, me in this case, is forced to submit, I tap out. “Tap out” or “tapping out” means you tap the floor or your opponent to signal “uncle” or “mercy”. And there’s no punching, kicking, elbows, knees or head butts. Just wrassling.

Here’s a video from youtube of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without a gi.

Pretty cool isn’t it (roll your eyes if you’re a woman and repeat after me, “boys will be boys”)!

So you see how all of my training was used in a totally new experience and I held my own. What experiences have been surprisingly easier for you because of your training? Reply below.


Mike Alves