I have always been an active person and exercised on a regular basis but I was looking for a different work out, one that involved more of a community than just my solo running. The awesome Debby Lalonde, my friend and neighbor (and long time Boot Camper), had been after me for a while to check out LBBC. So I joined her at the 9am Rec Park class the week after Labor Day 3 years ago and have been coming back ever since.
Initially, I wanted to get in better shape and lose some weight. That is still definitely part of it, but now it’s much more. Boot Camp has taught me how to be stronger, make better choices and live a healthier life style. The balance, strength and overall wellness that it gives me is so important and I want to continue down this path. As my 8 year old daughter said the other day, “Mom, you will live to be 100 years old since you go to Boot Camp!”
I can’t say that I have a “favorite” exercise. What I like is the variety. I can’t believe that every workout is different. No class is repeated twice and that keeps me on my toes and also helps me to use different muscle groups and improves my balance.
My father was an amateur boxer and boxed with his Navy team during World War II. He later went on to train amateur fighters. Growing up, we had a wide range of boxers from every culture and race coming to our house to hit the speed or heavy bag, jump rope or spar in our garage and back yard. My father was very passionate about the sport and while I never became a boxing fan, I greatly admired his dedication to the sport and the inspiration and training he provided to the young men who looked up to him as a mentor and coach.
I am pleased and surprised at how long I have been able to maintain a 5:30am workout schedule 3 days a week. The women in my 5:30amHughes class rock and provide such inspiration to keep me at it. Running the hill on Friday mornings is the beginning of my weekend routine. And keeping David Lalonde as my carpool buddy is an accomplishment in itself!