New Year’s resolutions are like butterflies. They’re both wonderful things but they die within a few weeks... just like your yearly resolve to become fit.
When George Arfken turned 40, he joined a Level 1 parkour boot camp. Halfway through, he could haul himself up without looking miserable. He was even training at home with a pull-up bar and planks of wood he’d jump.But his plans to follow up with the Level 2 boot camp never happened. Spring has inspired Arfken to start up again.
He’s prepping with upper-body conditioning and plans to sign up for that Level 1 series again in May. A two-hour-plus commute to her office was cutting into Martha Souder’s exercise time. But the real problem was her diet. So even when she had time to work out, it wouldn’t happen.
I told her to eat differently, stroll whenever she had a break and try strength training before dinner. Within a week she called me saying she’d managed to walk for an hour that day. In another week, she’d lost three pounds and signed up for an eight-kilometre race.These days, she’s down 10 pounds and counting. “Breakfast is such an eye-opener,” she says.
To prepare for his first triathlon in September, Camilo Ramirez runs and swims twice a week, and plays tennis once. After work, he has physical training sessions twice a week, and a half-hour on the bike or treadmill. On two other days he does core strengthening and weightlifting. On Friday nights he plays volleyball.On Saturdays he goes for long bike rides. “I really have gained muscle and lost fat,” said the 26-year-old.
Thanks to the core and agility training, “my balance has increased.” The 20-hours-per-week training has changed Ramirez’s outlook on fitness and what he is capable of achieving. “One, I didn’t think I could ever do it, that my body could sustain it. And two... I really want to do it. My co-workers think I’m insane. But I love working out. I really do.”