Peggy, Week 7: Can We Survive This Workout?


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When Family Circle told us that the family was getting a gym membership, I had visions of going on the elliptical trainer and maybe taking a Zumba class with Amanda. I was not expecting Boot Camp. But that’s where we ended up at Island Gym.

The head coach, Jason, had big gun and a six-pack to match. He took our measurements, before photos and explained his ideas about weight loss and exercise. He believes the only way to lose weight involves consuming protein shakes, lean protein and only vegetables that are green. (Not exactly the plan we are following, but I have heard this extreme idea before.) He also told me that if I come three times a week, I will lose 45 pounds in three months!

To be honest, by the time the intake forms were done, which took about an hour, most of us were thinking about going home. But my son was excited about the program for the first time. What 17-year-old boy does not want to be cut up?

Jason thought we should do an introduction work out to see where we were starting. The trainer of the day was Pete, who introduced us to kettle bells. Theses weights are reminiscent of a metal ball with a bucket handle, which we were supposed to lift over our heads. We also worked out with ropes: think of the shoelaces worn by the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. You are supposed to move them up and down in a wave pattern, while squatting and standing up on a large tire. The introduction ended with abdominal workout reminiscent of high school.

Peter had just had a cortisone shot in his knee, and the workout did not leave his knee feeling better.  Michael loved the idea of being cut-up by the start of college, and decided to try the protein shakes. Amanda is willing to try, which is a lot coming form a fifteen year old. The introduction session ended, and we went home a little sore, but we finished.

Do you think we should stick it out? Post a comment and let me know.