Wednesday, April 25, 2012


It was a nice day, not too cold, and the sun was still shining, so I took the group outside for the first time for some jogging and calisthenics interval training. For weight-loss, fitness and general toning, you can’t beat this type of workout.

First, we ran down to the water tower at the corner of Jasper & Main. The faster runners continued to jog around the park until the rest of the group arrived. Once everyone was there, we did a series of calisthenics alternating with sprints.

Here’s how it worked. They did a round of push-ups and then ran to the other end of the park and back. After that, they did a round of body squats and another sprint. Then they did rounds of sit-ups, burpees, mountain climbers and partner leg lifts, all with sprints in-between!

The only muscle groups we didn’t hit were the pulling muscles, used in pull-ups and arm curls. So I told them to hit those tomorrow!

By the time it was over, everyone’s butt was dragging, and ready to return to the barn, so they walked/ran back to the center. It was quite a workout, and really good preparation for a little challenge I made to them for next month called the “Viking Assault.”

This is a 5K run (3.1 mi) with 10 obstacles in Terre Haute on Saturday, May 12th. Almost anyone can do this. You don’t even have to be able to run 3 miles in a row, since you’ll get a little break from the running at each obstacle. Of course you’ll be doing stuff, but you’ll have a break from running!

The organizers say they have a 99% completion rate, and if you look at the video at , you’ll get a good idea what’s going on. It’ll be a good tune-up for many of us planning on participating in the “Tough Mudder” in June. That’s a 10-12 mile run with 20-24 obstacles! You can go to to see what that one’s all about!

This week’s Biggest Loser was T.J. Johnson, who lost 2.2% and another 5.4 lbs. He’s lost an amazing 16.4 lbs in just 3 weeks! Second place went to Brittany Cline, who lost 1.3% and 2.0 lbs. Tonya Westerfield was third, losing about a pound.

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