Holidays are quickly approaching (EEK!), and the days of enjoying the outdoors are quickly ending. If you are like me, then you will very soon be indulging in Halloween candy, turkey, stuffing, cookies, etc., adding on those unfortunate few (or more than a few) pounds. Although I’d like to start off by saying everyone is beautiful, I do understand that many of us are not completely satisfied with our bodies. That’s where Ground Pound Fitness comes in.
Started by Joe Caballero 4 years ago, this military style training program boasts fast results. While some may cringe at the thought of boot camp, stating that they don’t want to be yelled at, let me clarify a few things. I am currently enrolled in my 3rd summer of “boot camp.” The boot camp would train outside my window every morning, and when I went down to see what all the ruckus was about, Joe invited me to join. With nothing to lose, except maybe some sleep and about 40lbs, I accepted.
I went every morning at 6am for several weeks, while posting a daily Facebook comment about my adventures. After a few short weeks, I was running (gasp!), feeling stronger, and my clothes were getting loose. I also made several friends that offered a great support. Since then, I look forward to working out outdoors, being able to watch the sunrise, or feeling “hardcore” while doing push-ups in the rain. I recommend this to anyone looking for some motivation,or just a chance to change up their routines.
The best part about this season is the availability of sessions offered. Not only is there a 6-7am class offered at Wicker Park, but also a 7-8pm class for those who struggle to wake up early. For a really good workout day, go to both! A second location in Portage Park also offers the 6-7am class on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Saturday from 9-10am. The last session is October 28th, so there is still plenty of time to get that “summer body.” Discount rates are available, and sessions can be purchased at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Shoes – I cannot stress how important a good pair of shoes is. Go to Fleet Feet or Running Away and they will take good care of you.
- Water – It stinks to have to run with a water bottle (one of my biggest dislikes), but you will be happy you have it!
- Gloves – Any sort of glove will do. I use weight lifting ones. Since it is an outdoor class, you will be doing a lot of exercises on pavement and it is nice to have a little protection. Some use a towel as a substitute.
I guarantee that you will get sore (hot epsom salt baths will help), but remember, “Pain is weakness leaving the body!”