Boogie boarding Saturday was so much fun that it called for a repeat performance on Sunday. I hit the beach again, albeit for a shorter stay, and then went up the road to pick up my friend and sometimes workout partner Constance on my way to David Barton Gym (2323 Collins Ave.).
Constance and I get on great kicks where we hit yoga together, go for runs, rollerblade, try new fitness classes, and generally cheer each other on in our mutual quest for healthy bodies. Sometimes we fall off and miss dates, but we eventually fall into step again. Sunday at DBG marked one such reunion.
After starting out with a jump rope warm up (Constance was unenthused by this), I led her through a messy composite of some of the exercises I’ve been practicing at CrossFit — burpees (which she didn’t like any better than I), lunges, push-ups, squats, and Kettlebell swings, all in quick succession. It was a tough workout, but not as tough as the ones I’d experienced in “the box” at CrossFit Miami Beach. We threw in some lateral raises and some incline crunches before hitting the treadmills to wrap up with a brisk, mile-long jog. Thereafter, we steamed, we showered, and we left.
Now that my fitness challenge is two-thirds of the way over, I notice an insane improvement in the way I feel from daybreak to bedtime. I’m more conscious of my musculature, and can feel tissues that had become floppy rebuilding. I’m no longer very sore from the endless squats that come with the CrossFit workouts, and when I think of lifting heavy objects, I’m starting to get excited instead of intimidated.
All told, I’ve lost about five pounds, but my form is much more compact as former fat stores are burning off and being replaced by muscle. Thanks to the grueling and focused CrossFit workouts, my conscious Nutritarian approach to diet, and my additional exercise efforts, changes have come so rapidly that I’d barely have believed it if I weren’t living it.
It’s not easy, but the rewards of feeling incredible and looking well are more than enough to compensate me for the sweat. Stay tuned for more progress reports to come over the next ten days.
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