Outdoors

10 Reasons To Take Your Workouts Outdoors

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We do our boot camps outside pretty much year round. This time of year is the absolute best. Makes all the hot and cold days from the rest of the year worth it.

If you’ve never exercised outside on a regular basis, now is the time to give it a try. I think once you give it a try you will be hooked!

Here are 10 reasons you should take your workouts outside:

1. 50% greater improvement in mental health over gym workouts.

2. It decreases tension, anger, confusion, and depression

3. Increased rates of exercise compliance (easier to stick to your workout routine).

4. Vigorous, outdoor exercise increases energy and alertness better than a cup of coffee.

5. Increased Vitamin D levels. On a related note, people with low Vitamin D levels are twice as likely to be overweight than people with normal to high levels of Vitamin D.

6. Helps you sleep better at night.

7. Test subjects scored 50% better on a creativity study after exercising. Side note- you have to go technology -free for this one to work.

8. No need to worry about germs on the equipment during cold and flu season or waiting on a piece of equipment during your workout.

9. Better way to increase your fitness level, especially for runners. Dealing with wind, temperature changes, different terrain, etc... makes your body work harder, expend more energy, and become more resilient.

10. The variety of workouts you can do outside is only held back by your imagination.

Adventure Hiking Classes are back by popular demand!

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I've always wanted to do a back by popular demand announcement. So back by popular demand it is our:

 

Adventure Hiking Classes!

 

We did these awhile back and everyone had a blast.

 

The very first hike will be on Saturday, January 21st at 9am.

 

What to expect:

-Gain strength and endurance

-Learn the basics of hiking

-See the most beautiful locations in north Alabama

-Sweat, smiles, and laughter

-Improved mood

 

Hiking is an excellent way to get an effective, low impact workout in. It is also great for your mood and attitude to get out and explore nature.

 

This class is open to women, men, and children who can handle the hiking. If mom and/or dad join, children can come free.

 

There will be 4 different hikes (1 every week, except for Feb 4th) over the 5 week period. Each hike will be different and will last anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours per hike.

This is going to be an awesome class, sign up today!

Adventure Hiking sign up

Co-Ed Class Coming to the Harvest/Monrovia area!

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It’s been a great run at Adventure Boot Camp. We’ve had over 7 years of dudeless bliss. We have helped several hundred women change their lives and it has been an amazing blessing to be a part of. But now is the time to adapt and change.

 

Dudes will be allowed for the first time.

 

We are starting a brand new evening class out in the Harvest/Monrovia area for Women AND Men. Here are the specifics:

 

What- Co-Ed Boot Camp When- Starting on September 12th at 530pm. The class will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Where- Monrovia Elementary School 1030 Jeff Road

 

Everything else is the same format as our other classes. We still specialize in helping people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities get results through fun, safe, and addictive workouts.

 

This is a really exciting opportunity to expand our boot camp family. I would really appreciate it if you would share this new class with your friends and family who might be interested. Please send them (or yourself) to this link to reserve your spot Co-Ed Boot Camp

 

No experience needed, we meet everybody where they are and take them where they want to be.

 

Thank you in advance, have a great day!

Huntsville Adventure Race

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The world is in need of a race where more selfies are involved. That's right, somebody had to say it. That is where the HABC Adventure Race comes in.

 

If you are tired of regular 5ks, if your gym workouts are feeling stale, or if you are just ready for a new adventure we have the race for you. The race is a 5Kish distance course with 8 tasks you must complete along the way. You will need to test your brain as well as your brawn.

Grab a partner, use strategy, map reading, puzzle solving, strength, and endurance to complete the course. All fitness levels are welcome to attend. The main two goals are to finish and have fun. Register here --->HABC Adventure Race

Enjoy this cinematic masterpiece to get even more fired up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nLFaPFi3yk

Exercise is not punishment

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You’ve been told a lie. You’ve been made to believe if you are not exhausted, covered in sweat in, and barely alive after a workout you are doing it wrong.

Fitness ads show oiled up, impossibly fit men and women doing things you could never dream of doing. They make you think you have to kill yourself every time, eat broccoli and chicken every meal, and then maybe you could look half as good.

Meanwhile, you dread going to the gym. You hate exercise and all the people who claim to like that torturous activity.

Here is a secret I will let you in on- exercise is a reward, not a punishment.

 

You were born to move. Your body requires movement to be at its best.

You should feel good after a workout! It is great to push yourself, break through plateaus, and test your limits. But here is the test- if you dread your workouts and don’t enjoy them, you will not stick to it long-term.

There is a mode of exercise out there that works for you. One that you enjoy and gets you results. It is your job to find out what that is.

If you are looking for something different, we are declaring June to be Adventure Month. Every Saturday in June, we will be offering a new adventure. These are open to men, women, and children.

June 4- Hike the Green Mountain Power Line

June 11- 1st annual HABC Adventure Race (partner 5K with tasks along the way like The Amazing Race)

June 18- Hiking/Biking beautiful Elkmont, AL

June- 25- Canoe/kayak trip

Registration is now open if want to join us. It is $15/adventure or $50 to take part in all 4.

 

Reserve your spot here --->Adventures

Looking forward to having some fun adventures with you!

Frisbee Fitness (Your homework)

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One of the best ways to get in shape and change your body is sprinting. The only negative for sprints are the fact that they are pretty tough.

 

Sprints are tough but they are worth it. Some benefits you get from sprinting are: accelerated fat loss, increase in HGH and testosterone that will help you restore muscle tissue and build lean muscle, better race times for runners and bikers, and the workouts are shorter.

 

You can definitely go out and run sprints, hill sprints are even better. But the main purpose of my message today is to trick yourself into doing a sprint workout.

 

One way you can do this is a Frisbee workout. On Easter afternoon my son and I went to the park with our fancy Aerobie Pro AKA The Astonishing Flying Ring. This thing is awesome! You can easily throw it 100 yards with minimal effort.

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We were just looking for something different to do, but it ended up being a fun and effective workout. With sprinting for fat loss, a good rule of thumb is to rest twice as long as you sprinted (ex sprint 20 seconds, rest 40 seconds). Which ended up about the rest intervals we were doing since every other throw would be way over the other person’s head.

 

That is just one example, but there could be 100s of ways you could trick yourself into sprinting. And sprints can be done on foot, a bike, swimming, in a wheelchair, skateboard, etc…

 

Your homework this weekend is to find a fun way to work sprints into your workouts. The Frisbee Fitness come highly recommended, but here are a few more options:

 

-Play tag, capture the flag, or even red light/green light

 

-Get up the stairs as fast you can

 

-Play a sport like basketball, flag football, lacrosse, or soccer

 

-Go roller skating (if you know how to stop without running into video games or small children)

 

Get creative and go have some fun!

4 Lessons from the “Wild”

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I'm reading a book called "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed about a woman who decided to hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) by herself. Her route would take her over a thousand miles and she had never backpacked in her life. What could go wrong?

As you can imagine, lots of stuff does go wrong. I won't tell you everything that happened, you will have to read the book. Or you could watch the movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Thought I would share a couple of lessons that you can apply to your life that I got out of the book.

1. "Who's tougher than you?"

Along the trail, Cheryl developed a personal mantra to keep herself motivated and putting one foot in front of the other. She would say out loud, "Who's tougher than you? and then answer herself "No one!"

I thought that was a really awesome way to keep yourself motivated. She said even though she knew it was not true it still made her feel better and helped her push on.

What is a personal mantra you can develop to keep yourself going?

2. "You're doing great"

She meets a fellow hiker along the way who really buoys her spirits. He lets her know how amazing she is doing so far and to keep up the good work.

This one works both ways. First, you need people like that in your life. Someone who will lift you up and encourage you when you want to give up and give in. Second, you can be that person for someone else! If you notice someone who is giving it their all, struggling, and just trying to get by give them a word of encouragement. You never know how much it will mean to them.

3. "A mosquito, my libido"

At one point she is extremely bored, hurting, and needing something to take her mind off of things so she begins to sign Nirvana lyrics to herself over and over. She recites poetry. She does everything to take her mind somewhere else.

Your mind is an amazing thing. If you focus on the pain and tedium of a workout, it only seems to grow. But if you can take yourself elsewhere through music, laughter, literature, etc... you will be amazed at how much further you can go.

4. "If they can do it so can I"

She would see other hikers along the way and tell herself if they could do it, so can they. This is one I have used in my life several times. Most recently with taking jiu-jitsu. I thought I was the oldest one in there, until I met a guys who is 6 years older and doing great. If he can do it, so can I.

Saturday morning I woke up feeling like I had just been through 2 day football practice, it was 20 degrees, I was tired, didn't feel like going. But if Cheryl Strayed can hike over a thousand miles by herself, I can get through a 90 minute class. I went and had a great time.

When you go looking for inspiration, it turns out it is all around you.

Adventure Hiking Classes Are Back!

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Another benefit of hiking. Selfies.

Another benefit of hiking. Selfies.

I've always wanted to do a back by popular demand announcement. So back by popular demand it is our:

 

Adventure Hiking Classes!

 

We did these awhile back and everyone had a blast.

 

The very first hike will be on Saturday January 23th at 9am.

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What to expect:

 

-Gain strength and endurance

 

-Learn the basics of hiking

 

-See the most beautiful locations in north Alabama

 

-Sweat, smiles, and laughter

 

-Improved mood

 

Hiking is an excellent way to get an effective, low impact workout in. It is also great for your mood and attitude to get out and explore nature.

 

This class is open to women, men, and children who can handle the hiking. If mom and/or dad join, children can come free.

 

There will be 6 different hikes (1 every week) over the 6 week period. Each hike will be different and will last anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours hours per hike.

 

This is going to be an awesome class, sign up today!

 

Adventure Hiking sign up link

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