Lookin' Good in the Neighborhood

Thursday, July 3rd 2008, 1:46 pm
By: News 9

NEWS 9 hits Boot Camp, Tan & Tone and Curves for an inside view to a good looking you!


Like many of you, I've seen pounds creep on over a period of time. News 9's parent company Griffin Media launched a wellness campaign recently. The goal was to walk 10,000 steps a day. You'd be surprised at how many steps you do or don't walk in a day if you clip on a pedometer. This act started me thinking we needed to take this initiative a "step" further. So, I gathered two of my fellow

News 9-ers and we decided to take on the challenge of trying three different weight-loss approaches with three different levels. This is not a competition because the playing field isn't level. However, we all want results.

I chose Curves since it's geared toward women, it takes 30-minutes three times a week and provides an all over workout. This includes weight training and aerobics. The first session included a questionnaire about my general health. It also included weighing and measurements. Then it was time to hit the ‘circuit'.

The circuit is the program. You find yourself looking at a group of workout machines arraigned in a circle. There are boards in between each machine station. The boards are used for resting between each machine. For 30-second intervals you walk or run in place on the boards and then when a recorded tape says, "change stations now" you hit the machine. Each machine works a different set of muscles. You work that machine as hard and as fast as you can for the next 30-seconds. If you do this, you are really listening for that recorded voice to say, "change stations now". That's because it gives you a real workout. Once that happens you get on the next board to continue walking or jogging in place. You follow this twice around. It truly takes only 30-minutes. Then you do a series of stretches that feel good and are relaxing.

I found it enjoyable and I can honestly say I've never thought of exercising enjoyable. More as this journey continues!