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Dan and his team work together and support each other throughout the various fitness challenges.  (Photo: Contributed)
Dan and his team work together and support each other throughout the various fitness challenges. (Photo: Contributed)

The Challenge: Week Two

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Weigh-in Beginning Week 2:
Weight: 363 lbs

My article Get it Back - Give it Back was posted late last week and I wanted to start by thanking all of you that have e-mailed, called or posted your support for me on Facebook. I am grateful to have so much support behind me. With every e-mail I find I get stronger. The will to continue and push grows greater as I realize so many people love and care about me. It is finally time to get this body moving and take off some weight. I joke all the time that I have to lose a backstreet boy in order to get to my healthy weight, but that is no joke. Please continue to provide me feedback and support, the hardest is yet to come. I will need every pat on the back I can get!

The first week was tough, but I survived! I went from nothing to five workouts for the week. It included an obstacle course, aerobic training and weights. It is funny how quickly you can bond with complete strangers, but I really feel our team is doing a great job of coming together and supporting each other. Our trainer is also a great match. In particular I like how much energy she has along with many years of experience and education.

My knee is holding up really well. I actually thought it would hold me back more than it has. There are some exercises I have a hard time with. I just have to go at a slower pace with those. I felt a lot of pain in my muscles this week. It was nothing a dose of ibuprofen and a good sleep couldn’t cure.

One of the things in particular I wanted to talk about was the obstacle course. Global Fitness is using the course as a measurement tool to see how much your time improves over the three months. The course is pretty simple. There is a short slalom jog through cones, followed by some touch downs on four cones. Then you carry a medicine ball from one end of the gym to the other and then back to the middle for up-downs. After the up-downs you hit the step for a count of 15 and finish off with another short slalom jog and you’re done!

My biggest concern was whether or not my knee was going to hold up. My doctor told me I would be fine, but to avoid any jumping or high impact. I made my way to the back of the line. I wanted to make sure I knew the course and I had to find out if my knee was going to hold me back or not. I jogged on the spot a couple times and I did a couple of up-downs on the mat to see how it would go. Everything seemed fine. The only question now was if I would dial it back or go all out. I had every reason to take it easy. The trainer told me to take it easy because of my knee. The doctors have told me I have to watch my heart rate because I have a hypertensive response if it gets too high. There would be no shame if I held back at all.

As everyone else was going through the course I saw how hard they were all working. No one was holding back, so I didn’t want to be the only guy that did. I took this time to give myself a gut check. I have spent my life holding back. Anytime there was a reason to hold back I did. I said to myself, “Why don’t we just try it this once and see what happens. Your knee is strong, your heart and mind is strong, so what is the worst that can happen?”

I hit the line and it was time for me to go. Leslie, our trainer said, “Take it easy, I know you are competitive, but I am going to stop you if you are pushing too hard.” I was committed to doing my best and to see where it takes me. She said “go” and off I went. I pushed as hard as I could through all the tasks. By the time I got to the up-downs I was breathing pretty hard. It takes a lot of effort to get this body on the ground and back up again. I only had to do five but I lost count after three. I thought my lungs were going to fall out of my chest when I got to the steps so I had to hold off just a tad. I still went as quickly as I could and then finished off strong. My heart was pounding and my lungs were heaving in and out. It is possible I have never pushed myself that hard before, but I found that I really liked it.

I may not be the fastest, or the most agile, or the most coordinated. What I do know is that I am not going to die if I push too hard. It took me about five minutes to recover back to normal, but I still recovered. So whatever the rest of this challenge has to send my way I know I can handle it.

As part of the relationship between Global Fitness and Castanet Media I have been authorized to offer my readers a free pass to join me at a challenge event. This week I am doing a spin class and a body power class. E-mail me [email protected] if you are interested in joining me!

Get it Back – Give it Back is a FREE three month fitness & weight loss challenge for anyone wanting to rediscover their health & wellness. The selected applicants will receive a 3 month fitness membership & weekly training, nutritional advice, weekly challenges, weekly tips, all valued at over $1,800. Plus a chance to win prizes monthly and the opportunity to win the Grand Prize valued over $2,500.

Dan Boundy, Marketing Consultant for Castanet Media has accepted this challenge. Dan is 37-years-old, 6 ft. 4 in. tall and his starting weight is 373 lbs.

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