Difficulty level: 3-5, depending on the intensity you want to do.
Let's make a commitment to getting in shape for the summer. Dante Baker, a professional trainer at the Y, is going to lead 4 weeks of outdoor fitness classes, twice a week on Wednesday and Friday for a total of 8 sessions.
Each session will be about 1 hour at the cost of $10 per person (payable at the event). The sessions will be at the beginner to moderate level. If you want to commit to all 4 weeks and need to miss a class, you can arrange a make-up with him on Saturday. Otherwise, it's just $10 for each session you can make.
I'd like to use this as a measure of how much I can improve in this short a time. My plan is to record some measurements, and count how many push-ups, etc. I can do at the beginning, then see what I can do at the end. We had a boot camp at work a few years ago, and it was also twice a week for the summer. I remember I lost two belt notches before I lost any weight, and felt great. So don't just let your weight be your guide, that's only moderately useful after your tone has stabilized.
Dante's number is [masked] in case you're running late or need to find out more info about the workouts. Remember you need to be the judge of your abilities, and no one else. You can see in the picture, some people are doing push-ups from their knees, and there is no shame in that; I think instead it shows great courage to continue when it gets difficult. I think that's what exercise teaches us, and why it benefits us far beyond the time of the workout.
You might want to consider bringing the following:
- Exercise mat
- Bug Spray
So let's get this summer in gear!