Sanders Optimum Boot Camp (Day 6)


Monte training Ray Lewis in the Garrison Forest Athletic Center where we workout 3 days a week.

I feel good!  Made it through the second of four weeks of this boot camp!  I will admit, I felt much better today than I did yesterday.  Today I arrived and had a chance to stretch before he put us to work.  We warmed up with a mile jog he wanted us to complete UNDER 9 minutes.  Then he had us do 100 jumping jacks.

After that warm up it was ON!  We did 250 basement squats (stay at the bottom in the hard zone – don’t come all the way up, sort of like pulses), 200 MORE  jumping jacks, 250 rapid fire jumping jacks (don’t ask…I surprised myself) and 150 push ups!  Yes you read that right…150 push ups.  Arms were like jelly after that was done.  All within the first 20 minutes of our morning.  It wasn’t even 6:00 am yet!

Then he had us tone up while walking on our tippy toes (you know, to get that calf work in).  Once we walk diagonally across the gym floor we then performed bicep curls, Arnold presses, shoulder presses, tricep kick backs and everything in between.  We did all of these toning exercises while we walked another mile around that gym.

Typically at 5:30 am in the morning, there isn’t much chatter because folks are still trying to wake up but HONEY….near the end of today’s session, you heard yelps and grunts from pure exhaustion!  And just when I looked over at the clock and figured we only have 2 minutes the torture is OVER….he had us do MORE suicide drills you know…to get that metabolism working  just a little extra as we get into our cars and drive home.

Gee thanks!  :-)

We did have a great surprise today, someone brought their 81-year-old grandmother to today’s session and she HUNG WITH US!!  I mean she was sprinting, doing wall push ups, squats, the entire 9 yards!  I was so inspired and said THIS IS ALL WORTH IT if I have my health at 81 like she does.  No walker, no crutches, no humps in the back …. pure health!

I know it sounds corny but it is true…health is our greatest wealth!  Believe that!

We ended our session with a team huddle yelling PRAISE THE LORD!  Yeessss I like that!



About Diatta

Who I am My name is Diatta Harris and I’m a 40-something wife, mother of 2 and career woman who is constantly inspired by anything fitness related. My professional background includes a Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration. I am also a project management professional by trade in the healthcare IT space. As you can see, I have created a life and career around healthcare. What I call myself I consider myself a fitness enthusiast and love researching anything that will help me get better fit mentally, physically and spiritually. I also like sharing this special information with others as it is better to give than to receive. My motivation In 2005 I started running with a former co-worker who was diagnosed and fighting breast cancer. She WON! I was so inspired by her we started running together every week on the NCR trail in Maryland. Fast forward to 2008 – I met up with a friend I had not seen in a few years and she looked FANTASTIC! She was fit and trim and was generous enough to share with me her secret weapon. Her trainer who worked at Brick Bodies. I quickly got her name and started working out with her for about 6 months from 2008 to 2009. I then began working out on my own in my home gym but it wasn’t the same. I reunited with my trainer April 2011 and have continued to train with her 2 times a week, 30 minute sessions each. And let me just say she makes me EARN IT! Why I started this blog I want to share my passion for wellness and fitness with all of you to encourage you to live the most healthy lifestyle you can. I hope some of you are also encouraged and willing to share your fitness journey through the mountains and valleys to help inspire others who feel it too daunting a task to be fit in conjunction with managing a balanced life. What inspires me I am constantly inspired when I meet and talk to folks who are also into fitness whether professionally or recreationally! I am impresed with those who have taken the time and have the discipline to make their bodies perfection inside and out with proper nutrition and workouts. What I find, I want to share with YOU! Who I meet, I want to introduce to YOU! I am excited to be here and hope you choose to join me in this journey. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Let’s GO! View all posts by Diatta

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