Hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend! Mine was pretty nice and relaxing, and I worked out every single day. The highlight of those workouts was on Sunday, when I took a new exercise class that was really fun and effectively brutal.
The class was called BALLS OUT and it was held outdoors at Pan Pacific Park, a big park about 25 minutes south of me in Los Angeles. I heard about it from some Slimmons friends, and for this class, our little Slimmons crowd made up a majority of the 10 or so participants. BALLS OUT is the creation of Wes Ferguson, a West Hollywood-based personal trainer, and he describes it on his website as “a circuit training routine that keeps the heart rate up while using body resistance and a weighted medicine ball to build muscle.” That’s a pretty good description!
A medicine ball is about the size of a basketball, but they’re weighted to be anywhere from a couple pounds all the way up to 16 or 20 lbs. For this class, I worked with a 10-pound ball:
After some initial stretching, Wes led us through all sorts of exercises using the ball. Burpees. Squats. Lunges. Crunches. Three different kinds of pushups. Then more of everything. It was a tough class – very much like a boot camp. I did my best, and even though I struggled with the push-ups, I pushed myself and felt great. Wes was an informative instructor, and offered modifications for any exercise to anyone that needed them, and he’s a nice, friendly guy to boot. I’d take the class again.
I also really enjoyed working out outside, which is something I haven’t done in a while. The class was held in a shady pavilion that overlooked the entire park.
It was a great hour-long class. The Slimmons folks got a group photo afterwards, holding our balls:
From left to right, that’s Joseph, Ann, Wes the instructor, Laura, Alexander, Joanne, Ben, and yours truly.
After the class was over, Joanne invited me to join her for a walk. She’s in training for her second walking half-marathon, and wanted to go 5 miles. I said ‘Sure!’ and we set off. We did a couple big laps around the park – it’s a big park – and then walked an even bigger perimeter that included CBS Television City, The Farmers’ Market, and The Grove – all LA landmarks, if you’re familiar. After one hour and 38 minutes, our 5 miles were completed. I was pooped. Over 2 and a half hours of exercise!
Later that day, I awoke from a little nap with an unpleasant feeling: Pain! I went in the mirror and confirmed it: I was sunburned. Bad. Two and a half hours in the sun will do that to you if you’re not careful, and I was not careful.
Now I have a sharp-looking farmer’s tan/burn:
But it’s worse on the back of my neck:
And there’s even a little tan line on my forehead, from my bandanna:
It’s now September 3rd, which means it’s time for my monthly WEIGHT LOSS CHART UPDATE! My August started off crappy – with my sprained foot and all – but I’ve been back on track for a couple weeks now, and that shows on the scale:
Down 2 Pounds! Moving in the right direction. That puts my current total loss at 154 pounds. Woo-hoo! Here’s my entire chart:
Keep it up, David!