Wednesday, July 22, 2009

3 hard workouts for the price of a T-shirt

Another tip from one of my favorite tipsters -- Aaron Linz, chairman of the Charlotte Running Club:

"Typically, mid- to late July is a bit slow for races. If folks are looking for something a little different to do, I recommend they try the Summer Bootcamp Series" put on by Asana Activewear, located at 3920 Sharon Road in the SouthPark area.

The new program -- which has offered two sessions already and continues this Saturday, followed by sessions on Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 -- is described on the Asana Web site as "an opportunity to sample some of Charlotte’s finest personal training and fitness gyms, each of which will be leading a 'bootcamp' style workout, which includes a variety of strength, agility and conditioning drills." (Velocity Sports is leading this Saturday's session.)

"Basically, each session is instructed by trainers from some of the top personal-training gyms in Charlotte," says Asana Activewear owner Gary Schwake, a former triathlete. "Although each session will reflect the unique style of each gym/trainer, all of the sessions will involve 'functional' strength-training movements, with jumps, lunges, pushups, medicine balls, dumbells/kettle bells, bands, etc. Because the majority of the movements are based on body weight or light weights, they can be scaled to any fitness level and/or ability."

Schwake says more than 30 people attended each of the first two sessions. Here's a pic from one of them:

Adds Linz: "I assure you it will give any runner a terrific workout. For $10, you get a water bottle, technical T-shirt, and a [drawstring backpack] bag, plus an hourlong workout. ... Heck, that stuff alone is worth more than that."

The $10 (plus a $2 PayPal fee if you register online) will cover as many of the sessions you want to attend. Event-day registration is $15 and opens at 8:30 a.m.; the workouts begin at 9 a.m. and will take place outdoors, in a shaded area.

Get more info by clicking here. Or call Asana Activewear at 704-366-8020.


Jen said...

Thanks for sharing, just signed up!

Anonymous said...

...but if you already belong to a gym, they have classes similar to this included in your membership. The one on Monday nights at the Dowd YMCA rocks!

Anonymous said...

Did the workout this past Saturday, and it was fantastic! We got a full-sized smoothie from Smoothie King afterwards too. I'm still sore!