Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 18th 2015 Contents SO IN A BID TO GET FIT for Carnival, and at the same
time lose about 12 pounds' worth of Christmas goodies
from around my midsection, I'm trying different types
of exercise. This week I decided to enrol in my buddy
Orlando Griffith's Carnival fitness boot camp (see Page
11). I worked my way through Week 1 of his regime, al-
though, quite frankly I had my doubts as to whether I'd
survive to tell the tale.
Despite being a lifelong asthmatic, my cardiovascular
fitness isn't so bad, so I approach the workout with
confidence. Until I see what our friendly neighbourhood
trainer has in store for me.
Jumping jacks. Now, my personal opinion is that those
of us with a C cup or higher should approach jumping
jacks with extreme caution, unless our sports bra is
built like the breastplate of Thor. But I do okay.
Squats, lunges, pushups, supermans ... I survived.
Lots of gentle running, down-dogs and up-dogs. I've
been running and doing yoga for 2 years, so it's a dod-
More jumping jacks.
Then came the burpees. Now, there are four things I
loathe above all else:
4. People who speed right up to the traffic light while
you're patiently waiting in the turning lane, then cut
across you at 90 degrees and go on their merry way.
3. Any spider bigger than my thumbnail.
2. Callaloo. Especially when it's crab-infested.
And I have to do 100 in 5 minutes. I mean, seriously?
Two minutes in, I decide I'd rather be water-boarded. By
4 minutes, I'm exploring the more colourful elements of
the English language.
My kid wanders in. "Why are you cursing?"
"Because Orlando is making me do BURPEES!"
"A very, very, very, bad man...."
For the final minute, I chicken out and do mountain
climbers instead, which are sort of like burpees, except
they don't violate the UN Convention Against Torture.
Thursday's workout involves a 60-minute power walk.
For me, that's about 6K. Yeah, I'm up for that. I probably
cover more ground on any given night, pacing between
my bedroom and the fridge when I'm in the grip of the
When I get back, I have to admit that I'm a little
tempted to wuss out and do girly planks on my elbows,
but I woman-up and do them with my arms straight
and fully extended. Yay, me!
Then come the side planks.
Socrates said to know thyself, and myself knows I am
not good at anything that requires keeping my balance.
I am the only person I know who can tip over when
standing quietly on my own two flat feet. And side
planks require balance --- lots of it.
I sway like a landlubber on a storm-tossed ship for the
first 3 sets, and have to confess that on the last round I
bend my bottom knee and use my leg to keep me
steady. I know: cheater, cheater, stinky feeter.
Friday is a repeat of Monday's workout, and I gamely
Saturday is my favourite day of all: Rest. Yes! That I
So there you go, a full week of Orlando Griffith's Carni-
val Prep 2K15 workout, and I am actually not dead. My
personal rating? Difficulty: 3 ½ out of 5 (because of the
burpees). Personal satisfaction: 4 out of 5 (because of
Week 2 of Orlando's routine is published opposite, just
waiting for you to get into. Enjoy!
• Stand with your feet hip width apart
and your arms down by your side
• Lower into a squat position with
your hands flat on the floor in front
• Kick your legs backwards into a
push up position and lower your
chest to the floor
• Push your chest back up to the push
up position thrust both feet forward
so you are back in the squat position
• Jump up and raise both hands over
• Lie on your right side, in a
straight line from head to
feet, resting on your elbow
and forearm. Your elbow
should be directly under your
• With your abdominals gently
contracted, lift your hips off
the floor, maintaining the line.
Keep your hips square and
your neck in line with your
• Hold 20 to 40 seconds and
lower. Repeat, alternating
sides. (If this is too challeng-
ing, start with bent knees. For
a more intense workout,
start with a plank, arms com-
pletely extended, and then
shift your position, support-
ing yourself on just one
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involves a 60-minute
power walk. For me,
that's about 6K. Yeah,
I'm up for that. I prob-
ably cover more
ground on any given
night, pacing be-
tween my bedroom
and the fridge when
I'm in the grip of the
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