By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: November 2009
If you’re serious about getting fit, Adam Harwood can show you how to get there.
From high atop a hill overlooking a sleepy Broken Arrow neighborhood, a group of ladies gather at 5:30 a.m. to run, kick, twist, lunge, stretch, push up, sit up, jump and crunch in an attempt to challenge every muscle in their bodies.
It’s not torture, it’s boot camp – Broken Arrow Adventure Boot Camp. Adam Harwood coaches the program that just began in Broken Arrow. “This is designed for ladies who are serious about getting fit and staying fit. If they can make the commitment, I can show them how to get there,” he says.
The concept of boot camp fitness is loosely based on the intense regimen that the U.S. Army uses to keep recruits in shape. There are 347 Adventure Boot Camps throughout the world, but this is the first in Broken Arrow.
Adam meets with the ladies for one hour every Monday through Friday morning for four weeks. The outdoor program features intense exercise sessions that emphasize flexibility, core training, strength building and cardiovascular fitness.
By moving quickly from exercise to exercise, both the upper and lower body muscles work at the same time. “You get more results in less time,” he explains. “You actually accelerate your fitness goals while you burn as many as 600 calories per hour.”
Typically, at the end of four weeks participants can expect a three to five percent reduction in body fat, 5 to 12 pounds of weight loss, a one to three inch decrease in the midsection, a 25 percent improvement in both strength and endurance, and a 100 percent gain in self confidence. They also note greatly improved posture and better sleep and relaxation.
It makes no difference whether they have exercised regularly or are just starting. Adventure Boot Camp is for ladies of all sizes, shapes and abilities.
Along with exercise, nutrition plays a large role in the program. A one-hour nutrition seminar is part of the enrollment package. A daily journal of food intake is essential.
If someone gets off track, the other women are there to support her with motivational ideas that have worked for them. And Adam is there to remind her why she came in the first place. The lifelong sports, health and fitness enthusiast has a passion for guiding people to become the best they can be. When it comes to fitness, he shows them what they can do for themselves to transform their lives. It’s not about getting fit for the holidays or a special occasion; it’s about getting fit for life.
The ladies groan as they stretch farther than they have ever stretched before, or hold a Pilates position designed to strengthen muscles they didn’t realize they had. But then they laugh. They did it! It feels good, and they are well on their way to looking good. A warm congratulations from the coach tops it off.
Broken Arrow Adventure Camp is a weekday program that meets at 5:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church parking lot at 100 W. Albany St. The program is designed to be al fresco, but on days when the weather turns bad, they meet inside. A new camp begins the first of each month. Enrollment includes a nutrition seminar, a T-shirt, and before and after assessments. Give Adam a call at (918) 688-4019 for information on costs and further details.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.