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Sweat pours as Semper Fit moves spinning workout outside

By Pvt. Charlie Chavez | | October 28, 2005

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- With sweaty brows, exercisers slogged out of a tent pitched next to Murphy Field House on a sunny Oct. 19. They jumped; they sprinted; they passed medicine balls.

After that, they were back in the tent.

Inside, as the sun and body heat cooked the air, participants mounted exercise bikes and glistened with sweat as part of Survival Cycle, a new Semper Fit-sponsored workout event.

Outside the tent, a series of agility and endurance obstacles spread across the grass for activities between cycling sessions.

"Every once in a while, we want to challenge people to step out of the boundaries of their usual workout," said Kenny J. Young, personal trainer. "That's why we made it segments of 20 minutes of cycling and 10 minutes of agility and endurance."

Kelly J. Johnson, program manager, changed the pace of the usual spin class from its usual hour-long indoor routine to Survival Cycle, a two-hour, outdoor, mixed workout.

Leading the training, Johnson kept a sharp pace for her students, asking them to only adjust the difficulty according to their endurance. 

"Up down, up down, keep going!" Johnson screamed repeatedly.

After the workout, she said, "People tend not to give 100 percent without someone giving them a reason. They assume they are at their max and just plateau instead of getting better."

Working with several different students and helping many to exceed their standards is a usual practice for Johnson.

"Our job as personal fitness trainers is to help find different ways to help with calisthenics and endurance - to give people new ways to work out harder," said Johnson.

The event stirred up enough curiosity and interest that two dates were set for next year. The dates are April 5 and Oct. 5, 2006. For more information, contact a trainer at (619) 524-8381.

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