- Title: USA: OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE ARE RESTORING TO ARMY TACTICS TO BEAT THE BULGE
- Date: 18th December 2000
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (RECENT) (REUTERS) SV TRAINER, RENEE PATTEN YELLING OUT 'ONE, TWO, THREE AS PARTICIPANTS DO JUMPING JACKS; PARTICIPANT DOING JUMPING JACKS (2 SHOTS) SV FORMER MARINE YELLING AT PARTICIPANTS WHO ARRIVED LATE MCU/SV PARTICIPANT RHONDA SURLES BEING SCOLDED AND BEING SHOWN A FORTY POUND VEST SHE'LL HAVE TO WEAR FOR THE REST OF THE MORNING; PARTICIPANTS PULLING SAND BAGS, SCALING WALLS, LIFTING WEIGHTS; FORMER MARINES YELLING AT PARTICIPANT TO GO OVER A WALL (4 SHOTS) MCU (English) TRAINER RENEE PATTEN SAYING "They get a really hard core workout out here. We combine all three components of fitness necessary to reach any fitness goal. They're getting their aerobic exercise. They're their anaerobic exercise. They're getting proper nutrition. We do everything out here." SV PARTICIPANTS EXERCISING MCU (English) PARTICIPANT RHONDA SURLES SAYING: "You don't come out to exercise just to lollygag, not me. I like working out hard. It's fun." MCU (English) PARTICIPANT ALLEN ROSS SAYING: "I spend all day at a computer inside. This is my opportunity to come out and be in nature and feel the seashore and the waves. Sometimes you see dolphins popping out over the waves and that's kind of really special." SV ROSS BEING YELLED AT BY FORMER MARINE; ROSS DOING PUSH UPS
- Embargoed: 2nd January 2001 12:00
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Health,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVACN8OFGC0NLVXL6A2XVTHLO9OE
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- Story Text: Overweight people in the States are resorting to army tactics in order to beat the bulge. For 75 dollars (usd) per session, three times a week, over a period of two months, the fitness conscious can get shouted into shape.
Optimum Boot Camp in Los Angeles promises it won't be easy, but you'll never have to wait in line at the gym for equipment.
Run by a group of mostly former Marines, the boot camp instructors know how to take people through a workout. The participants do aerobics, flexibility, plyometrics and strength training compliant with a U.S. (United States) Marine Corps Boot Camp format.
"They get a really hard core workout," said trainer Renee Patten.
But isn't this kind of masochistic? Participant Rhonda Surles explained why she subjects herself to beach obstacles and hard runs in soft sands.
"You don't come out to exercise, just to lollygag around. I like working out hard. It's fun."
"I spend all day at a computer inside. This is my opportunity to come out and be in nature," said participant Allen Ross.
Where else but in California can you watch the sun come up through your sweat as you pump yourself up listening to the sound of a former Marine shouting "Kiss the sand, come on, come on."
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