The Boot Camp Diaries, Day 8 (aka Weighing Me Down)

Another Wednesday, another Capitol day. If I thought running steps was hard before, then I was in for a rude awakening, as we were each given a 5 lb. weighted ball to carry with us. We used the ball in virtually every part of the workout–carrying it running up and down the steps multiple times, wedging it between our knees while doing triceps dips, using it as a base for performing mountain climbers and push-ups, switching it from arm to arm as we did walking lunges up the hill.

I think the most challenging exercise was running up and down the side driveway while carrying the ball. Our Capitol sits atop a very steep hill, hence a very steep driveway. It would have been tough to run up and down without the weight; with the weight, I was definitely feeling the burn and counting the minutes until the cooldown.
It’s amazing how much effect such a small weight can have on you. I’m sure there’s a very profound metaphor about life’s challenges somewhere here, but I’ll spare you the life lesson for now.

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