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FitLit - by Laura Minor - Fitness for Nerds!
posted: Feb. 17, 2017

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Days 29-42
Hello readers. I hope that you have been following along with the show I have been writing about entitled "100 Days". This show highlights local author John Green and his best friend Chris Waters tackling various fitness and diets challenges for 100 consecutive days. Week 5 hits in and it is apparent that the "honeymoon phase" may be over in regards to Chris and John. They have been trying to stay the course with workouts and diet. But, as life happens, there are obstacles as well. Realistically, it would be highly unlikely that everything would go 100% according to plan for an entire 100 days. Especially when it comes to making somewhat drastic changes to lifestyles.
Week 5 displays this fact as John and Chris get into a minor spat about diet pitfalls. It was the first time that the "bromance" was not in full display. And I wasn't surprised... it didn't get too ugly though and by the end of the workout all was well in the land of 100 Days.
This was also the week of Thanksgiving as we all know can be quite a challenge, as John admitted while visiting family in Montana. Although he did get in some runs and hiked out there in that lovely state, so not a total bust!! And Chris went on a morning holiday run with his buddies on our lovely local tow path, which is a great tradition for him.
Week 6 was a pretty intense regimen. The guys visited the Naptown Roller Girls (our local roller derby team) and John clearly underestimated the hardcore-ness of this group. After falling on a turn and bruising his tail bone, they continued to do a non-skating boot camp style workout that left them both pretty exhausted and with a new appreciation for the sport.
They also met with their dietitian to regroup with new goals and expectations. She suggested more frequent snacks during the day and list writing to remember the WHY in their journey. I found her tips to be helpful as did they.
The last part of week 6 as far as I was involved was a tough free weight workout with me which I'm not sure they particularly enjoyed, but I did this workout for exactly that reason. I wanted to show them the vast amount of ways you can work, fatigue and build the same muscle group. There is no one way to do "resistance training". Working out does not mean just cardio and pumping weights. It wasn't their favorite style, which I was expecting, and wasn't going to make them do it again....but I at least wanted them to try it.
And last, but CERTAINLY not least, was their final workout of the week with boxing instructor Suzana. Suzana used to work for me and she's about as intense as they come. Let's just say they both agreed it was the hardest workout they had ever endured. Dozens of nonstop drills and her "breaks" included mountain climbers and burpees. It didn't look pleasant and John even dry heaved. Personally, this is not my style as I don't find nearly passing out and vomiting the picture of health...but that's why it is good there are so many different types of fitness/training out there. Some people swear by their trainers while others would not enjoy that physical feeling.
If you have been following along it is also quite clear that the guys are becoming much more fit. Their strength and endurance have markedly increased despite a few bumps in the road. Their accountability towards one another and to me is a huge boost toward their success!! If you would like to challenge yourself to your own fitness desires I would definitely recommend having a buddy, spouse, trainer etc. to help keep you on the course in a positive way!!

Laura Minor owner and operator of So.Be.Fit. Personal Training and Fitness studio located at 54th and the Monon. She is passionate about teaching others how to "FIT" exercise and physical activity into their daily lives, and have fun while doing so! Visit her website at or e-mail
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