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Sheemy’s Boot Camp Challenge

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Our Classified Sales Manager Adam El-Sheemy is undertaking the “Boot Camp Challenge,” a grueling, thriceweekly workout regimen set up by two personal trainers. Every week, he’ll give us an update on how he’s doing. Here is how he fared during week two:

Day 3: June 8

On Day 2, I vomitted from the grueling workout. But I’m glad I stuck it out because now that my first three sessions are done, I can actually see improvements. I’m breathing less heavily during our runs, though the push-ups are still a problem.

Day 4: June 11

Back to reality. We started off with simple stretching exercises that made me pant — not a good sign. Next, we did what the coaches call “hard-knocking mountain climbers”: you start in a standing position, then drop down into a push-up position, and then stand back up. I felt like I was climbing a real mountain: the pain was exquisite and I got dizzy. Didn’t throw up, though!

Day 5: June 13

The stretching is getting easier — but that’s the least of my problems. Now we’re using a stretch cord during power squats, arm curls and triceps curls — and the cord makes everything 10 times harder (like it wasn’t hard enough pushing my own body weight). I want to strangle the inventor.

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