Boot camp volunteers fight battle of the bulge

Exercise: Pre-dawn military-style workouts provide inspiration for those who wish to be whipped back into shape.

Howard At Play

March 05, 2000|By Gail Dixon-Williams | Gail Dixon-Williams,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's 6 a.m. and pitch-black outside. In Columbia's Cedar Lane Park, it's chilly -- about 50 degrees with a slight breeze.

As participants arrive, dressed in sweat suits and padded exercise gloves, they line up in formation. The backs of their sweat shirts are imprinted with the slogan, "Be All That You Used To Be." With hands on hips and legs stretched wide, all eyes are on "the sergeant," awaiting his first command.

Stretch: Focus on the muscles most related to your activity. Make sure not to jerk or strain.

Use caution: Don't play through pain. This is a warning of injury. What may seem like a sprain could be a fracture.

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