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#ProjectAdam: Stepping up the exercise routine

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  February 7, 2013 12:00 AM

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We are now just about one month away from our #ProjectAdam 5K and I think the boys (that's Adam Salsman and Adam 12) are getting a wee bit comfy in their workouts leading up to the big day.

I'm still not wholly convinced 12 is even actually getting in regular runs, but he did make a valiant effort to make up for it by training for a charity dance event this weekend.

And Salsman, well, I'm just putting it on record right now that I'm pretty sure he'll wax 12 come race day. There. I said it. I feel better. (No pressure, Salsman. I swear.)

So, since I am a strong believer in the concept that you get out what you put in (and Salsman has been putting in a lot of hard work and has the shin splints to prove it), I decided I was going to give him a little extra care and attention this week.

While I'm not a trained fitness expert, you know if you follow this blog that I've been on my own personal fitness journey for months now, working toward overall good health and wellness. While I'm not training my two colleagues in the technical sense, one thing I've discovered along the way is that support is key to success. It is for me, and it seems to be working for Adam and Adam as well (so far, so good). I have been giving them suggestions about drills to do based on training programs I've learned along the way here, so what you'll read next explains how I've been encouraging them and giving them tips on things they can do that have helped me become more fit. It's up to them what they're taking on, and I always remind everyone -- including my readers -- to consult with their doctors before starting any exercise routine. Another option is exploring the idea of working with a certified personal trainer if cleared to embark on a training program. Now, back to my "fun" with Salsman ...

Just for the record: Here on the Get Moving blog that does not mean pats on the back and high fives. Instead, it means joining mama herself (that's me) for a real-life workout.

And, I knew Salsman was ready for extra work when he tweeted that he demanded a stair exercise (since people here at the Globe have been known to see me running said stairs out back by the loading dock).

He wanted stairs? OK. We did stairs ... and more.

Here's how it went down: Salsman and I met at my favorite set of stairs in the back lot where I explained that I would time him for one-minute intervals running up and down said stairs. From there, he would have to run (with me) around the corner and up a very steep ramp to get to the rooftop parking lot. After running back down that same ramp we'd run the stairs again. We would do this three times before heading inside for our #plankADay and 40 seconds worth of burpees.

Here's a glimpse of how the workout looked:
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Here's what he tweeted afterward:

I think somebody's enjoying this whole exercise thing.

I wonder what Adam 12 did for his routine? Any suggestions for how to help 12 pick up the pace?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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