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Fighting Disease and Illness with Fitness

Fighting Disease and Illness with Fitness

Members of the Tucson Police escort participants of the Beat Cancer Boot Camp.

Stew Smith, CSCS

We have all heard that daily exercise and eating a healthful diet can help you fight many diseases and illnesses to include diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even cancer. This weekend in Tucson, AZ, I had the honor to meet a woman who donates her time to help people fight cancer through exercise. The “Sarge,” Anita Kellman runs the Beat Cancer Boot Camp and has used many of my workouts for ideas to train more than 700 people over the past five years.

I was honored that a product of mine was instrumental in helping people get healthy and fight cancer while on chemotherapy, getting radiation treatments, or in remission. As you know, I write books to help people pass fitness tests for military, law enforcement, and fire fighting professions. To think that the Beat Cancer Boot Camp and Anita Kellman were able to give more meaning to my workouts than I ever thought possible is completely humbling. It is a great idea and if you are trainer or want to help fight cancer, you should consider putting on a Beat Cancer Boot Camp event in your city. See the www.beatcancerbootcamp.com website and learn how to help in the cause.

Beat Cancer Boot Camp 5k Obstacle Course

I witnessed more than 300 inspiring participants (cancer patients, survivors, and family and friends) in the first ever Beat Cancer Boot Camp 5k run and obstacle course in Tucson, AZ. I was honored as a special guest and prepared the large group with a quick warm-up / stretch prior to the event. Here is what we did prior to the race:

Repeat 3 times
Jumping jacks – 10
Toe Touch, Down Dog, into pushup position
Pushups – 10 (wide, regular, close pushups)
Squats – 20 (squats, ½ squats, side stepping squats)
Stretch arms / legs

8 Count Body-builder Pushups – 10
Lunges and torso stretches – 10 each leg
Toe touch / Down Dog / Pushups – 10
Reverse pushups – 20
Birds – 20
Arm haulers – 20
Swimmers – 30 seconds
Plank pose 30 seconds
Arm circles -10
Press-Press-Fling -10
Hi Jack / Hi Jills -10
Leg / Arm stretches

After this little warm up, the 300 racers ran the 5k complete with pull-ups, wall climbs, low crawls through a mud pit, fire hose drags, tire runs, and other strength and agility obstacles.

The Marines and Army recruiters were there and many of the ROTC students from the University of AZ, Tucson Fire fighters, police men and women all volunteered and raced in the event as well. There were even some Olympic athletes signing autographs and motivating the racers over the obstacles. Overall, it was one of the most inspiring events I ever participated in.

Check out the site at www.beatcancerbootcamp.com and listen for an event near you soon in the future.


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    peerless1

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    When I started my career in law enforcement a large amount of the officers were overweight. At the present time the new blood is thin and agile. Keep up the good work!!

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    natasha74

    over 5 years ago

    604 Comments

    staying in fit does help, but what happens when you but in hard work in eating right and staying in fit and life happen and you get really sick. Even doctors are surprised you are sick...My point is you can work out every other day eat healthy and still turn around be diagnose with health problem. Don't mean to bum out anyone but am stating a fact of life. Keeping it real here!!!!

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    blackhawkimages

    over 5 years ago

    2482 Comments

    Over training must be avoided, though as it will compromise the immune system if done to extremes. Excessive aerobic training can be counter productive and is best done after free weights in most individuals. Individual is the word because each person is unique, train according to your goals, body type, and how your body responses to different training methods.

    The squat is king, everything else is well, just second. Sprinting is right up there with squad, but has a higher risk of injury. Both make the whole body grow. Chin ups are a neglected exercise that adds strength, endurance, and mass to important muscle groups used in wrestling and climbing among other things.

    Exercise decreases the chances of dying young, and or becoming disabled if done sensibly.

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    drinsinger

    over 5 years ago

    82 Comments

    You can fight anything if you have the mind to beat any health conditions. A very heart felt story only ifthere are more like that

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    nichevo

    over 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    While exercise will not cure many conditions, it definitely keeps them at bay. I have decreased my medications for hypertension and diabetes and will soon be free from diabetes medications all due to consistent exercise. However, it is a serious commitment that many are not ready or willing to make.

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    Hawaii_Collector

    over 5 years ago

    866 Comments

    staying fit and excising will slow don't disease but wont cure it

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    Rav87

    over 5 years ago

    152 Comments

    fitness fight's off the sickness not cure it.

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    rstroud

    over 5 years ago

    22 Comments

    Great article. I truly believe that exercise is instrumental in avoiding disease. In addition, I believe that it also aids in recovery. I have never heard of the Beat Cancer Boot Camp, but will look for them in this area. Thanks for the article.

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    blagat

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    IN MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS AN OLYMPIC ATHLETE, I HAVE NEVER ENJOYED WATCHING A RACE LIKE I DID ON SATURDAY AT THE BEAT CANCER BOOT CAMP AT BRANDI FENTON PARK. YES... THERE HAVE BEEN SOME INTERESTING EVENTS I HAVE WITNESSED, BUT THE BCBC 5KM CHALLENGE WAS ONE VERY UNIQUE RACE. WITH OBSTACLES THAT MADE IT MORE CHALLENGING AND VERY INTERESTING, THERE WERE ALSO SO MANY VOLUNTEERS THAT HELPED THIS RACE WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS. THE BCBC TROOPS WERE ALL IN GOOD SPIRITS AND THAT MADE THIS EVENT VERY SPECIAL TO ME. TO ANITA, I HAVE TO SAY THAT IF ALL PEOPLE WERE AS HARD WORKING, DETERMINED AND MOTIVATED AS YOU ARE, THEN EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD WOULD BE JUST SIMPLE AS AN EVENING WALK IN THE PARK! THANK YOU FOR BEING A STRONG PILLAR OF THE BCBC. IT WAS ALSO A SPECIAL OCCASION THAT A LOT OF US WERE ABLE TO MEET THE GUEST OF HONOUR, STEW SMITH AT THE EVENT. WHAT A NICE DOWN TO EARTH GUY! TO MY FELLOW OLYMPIANS - -- THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALUABLE TIME YOU PUT TO MAKE THIS FIRST EVER BOOT CAMP CHALLENGE A SUCCESSFUL ONE.
    CHEERS,

    Bernard Lagat

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Excellent article, thanks for forwarding

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