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
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.