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Try the San Francisco Bootcamp Workout—Week 2 of 4

By Billy Polson

Last week, I wrote about the great time we had at the first of four RealJock/DIAKADI Bootcamp workouts in San Francisco, and provided the Bootcamp Week 1 Workout so that you could do it at home. This past Saturday we had our second bootcamp, and it was every bit as great as the first. The workout group got bigger, as 32 people joined us in Golden Gate Park and burned another 1,100 calories in just over an hour.

As I did last week, I've written up this past Saturday's killer workout for everyone who couldn't be there. Try it at home! If you'd like to join us in person, I hope anyone in the Bay Area will sign up for a future bootcamp—there are still spaces to join us on September 27 and October 4. September 28 is the Folsom Street Fair, so we expect to have some out-of-towners show up this coming Saturday as well. To pick a bootcamp, look at the dates and locations, and call or email DIAKADI Body to reserve your spot:

Phone: 415-863-4922

The San Francisco Bootcamp Workout—Week 2
Even if you can't come in person, you can still do the workouts. Just print the workout below, and take it with you to your local park for an intense 1,100-calorie hour.

Grassy Area Agility Work
For the section below we were using an agility ladder, rings/hoops, cones, and hurdles. You can find all of these items online, or just do the movements without the equipment. We will alternate between the agility drills and some stationary exercises, so you'll need to find a roughly 40 foot-long strip of grass to work on. There, you'll alternate between agility drills and stationary exercises. The agility drills consist of running four lengths of the grassy strip, as follows:

  1. Length 1: Run down the grass in the agility ladder, running with a foot in each of the ladder rungs and knees high.
  2. Length 2: Run back up the grassy strip using 12 hoops as if they were a tire run—like you see football players do in training.
  3. Length 3: Run down the grass doing zig-zag side steps around cones set up in 'Z' formation down the entire length.
  4. Length 4: Run side steps back up the grass, doing side step high knees over each of the eight hurdles.
Do all of this in a row, and you'll have done one agility drill. Now, put the agility drills into combination with other exercises, as follows:

Exercise Repetitions Description
Run First Agility Drill
Sumo Deadlift to Push-up to Downward Dog 12 With legs twice hip-width apart, sit down into a squat with your spine long, and put your hands on the ground between your feet. Walk your feet back to push-up position and do a push-up. Then push your hips back with legs long so that you are now in a yoga Downward Dog position, with your hips piked up and arms and legs straight. Hold for three seconds, then drop back into push-up position, walk back to sumo position with hands still on the ground and then stand all the way tall with hands high. Repeat entire sequence for 12 reps.
Run Second Agility Drill
Incremental Leg Lifts 10 Lie down flat on your back with arms straight out to sides with palms down. Your feet should be flat on the ground with knees bent. Keep your arms and shoulders flat on the ground throughout this entire exercise. Slowly drop your knees to one side, allowing your feet to stack on top of each other. Then bring your legs back to center and, keeping knees bent, raise your feet off the ground so that your knees and hips are both at a right angle. Slowly let your knees drop again to the side, all the way to ground—still keeping both shoulders flat on the ground. Switch legs to the opposite side. Then return your legs to center in the air and now fully straighten your legs and allow them to drop all the way to one side, keeping your knees straight and hips at a right angle. Hold on the ground for three seconds for a good spine stretch. Switch to the opposite side for three seconds hold again. Repeat with legs straight for a set of 10.
Run Third Agility Drill
T Push-upswith Side Pillar Holds and Mountain Climbers 20 Side Pillars/30 seconds Mountain Climbers Start in a push-up position with your legs wide. Do a push-up and at the top of the movement rotate up onto your right arm only, facing to the left, rolling your feet so both heels are on the ground. Hold this side pillar for five seconds before returning to center for a push-up and repeat the side pillar on the left for 5 seconds. Alternate side pillars for 10 push-ups. Next, do 30 seconds of mountain climbers (that's a push-up position where you are running with your legs and alternately bringing one foot forward). Finally, go back to 10 more push-ups with alternate side pillars with five second holds.
Run Fourth Agility Drill
Static Split Squats with Side-to-Side Twists 10 per side Start with your feet staggered one in front of the other and drop with the back knee into the low position of a lunge. Next, holding this low position, extend your arms front with palms together and twist once to left and once to right, fully twisting your head, upper body, and shoulders completely right and then completely left while holding legs solid in a low lunge. Repeat this 10 times with the right leg front and then switch to left leg front and repeat for 10 more.
Jog Five Minutes:Go for a five minute jog before the next segment—but as you do this, try to mix up the terrain. Add in some stairs, some hills, some off-roading, and even some walking lunges.

Now it's time to move on to curb work. Find a curb or step-up where you can do some quick running and stepping drills:
  1. Runs: Run for 60 seconds up and down, onto and off of the curb, leading with your left leg. Then repeat for 60 seconds with right leg leading.
  2. Alternate Lunges: Start with both feet up on curb and the full foot (including heel) supported on the curb. From that stationary position, alternately step a leg back into a low lunge.
  3. Repeat Lunges to Balance: Now repeat a lunge back on your left leg for 20 repetitions and step up to balance on the right leg, so that your left foot never touches curb/step. Next, switch to your right leg stepping back into a lunge for 20 repetitions, stepping up to balance on your left leg.
  4. Speed Switch Steps: Perform quick, alternating toe taps on the edge of the curb for 60 seconds. This should be a fast jumping motion, switching the feet as quickly as you can.
  5. Calf Raises: Use a parking meter or sign for balance and slowly do 25 calf raises using both legs. Let your heels hang off the back of the curb as you rise up onto your toes, and then back down to heels just below curb level.
Jog Five Minutes:Once again, go for a five minute jog before the next segment—and, as before, try to vary the terrain as much as possible.

Now we're moving on to a tube/super-legs section. For this, you will need at least one exercise tube (and preferably three, from light to heavy resistance), looped around a post or other strong support. You will do the following exercises in sequence:

Exercise Repetitions/Time Description
Tube Pull-up and Downs 60 seconds Using the lightest tubing, stand facing the tubing and perform double strokes high and then low. Keep your arms straight on both the low and the high strokes. Go for 60 seconds, keeping your head up and spine long throughout.
Tube Chest Presses 60 seconds With your medium-weight tube, stand facing away from the tubing and perform double-arm chest presses for 60 seconds, pressing both arms straight forward.
Tube Squats and Rows (see Cable Squat and Rows) 60 seconds Stand facing toward your heaviest tube with a handle held in each hand, palms facing inward. Perform alternating squats and double-arm rows for 60 seconds.
Super Legs 20 of each Drop the tubes and do this series to let your upper body rest while you seriously slam your legs. Go for speed and a full range of motion, with no rest in between. Do 20 squats, 20 front lunges, 20 jump scissor switches, and 20 jump squats.
Next, repeat the tubing series, once again followed by the super legs. Finish up this section by performing the tubing series one last time. Immediately go to a stair run. If your park has a set of stairs, run up and down the stairs for five minutes. Try to mix single and double steps for an extra burn. If you don't have stairs available, run up and down a hill.

You're almost done! We're going to wrap things up with some abs and stretches. Try to find a patch of soft grass where you can comfortably perform the following exercises:

Exercise Description
Lower Abs Series Lie flat on your back with your feet flat and knees bent. Place your fingers in the curve of your lower back. Inhale, and on your exhale, flex your lower abdominals and flatten out your lower (lumbar) spine against your hands by engaging your lower abs. Hold this flexion for 10 seconds, continuing to breathe shallow breaths but also keeping your back pressed firmly into your hands throughout. Now relax your abs, take a second inhale, and on the exhale, suck your belly button into your spine again so that your back flattens down onto your fingers again. This time while you hold the flexion and pressure on your fingers, try to slowly alternate tucking one knee up to your chest. If you at any time feel your back lift off your hands, you know your abs have given out and you should go back to just holding the flexion without the movement. This is the true and honest way to work your lower abdominals without your hip flexors doing all the work. As you become stronger, you can do the same movements with both legs lifting at same time with knees bent, and then eventually, with both legs going up and down with legs straight.
Full Sit-ups Lie flat on your back in the grass and, with legs straight and fingers on sides of head, slowly tuck your chin to your chest as you roll from the top of your spine all the way up into a full sit-up. Be very careful not to pull your head up with your hands as you do this. Then slowly lower back down, unrolling your spine from the bottom so that your chin stays at your chest until your back is all the way back on ground.
Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch Kneel on your right knee with your left foot front and flat and chest front. Squeeze your butt cheeks so that you stretch the hip flexor on your right leg. Hold for 20 seconds and then swap to your left knee down for the same stretch on left hip flexor.
Toe-on-Wall Kneeling Quad Stretch Start on your hands and knees with your butt to a wall. Place the toe of your right foot on the wall, with your knee about 6 to 12 inches away from the wall on the ground. Next, bring your left foot forward so that you are kneeling on your right knee and standing tall with your chest to stretch your right quad. Again, squeeze your butt cheeks together to really accent the stretch. Hold for 20 seconds and switch to the opposite leg. The closer you knee is to the wall the tighter the stretch, so if the stretch feels easy, move your knee closer to wall.
Pigeon Stretch Start on your hands and knees and bring your right knee up about eight inches on ground in front of your left knee on ground. Now tuck your right foot under your left leg and, stretching your left leg as far back and straight as possible, go down to your elbows in front of bent right leg. Lie across the inside of your right leg for a great right leg hip stretch. Hold for 20 seconds and then swap to left leg curled under in front.
Hamstring Stretch Lie on your back with your left leg straight and right knee bent into the air above your hips. With both hands, grab behind your right leg's knee and tuck your leg into your chest. Then slowly try to straighten the right leg and hold for 10 seconds. Tuck the knee in tighter and repeat the straight leg hold for 10 seconds. Switch legs so that the right leg is straight and the left knee is bent, holding behind the left knee, and repeat for this leg.
Calf Stretch Standing on the edge of a step or bench, keep your left foot stable on top of the step while you drop the right heel off back of step, stretching the right calf. Hold this stretch for 10 seconds, pushing your weight through the right heel with your right knee straight. Next, bend your right knee, still keeping pressure on your heel to stretch lower area of right calf. Hold for 10 seconds and then switch the right foot to the stable position and repeat.
Congratulations! You made it through another 1,100 calories-worth of exercise! Next week, we're taking the RealJock/DIAKADI Body Bootcamp to Chrissy Field in San Francisco for some serious sand and rope training. Want to join us? Sign up! And remember, if you can't be with us in person, you can recreate these workouts in any local park. Get up, get outside, and get moving!

About Billy Polson: Billy Polson is the founder and co-owner of DIAKADI Body , which was voted the best personal training gym in San Francisco by CitySearch in 2006 and 2007. A competitive swimmer and triathlete in his own right, Polson has over 15 years of experience working as a coach and trainer. He was recently named by Men's Journal (December 2005) as one of the Top 100 Trainers in America.