Get Ready for “Cheat Day”
Special Pop-up Bootcamp Will Prepare You to Enjoy Holiday Gatherings
A trainer for the past 14 years and a former professional soccer player, the Rosslyn BID’s Victor Carcamo will lead the Holiday Market Pop-up Bootcamp at Gateway Park East. The free class will take place Thursday, December 10, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Rosslyn Holiday Market Festival and Bonfire. The first 45 registrants will receive a free Rosslyn BID water bottle and a voucher for $3 off beer and wine at the Holiday Market Bonfire Friday night. Register.
Carcamo will use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and incorporate exercises such as burpees, push-ups, squats and upper body work. All of the exercises will be done at a fast pace to help participants burn the maximum number of calories. But don’t worry if you’re planning to add "Get back in shape" to your New Year’s resolutions this year: Victor will provide modifications so that all fitness levels can enjoy and benefit from the workout.
Participants should come dressed to work out: sneakers, sweats, T-shirts and sweaters. Bring a mat if you have one. Victor says he’ll be available after the class to answer any questions you have about addressing your health and fitness challenges during the holidays.
His general advice for staying healthy at this time of year? Plan for “cheat days.”
“In fitness, cheat days are days like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or any time when you’re going to have a family gathering,” he says. “The idea is that you should eat clean about a week before those days so you can allow yourself to have a good time and indulge a bit on special occasions.”
Here are Victor’s Do’s and Don’ts for Pre-holiday Clean Eating:
- Drink about a gallon of water a day.
- Plan your meals ahead of time and shop for what you need at the beginning of the week.
- Eat veggies and fruits for vitamins and minerals, lean meats for protein, and complex carbohydrates (e.g., oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, beans) for energy throughout the day
- Drink alcohol (it slows down fat loss).
- Consume a lot of sugars.
- Eat simple carbs (e.g., white bread, white rice, sugary cereals).
- Eat processed foods.
Victor also adds that, instead of going on short-term diets, it’s better to practice clean eating and healthful living year-round. It should become a lifestyle.
“It’s hard to get in shape, but once you have a nice six-pack, maintenance is not that hard,” he says.
Photo Captions: Leader of the popular summer and fall bootcamp exercise classes in Gateway Park, Victor Carcamo is back to help you stay in shape during the holidays! He's offering a special Pop-Up Bootcamp at the Rosslyn Holiday Market on Thursday, December 10.