Fighting through another round of shots at a tequila soaked bar crawl in North York when a conversation on gallery commissions gets me halfway to thinking I might just need another bottle of antidepressants.
Fresh air. I meet Derek. He's a bouncer who suggests a way to expel some toxins. I smirk while the tequila swirls.
Low voltage pinging in my temples as the morning haze begins to lift. Eglinton East, top of the hill. 9:42 with plenty of time to spare. I wade through a never-ending orange-coned ramshackle mess to descend along the tree-lined paths of Leaside.
This being my first bootcamp and not knowing fully what to expect, I skip the non-mandatory but totally suggested pay-it-forward donation to the Daily Bread Foodbank, and instead sit for a chat with bootcamp coordinator and personal trainer Kyle Sharp during the post-training social, which I find out has become a bit of a tradition for this group.
Kyle, a professional boxer by training, runs and owns SHARP Fitness, a performance-oriented fitness & sports-rehabilitation practice. Located steps away from Charlotte Maher park, SHARP Fitness serves as the gathering place for the after bootcamp social.
Indeed, the bootcamp circuit consists of 12 exercise stations of medium intensity, all focused on everyday movements and functional strength. The Everybody bootcamp is literally for everybody and everyone participates, children and adults, women and men.
By the time we're through, everyone is flushed and the mood has lifted, a healthy substitute for morning coffee which comes with healthy snacks and hanging out with welcoming strangers. We chat about health and wellness, share personal stories and make plans to meet again; a pleasant conclusion to a pleasant morning, a perfect cure for a lingering hangover, and many reasons to come back next Sunday.
The Every Body Bootcamp is a 3-part series focused on health and wellness which takes place every Sunday morning starting at 8.
An all level running group that meets at the SHARP Fitness studio for a warm-up at 8 AM.
A weekly get-together at the SHARP Fitness studio focusing on feedback, support and motivation, starts at 9 AM.
A fun multi-level all-ages group work-out at Charlotte Maher Park, meeting at 10 AM.
Refuel after the workout with some complimentary drinks and snacks at the SHARP Fitness studio at 11 AM.