Fitness...In The News
Monitor, by Eric Garza
While most people think of boot camp as something they hope to never
endure, a group of six people gathered at La Vista Park in McAllen
last week to participate in the Rio Grande Valley's fist Fitness
on keep going, you're slowing down," Jorge Vela shouted at the group
as they high-stepped around cones set up at the park.
started the fitness camp after he got the idea from similar programs
held regularly in larger Texas cities like San Antonio, Dallas and
Houston. Vela, who has worked as a personal trainer for more than
10 years, said the fitness camp was something he has wanted to do
in the Valley since he moved here.
great for parents that are trying to get kids active again, it's
just fun," Vela said. "They're not in the house playing Nintendo,
they're out doing an activity. Plus they won't have to be worried
about them being out in the sun."
said in today's society, people are so busy rushing from place to
place they often neglect their physical health.
is something that doesn't get touched on very much," Vela said.
"That's why our slogan is 'For a body as tight as your schedule.'
The biggest excuse is, "I don't have enough time."
said even though the fitness camp is called a boot camp, people
should not be scared to join.
called boot camp, but we're not going to be heating upon you," Vela
said. "We're just trying to motivate you."
Perez of Los Ebanos said he decided to join the camp because he
became very concerned about his health.
goal is to lose a couple of pounds and have more energy," Perez
said. "The camp is great because you're not confined in a gym. I've
done the gym thing and I enjoy this because it's outdoors and in
Mannarelli, the first place winner of the fitness category at the
Cornerstone Classic on July 12, was also at the camp last Wednesday.
She said she makes sure that exercise is part of her daily routine.
Otherwise, she will often find herself grouchy and lethargic, Mannarelli
lot of people don't consider exercise as part of their life." Mannarelli
said. "If you make it part of your daily life, you'll never be sitting
there thinking. "Oh my God. I'm a hundred pounds overweight how
do I lose the weight?" If you try to stay as fit as you possibly
can you won't find yourself in that situation."
camp is held three days a week for an hour at either 5:30 a.m. or
7:30 p.m. It is open for anyone ages 14 and up. For more information
call Jorge Vela at (956)