Instructor Joey Welling (pointing) helps Eye of the Tyler columnist and reporter Tyler Heffernan perform an exercise with correct technique.
I may not be a long-time veteran in the journalism business, but I've done enough years of reporting to know when a bad interview takes place.
Sometimes a reporter just likes to hear him - or herself talk, so a question is delivered after a minute or two of meandering commentary. Other scenarios: an interview goes too short or too long for anything meaningful. The possibilities are endless.
This past Friday afternoon, I found a new way to conduct a bad interview: be completely out of breath after trying an intense workout program.
“So...(gasp) how long...(gasp) have you...(gasp) been doing this?” I asked BLAST900 instructor Joey Welling between gulps of air.
All first-time visitors of the new program in Mount Pleasant at 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. receive a complimentary first class. As a guy who likes to stay in shape and has a lingering hope that the Charlotte Bobcats will cut all their awful players and give me a shot at joining the NBA, I decided to give the program a try.
What could go wrong?
“About five to 10 people have thrown up,” Welling said, estimating a year's average. “Surprisingly, no one has fallen off (the treadmills). I have (fallen off), when I put my foot up and forget that it's still running.”
I laughed. Then gasped for more air.
I've done P90x – just the workouts – twice and this is on par and it can even be considered more intense than that. Granted, it doesn't have to be. BLAST900 is arranged by motivating trainers to be insanely difficult or just a solid workout. People with all kinds of workout experience and goals will benefit.
I chose the more insane route. In doing so, I suffered for days when squatting down in any capacity. But, it's the great sore feeling. Nothing is injured – just a tight sensation in all my major muscle areas. That's what I was looking for, and that's what I got.
Classes change regularly as trainers mix up exercises to give newbies and program members plenty of variety. Participants go from treadmills to equipment on the floor working legs, core, arms, shoulders, back, biceps, triceps and well, you get the point.
The treadmills have incline ranges from -three percent to 30 percent. You can walk, jog or run. The instructor, in my case Welling, calls out suggested speeds for each group. For example, runners may be recommended for 11.0 speeds, joggers at 9.5 and walkers at 7.0 when doing the sprint portions.
And on the floor, my Friday workout comrades and I performed pushups, squats, overhead lifts, tricep dips, bicep curls, planking and more. The class lasted an hour and featured blocks of going from treadmill to the floor and back over and over again. We started with five-minute segments until the final two sessions – one treadmill and one floor – went for 10 minutes each.
Welling said those who choose the runners' path of the BLAST900 workout can burn 600-900 calories in the one-hour session. Joggers can expect 400-800 and walkers range from about 250-600.
Welling, a graduate of The Citadel, has been an instructor with BLAST900 for about a year. He's been involved in personal training for two and a half years.
A certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA, Welling attended high school at Bishop England.
He endorsed participants using the company's nutritionist, who will examine eating habits, make a detailed plan and even go grocery shopping with clients to help them stick to the outlined strategy.
The program can be a source of cardio and strength training, or it can be used to its fullest extent: a life-changing combination of workouts, nutrition and regular monitoring of other healthy habits.
Participants can receive an extensive profile from the company including assessments of maximal oxygen consumption, strength and flexibility, according to Blast900.com. This way, a goal isn't shotgunned out to everyone; strategies for desired results are personalized.
The two most important lessons I learned were: I need to lead a healthier lifestyle and I have no business conducting interviews after a workout.
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