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Booting up with Tampa CrossBoot

Editor’s Note: David Adams, a University of Tampa student and U.S. Army veteran, is comparing obstacle race preparation and other training methods to the training he underwent in the military. In a series of stories for EnduranceSportsFlorida.com this summer, he’s writing about his progress.

By David Adams

CrossBoot instructor Vinny Fountain

TAMPA – By the end of the first set, my muscles were tense and pleading with my brain to stop.

I was standing with 20 classmates alongside a pavilion at Tampa’s Picnic Island pushing myself through “CrossBoot,” a CrossFit-like hybrid created by trainers Whit Lasseter and Vinny “Scoot” Fountain.

Push harder, Lasseter implored us. I was sweating profusely, and my shoulders, quads, and calves were on fire.  Each exercise challenged a different part of my body, and collectively they made for one really demanding workout.

This was unlike my usual weight room routines, which was just the point.

Over the last few years as fitness enthusiasts have been searching for better ways to condition the body, personal trainers have moved out of the gym. CrossFit coaches have transformed open space into a personal proving ground for anyone who wants to be in better condition.

I recently met Lasseter, co-owner of Tampa CrossBoot fitness classes and The Facility Gym in Ballast Point, who invited me to attend a CrossBoot session and learn about what it means to be a CrossFit athlete.

Lasseter and Fountain started Tampa CrossBoot more than a year ago, and since then the class has exploded, attracting not only CrossFit enthusiasts but athletes from many different backgrounds. CrossBoot’s routines provide a great cardiovascular workout, and weight routines during the sessions test physical strength.

CrossBoot sessions are held eight times a week, with two classes on Mondays and Fridays, and once a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Lasseter and Fountain both run the CrossBoot classes, helping attendees maintain proper form and providing motivation to everyone involved.

The popularity of Tampa CrossBoot has grown quickly. Although average class sizes vary from around fourteen to twenty people, Lasseter said it isn’t uncommon to see as many as thirty people arriving at class time to run the 60-to-90 minute gauntlet that is CrossBoot.

Post-workout team photo

With Tampa CrossBoot not even a year old, Lasseter and Fountain decided to buy a training headquarters, “The Facility,” in February and train people full time. The new gym offers classes ranging from Abs and Booty to Zumba.  Power lifting, cardio kickboxing sessions, and various forms of yoga are also available.

On Sunday, I made the trip to Picnic Island Park to meet up with Lasseter and Fountain for one of their CrossBoot classes. As I pulled into the gravel parking lot the class was just beginning.  Nearly twenty people were already pushing their endurance, performing box jumps on the seats of picnic tables under a beachfront pavilion.

“Hey, glad you made it!” Lasseter said. “We were just finishing our warm-up.”

Although the box jumps seemed like a pretty intense warm-up, I nodded.  I was silently preparing myself for a very intense workout that would undoubtedly leave me exhausted afterward.  I jumped into the class as they started their next partner-assisted exercise.

One person conducted sit-ups, the other had to hold their ankles while they remained in the plank position. Each group had to complete 200 sit-ups before resting. Lasseter and I partnered, and Whit began knocking out sit-ups at an alarming pace. When she finished 50, we switched, and I completed my set of 50. During the next round, she did 60, leaving me thankfully only 40 to complete. I already was beginning to sweat, and we had just started.

After sit-ups, the group began individual circuits, starting off with squat thrusts while holding a weight bar, followed by frog jumps. Pushups and GTOs (ground-to-overhead) with weight were the final two workouts, with a 400-meter run following directly after completion of the course. To complete the session, each person had to do descending repetitions, starting with 21 reps of each the first time and falling by three reps each subsequent circuit.

When it was done, everyone gathered under the pavilion to catch their breath and congratulate one another on a successful training session.  The group was getting ready to go to Adventure Island and have some fun together.  Monthly “fun” days are now part of CrossBoot, making the class an even better idea for anyone who wants a workout that will push them to their limits and a place to meet fun people.

The best part about CrossBoot is that no two workouts will be the same.

“We constantly change our routines,” Lasseter said.  “You know how we timed this class? We may repeat timed exercises months down the road to gauge individual’s improvement, but 99% of the time, our sessions are completely different.”


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FitPerkz: Providing Daily Fitness Bargains Via ‘Apple Deals’

By Pete Williams

FitPerkz founders James Bellamy and Whit Lasseter

James Bellamy and Whit Lasseter spend most of their time advocating a healthy lifestyle, serving as marketing ambassadors for fitness-related companies and competing in many Central Florida endurance races.

So it was a natural that the two Tampa residents, who were friends growing up in Tennessee, have teamed to create “FitPerkz.com,” Groupon-like discount offers for health and fitness-related products and services in the Tampa Bay area.

Dubbed “daily apple deals” after the famous apple-a-day doctor advice, FitPerkz showcases everything from health products stores to upcoming races to Lasseter’s Tampa CrossBoot bootcamp business.

“The idea is to provide information and opportunities for people to get healthy,” says Bellamy. “By doing the small things every day, you can make big changes in your health over time.”

The current apple deal, which runs through Tuesday, is a heavily discounted entry ($59) into next weekend’s Super Spartan Race at Oleta River State Park Miami. The offer is a discount of 52 percent from the $125 entry price for Sunday’s event; Saturday is sold out.

During the last two years, Spartan Race and Tough Mudder have become the most popular races in the booming obstacle mud run category. The Super Spartan Race is the eight-mile version of the Spartan Race, which some consider tougher than the 12-mile Tough Mudder. Unlike Tough Mudder, which does not penalize athletes for skipping or not completing obstackes, Spartan requires athletes who do not complete challenges to perform 30 Burpees.

Bellamy says the daily deal will be the centerpiece of a site that will grow in the coming months to include recipes, fitness advice, workout videos, featured athletes, and an event calendar.

“We’ve been fortunate to build a community of fitness enthusiasts in this market and develop a lot of contacts that can help people live a more active, healthy lifestyle,” Bellamy says “FitPerkz makes it as fun an inexpensive as possible to get fit and stay healthy.”

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Live Laser Hair Removal Radio

By Pete Williams

Laser hair removal is increasingly popular, especially among athletes.

CLEARWATER – The popularity of laser hair removal has soared in the last decade and people have turned to an easy, effective, and increasingly affordable method of hair removal.

Endurance athletes are especially fond of laser hair removal since it gives them a competitive edge on the bike, in the water and in pretty much any other endurance activity.

Terri LaBrecque, owner of The LaBrecque Center for Aesthetics, is one of the foremost practitioners of laser hair removal. Operating out of a spa-like setting with two of the most modern lasers on the market, LaBrecque has provided laser hair removal to hundreds of Tampa Bay area residents.

We’re in the process of a series of treatments with Terri and this week we broadcast The Fitness Buff Show live from her office as I underwent laser hair removal. Looking for the perfect gift for this holiday season for yourself or a loved one? Why not laser hair removal?

Listen to show HERE.

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Talking Endurance Sports with Jerry Napp

By Pete Williams

Our guest on the video version of The Fitness Buff Show this week was Jerry Napp, whose background in the endurance sports world spans more than two decades. Jerry’s vast experience includes clinical exercise, corporate fitness, equipment sales and marketing across multiple channels, personal training and coaching. He’s also an accomplished age-group triathlete and runner

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Runner’s World Features ‘Streak the Cove’

By Pete Williams

Ready to run

Our upcoming Streak the Cove 5K received some major publicity in the form of a Q&A in the RW Daily section of Runner’s World online. Editor Mark Remy asks some questions regarding the upcoming clothing-optional race at the Cypress Cove Resort in Kissimmee and about clothing-optional runs in general.

With a little more than a month to go, the Streak the Cove 5K is on pace with registrations for last October’s Bare Dare 5K at the Caliente Resort near Tampa. Given the head start we got on the Streak the Cove and our enhanced marketing efforts, we’re guessing the Streak the Cove 5K could draw more runners – until the Caliente Bare Dare 5K sets a new benchmark in Year Two on Oct. 9.

If you haven’t checked out the Streak the Cove promo video, here it is:

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