Bootcamps and Fish

Hello everyone. Wow, I haven’t blogged since July or something. Summer does that to me, and there’s only so much I can write about when it comes to weight loss, exercise, and overall fitness, but I am back.

Summer has been busy. I started a neighborhood bootcamp with neighborhood mothers who wanted to get in shape, and it has been quite the pleasant surprise. I learned that group training holds people accountable, is inspiring for participants, and creates a workout ambiance that cannot be duplicated by one on one training. This is the group below. The whole banner thing and blue outline was done courtesy of one of the women in the group who is also a blogger, a very popular blogger, I might add. Her blog is at You should go check it out. Her name is Jessica and she’s very funny. Thanks Jessica. hector-vargas-dc-trainer

The ladies above have accomplished plenty. They all have got stronger, lost some el bees, increased their endurance, and made some new friends. But their biggest accomplishment was convincing my wife to join the group, which is very impressive because my wife is not a morning person and the bootcamps are Monday and Thursday at 6am! Thanks ladies. And because of the above group, I am starting other bootcamps and weight loss groups in the area. It is the way to go.

I also started a walking group that has now morphed into a bootcamp at United Communications Group, also here in the Silver Spring area. I sort of tricked them though. I advertised it as a walking group, knowing all along that I could never be paid to just have a group of humans walk. We walked once, just the first time, and now they they are jogging hills, lifting weights, doing abs, regular and modified pushups, squats, lunges, and anything else I can think of. I even had them do weighted pulling sleds once. We have varying fitness levels, but it works out well. No one has complained, and I think they all enjoy it. I will try to get some pictures, and their permission, to post on my blog soon.

Below is a picture of my first neighborhood co-ed bootcamp. This is how it happened. The husbands of the women in the bootcamp had been requesting to participate, so this past Labor Day we had a co-ed bootcamp, and it went off great. The men were huffing and puffing, and I think they were very impressed to see and feel what the women in the group had been doing twice a week at 6am since May. The picture and graphics are once again compliments of Jessica the awesome blogger.


Ok enough about the exercise. How about some other stuff I did this summer.

I saw a turtle lay some eggs and cover them up at my local park that has a small pond in it. I was so mesmerized by the egg laying that I didn’t take my camera out until the turtle was headed back to the pond. This in not a picture, it’s a video. Turtles move so slow that videos of them look like pictures.


I also started fishing this summer. Maryland has small and large bodies of water everywhere, and I enjoy the outdoors, so it was the perfect activity to start doing. But don’t be too impressed, locally I only caught bluegill, perch, and a catfish. Here’s a bluegill. That’s my sun weathered hand next to it so you can get an idea of the bluegill’s size. I know, it’s small. photo(39)

Here’s a perch I caught on a tiny lure. I am shocked that you can catch fish with a lure. Every time a fish hits on a lure, I am amazed at mans ingenuity.


Over the summer I went to California to visit friends and family, and I also did some fishing. In So Cal I went fishing with my best amigo. Guess what I caught off some rocks by Malibu beach? An octopus!


Then by best amigo and I went to Northern Cali to visit my father and family, and guess what we did there? We went fishing. I didn’t catch anything worth noting, but my best amigo did catch a pretty big bass. Not only did he catch a bass, but he caught it with a lure he found stuck in a tree! Seriously? Yes. No kidding. This is him and the bass.


And then, this past weekend, I went to visit family in Florida, and guess what I did while I was out there? Bingo! I went fishing. And I caught my catch of the summer! A 3ft, 22 pound, King-fish. This is me and my catch, or is it my catch and I?…what evs.


We had a nice dinner that night. Thanks Kingfish!!!









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