Caren Ware's Blog

August 20, 2011

Excercise that entertains

Filed under: fitness,Women Running — Caren Ware @ 2:46 pm

”Shore break Hotel® is an upscale lifestyle Huntington Beach, hotel, centrally located along the alluring California coastline, just north of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, in the original Surf City USA. Set on the famous strand of Huntington Beach which annually hosts the US Open of Surfing, guests can enjoy ocean views, a vibrant setting in the new downtown Strand complex, and traditional American favorites at Zimzala restaurant to ensure a California experience like no other”.
So the website reads. I stayed one night there and it lived up to every word of it. I just happened to be in the town  a few days before the USA Surf Open. It was a huge commercial undertaking. Entire air conditioned tent buildings were going up on the beach. Huge big screen monitors were in the last phase of erection. They were as big as an old time drive in theatre screen. They hung on the pier so the hundreds of thousands that would be attending the Surf open could actually see the surfers. Event T-shirt tents were already on every street corner.
I  grabbed a breakfast at the Zimzala which has outdoor stool tables and a second story balcony view of the street below.   The beach is out on the horizon. So cool, and so Huntington beachy, was a yoga class conducted on the street. Mats were rolled out and close to one hundred people were in down dog position. Exercise made fun.
And why was I in Huntington Beach? To spend a day with my visiting father, yes, but to be able to get to the USA Cross fit Nationals held at the Home Depot Center in Carson. This cross fit theme of exercise is intriguing me…and catching my interest. Check out my blog on ‘training with Cupcake’ and see that it is the marine/naval seal way of mixing exercise with dexterity, core strength, lifting, running, pumping in such a wide variety of ways you dare to ever get bored with the workouts. I wanted to see who0 also was interested and how many. The entirely full parking lot of fit bodied people walking giddily to the event confirmed this was a new popular sport. We watched in the stands as if was the gladiator days. Man, woman, and body tried their skills at walking hand stands across a football field, or timed wod routines while the clubs cheered the intensity. Pushups, pull ups, jump roping, and kettle bell swings. Our club was in the stands cheering away. And there was a fun sense of belonging. It was unexpectedly great.

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