The Beantown Effect

Author: Casey Douglas

I don’t remember what it’s like to not be sore.
I don’t remember what sleeping in on a weekday feels like, and 4:45 a.m. has become both my most and least favorite time of the day.
I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been callused, bruised, battered, my skin bitten by barbells and burpees at the top of joyless Joy Street.
However, through all of this boot camp madness, I also don’t remember a moment in which I felt like I was anything less than undoubtedly capable of accomplishing all that I set my mind to.
It’s something I’d like to call, “The Beantown Effect.”

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not ostentatiously confident, nor am I easily placated by mindless tasks and half-effort work loads. What I seek is the opportunity that being a Beantowner affords you- unrivaled challenge, endearing intensity, and a competitive system of support that pushes you to race not only your fitness family, but to push yourself to limits that leave you splayed out like roadkill in Beacon Hill's crosswalks.
Over these summer months, Beantown Bootcamp has been training and training and training, and ultimately has been up to some pretty spectacular things. In the past 3 weeks alone, Beantown has begun a new round of small group strength training, with rookie lifters already showing huge improvement. Our members have been carefully crafting teams and increasing their mileage in order to participate in the “100-on-100” relay, a race that involves running (you guessed it) 100 miles, split between teams who travel in vans whilst one member runs. Meanwhile, a new health program focusing on physical fitness, mental stability, and nutritional balance has been offered to old and new clients alike. Lastly, the legendary Saturday morning “Burn 90” classes have included moving the following items around the city of Boston, much to the bewilderment of tourists: weighted tires on metal chains, 80lb buckets of rocks, 90lbs of kettlebells, and sandbags galore.
Needless to say, we’ve been busy. But the reason for our constant challenge-seeking and insatiable desire to improve isn’t masochism or insanity. We do what we do and train how we train because Beantown has raised us to a level of fitness unattainable from other gyms. We are given the tools necessary to accomplish incredible feats, all alongside the most supportive (and equally driven) community you could ask for.
So, for anyone out there looking to step their game up, I suggest jumping in to Beantown’s world feet first. Our community is constantly growing, strengthening, and thriving, and anyone with a good attitude and committed work ethic is more than welcome. At Beantown, whether it is through 100 mile races, tossing cumbersome objects around Boston, or learning about the importance of eating your vegetables, you leave better set to take on the day, the world- you're entirely prepared for anything lifer throws your way.

What are you waiting for? Come feel "The Beantown Effect" for yourself, and see what you're truly capable of accomplishing.

Christopher Santoro