How we play at the beach
After what seemed like weeks and weeks of work (but was really only 3 days), we were eager to have our first trip to the beach here in St. Martin to chill out a bit. Of course, our idea of chilling out may not be quite the same as most other people’s. About mid-morning, we set off for shore with our beach towels, sunscreen, iPod and volleyball in our pack. Unfortunately, when we got there, it was a bit too windy to hit the ball around. It’s almost guaranteed that we would have been fetching it out of the surf about every other hit. We were able to entertain ourselves with our new exercise device though, the blackPack Aqua, which we also brought to the beach with us.
Using a sandbag for exercise is nothing new to us; we have been using a duffel bag filled with line to exercise with for some time. The blackPack is purpose built for training though and we were pretty stoked when the bag’s developer, Elmar from Aerobis, the same people who make the aeroSling that we use on a regular basis, volunteered to send us one. Although Elmar sells a version which is designed to be filled with sand, the Aqua version that he sent us has a bladder inside which is made to be filled with water to add weight to it. As he thought, this is perfect for us as we’re always very aware of how much weight we bring on board our boat.
Filling the water bladder is a tad easier when done from a tap!
While certainly more expensive than the cheap duffel bag that we had been using, the blackPack is heavy-duty and appears perfectly capable of being abused through hard exercise. It also has no zippers, a fact that we love. Zippers and salt water do not play well together! We’re looking forward to using it as a regular part of future workout routines.
Rebecca did not choose this bikini because it matches the color on the blackPack
although I do think that it looks nice!
The following video shows the exercises that made up the circuit we did on the Simpson Bay beach. We alternated the exercises between the two of us and when the circuit was completed, we repeated it four more times. Note that in the video you can see the Princess Juliana Airport in the background, behind the fence. In less than a week we’ll be flying out of that very airport on our way to California to see our daughter Cass and her family. We can’t wait!
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