Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bulldog Days learns from Lawrence

June 30, 2005

After attending a few Red Dogs Dog Days in Lawrence, Baldwin City's George McCrary got together with other Baldwin residents and created Bulldog Days.

"The whole concept of Bulldog Days comes from the Red Dog days in Lawrence," McCrary said. "I have had a couple members tell me we need to do something like that."

Red Dogs Dog Days is a Lawrence community, all level, all age workout program that was started in 1984 as a way to get kids in shape. The idea came from several years of watching high school football players suffer unnecessary injuries during pre-season practices and division games. McCrary said as many as 750 people show up during the height of summer.

Bulldog Days is a chance for Baldwin City residents to come out for 30 minutes in the morning or evening and exercise with other community members.

It started June 15 and was in the mornings, but that changed to fit other people's schedules.

"I started out thinking I will commit to mornings," said McCrary. "I'm a morning person. But Bill Scott was the motivator for doing it in the evenings, because it fit his schedule better."

Bulldog Days now begins at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Baker University's Liston Stadium. So far, the workout hasn't lasted longer than 35 minutes and it will only be canceled for lightning.

"It will be fun," McCrary said. "You're probably going to see some people, meet some people, exercise, get a good sweat in and be done by 6:35. I have not gone past 6:35 and everyone's had great tours of Liston Stadium."

McCrary said the workout almost resembles an infomercial on television about a 30-minute program.

"You know those advertisements on television for the express 30 minute workout? Bulldog Days is the closest thing to an express workout that you can get," McCrary said. "I'm serious because it's 30 minutes, boom, boom and we are done."

Some of the exercises can include stretching, calisthenics, jogging, sit-ups, push-ups, stairs and plyometrics. McCrary said the word exercise can be changed around to make it more enjoyable.

"People's concept and the whole image of exercise is so blown out of the water," McCrary said. "It can be social time or family time. You've just got to make the most of it and we're trying to."

McCrary said the idea behind Bulldog Days is simple.

"It's intended to get more people active and get them moving," McCrary said. "That's the whole motive. I really try to remove the word exercise, because that euphoria that comes with exercise that there's going to be a drill sergeant and a whistle."

Phil Hannon, Baker baseball coach, agreed about what started the idea.

"We are just trying to get people interested in exercise and get them moving," Hannon said. "That's what spearheaded this thing."

One aspect that Hannon and McCrary want to emphasis is that the exercise can be done at someone's own pace.

"It's everybody going at their own pace," McCrary said. "I am not a drill sergeant out there. I'm just trying to encourage people to work out."

One of the perks for attending the Bulldog Days is receiving a free t-shirt. After showing up 15 times, a person gets a free Bulldog Days t-shirt. McCrary said his own daughters wake up at 6 a.m. so they can get a t-shirt.

McCrary said more than 35 people have attended the sessions thus far, and he even had 23 Friday morning.

"I'm very pleased and I think several people could attest that have been participating," McCrary said. "We have people walking at track that come join us the next day."

Hannon said he hopes people show up to see what Bulldog Days is all about.

"Everyone should come out and try it," Hannon said. "We're just trying to get people out and interested in exercise."

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