Awhile back, R had convinced me to sign up for a boot-camp style workout hosted by The North Face. R is training for an Ironman this summer and I had just signed up for my first marathon — so I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn some new conditioning exercises. He threw out the idea casually — as if it would be a fun way to spend an afternoon in the park. As the event drew closer, the difficulty and physical demand of the workout became more apparent as we caught glimpses of the experience from other cities hosting the event. Backpacks and duffel bags are filled with sand and incorporated into an hour long circuit training. As the week progressed and the event drew closer, I became more and more skeptical of my level of physical preparedness. Then, at the last minute, I was hired to photograph the event instead. Event photography is a pretty solid workout in its own right, (I must have got in a good 300-400 squats that day) but it doesn’t quite compare to the incredible cross training provided by The North Face athletes and the Mountain Athletics trainers. To download your own workout and learn more about Mountain Athletics, visit The North Face online.