Member Meets: Angela Dixon aka Poison Ivy

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Poison aka Angela Dixon reflects on how her long and loving relationship with SUSF, and how her pet program, Boot Camp, has helped her become the superhero that she is today. 

How long have you been a member of SUSF, and what has kept you coming back?

Forever! Well, not quite, but when I (Poison Ivy) joined, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. I’ve been at SUSF for over 20 years.

After returning home to complete my PhD after several years in the U.S., I couldn’t wait to take advantage of the splendid facilities and privileges of being a SUSF Gold Member – a personal fitness assessment, a dip in the pool, a workout at the gym etc. Bouncing into a Step Aerobics class and boogying along to Jazzercise was the perfect antidote for the PhD pressure. I thought I’d achieved true happiness here, but I was wrong…

How did you find true happiness at SUSF?!

True happiness came with the introduction of the most fabulous SUSF offering ever – BOOT CAMP! Always a trailblazer, I was at the very first SUSF Boot Camp.

Boot Camp isn’t your typical workout. They change it up every session so you don’t know what’s coming next and the hour whizzes by in no time. The regimen emphasises whole-body fitness and general preparedness rather than specialising in one particular discipline.

To accomplish this, Boot Camp training often commences with dynamic stretching and running, followed by a wide variety of interval training, including lifting weights/objects, pulling rubber straps, push ups/sit ups, plyometrics, and various types of intense explosive routines. Sessions usually finish with yoga stretching. But most of all – here comes the cheesy bit – it involves exquisite FUN!

It can be as intense and competitive as you want it to be (you’re only competing against yourself), and primarily it is communal. Boot Camp has become such a social thing. So many recidivists are part of each new session block – just waiting to welcome the newbies into the fold – trying to turn them into repeat offenders too.

Boot Camp caters for everyone – all ages and fitness levels. Sessions run in six week blocks, three times a week. Such a fabulous way to start the day – and we all feel so VIRTUOUS afterwards.

What would Poison say to someone considering giving Boot Camp a go?

To channel that gorgeous Greek goddess of strength, speed, and victory – just do it! Come and be virtuous with us.

Learn more about Boot Camp here.