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Setting a goal and finding achievement
Fitness in the Park
Domingo Vela, left, has dropped about 20 pounds at the City of Alice Fitness in the Park. He is pictured with Rondo Garza, who leads the program.MARK MOLINA
Domingo Vela, left, has dropped about 20 pounds at the City of Alice Fitness in the Park. He is pictured with Rondo Garza, who leads the program.
Mark Molina
Sports Editor

Everyone will tell you at one time or another in your life that it is never "too late" to do anything.

You can always go back to school, take that trip you've always wanted or even lose that extra weight.

At age 63, Alice's Domingo Vela, a Pastor for 35 years at Temple of Liberacion, has taken advantage of the opening of the 'Fitness in the Park' program hosted by the Alice Boot Camp at Anderson Park and reached a goal some can struggle with at any age.

That is, the goal of weight loss.
Since learning about the sessions in the local media last July, Vela has attended the 8 a.m. session of 'Fitness in the Park' three times a week and has lost nearly 20 pounds in the process.

"I started this camp to lose weight after I saw it in the paper," Vela said. "Ever since late July, I have been here on all three of the scheduled days during the week. I weighed around 170 pounds and I'm now down to 150 and I went from a 32 waist to a 29 or 30."

Vela has since had to purchase some new items for his wardrobe, but will admit he is comfortable at the weight he is right now.
However, the weight loss hasn't been his only accomplishment since starting his 'Fitness in The Park' routine, his endurance has noticeably increased as well.

"I really feel great. When I started I couldn't run 200 yards," Vela said. "Now, I can run the mile without stopping. In fact, last weekend I ran a 5K without stopping."

Since August, Vela's 5K has drastically improved, going from a 35 minute time to posting at 28:46 just last weekend.

"For a man of 63, I think that's great," he said.
Rondo Garza, who retired from the US Army in 2011 and is also former U.S. Embassy of Baghdad, Iraq Diplomat Security, runs Vela's boot camp-style sessions and has seen the program help many others with weight loss since the program's start.

"We have had over 100 members come out to support the fitness," Garza said. "From July until now we've had people go down from 25 to 45 pounds in weight reduction. It's a cardio endurance exercise; we're circuit training with a boot camp flavor."

The training involves everything from running; and cardio exercises to even tire flips.

With the turnout being a good one, the classes tend to rise to the occasion and come together-another reason why Vela enjoys the atmosphere.

"I have made a lot of friends out here," Vela said. "We encourage each other while we are out here and even compete. We really have a great time."

Sessions are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 and 8 a.m. and again from 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Membership is $20 a month and is paid at City Hall.

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