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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Wellesley for his work with the BOKS Program at the elementary schools or as a coach of youth sports. A former collegiate football player turned Ironman triathlete, Cavallerano believes the best workouts are those that strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Depending on an athlete's ability, he'll modify the exercises to gradually build up fitness and mental toughness and to avoid injury. On the day of the Blessing Hero Workout last November, new members Chris Spagnuolo and Mike Batka showed up an hour early for a session that breaks down some of the mental components. A CrossFit L1 trainer, Cavallerano also draws upon Navy SEAL training techniques and how each person carries both the Wolf of Fear and the Wolf of Courage inside. "The Wolf of Fear will tell you that you can't, but you can," Cavallerano says. The body is some 20 times stronger than the brain 125 s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e no Night's Watch training session at the GarageGym with Chris Cavallerano is ever easy, but the "Blessing Hero Workout" last November tested the mettle of even the most conditioned athlete. The grueling combination of running, rope climbing, weight lifting, and other chal- lenges was named in honor of Army Sgt. Jay Blessing, 23, of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013. Quitting is not in the vocabulary of Night's Watch, an ever-growing group of men from Wellesley and Weston who've been training together for more than a year. As a team, they've tackled some of the toughest endurance races out there, including the Spartan Beast World Championship in Vermont last September. To the uninitiated, such events might sound like weekend escapes from life's more sedentary responsibilities. But the physical and mental toughness needed to complete these obstacle courses is intense, according to Cavallerano. His name may be familiar to many in H E A T H E R S H A N A H A N

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