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Boot Camp

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Today, I took my first ever boot camp class at my gym.  I've been a member for just over nine years, and my M.O. is this:  get in there, get 20-30 min of good cardio, 35-45 minutes of strength, stretching at the beginning and end, and try to not speak a single word to anyone in the process.  It's worked for me.  I never thought of the gym as a social experience but as a place of solitary meditation through motion.  And, full disclosure time, I really thought I was pushing myself when I was at the gym. 

This morning, I discovered that I'd been living in a dream world.  

A co-worker suggested boot camp to me last week while I was doing a total mat work out, and she'd plopped down next to me to do some core work.  If you must know, the reason I was on the mat for an hour is because it was the first snow storm of the season that day, and I'd forgotten my gym shoes.  (Side note:  Surprisingly, the total mat work out turned out to be pretty ok, once I shook the negative attitude about forgetting my shoes.)  Anyway.....she said that the Sunday morning boot camp class was great, so I said I'd give it a go.

It.  Was.  Brutal.

I had to ask the kid working the fitness center desk where to find boot camp class.  His reply?  "Do you know that's the hardest class here?  Even harder than TRX."  Great.  

I found the room.  It was conveniently situation right off the elevated track.  There was a circuit of nine stations that the sweet and welcoming (but slightly overly energetic for a Sunday morning) instructor had thoughtfully planned.  We worked through the circuit twice with 30 seconds at each station (she said, but it seemed closer to a minute) with other activities making a surprise appearance throughout.  There was running.  There was jumping rope (I hate hate hate jumping rope, because I stink at it.)  There were squats (three different kinds) and walking lunges with weights.  There were planks (of course).  There was a plethora of abdominal exercises.   We finished with stretches and a child's pose.  I really wanted to just stay in that child's pose and cry for a little bit before I got up, but I didn't.  Well, maybe I did.  

By the time the class hour was over, I was a limp noodle with sweat dripping off the end of my nose.  It was wonderful.  I can't wait until next Sunday.


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This totally reminds me of my first boot camp. My instructor was a former body builder - a woman....in her SIXTIES! She was so muscular and sooooo peppy. I loved her! And, like you, I'd always liked to workout alone. But that class was awesome, and I loved the camaraderie amongst the people. I was sad when we moved away and I lost my boot camp class. 

I went back to my old ways, which - don't get me wrong - I really did enjoy. But like you, I thought I was pushing myself. And yet I wasn't really seeing results. So I started working with a trainer. I didn't want to at all because I don't like chatting when I'm working out, and I really like listening to my own music. But I felt I really needed this guy's expertise. It wound up being the best thing I've done for myself. In terms of my lifts, he's spotted mistakes I never would've picked out on my own. He pushes me harder than I ever would've pushed myself. And just when I'm about to give up on something, he's super motivating and encouraging and I always finish the workout feeling accomplished...and like I might die, hahaha.

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On 11/30/2015, 9:32:19, YogaByCandace said:

This totally reminds me of my first boot camp. My instructor was a former body builder - a woman....in her SIXTIES! She was so muscular and sooooo peppy. I loved her! And, like you, I'd always liked to workout alone. But that class was awesome, and I loved the camaraderie amongst the people. I was sad when we moved away and I lost my boot camp class. 

I went back to my old ways, which - don't get me wrong - I really did enjoy. But like you, I thought I was pushing myself. And yet I wasn't really seeing results. So I started working with a trainer. I didn't want to at all because I don't like chatting when I'm working out, and I really like listening to my own music. But I felt I really needed this guy's expertise. It wound up being the best thing I've done for myself. In terms of my lifts, he's spotted mistakes I never would've picked out on my own. He pushes me harder than I ever would've pushed myself. And just when I'm about to give up on something, he's super motivating and encouraging and I always finish the workout feeling accomplished...and like I might die, hahaha.

or cry...... :)

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So great to hear your experience!  I think I would have been offended by the kid at the front desk - why would he think you would not be up for the hardest class??  But, I wasn't there, so that must have been a more conversational tone rather than questioning.  Good for you for not being deterred by others.

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I like the social aspects of classes. It's also kinda motivating because I want to keep up with or out do the people around me. There's a class at my gym I want to take because I think it will really push me and be fun. 

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On 12/2/2015 at 0:32 PM, yogafire said:

So great to hear your experience!  I think I would have been offended by the kid at the front desk - why would he think you would not be up for the hardest class??  But, I wasn't there, so that must have been a more conversational tone rather than questioning.  Good for you for not being deterred by others.

I wasn't offended.  It was funny.  I think he was truly concerned about anyone going to it.  Seriously, it wasn't THAT bad.  

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On 12/3/2015 at 6:53 PM, scottcraft said:

I like the social aspects of classes. It's also kinda motivating because I want to keep up with or out do the people around me. There's a class at my gym I want to take because I think it will really push me and be fun. 

Agreed!  It was hard for me to go ahead and do it, because I am such a solitary working out person.  However, the balance of group and solo exercise has been fun.

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4 hours ago, Lorelei said:

Agreed!  It was hard for me to go ahead and do it, because I am such a solitary working out person.  However, the balance of group and solo exercise has been fun.

I think there's a time and place for both. The social aspect of a group class is something I enjoy and doing something by myself where it's just me competing against myself is always nice. 

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