Last year around this time my friend posted on Facebook that she was at boot camp. I noticed the boot camp she was at was less than 3 miles from where I live. This prompted me to ask her all about it. At that point running was my only form of exercise. I was loving my running accomplishments, but I wasn’t seeing much improvement in the over all tone of my upper body. I knew I needed to start cross training, but at home exercise DVDs were just not cutting it. I needed a place to go, a new routine and the social aspect of working out with other people. A boot camp close to home sounded perfect. After researching the place a little further I noticed thay had classes pretty much all day every 45 minutes. Not only was the place close to my home, but I could definitely fit it into the limited windows of my current schedule. My friend told me to hold off a week before signing up because they were going to run a Groupon. When I saw the Groupon for $55 for three months of unlimited boot camp classes I immediately bought it.
It’s been a year since I have been going to boot camp at least twice a week sometimes 3 times a week. I love the circuit style of training that combines a bit of cadio with tons of strength training exercises. After only 40 minutes in the gym I easily feel like I’ve gotten a great workout. I have noticed many great changes in myself too. My body is much more toned and I am way stronger than I was a year ago. I can lift heavier weights and my endurance level has increased too.
If you’re looking to try out a boot camp these are some things I’ve learned from my experiences.
- Not all circuts are the same: Make sure your trainer really knows how to design their circuits to help you get the most of the workout. If I am gving it my all I can tell when one day’s circuit is harder/easier than another. It’s ok to have easy days, but make sure that they are not always easy days. I find the circuits that contain some cardio stations really challenge me.
- Variety is good: After a year of boot camp I am still being introduced to new exercises and modifications. Don’t get me wrong there are things that are standard and repeated, but I’m often surprised by something new my trainer introduces.
- You get out of it what you put into it: If you’re constantly giving up before the whistle blows or not exerting yourself 100% during each station then you won’t get the best workout possible. On my good days I push myself the entire time and I don’t quit until the time is up.
- Meeting new people is fun: I keep a pretty standard schedule at boot camps so I start to see some of the same people over and over again. It’s nice to have friends to talk or commiserate with while you’re working out. I also found out about my current running club by just chatting with someone else while we worked out.
If you’ve ever thought about trying some cross training I recommend giving boot camp a try.
What do you do for cross training?