Sunday, December 30, 2012

BOOT CAMP? YES MA'AM!

I signed up for a boot camp class at the YMCA back in October.   The 30 Day Shred success has had me aching for another program or challenge to look forward to.    Besides, my daughter raves about boot camp workouts so I thought I would like to try.

(Yes, I know that she is 23 years younger than me, but I like to imagine that when she returns from the Air Force next Spring that I'll be able to keep up with her.)

Here in Oklahoma City the cost to members is for the first time is $75.00. Subsequent sessions are   $50.00.  The class is Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30 AM (yikes) and Saturday at 7:00 AM.

I was told the class would be outside so I wore a long sleeve shirt over a short sleeve shirt thinking that if I got hot I would tie it around my waist.  When I saw the other ladies with jackets and gloves I thought I had made a mistake.  Fortunately,  Eric, our instructor, told us we would be inside the first day since we had assessments to do.

I was happy to see that most of the class was comprised of returning members.  I was 1 of 2 new ladies to join the group.   There are also 2 men in the group.

For the first half hour we performed timed assessments including push ups, double crunches, tricep dips, jumping jacks, etc.  Having successfully completed my 30DS I was happy with my performance.  I only wanted to vomit twice!

I was absolutely exhausted when I finished in a muscle fatigue kind of way.  It was the same feeling as a 30 mile bike ride without much water or shot blocks.   My morning shower was a great relief.  So was the Advil.

Over the next few weeks I had a major set back.  I caught a virus that resulted in a sinus infection. It slowed me down, but I didn't stop attending.  When the session came to an end, I signed up for the next session.

To my delight, my husband signed up, too!  He saw how much I enjoyed it and decided to give it a try.  Half way into this session, he says he is going to stay with it.

Eric (trainer) left, Alan (husband) right.
If you have an opportunity to join a boot camp, I strongly encourage it.  Our group has members of all ages and health conditions.  There are modifications for injuries and limitations.

Here are a few tips for making the most of your boot camp experience:

1. Don't go without taking in some calories. You don't want to run out of steam.  This site has some great suggestions for early workouts.

2. Take a water bottle.  You will work hard for the entire hour with very little time to get to the fountain.

3.Set an intention. It's easy to make excuses.  It's also easy to make the workout all about you and your journey if you set your mind to it.

4. Don't allow setbacks to get in your way.  You learned to ride a bike even though you probably fell over a couple of times.  You didn't give up on that did you?


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