Boot Camp: First Impressions

Yesterday was my first “boot camp” class. In case you don’t know what that is, wikipedia tells us:

The term ‘boot camp’ is currently used in the fitness industry to describe group fitness classes that promote fat loss, camaraderie and team effort. They are designed to push people a little bit further than they would normally push themselves in the gym alone. Boot Camps often use bodyweight exercises like push ups, squats, suspension training and burpees, interspersed with running and competitive games.

Honestly, I was expecting something super intense that was going to kick my ass.

It wasn’t, and it didn’t.

That’s not to say that it wasn’t a good workout, or that I didn’t enjoy myself, because it was and I did. But it wasn’t the ass-kicking I expected – and was looking forward to. Maybe I’ve been watching The Biggest Loser too much!

The workout we did yesterday started with a strength training circuit with five stations. The stations included things like pushups, squats with resistance bands, lunges and the like. As the instructor explained what we were supposed to do at each station, he kept offering a modified version for those of us whose “first workout” it was, as well as the more advanced version for people who had been there a while. Well, it wasn’t my first workout ever, and I guess I’m not as out of shape as I thought I was, because I did the advanced version of everything.

After that we did some short distance sprinting forwards and backwards. I particularly enjoyed that part, both because I think it will help my running and also because the classes are in a cheerleading gym and the floor was springy.

Again: I enjoyed it, it just wasn’t super intense. If nothing else, I got a workout in where I otherwise might not have. I prepaid for 12 classes (3 a week for 4 weeks), so I’m trying to be optimistic. Apparently every workout is different, so maybe the rest will be more challenging for me? There were three newbies there, after all (myself and N-Cat among them).

I’ll know better in 8 hours, after my second class which starts at 5:30 am. (Have I mentioned that yet?) I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!

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