boot camp at the gym

boot camp at the gym

Boot Camp…revealed!

Have you ever considered taking a Boot Camp class at the gym? I’ve toyed with the idea a couple of times but finally participated in Boot Camp for the first time yesterday. One of my friends has gone every Sunday and I finally agreed to meet her.

Yep, I said Sunday morning and it was at 8:15 am.

Of the classes I’ve tried so far I must say that it was a very good workout. You are constantly moving and there is very little rest. From what I gathered the classes vary from week to week.

Here’s a run down of how the class went…

We started out sprinting across the room and then on the way back (across the room) we alternated doing a sideways plank walk or the crab walk. Once we got back to our starting position we did push ups then start over with a sprint, etc. We counted down the push ups…10, 9, 8, 7, etc. So we ended up doing ten rounds of the sprint, walk, push ups.

Next the instructor set up four different stations where 3 or 4 of us spent a total of four minutes doing four different exercises for a minute each. To give you a feel for the stations I’ll describe two of them.

The first station I visited we did jumping lunges, frog jump, push ups and sideways walking with a tension band on our ankles. Another memorable station was all about the bosu ball. We did burpees which included lifting the bosu ball over our heads, we had to hold the squat position on a bosu ball, hold the plank with either feet or hands on the bosu ball, and mountain climbers with hands on the bosu ball.

Upon completing the four stations we broke into two groups and did suicide drills and another running drill. What’s a suicide drill? Okay the instructor set out four cones in a row. You run from the 1st cone to the 2nd cone (touching the cone), then run back and touch the first Cone, then run to the 3rd cone (touching it), then back to the 1st cone, and (yes you guessed it) run to the fourth cone and then return to the starting position waiting for your next turn. We did the drill three times each.

To wrap things up the instructor had us line up along the far side of the room. We did about ten squats holding the last squat for several seconds, then she counted down and had us sprint across the room and back. On the first try I was the last one to get back to the starting position. I wasn’t last on the next two rounds.

I felt like I had a point to prove. I was the oldest person in Boot Camp and there was no way I was going to come in last all three times for the sprints. I may have been the oldest but I was definitely in better shape than some of the other participants. Plus I’m just a little competitive. 😉

All-in-all I recommend the Boot Camp class to anyone that has worked out for a while and you want to mix things up. This class is not for someone who’s looking for another form of cardio…it’s no Zumba class (it’s much more challenging). I’m not sure I’ll return to the Sunday morning 8:15 am class. I really don’t like setting the alarm on Sunday mornings. But we’ll see…you never know.

Until tomorrow! Kathi