Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ultimate Bootcamp Is No Joke

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a free Ultimate Bootcamp class for bloggers on the Boston Common.  It was organized by Blog and Tweet Boston.  Anyone who knows we well knows I don't really like working out.  I don't like to run.  Oh and I don't like the gym either.

So why the heck did I sign up for this class?  I figured it would give me something to blog about. . . just kidding.  I wanted to see if I could do it.  I wanted to see if I would like it.

For those of you who are not familiar with "bootcamp" it is a 1 hour small group workout.  The instructor/personal trainer takes your through a series of exercises working out your entire body.  No two classes are the same.  Oh and it is no joke.  It is definitely a good workout.  Believe me.  I know since I am just now walking w/o wincing in pain.

This hill may look small and innocent but it is an evil hill.  Try running up it after doing 3 sets of squats, squat jumps, push ups, crunches, and many other exercises that I can't remember the names of.  My heartrate was up and my breathing was heavy.  This was a good workout.

Jill did a great job at giving modifications to people (um me) who needed them.  It was very helpful seeing that I am not in good shape and some of the other participants workout regularly.  Even though the participants were at varying levels of fitness the class flowed along nicely and I never felt "bad" about not being able to keep up.  I worked at my level and that was fine.

So how am I feeling now?  Well finally, 3 days later, I can walk up and down stairs w/o being in complete pain.  On Sunday every time Peyton said, "I'll race you."  I thought to myself ok but I couldn't beat you even if I wanted to right now!  Like really it was that bad.  I haven't been that sore since after day 2 of the Challenge Walk (and that was after walking 40 miles I might add).  So yeah this workout is good.  Now please realize that I am VERY out of shape as I have not worked out in quite some time (like over a year) other than walking.

Would I do it again?  YES!  I know even I'm surprised.  It was kinda fun.  I like doing workouts where there is someone telling me what to do.  I'm not good at going to the gym on my own.  I need direction and instruction (and motivation).  I think Ultimate Bootcamp would give me all that.

Could I actually commit to 4 classes a week for 4 weeks right now?  Um no.  But only b/c my schedule is crazy for the month of June w/ 2 vacations.  After that it will be way too hot.  MS and heat don't mix so I will not be able to do outdoor summer workouts.  But I do plan to keep this in mind for the fall.  (And if I forget all of you can remind me that I said this.  Haha!)

Here we are after the workout.  Proof that we all survived.  Actually some of these bloggers are in really good shape!  I was impressed!!

It was a fun experience and I'm glad I tried Ultimate Bootcamp.  If you get a chance to take a class I would definitely recommend it.  If you go to the Ultimate Bootcamp website you will see a spot on the right hand side where you can get a free class.  I think that is a great way to see if you like it before signing up for a 4 week session.

Thanks to Jen and Kerrie from Blog and Tweet Boston for organizing.  Thanks to Jill for kicking my butt! :)

Have you ever participated in bootcamp?




  1. I've always wanted to try a Bootcamp. I'm always afraid I'll pass out or throw up or something though. Haha.

  2. Sounds fun! "Bootcamp" classes have always scared me, but on a nice day out in the park, I actually think it could be great. Glad you had a good time!

  3. I have always wondered what this was all about. Sounds interesting.I may have to try it. Glad you liked it, but yeah that soreness does suck!

  4. How fun! I LOVE boot camp! I actually taught boot camp sessions when I was in school at Texas A&M. I like teaching and being a student though. I do a lot of boot camp style workouts on my own because they really are fun! You aren't doing the same thing over and over which is what I need with my short attention span!

  5. Kudos to you for kicking ass and taking names! And for wearing purple! I love that there are so many blogging events in your area! So cook that you get to meet an array of people and participate in so e cool activities.

    The soreness is a good thing!

  6. You went! Good for you!! Now I am wishing I had gone!

  7. I think it takes a lot of gumption to get to bootcamp and stay throughout the entire duration. I for one shy away from anything so intense (in groups.) So I definitely admire your commitment :)

  8. Wow! That sounds intense! Good for you, girl!!! :-)