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?