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24 August 2011

Boot Camp, No Joke

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My birthday was at the beginning of the month and one of the gifts I was given was a voucher for 8 sessions of ClearFit Interval Training (read boot camp) by my flatmate.  You might be thinking that it's a backhanded way of telling me I need to get lose weight, but I thought it was an excellent gift as I have been really wanting to get back into shape. I know this is sort of contradicting what I wrote a few months back, but in the last 3 years I have put some extra weight and am not pleased about it.  I'm making a conscious effort to boot my ass back into shape and what's better than boot camp to do it?!

I'm not one to go to the gym by myself, spend an hour working all the right muscle groups and doing the right amount of cardio, then leave feeling accomplished.  I go to the gym alone and get bored after about 15 minutes.  When I lived in New York I had a personal trainer who would tell me what to do and what to work on that day, it was excellent! At boot camp I get the same thing, but I'm also busting my ass during the hour I'm there.  It's not a pretty sight when I leave that studio, my muscles are sore and I'm beat red, but I feel great mentally and I feel like I have accomplished something. 

I've been a lazy lump this past year, OK maybe I have taken part in a couple runs but I definitely could have done more. Now that I am in taking these classes, it motivates me to want to do more.  While I want to drop at least a dress size, I also want to get in better shape and be healthier. It reminds me of that quote from Legally Blonde...

Exercise gives you endorphins.
Endorphins make people happy.
And happy people just don't shoot their husbands...
they just don't.

Feeling good in the skin you're in always motivates me and it boosts self-confidence levels.  But you know what, I'm still going to indulge in a cupcake at times like I spoke about in my previous post.


Dolly Daydream said...

I think you deserve to indulge in that cupcake every so often! :)

Jean said...

I dont think you should deprive yourself of things. There has to be a happy medium! And working out hard, you always deserve a treat.
Thanks for reading along, I hope you continue to :)

Ana E said...

Do you know the 2 biggest reasons men and women stop exercising?

1) Lack of time
2) Lack of motivation

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muscle group rests while the other works...and you cut the rest
time you need between sets.

b) Choose a better warm-up strategy

Don't waste 10 minutes walking on the treadmill. Instead, use a
total body circuit of bodyweight exercises as a general warm-up, and
then move directly into specific warm-up sets for your first two

c) Pair dumbbell and bodyweight exercises together in your

This saves you time at home (you don't need to change the dumbbell
weight between exercises) and in the gym (you don't need to fight
for 2 sets of dumbbells).

d) Choose Intervals over slow cardio

The latest research shows more weight loss when people use
intervals, and intervals take half as long to do.

e) Limit the use of isolation exercises

Pick multi-muscle exercises, such as squats, pulls, pushes, and
rows. If you have time, you can squeeze in some dropsets for arms
and shoulders if you want. However, if you only have 3 sessions of
45 minutes per week, isolation exercises must be the first to go.

In addition, don't spend more than 10 minutes per week on direct ab
training. It's not efficient and won't give you rock hard abs

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Certified Turbulence Trainer
Creator of Turbulence Training

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