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Fitness Friday: I heart Bootcamps, but I hate Burpees

I truly LOVE Bootcamp and have a complete disdain for Burpees and box jumps and Sally Up.  

About 6 years ago a friend invited me to a Summer Bootcamp in my town.  At this point in my fitness journey, I had never done anything like this.  And honestly, the word Bootcamp really scared me.  So many questions ran through my head…

  • What would we have to do?
  • Would I be able to do what they asked us to do?
  • What if I made a fool of myself in front of all those other people?
  • What if I died?  (Ok, not really, but I can be a bit dramatic sometimes.)

As we began the summer, this particular summer we started the month with a “test” of sorts.  We had to do certain exercises timed.  I remember doing push-ups, sit-ups, a plank and a mile run(which at the time, made me real nervous).  I’m sure there was more, but those few things are burned in my brain.  I’ll be honest, I was a little defeated at the condition I was in, BUT I was onto our trainer.  I knew she was doing these things to give us a starting point.  I LOVE a good Benchmark.  I love to see where I’ve come from.  And that’s exactly what happened.

bootcamp4 days a week at 6am, I showed up for Bootcamp and had a strategic workout planned for me.  I LOVE to be told what to do in my fitness journey.  I’m not great at going to the gym and making up my own workout.  I admire those who do.  You have a gift I tell you!  But that’s not me.  I always say I have a love/hate relationship with my trainer.  And honestly, it’s grown over the past 6 years into a fitness partnership.  She pushes our group, has taught us how to encourage one another and be challenged by not only our benchmarks, but also by others.  I love Bootcamp because even though it’s a large group, there are options and room to grow and I’m always challenged.  My trainer always tell us, it doesn’t get easier, you just get better.  I LOVE THAT!

Now let’s talk for one minute about what I hate…I may be an optimist, but you can’t love everything about it.  

BURPEES and BOX JUMPS and Sally Up

I loath these three things.  In fact, if I know we are going to do any of these, I prep a good excuse (which NEVER works, but she knows I’m going to have one to try to wiggle my way out of the exercise!).  The truth of the matter is, because of other things about my body, I don’t feel like I’m good at these. Burpees are hard for me because I have really tight muscles and box jumps, well, I have a mental mind block about jumping up onto things. (not to mention the torn up shins I’ve seen from such things)!  Then there’s Sally Up, she’s just long and hurts and really, she’s just mean.  BUT guess what, if I do what I’m told during the Bootcamp….I ALWAYS see improvements and since this is what I’m paying for, well, then I say it’s a win/win really!!

Bottom line here… bootcamp

I love being a part of a group fitness program.  I love meeting new people, learning new exercises, partner work, being challenged by the class, and those in it, seeing improvements and I LOVE being told what to do!  All these things listed overshadow what I hate about it!

If you are anything like me, you should check out our East Texas Guide to Fitness to see what’s out there!

What’s your favorite way to workout?

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