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I have officially survived 3 days of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and I have to say I am LOVING it. For the $25 it cost to register for this, I have gained so much information and access to a wonderful group of people. I know that for me, it is so easy to get stuck in a rut and do the same thing over and over again. This has been an excellent guideline and it is definitely challenging me.
I didn’t post an update yesterday, but day 2 consisted of lower body workout and 20 minutes of steady state cardio. I decided to do 40 minutes so I can get some extra mileage in, being the overachiever that I am.
Today consisted of 45 minutes of interval training (your choice) and core work. I jumped on the treadmill and knocked out the interval training and got my heart rate up pretty good and I was soaked when I finished. The last 10 minutes were rough, but I put some System of a Down on – I can always rely on some good rage music to keep me moving. 45 minutes later, I had gone 3.08 miles and burned 400 calories. My legs have been screaming at me since.
The core work was challenging after the intervals. BUT… This girl managed to do TWO sixty-second planks. Oh yes I did.
One of the things I really like about the bootcamp is the instructional info given. Not only are we given workouts, but each one has a link to a website on how to do each exercise. While I am familiar with a lot of exercises given all my years of working out, it is very nice to have a reminder on ones I’ve forgotten or clear instructions on how to do the ones I am not familiar with.
I keep forgetting to do my measurements so I can compare after the 8 weeks is up, so I’ll be doing that tonight. It’s not always the numbers on the scale that go down, so I’d like some other point of reference.
Looking forward to tomorrow and day 4!
What have you done to challenge yourself this week?
Today was the start of Best Body Bootcamp 2. Yesterday, I went through my nifty binder I made of the plan and all the workouts to prepare for today. I made sure my stability ball was full of air and set out my weights. I was anxious to start! I even got my lunch and snacks together last night.
This morning I had to be leave earlier than normal, so I had an early breakfast of oatmeal and a bottle of water. The lunch and snacks I put together last night? I left them on the counter, all neatly packed in my lunch bag. UGH. This meant then a less than stellar lunch as I was on the road after my morning ran longer than expected. The rest of the day, I’ve done very well. I’ve been drinking plenty of water and had a snack of avocado slices when I got home. After my snack, it was time to get in my first workout of the bootcamp. I was ready to start, can you tell?
I did cardio first, taking the lead from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers. She is doing the bootcamp also and I just happened to notice her post before I started. She gave her version of today’s cardio and I changed it up a little for me. I’ve never done a a 60/60 HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout before but I loved it. It kicked my butt. My 20 minutes consisted of:
Minutes 0-5………3.0 pace………8.0 incline
Minutes 5-15……Alternate 60 seconds 6.0 pace and 60 seconds 4.0 pace………1.0 incline
Minutes 15-20……3.0 pace………4.0 incline
I was super sweaty when I was done and it really got my heart rate up. I am pretty proud of myself. Can you tell?
After the cardio portion it was time to work the upper body, 3 sets of supersets. Loved it. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any type of weight workout, but I do enjoy it. And in the past, my arms have always responded well to weights. When I work out and get the results I want, my shoulders are my favorite. Hoping to like my shoulders again at the end of the 8 weeks! I am very pleased with how the first day of working out went.
I am trying to decide if I want to do tomorrow’s workout in the morning or in the afternoon. I would love to do it in the morning, so we’ll see if I can make that happen.
Part of the bootcamp is to focus on 2 goals for the week, or duration of the bootcamp. They can change throughout, and I don’t know yet if mine will change. To start, my 2 goals are drink 64 oz. of water daily, and to plan my meals. I always do better when I plan ahead (unless I forget my packed lunch on the counter!).
I am really glad I decided to be a part of this and I will do my best to give it my all for the 8 weeks. Everything works together. The more I workout, the more mindful I tend to be of my eating. And with my half-marathon training starting no later than mid-August, I am determined to make some positive changes, and continue to be #fitfluential.
If you’ve taken park in a bootcamp before, whether a long-distance challenge such as this or through a gym, what was your favorite part of it?