For the whole month of February I went to a boot camp class at my gym called “Winter Meltdown.” We had class Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5 am. On Monday’s we did an aerobics/cardio workout. Wednesday’s we focused on one part of our body. Friday’s we played a “game” (the games were not as fun as they sound). Overall I really enjoyed the class!
Day 1 of Boot Camp!
Monday’s were probably the hardest days. The workouts varied, but my favorite was tabata. In the tabata class you have eight or nine stations. Between each station you do active recovery; either a minute on a stationary bike or we would run around our gym! The stations are usually body-part-specific. You have 2 workouts per station and you do each one 4 times for 20 seconds each with a 10 second break. You can find a lot of tabata workouts here!
Wednesday’s were a little bit easier, but more intense to one body part. My favorite body part to workout is back. I just feel like that is my strongest and it always feels good when you’re about to go up in weight. During the class, we did lower weights, more reps. We also did a lot of pulse reps and slow-count reps. It really gets that muscle group burning! You can find tips on how to pace your reps here!
Friday’s were deceiving. We played games, but you don’t really win. Most of the games were workout roulette. You draw exercises or words out of a bag and have something like bingo or doing an exercise for every letter in a word. Friday’s were a little easier than the other two days. When you pay to get your butt kicked in a boot camp, you can really expect anything easy. To learn about other workout games, you can find some here!
Boot camps are super fun, and can really push you harder than you thought you could go. I definitely became in better shape, but didn’t necessarily go down in weight. It is not always about weight though; I did take progress pictures and I have made a difference in how toned I am, but the scale just hasn’t shown progress. Remember – muscle weighs more than fat!
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