I am so excited to share my Bootcamp workout that will be part of my Saturday morning routine for the remainder of the summer with my instructor, Chantelle, from Kinetic Indoor Cycle and Fitness. What a kick %#*% workout! It is all about cardio, core, and anything else you want to throw in. Each workout will be different, based on whatever the instructor decides, but the first one of the summer focused mainly on cardio, legs and core.
We started the day with a 1km run up a hill and then down in a bit of a loop in the coulees, no snakes spotted thank goodness! We divided up into two groups of three and unfortunately I and the other girl choosing coloured elastic bands for our groups, both chose green. Green represented 300. As in, every set of reps we did were 300 for each of our groups. So simple math, 300 reps for 3 people is 100 reps per person. If someone was falling behind, those finished first could do some reps for those individuals to catch them up.
Now, I don’t want to make a particular point of this, but I was definitely the oldest one in the group at 50. I think the mean age of the other 5 women was probably around 26. Which goes to show, there is no age ceiling for fitness. So all of you who are using your age as an excuse not to work out or to keep it easy, give it up! You can work up to an amazing fitness level just like your younger counterparts, if you work at it. And can still get an amazing body to go with all the hard work. (okay, I’m not going to look like Bo Derek in the movie 10, ever, even with extensive cosmetic surgery, but I can still look fit and lean and who doesn’t want that?)
So, our workout included 100 burpees, 100 bicycles, 100 hip dip side planks (50 per side), and a short distance run, back and forth (50 slightly longer distance plus 50 slightly shorter distance), and 100 walking lunges. Since the workout goes for an hour, I’m assuming that even if I’d chosen an elastic band representing fewer reps, we would have ended up doing more exercises to fill the hour, so I don’t know it matters all that much what color we chose.
So that’s it. That gives you a good idea of what a “bootcamp” style workout is like. It is essentially a type of interval training where you have bursts of intense activity alternated with intervals of “lighter” activity. This type of workout helps you build strength, endurance and agility. You can expect to do a variety of exercises such as those we did, as well as things like pushups, pullups, jumping jacks etc. These workouts tend to offer a more challenging and varied workout and create a feeling of team spirit and unity among the participants, much as military training does, (though I think this workout was tougher than most of the PT classes we had when I WAS in bootcamp!).
So my challenge to you is to try a bootcamp style workout once you’ve built up your fitness level to an advanced beginner or intermediate level. I wouldn’t suggest this type of workout to someone brand new to working out. Keep the workout fun and intense and stay motivated throughout. So whether you join a group class, gather some friends and do your own bootcamp, or even do a bootcamp all by yourself the key is to keep the intensity up and vary the exercises.
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