Today I went to a the bootcamp class at my gym.
“BOOT CAMP: This class delivers a comprehensive and balanced approach for the intense & motivated fitness enthusiast! Designed to challenge your entire body with muscle conditioning exercises, athletic and cardio drills that will challenge your muscular endurance and anaerobic capacity.”
The description of the class is accurate – it totally kicks your ass. We started by running laps around the gym and then moved onto mat exercises. On the mats we did four different exercises for 45 seconds each, repeated three times followed by suicides. After the suicides, we returned to the mats and repeated, but with different mat exercises.
During the first half of the class I wanted to die. I felt really awful and had black fuzzy spots around my field of vision. My stomach also didn’t feel great (and I had been sick all weekend) so I took a break during the first set of suicides and rested. After the break I felt much better and tried my best to keep up with the class. I was VERY happy when the class ended.
After bootcamp I went to the weights, where I did day 2 of Strong Lifts.
- Squats 5×5 95lbs
- OH Press 5×5 45lbs
- Deadlift 1×5 95lbs
That went super well – I was happy with my body for being back up to 95 lbs on the second day of lifting. I sweat buckets but finished the program and headed home.
At the end of the day I had 4,110 steps and 103 active minutes. These were all from the gym because I left my Fitbit at home during the day.
Each Tuesday I have a small group workout class with a personal trainer. I really enjoy working out with the group – it has been nice to get to know the people and talk openly about our fitness goals / motivations / general reasons for joining the class. All together we have lost over 100 pounds in just over two months, which is pretty impressive.
This week we did a routine that was similar to the routine that we did the first week of class. I remember the first week being pretty difficult. This week didn’t seem to be too difficult, but I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t super motivated or because I’ve actually improved my fitness level.
We did a rotation that included – walking around the gym with a 15lb ball held up over our heads, squats, pushups, supermans, crunches with a ball, arm presses, and a wall sit. I don’t remember everything but I did enjoy the workout for the most part.
We only have two weeks left of this class so I’m excited to put my best foot forward and see what I can do before the end of the month.
I did hang around and get 5×5 of 100lb squats in as well as 55lb bench press
At the end of the day I had 12,741 steps and 103 active minutes.
On Thursday I went to spin class. It was my first spin class in weeks. It was hell, but wonderful. I kept thinking, “I love spin class almost as much as I hate exercise.” It’s a pretty accurate quote, spin class is fun and empowering and leaves you with a sense of accomplishment. It would just be really nice to not do the actual spinning.
The class that I attended was 1 hr 15 min. We did cycles – one minute sitting, one minute standing, one minute of jumps (up and down).. Then two minutes.. Then three minutes.. Then we restarted but used a higher resistance. By the end of the class I was drenched with sweat and completely exhausted, but I felt great.
At the end of the day I had 12,005 steps and 123 active minutes.
Also.. I had a surprise this week! Yay!