I have been chasing the elusive fitness butterfly, on and off, for a number of years, however, despite all of the chasing, I’ve never managed to actually get fit.
Getting fit was “something that happened to other people” (hee hee) and those “other people” always seemed to be models.
Well, I am almost halfway through my first ever bootcamp and this time, I feel fitter and more motivated to keep going than I have ever felt before. Many of my fellow campers have done well over 30 camps and I can see why – its great fun and the workouts are far more comprehensive than anything you could do on your own at a gym.
I wrote a few notes after some of the classes. Read on to get an idea of how its going so far.
Week 1 – Day One …Not Sure What to Expect
Arrived at the camp venue. Met the trainer. Trainer (Leigh) seems nice. Trainer doesn’t look like Mrs Trunchbull which is surely a good sign. I think I just might survive….upper body and core, here I come!
30 minutes later – Not going to lie, I’m finding this grueling. Baby labour sounds emanating from mouth. Sorry, can’t help it.
Another 30 minutes – we’ve done a cool down and stretch. I did it ! So proud of self.
Week 1 – Day Two …Feeling Peachy Keen
Today was legs and cardio. Quite a bit more banter amongst us campers, which keeps me laughing and also keeps me going! Did a lot of running up and down stairs in between some exercises that were just as tough as (you guessed it) … running up and down the steps. Felt like Rocky when I did my final stair run. I really felt encouraged to keep on going and walk away, yet again, super chuffed with my efforts.
Week 1 – Day Three…..Keeping Motivated
My legs hurt today. Finished work early so managed to fit in a quick drink at &Union before heading to bootcamp and piling into my first assessment. Scored 199! This is apparently quite a decent score. Fitter already and its only been one week. Would also like to add – my bum feels decidedly firmer.
Week 2 – Day One …Change of Scenery
Met at Platteklip Gorge to do a hike. This is a nice change of scenery. Got almost to the top in our alloted 30 minutes. Being able to walk up a mountain with minimal panting feels amazing. It should have been on my bucket list. In fact, I think I will add it to my bucket list just so I can tick it off. Hee hee.
Week 2 – Day Two … Dietary Discussion
So today, whilst doing our arm exercises (goodbye chicken wings), we discussed good eating habits. The most interesting piece of advice was “You can’t exercise away a bad diet ” – thank goodness our trainer told us this. My appetite has increased with all this exercise and the temptation to ‘reward’ myself is strong at this point. I need to reign in the chocolate consumption to really feel the results.
All silly-ness aside. Its been a great experience. I’ve met some really lovely girls, been encouraged to push myself (something no gym machine can do for you) and worked all the right muscles as Adventure Bootcamp is specifically tailored to ladies’ bodies. Every session is different, so it never gets monotonous and there’s something so invigorating about exercising outdoors – no artificial lights or stagnant air. Leigh, our trainer, makes sure that all of us are doing the exercises correctly and can offer alternative exercises to work the same muscle group if you’ve got an injury or are struggling in any way.
If you would like to join a bootcamp – sign up here …Adventure Bootcamps - Take it from a converted couch potato – You’ll LOVE it!