Do you want to know how my first incursion on boot camps was?

 

gym class doing press-ups

A while ago I wrote an article about boot camps on JLL Fitness because everyone was asking me what it was about. So I asked different friends of mine who tried it before, and people from my gym and they explain it to me. The idea is working out as if it was an army training, but without the “Full Metal Jacket” sergeant yelling to your ears. You exercise with a partner for pushing each other to work harder. Then I thought “OK that sounds really good” and I decided to give it a go.

Yesterday, after working eight hours at the office, I decided to loosen up my muscles and try the boot camp classes at my gym. I put my workout clothes, my trainers and my camouflage makeup (kidding) and I went to my gym ready to work hard and sweat!

The working out is divided in three parts: warm up, aerobic and strength exercises, and cool down. The warming up was the easy part, then “the hell” started that consists in aerobic and strength exercises which are divided into three sets with three different working outs, that are repeated three times. You do not need to keep counting how many reps have you done, you just need to do as many as you can until your trainer tells you to stop. Usually, after every different exercise there is some time for rest. This may sound confusing, but no worries, I will try to describe every exercise that we did, just in case you want to try them. Are you ready?

First set (Plyometric exercises):

  1. Run the length of a rope ladder, alternating your feet, and keeping them in contact with the ground as little as possible.
  2. Begin in push up position on the floor, and fully extend your arms to lift your body off the floor. Contract your abs. Pull your knees forward to your chest and come back to starting position. Keep repeating during 30 seconds.
  3.  Forearm front plank.
  4. Front obstacle (banana step) jump.
  5. Begin in push up position on the floor, and fully extend your arms to lift your body off the floor. Contract your abs. Pull your knees forward to your chest and come back to starting position. Keep repeating during 30 seconds.
  6. Forearm front plank.
  7. There are three separated cones on the floor. Run to the first one, touch the floor with your hand and come back to the starting position. Run to the second cone, touch the floor again and come back to the starting position. Repeat it with the third cone. Run until the end of the room, touch the wall and come back to starting position. Start over again.
  8. Begin in push up position on the floor, and fully extend your arms to lift your body off the floor. Contract your abs. Pull your knees forward to your chest and come back to starting position. Keep repeating during 30 seconds.
  9.  Forearm front plank.

Second set:

  1. Pilates superman with burpees: Lay on your stomach, extend your arms out in front of you, and lift your legs off the floor. Place your hands on the floor and pull your knees forward to your chest until getting a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you. Stand up and jump. Come back to the squat and push your knees backwards, lay on the floor and start again.
  2. Lunges.
  3. Push up position on your toes, facing your partner, head to head. Spread your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Push up, raise your right hand and clap your palm with the right hand of your partner. Place your palm down again, push up, and repeat with your left hand.
  4. Mountain climbing moving forward.

Third set:

  1. Jumping jacks with squats.
  2. Crunches with weights: Sit facing your partner, knees bent, feet on the floor. One person can have their feet on top of their partner’s feet. Both members lie back on a yoga mat and keep your arms stretched behind your head. Keeping your arms straight, curl up, twist to both sides, and hand the weight to your partner.
  3. Jumping jacks with squats.
  4. Crunches with weights.
  5. Jumping jacks with squats.
  6. Crunches with weights.

Well, that would be it. Anyone who has ever done boot camp knows that you will get a serious ass kicking, but it is addicted. Even though I work muscle that I did know that I had! Even though I got home very tired! Even though I am dying of body pain right now! I am super determined to go next week! You can call me masochist, but I really loved boot camp classes.

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