Bootcamp: Somethin’ to Smile About?

For those of you who don’t follow Fiterature on Facebook (um, WHAT?! Get with the program!), you missed my comment about some uninvited change a few weeks ago.  I arrived at the gym and set up all of the equipment for Total Body Conditioning which takes like 20 minutes because we use about 77 different things like a ball, weights, a step, more weights, a towel, a yoga mat and weights. As I sat and waited for class to start, people started trickling in and a nasty, nasty rumor began to spread.  Slayton was out of town.  “Ok,” I thought.  “I am disappointed because it won’t be as good of a workout with a sub, but I can handle it.”  Then the back of my neck began to sweat as new faces walked in and said “Oh, you won’t need that stuff.  It’s Boot Camp with Wayne tonight.”

Hold Up.  Who is this “Wayne” person they speak of? Brady? Newton? Gretzky? Arnold?? Cause if it’s Wayne Arnold, this could be a hilarious evening.

Wayne Arnold. Ahhh, The Wonder Years....

Alas, it was Wayne the Chronically Happy Trainer.  I swear, the more we sweat, grimaced and winced in pain, the bigger his smile got.  Sometimes there was even laughing.  And I am not talking a sinister, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas-type smile.  It was a genuinely friendly, caring, loving smile. What a jerk.

I wanted to hate him.  For example, I was on my third set of 2 minute walking planks and he walked over, squatted down, looked me in the eye, smiled and said “Excellent form.  You are looking so strong.” I mean, how DARE he??! How dare Wayne challenge every muscle group with interval training, force me to burn mega calories by keeping me moving while working multiple muscles simultaneously, and throw any chance of boredom out the window with great music and challenging new moves? He has some nerve making me feel like a rock star with his motivating words and encouraging facial expressions. Can someone get me a comment card?  Who does he think he is??

So why can’t I stop thinking about it? So much so, that I’ve done the intervals at home by myself.  Twice. And I caught myself smiling when I was done. BLAST YOU Wayne, your upside down frown and your darn agility hurdles!

Spend 2 mins at each station, 1 min per move, with no rest. Repeat entire cycle 3 times with a 1 minute rest in between cycles.

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Benefits of Bootcamp:

Bootcamp workouts are intense exercise sessions that challenge every muscle in your body. By rapidly moving from exercise to exercise with little rest in between, you tone and firm muscles while getting a good cardiovascular workout at the same time.

1. Challenges every muscle group: Considering you are in a well-rounded class, bootcamps work all muscle groups in your lower and upper body – sometimes at the same time! Some moves will use body weight while others will require equipment. The variety keeps your muscles guessing, which prevents them from becoming too efficient at the exercises and can keep your body from plateauing.

2. Combines aerobic exercise and strength: Because you are constantly moving in a boot camp workout and using your entire body, you are getting a great aerobic workout. The benefits of aerobic exercise are endless. Aerobic exercise can strengthen your heart, boost your immunity, reduce your risk of health problems and disease, improve your mood, and keep your arteries clear, to name a few. Combine that with the strength moves and you have a great, quick, total body workout.

3.  Eleviates Exercise Boredom:  How many times have you dragged yourself to the treadmill or elliptical and nearly gouged your own eye out with your headphone plug out of sheer boredom?  Not in bootcamp!  Since you are constantly jumping from station to station, your mind stays much more engaged than if you were counting seconds on a cardio machine screen.  And if you have a good instructor, no two bootcamps will be the same! 

4.  Creates a sense of team and boosts confidence: When you are sweating alongside others, the feeling of camaraderie and teamwork is inevitable.  Together as one, you are working toward a common goal – getting stronger (and finishing the class without ralphing)!  It is an amazing feeling when you finish that last interval and it’s time to stretch.  You are sweaty, you are tired, you are STRONGER.


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3 thoughts on “Bootcamp: Somethin’ to Smile About?

  1. You are Haa-larrrrr-ious! Thanks for a much needed afternoon laugh and a little inspiration to get my boot-tay to the gym this evening. Will it be TBC or the "Chronically Happy" Wayne? We shall see…

  2. Bootcamp sounds amazing! I think it could be beneficial to not know what you’re in for! I would be less likely to chicken out of the whole workout entirely. I know when I workout in a class setting, I always find myself becoming more competitive -not just with others, but with myself! If someone is watching me, I know I can’t slack off. I think I will need to sign up for some bootcamp classes this winter. Thanks for the great and informative post.

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