Boot Camp One Week Workout

I get bored easily with workouts, so it’s important to me to find things that change the routine and keep me interested.  Sometimes it’s hard to find those workouts, so I”m grateful for the one week workouts I find that help me bridge the gaps.  This boxing boot camp is one of those bridging workouts.  Check this out here, or my pin on my Let’s Get Physical board.
Boot Camp Challenge

Review

One thing I really liked about this workout was that you didn’t need any sort of equipment.  It’s literally just punching and kicking.  I’m sure you could do it with some weights in your hand if you felt so inclined.  Another thing I liked was that there were videos to show proper form and technique for each move.  Sometimes I do a workout and I’m not sure what it is they want me to do, so I go searching for answers.  No need to do that here.  Everything was laid out perfectly.  This is also nice because you knew which variation of a move they wanted.  I have seen a zillion different takes on a burpee, so it was good to know which one of those they meant.

The first day I did this I kind of felt like, “that’s it?”  But as I worked through the week, I understood how each day was building on the last.  I wouldn’t necessarily call this a “boot camp” kind of workout, but it did give me the solid basics of a boxing based workout.  One thing I wish it had was a link to how to continue on with the workout if you wanted more once the seven days were over.  I really enjoyed this workout, but had nowhere to go once I was done with it.

Overall, I would recommend this for anyone looking for a quick workout that is also fun and builds from day to day.  It was a nice bridge between workouts, but I wish there had been more.

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30 Days of Strength

Finding a workout program I like has always been a challenge for me.  I tend to get bored easily, or feel like the time isn’t being as well spent as it could be.  And, of course, working out is something that takes time to show results, and sometimes I get impatient.  So, when a friend told me about this program, I decided to try it out. It’s only 30 days, after all.

Check out the workout here, or my pin on my Let’s Get Physical board.

30 Days of Strength

Review

First of all, I picked this specific workout instead of the many others available through this site because I have always wanted a toned, lean body that is also healthy.  I thought that the strength program was probably a good way to do that. Also, it was the one that had been recommended to me. While I have tried out some of the other programs, this is the one I want to focus on.

This program has three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  I did the beginner level because I wasn’t sure which level I actually was. I figured I could bump myself up if I thought it was appropriate,but knew I would be disappointed with myself if I had to bump down a level.

Pros

Most days I spent 20 minutes or less on the workout, which was nice.  There wasn’t enough time to get bored with the workout.  It also doesn’t require any equipment. Some exercises need a 20 lb box, but it very nicely points out that you could just put some items into a laundry basket and you’ll be good to go.  Pull ups are also utilized, but there are alternatives to those as well.  Also,the program has a pattern to it, so you know that every fourth day will be a stretch day.  Predictability can be a nice thing.  Also, the webpage has built in timers you can use as needed.

Cons

When you go up in levels, basically you are just adding more sets, and I can see how that might get repetitive.  Also, some of the days seem much harder than the others. The box jump day was probably the hardest one for me, but I also have rather weak knees due to surgeries I’ve had on them, so your mileage may vary. Another con is that there really isn’t any cardio built into the program, so you will need to supplement that yourself.  (Other programs do have cardio in them, though.)  I don’t have a place to do pull-ups, so I utilized the alternatives.  I wasn’t a huge fan of any of them, to be honest, but they did get the job done.

Results

At the end of the 30 days, I did see some changes.  My body was responding well to the program.  I did feel stronger, though I didn’t do any sort of test to actually prove it.  I did see some muscle toning start to emerge as well.  I did all 30 days at the beginner level, and gave serious thought to doing another 30 days at intermediate.  Instead, I moved on to another program.  I think this was a great start to a more fit new year.  I’ve moved on to some harder workouts that integrate cardio and toning, but I really think 30 days of strength helped me prepare for the harder workouts I’ve moved on to.

21 Day Boot Camp

When you go away to college, you get warned about the “freshman 15.” I find this interesting because it is mostly linked to dining halls and poor nutrition, but for a lot of women, the college years are a time when your body naturally goes through some changes.  Hips widening and putting on a little weight is actually something that happens to a lot of women because of normal biology. For me, the freshman 15 didn’t happen.  I did gain the weight, but it was much more gradual than just one year.  Plus I had taken up dance, and that helped modulate some of the effects that might have happened.

For me, actually, the biggest body changes came my third year of teaching.  By then I was a lot more relaxed about my profession, and wasn’t constantly running about the room out of anxiety.  I knew how to set my class up so that kids could be successful with me as a resource. I found myself sitting more in the classroom as well as sitting in the car as I commuted 45 minutes to and from work each day.  I worked out, but not every day.  My body really started changing.  My BMI said that I was overweight.  At that time I was insulted as I was still fairly muscular, which makes most short people have a high BMI. My doctor at the time was having none of it.  I needed to lose weight.

I tried all sorts of things-food diaries, working out every day, dieting.  It worked some.  I was healthy, so I didn’t care much that the weight wasn’t really coming off.  So, between the ages of 18 and 28 I had gained 35 pounds. My doctor chided me for not being the same weight as 18.  I found a new doctor.

Working out isn’t actually something I like.  I like taking dance classes.  I like hiking.  I also like eating food.  Something had to give.  I needed to make working out a habit.

You guys, I still haven’t.  For a few months, I was good because I was going to Zumba 3-5 times a week with the greyhound ladies.  I could feel my body being healthier and happier.  Then the horrible winter came and that kind of did me in.  I didn’t go as frequently.  Classes were being cancelled because of weather.  And then the house sold and there was all sorts of random little things to do.  And then I landed in a town of 10,000 people with not a lot to do.  The nearest city with fitness classes is an hour away.  I don’t have an income to pay for classes.

So, off to Pinterest, then.

It all started with this video.

I pinned this to my Let’s Get Physical board, faithfully wrote down the workout, then ignored it for about two weeks.  Self-motivation is something I am still working on.

Then I decided to check out the YouTube Channel, and I saw the 21 Day Boot Camp.  I got some people together on Facebook to do it with me, and promptly started posting the videos.

Review

Here’s the thing, I have realized that group classes work best for me.  I need people to motivate me and I need the structure of a schedule.  I had hoped that doing the Facebook group would help me with this.  I was only marginally right.  As of right now, the group is on day 14.  I have only completed 8 days.  I will say, though, that for the most part I really like the workouts.  I need to get some weights (the husband only has 15lb kettle bells and that’s a bit too much for me at the moment.  I need something more like 5-10 depending on the exercise). I like that the videos are short enough to fit into your day no matter what, and that you can simply repeat the video for a longer work out.

I did not like the video for day 5.  I hated that guy.  I hated how it was a different set up than the other work outs had been.  I actually turned the video off and moved on to the next video.  I really, really want to like this and stick with it, but it’s just not the group class environment that I seem to need.  That said, I will probably start this over and try again.  I’ve been trying to put more routine into my days, so perhaps if I “schedule” a time every day that I work out, this can work for me.  I’m giving consideration to some other options.  (There’s a work out studio back in IN that does online classes.  I might scrounge up some money and see if that works better for me as it really is classes taught in studio that you can stream online.). I know what needs to happen, but making it happen is a separate issue.

It all comes down to motivation.  I have been able to make myself write every day.  I have been writing everyday for the last 475 days.  Why can’t I make working out the same?  Do you have these problems?  What do you do to work out?  How do you motivate yourself?