Poster by Roger, a contributor to this blog.
Last week I started working toward losing the weight the doctor wanted me to lose. The lifestyle changes I have to make have to be permanent if I want to not only take the weight off, but to keep the weight off. I started with changing my eating habits and now, I have to take the same aggressive approach to my workouts.
On Friday we had Ashton as our bootcamp leader. She warned us early on that we would hate push-ups by the end of class. She was correct. We divided into groups of four. Rod, Angie, and Greg were the other participants in my group. We would be working through 5 different stations, rotating from station to station. The completion of all 5 stations constituted a round. We had to go through 4 rounds, with a short break between each round.
The first round for my group was making big arm outside circles while holding on to these big, thick ropes. This caused the rope to kind of wave around. I was thinking you could add some extra cardio by having someone jump over the rope. Remember playing snake with a jump rope? Same thing, After this, we moved to burpees, no push-ups. The next station was push-ups. Then lunges, or lunge jumps if you wanted, and finally we finished with weighted squat jumps.
These were some serious arm exercises. My arms were tired by the end of the first round. Then we got to do it three more times. My group was very inspiring for me. When it was time for us to do the push-ups, they stayed on their toes for all 4 rounds which meant, of course, that I had to do the same. I was determined to do it if everyone else was doing it. By the fourth round it was a challenge, but we met it. When we were finished with our four rounds I was quite relieved. Prematurely it turned out. Before we took another break we did another round of push-ups, burpees with push-ups, and mountain climbers. I did ok on the burpees and push-ups but the mountain climbers really tired out my shoulders. Then we did it again. And again. I was tired but I stayed on my toes for all. Yay. Finally a break. Then we had 3 different rotations to take us until the end. We did side planks with a reach around, some core work with the stability ball, and, tricep rows with elevated feet (like I said, quite the arm workout).
On Sunday I went for my workout at the gym. I try to take bootcamp exercises along with me to maximize my workout. When I do them, though, I can hear my instructors. I can hear Ryan telling me to straighten my arms and not pull them in. I can hear Ashton telling me I can squat a little lower. Worst of all, I can hear Dustin telling me to put that lighter weight down, that I can do heavier. They encourage me to keep pushing myself to be the best that I can be. I also can hear the voices of other members of bootcamp, telling me I can do it, to do just one more . So I try to do it. For me, that is the benefit of group exercise. Seems I never have to exercise alone.