Over 5 years of blogging I’ve narrowed in on my topic choices based on things I enjoy most and things for which have a slight natural knack. That is why you will see meal planning but won’t ever see pinterest-worthy kids crafts. It’s also why posts to my fitness page have dwindled since the conclusion of writing about my post-baby-body journeys. It’s not because I’ve given up on fitness, quite the opposite actually, but I have outsourced that area of my life to the experts at Burn Boot Camp and haven’t looked back! Let me do more than tell you, let me show you why.burn
A year ago, so January 2015, I decided to snap pictures of both David and me. Why? Because I’m weird like that. Also, because I saw it similarly to having an annual physical- just a good check in point. I never intended to share the images because A. I was in skimpy shorts and B. I felt pretty good about where I was at physically.
However yesterday, for kicks, I decided to pull out the ‘ol camera just to compare images side by side.
First let me say before and after pictures can SO easily be skewed. Just look- different angle, different lighting, maybe better posture, but you guys- I can see (and feel!) a definite difference! I was seriously shocked.
Curiosity got to me and I took all my measurements to compare (again, I had done this a year ago as well) and found I was down a 1/2 pound which easily could be contributed to water weight or general fluctuation, but there on the measuring tape, a solid 2.5″ were gone off my belly and my legs (always my focus area) looked markedly more toned.
The crazy thing to me is that the only thing I’ve done differently this past year is consistent Burn Boot Camp workouts. I eat the same, I’m still nursing (though only twice a day) and I certainly still enjoy my wine, so seeing the physical difference resulting from steady 3 day a week workouts (that’s it- 3 days a week) really got me excited.
I know not everyone has a ‘Burn’ (what the cool kids call it) near them, but if you do I highly encourage you to check it out. If not, pin this workout and sweat through it yourself to some old school gangsta rap. Burn Boot Camp workouts focus on burst training (high intensity body weight intervals) and strength training. The lead trainer at my usual location, Daniel, is incredible. He is motivating and comes up with some serious workouts. Many of them require equipment (free weights, medicine balls, pull up bars, battle ropes, etc) but occasionally he will run us through workouts that can be done at home. This is one we did a week or so ago that fits that description and I’m excited to share it with you today (with permission of course!)
We always start with about a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing, then jump into the circuit, meaning each work out is 45 minutes. So to get the true effect, jog or warm up for 15 minutes then complete the above circuit! To run through the moves, here are some helpful links:
Power Lunge Knee Drives (15 each side)
Plank Punch (with or without bosu ball)
Rapid Punches with Weights (both sides = 1)
In trying to look up videos that show exactly what we do, I noticed there is some variation in names/styles, but for the most part, these are the same moves we do at camp.
If I could change one thing about my current fitness regimen, it would be to add in yoga. I really miss that all over wrung out feeling and increased flexibility, but overall, the boot camp workouts have me more excited about and committed to fitness than I’ve ever been.
Have you found your fitness fit?
What exercise do you enjoy/ stay committed to?
Is there anything you wish you did more of?