It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written anything about fitness. 4 years of pregnancy and having babies will do that. Not that I completely let it go during that period, but it’s been a while since I really felt like I could push myself hard. I’m just starting to dip a toe back into that arena and it feels great. I feel strong (and sore, so very sore).
I owe most of this to Burn Bootcamp, as I feel like I finally found a fitness option that works for me (at this point in life).
The classes are 45 minutes long, instead of an hour which I LOVE. It’s all women, mostly moms, and the atmosphere is incredibly encouraging. The offer childcare. The workout is always different and the trainers push you. For example, when I used to go to the gym I’d always grab 5 lb dumbbells, 8 lbs if I was feeling confident. On my first day of bootcamp I looked for the 8s and realized THEY DON’T HAVE ANY. But last week, I had two 17.5 lb dumbbells that I was using for squat presses and I’ll admit, I felt like a bad ass.
Yesterday we did a fitness test. The goal was to beat your numbers from 3 weeks ago, but since I missed the first test, I just tracked my numbers for kicks.
We started off with a warm up of jogging, lunge walking and side shuffles, then we divided into five different stations. We had two minutes at each station to bust out as many reps as we could. Maybe these seems high to you, or maybe they seem really low, but I can tell you, I feel pretty good about them.
Station 1: Burpees : In two minutes I completed 30 full burpees.
Station 2: Pull Ups : You can’t see it well in the first picture, but on the bars we use for pulls ups, there are stretchy bands hanging down. I used the shortest, the green one, to loop one foot through, which basically takes some of the dead weight I’m trying to pull up away. In two minutes I completed 14 pull ups with the assistance of the green band and whew, I feel it today.
Station 3: Jump Rope : In two minutes, I jumped the rope 195 times.
Station 4: Push Ups : I totally did these on my knees. In two minutes I completed 37 push ups. Next time I’m going to do full push ups and see how I fare.
Station 5: Full sit-ups holding a 10 lb medicine ball. In two minutes I completed 37 sit ups.
Wall Sit: I held it for 3 minutes and 15 seconds, which felt pretty good, but there were some ladies there that held it for over 15 minutes!! Impressive.
And finally, the mile run. I haven’t ran in a long time. A really long time. I actually thought about skipping this optional add-on, but realized that was silly. I might as well see how long it took me, plus my energy felt high. I did my best to pace myself, then pushed it at the end to finish one mile in… 8 MINUTES AND 44 SECONDS.
Y’all. This might as well as be lightning speed because to be under a 9 minute mile is unheard of for me. It felt AWESOME.
What I love about fitness is that the only person you really have to compete with is yourself. I am feeling strong and look forward to busting out this fitness test in another month or so to see if I can beat my numbers. Upwards. Onward. Stronger.
PS- In hopes to have more pictures to add to this post I figured I’d snap a few awesome fitness shots while the girls and I played outside. Heck, I was already dressed like a ninja. You can see above how that worked out; a fitness model I am NOT. But we had a lot of fun regardless.
Has your fitness/workout preference changed over the years/life stages?
What exercise gives you the biggest high/confidence?
Do you like to compete against yourself and track your fitness reps/times?