Post # 1
Former cross country runner here who is desperate to get back into shape (and look bangin’ in my wedding dress).
I bought a Groupon for an unlimited amount of Boot Camp group classes for three months. To get the full promotional value, I need to start sometime next week. So, I’m thinking of going either next Tuesday or next Wednesday. Problem is, I am terrified. used to be in amazing shape, but that is sadly no longer the case.
When I bought the Groupon, I had quite a few friends say they’d buy/do it with me, but they all flaked (they’re probably all in the same boat as me)!
So, I guess what I’m needing from you, Bees, is… motivation? Tips? Tricks of the trade? Success stories? Horror stories? I want it all.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I did bootcamp before my wedding for 5 months and I. FREAKIN. LOVED. IT.
The one I did was all women, and the atmosphere was so supportive. We were all in the same boat: scared/nevrous at first…but by the end we could kick ass.
I also went down two dress sizes from just that and small tweaks to my diet.
I gaurantee you will be sore after the first few times, but keep going. It is so worth it.
Post # 4
@sara_tiara: Wow, thank you for the response… totally what I’m needing! Mine’s a little different… both genders. Even the instructor is a male. And, you can drop in at any time, so I’m so afraid to be the only one looking ridiculous/completely behind. But I’m determined to lose the weight!!
Post # 5
@jwdesiree: Boot camps are awesome! I do a dance type bootcamp each week for 2 hours at a time. I guarantee you will be in pain the first few times but after a few weeks you will be loving it. I have lost 10 pounds and 2 dress sizes since last year by incorporating this into my normal workout routinue.
Post # 6
I’ve been doing bootcamps on and off for 3 years now. Best thing, i lost 40lb first year. I keep doing it because i like the group environment and everyone is usually laid back and encourage you.They people become family. Yes you will be sore, but once you see the pounds drop or start to see the firmness again, it will be worth it. drink lots of water and motrin at first. it will get better.
Post # 7
I LOVE boot camps! I do one twice a week. It was so hard the first few weeks but now I’m so used to it and I miss it when I have to miss a class. IT was the best thing to get me back in shape and motivated to work out again!
Post # 8
I did a 30 day bootcamp class from a groupn deal too! It was really hard, the instructor was great and I did see results!
Post # 9
@jwdesiree: The first class is ALWAYS the scariest! Just listen to the instructor, don’t compare yourself to what others are doing (as hard as it may be), and just try your best!
Talk to the trainer after class and get whatever tips they will share.
A foam roller will be your sore muscle’s best friend.
Get your diet in check, if you haven’t already, so you can maximize results.
I joined a bootcamp for wedding weight loss and decided to just try it for a month (thinking there was NO way I would last longer than that – I thought I’d just put up with the torture for a short while). It was hard, it kicked my butt, and was exactly what I needed. I’m now 3+ years into it and I love it.
Post # 10
Bees, THANK YOU!! You are all making me feel so much better about this. I will definitely update you all (if you care, haha) mid-week next week!
@oracle: You’re right… that’s what I know I’ll do: compare myself. But I won’t just be comparing myself to those around me, but the “me” I used to be!! I just gotta keep myself in check.
Post # 11
Agree with PPs – don’t compare yourself to anyone else, just focus on your own form and get it done.
I don’t know if this is really “motivational”, but I do lots of interval classes and I’m always telling myself, ‘you can do anything for [insert interval time] seconds!’ If you just look at it as a series of mini-challenges rather than one overwhelming workout, it seems a little easier.
Can’t tell from your original post if you’ll be indoors or outdoors, but see if you can get the trainer to bring some upbeat music. Scientifically, we subliminally align our motion to the tempo of the music we’re listening to, so getting some upbeat jams going will help you push through those reps or pick up the pace just a little more…plus, it makes it more fun IMO 🙂
Lastly, enjoy the post-workout endorphins/stress release!
Post # 12
@jwdesiree: I went to my first bootcamp class last night, and I loved it! I went with a girlfriend, and we were terrified to go in to the class, but within 2 minutes we were sweating and having fun! Yes it’s tough, and there will be moments when you think you can’t do anymore but push through those thoughts and you will feel so accomplished and proud of yourself! I am def sore today, but going back tomorrow! You will love it!
Post # 13
@jwdesiree: I do a bootcamp 4 times a week, co ed and the trainer is male. The first ever BC I did the trainer was female and I hated it! She made me feel teeny tiny and wasn’t very motiviational. On the other hand my trainer now is freakin’ awesome and I like so much having a guy. You’ll be fine! Just make sure if you feel faint or if something is too much, take a breather! No one will look at you like you’re stupid I promise. Keep us updated!