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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Boot Camp At Home

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Boot camp and I have a love hate relationship. I love it's always different and gives me a good workout in a short period of time. But I hate how much it hurts during and after. Especially tabadas. Those are the worst.

Anyways, I thought I might expand the blog a little bit more. In addition to posting about food, writing, and other miscellaneous things, I'm going to try posting about what I do for exercise. Maybe, if you want some inspiration, it'll help you guys keep your work outs from becoming boring? I don't know. I'm just trying it out.

My dad is a big fan of boot camp. He goes to a class twice a week and then comes up with a routine for the rest of my family on Saturdays. Yeah. I know. Boot camp on Saturdays. At 8:30 in the morning. I think the rest of my neighborhood thinks we're crazy. They're probably right.

Boot camp outside is definitely more enjoyable than doing it indoors (hence why my neighbors know we're doing boot camp). And I especially recommend doing it with friends and/or family. Suffering together is better than suffering alone. That's my motto in life. ;)

If you've never tried boot camp before, they first thing you're going to need is some nice work out clothes and (if you're a girl) an exercise bra that holds "everything" in place. A good fitting exercise bra is very important, so, ladies, please invest in a good one.

Secondly, gather all your equipment. Whether you're doing boot camp outside or indoors, make sure you have everything you need close by. And make sure to take a variety of weights and increase and decrease the weight as you need to. But remember, the goal is to try to challenge yourself. So if you know you can use a 10 pound weight, try bumping it up to a 12 and see where that takes you.

Now, for the routines, it's crucial you add both cardio and strength to your routine. Work as many muscle groups as possible. My dad decided to work on upper body and legs for the most part, but do a tabada at the end to get that cardio in. A tabada is four minutes of pure Hell, for those of you who want to know. However, it's four minutes and then you're done.

Here's an example of a boot camp routine. We did this one this past Saturday.

It's hard to read my dad's hand writing so I'll type it out for you guys:

  • 10 back lunges with weighted ball- 10/side
  • 10 front lunges with kettle bell- 10/side
  • 10 jump squats
  • 10 sit ups
  • 10 bicycle crunches- 10/side
  • 10 plank squats (get into a yoga squat, then jump your feet back so you land in plank pose, jump your feet forward so your back in your yoga squat, then stand up)
  • 10 push ups
  • 10 triceps dips
  • 10 bicep curls- 10/side
  • 10 shoulder presses- 10/side
  • shuttle run tabada
And that's basically it. If you're planning on doing boot camp regularly record the exercises you know how to do so you can pick and choose for your routine. Jillian Michaels has a great exercise method, it's called the 3-2-1 method. Basically, it's 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs and it's three circuits of that. So, if you have no idea where to start, try her method. 

I highly recommend boot camp, though. It's fun, but torture at the same time. If that makes any sense. ;) I'm a big believer in high intensity work outs, so this is great for me. Just don't do a high intensity work out every day. Make sure to give your body some rest. 

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So what did you guys think of this post? Would you be interested in having me post another one like this? Or did you totally hate it?


  1. Thanks for the home workout idea!

  2. Love the fitness post! That is so funny that your dad plans bootcamp for you guys Saturday mornings. I kinda wish my dad would have done that while I was growing up ;p

    1. Thanks!
      My dad never used to do this until he decided he wanted to start exercising and lose the extra weight he was caring around. Now he's a fitness fanatic! This can be a good and bad thing... ;p

  3. Swiftie229/22/2013

    I love exercising! Although, I don't usually do strength, I do cardio most of the time. I think that I shouldn't do strength for now, since I'm still young and growing up. And, I have this cousin who used to do strength and hurt her back (she was like 11 a the time). :P She had to get it checked, and they told her to stop doing strength. Oh and yes, I do like this kind of posts. Keep it up! :)

    1. Thanks! I don't particularly enjoy exercising until I'm actually doing it. Like trail running. I hate getting started, but once I get going I'm fine.
      I'm sorry for your cousin! And I can understand the qualms you have about strength.


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