Last week, I finished my first ever boot camp. Actually, it was a little different to a standard boot camp – it was, in fact, Booty Camp.
Booty Camp is an Australia-wide organisation offering the boot-camp experience in an all-female environment.
Why did I choose Booty Camp over a traditional boot camp?
Well, the all-female element was the real kicker – I enjoyed the thought of training exclusively with women, taking out the self-conscious element that training with guys can often engender, as well as the fact that – as women – we were more likely to all be on a similar level of fitness (in fact, there ended up being quite a wide range of fitness in the group, but we all kept up with each other). Also, no offence guys, but some of you REALLY need to learn what deodorant is…
So, I signed up and started Booty Camp on the 7th of January. Perfect time of year to kick off a new training programme!
I turned up not having any idea what to expect (though dreading the idea of those crazy tires-on-rope that I’ve seen other boot camp peeps using). Thankfully, our trainer Rosie owns a Vespa, so no tires for us! There was, however, a LOT of skipping and boxing, which I really enjoyed.
Each and every one of the 12 workouts over the 6-week training period were different, though they all incorporated core exercises like pushups, squats, crunches, etc.
So – what sort of results did I see?
Well, during the time I did BC, I was also doing triathlon training – though in a quite haphazard fashion, which usually consisted of swimming a kilometre 2-3 times a week, as well as running and cycling sometimes… plus a little yoga. However, BC was definitely the core of my fitness programme during this time, and I saw some fantastic results – most noticeably in my upper-body strength (the swimming no doubt contributed to this too).
One of the great things about BC is that you do a fitness assessment at the beginning and the end, so you can see just how far you’ve come.
Here are my results:
When I started, I could barely do one proper pushup (on my toes). I was a wuss and always did them on my knees, as I was trained when I was a teenager, because I was a girl, and that’s what girls did.
Pshaw, I say to that now! By the time I finished 6 weeks of BC, I could do at least 20 full pushups + more on my knees. I think I did 20 full ones and 16 knee ones within the 1-minute assessment period. That, my friends, is some awesome progress.
You can see that I improved across the board, though my upper-body and core strength improved the most, as they were my most-neglected areas up to this point. All the running I’ve done over the last year had already made my lower body reasonably strong, but I’ve still got plenty of room to improve in that area, too.
Overall, I really enjoyed the camaraderie of BC, I enjoyed being pushed and not having to think about what I was doing, just following orders, so to speak.
It also taught me that I’m capable of a lot more than I thought I was, and I’m now much more confident to go ahead and continue my own strength/callisthenics work independently.
Would I do it again? For sure.
It’s the sort of thing that would be useful once or twice a year to push you out of your rut, get you working out with others (I don’t use a gym, so don’t do this any other time) and to get a kick in the butt, too.