In case you missed it, I decided to join a 6-week Elite Warrior Boot Camp at my gym. I’ve been in a bit of a gym rut, so I thought that working with a trainer in a small group might be just the thing to get me motivated again. I picked the 3-day-a-week option, so as of today I am 9 classes in… or the halfway point.
You can read my thoughts after my first week here: Elite Warrior Boot Camp Diary: Week One
Thoughts on my Second Week:
Coming back into the gym for my second week of classes was much easier than starting the first week. I kind of knew what to expect now that I’ve been through three different workouts. I also have seen many of the same faces at each class, which is nice. At the beginning of this week, I’m already feeling stronger than I was last week.
Monday was a “normal” workout with a mix of cardio and weight training. On Wednesday, the trainer had to reschedule the class for the weekend (which I was unable to attend), so I went to the gym on my own and did an hour of cardio. Friday was another beating-the-crap-out-of-the-punching-bag-day, which is my FAVORITE kind of day!
Class #6 was the one that really killed me. The session started with the group running up and down 3 flights of stairs 13 times and then just kept it going with bunch of different cardio activities for the full hour. I. Was. Pooped. But, I felt pretty great about myself.
Thoughts on my Third Week:
This is where it started to get hard. Not so much physically hard, but emotionally hard.
My goals when starting the boot camps were basically to feel stronger and altogether better about myself. However, I do admit that deep down inside I also hoped that like 10 pounds would just slide off and I’d suddenly look amazing in a bikini.
That hasn’t happened.
I DO feel much stronger and my muscles ARE much stronger, but my weight is basically the same.
I understand that muscle weighs more than fat, so at the end of the program I am interested to see if I have lost any inches. I also understand that it’s only the third week and real body change takes time. Also, if I really want to see some hard-core changes…I’d need to adjust my diet even more.
Even knowing all this, the petulant 13-year-old inside me is grumpy about it.
I brought that bad mood into class #7:
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Elite Warrior Boot Camp Class 7: to be honest, I was in a crappy mood tonight after work and didn’t feel like working out. Tonight’s class was challenging, but it felt extra hard because my mood was bad. I got through it and gave it my all… and now I can go home and rustle up some dinner. #fitmom #joulesgetsfit
But luckily, I snapped myself (mostly) out of it by Friday… because as I’ve mentioned before boxing day is my favorite day!
Yesterday was class #9 for me, marking my halfway point and I’m still feeling really great about my choice to push myself with this boot camp. It feels good to go to the gym and sweat it out for an hour. I’m not happy about my tummy, but I’m working on it — both mentally and physically. I feel proud of myself when I’m able to keep up with the other people in the class. And I really feel good when I punch the hell out of a punching bag.
If you want to follow along with my Elite Warrior Boot Camp, I’m trying to post after each workout on my Instagram account (find it here). I’m also planning to do a Results blog check-in at the end of the 6 weeks.