Boot Camp!

I had mentioned in my last post that I had something to reveal… Well here it is! I have been given the opportunity to attend a week long boot camp to review and blog,  in the beautiful settings of a luxurious estate in Galloway. That’s right folks, I am heading to “The Camp“!! It’s like a dream come true and I can’t wait. I attend the boot camp from the 2nd to the 9th of May and I have slowly been getting body ready! It tells me that I could lose a dress size in a week and up to 6/7lbs.. under their watchful experienced and well educated eye!

I have heard many great things about “The Camp” and was really impressed by the history and why it got started , to the many qualified instructors and staff who are employed by the camp itself.  It is a woman’s only boot camp and I think that many are attracted to this as you feel more self conscious when in a setting of mixed company due to confidence issues and I feel that it creates a feeling of closeness and bonding (nothing against men, honest) and I am really looking forward to making new friends. The camp offers 2, 3 ,4, and 5 day flexible week boot camp as well. So if you’re needing a touch up to your already established fitness regime or just want to try it out to see what to expect on a 7 day course, the option is there.

 

I spoke with the lovely Pauline who arranged my stay for me and who I have been corresponding with since I was invited to come along.  She has been in touch to tell me about the items of clothing and equipment that I need – which really isn’t that much at all as most people who lead an active lifestyle will have. I will need to bring walking boots, clothing for outside/inside, indoor and outdoor shoes , swimming costume ect. just your usual workout gear which is comfortable and water proof for outside training.

So what’s a typical week like in The Camp? Have a look here and see what I will be up to!

Day 1 – Saturday

16.30 Introduction Brief in the Main Lounge

17.00 Chief Instructors Brief in the Stewart Lounge

17.30 Weigh in the Staff Room

18.30 Dinner

19.15 Intro to PT

20.00 Ice Breaking Session at the Fire Pit

Day 2 – Sunday

06.00 Morning PT. PTI’s Fitness Test

07.00 Breakfast

08.00 Lecture on Fitness Principles and HR with Swiss Balls

09.30 Trim Trail Outside

10.30 Snacks

11.00 Stretching Lecture and Session

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Walk in Penninghame area

14.30 Snacks Outside

16.00 Intro to boxing and foam rollers

17.30 Dinner

18.00 Injury Clinic in the Clinic Room

Day 3 – Monday

06.00 Morning PT/Insanity

07.00 Breakfast

07.45 Personal Training Lecture

08.50 Trim trail Outside

10.15 Snacks

10.45 Boxing Circuit

12.00 Lunch

12.30 Hike to Glen Trool

17.00 Abs, Stretch and Foam rollers. Walk to river

18.00 Dinner

18.30 Injury Clinic / Stretch Class

Day 4 – Tuesday

06.00 Morning PT/Run around loch

07.00 Breakfast

08.00 Navigation Lesson

09.00 Swiss Ball session

10.00 Snacks in the Common room/Outside

10.30 Strength Circuit Outside

12.00 Lunch

12.45 Survival Lesson and fire building

14.00 Snacks

15.00 Sprint Work in Penninghame estate

16.00 Stretch Class

17.00 Dinner

18.00 Circuit Training

Day 5 – Wednesday

06.00 Morning PT/Crossfit

07.00 Breakfast

07.45 Self Defence and shooting stance

09.00 Circuits

10.00 Nutrition then snacks

12.00 Lunch

12.30 River Crossing, walk in surrounding area and shelter building

16.00 Boxercise

17.15 Dinner

18.15 Stretch/relax session

18.15 Injury Clinic

Day 6 – Thursday

06.00 Morning PT/Insanity on the lawn

07.00 Breakfast

08.00 Zip wire, grass slides & beach activity

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Boxercise

14.30 Snacks

15.00 Swiss Ball Circuit

16.00 Stretch class

17.00 Dinner

18.00 Circuits

18.30 Injury Clinic in the Treatment Room

Day 7 – Friday

07.00 Morning PT and PTI’s Fitness Test 2

08.00 Breakfast

08.15 Expedition Walk to The Mast

14.30 Snacks at Cree Hall

14.45 Campathalon

16.30 Stretch Outside

18.00 Dinner

19.30 All kit to the store

Day 8 – Saturday

06.00 Weigh out in the Staff Room

07.00 Self Help Breakfast in the Dining room

07.30 Taxis and Mini-bus for Station

 

As you can see, its run with precision and a long with the exercise, I am very much looking forward to the nutrition information/lectures which are provided. I want to see what foods work and why, what is beneficial, what is best in moderation and basically  re educating myself on making better food and exercise choices. From all of the reviews that I have seen already, people don’t just make changes for 1 week but they continue to do so after they leave the camp. I plan on updating on my progress throughout the year and also if any of the ladies are open to sharing their stories too, I will also show their progress.  This is not just a review of 1 week but at least 1 year, because fitness is an on going journey, which we challenge on a daily basis and I want to be able to look back and see just how far I have progressed, after leaving The Camp. A “quick fix” is just that. these magazines which talk about getting bikini bodies within a month are so misleading. Its about exercising and making proper food choices and understanding the body and how it works.. Its about clean eating, health, not depriving yourself, loving food and loving life.

Please do follow my progress!

Body Transformation

Last week saw the return of the “Punnisher”, aka @gymguymark. I hadn’t been in the gym with him since before Christmas because of the trip home to Canada , Christmas and lack of motivation. It felt great to be there and to be put through my paces again knowing that technique would be spot on. I sent a few texts to Mark prior to out session and explained that I really wanted to make weights a huge part of my routine and after reading up and researching topics that would help me do that, he brought together a routine which used a lot of my body weight.
 
I have to say that last week was an amazing week for me in progress and I was in the gym a lot! I did a body pump class for the first time in years, I did walking and hill sprints when I was out with the dog and I worked out on the treadmill after reading an article about HIIT and using the treadmill to your full advantage. Now usually I get really bored at times if on my own and running but this really mixed it up. From using the incline to running at speeds of 10, slowing down, walking etc, I was sweating heavily and really could feel the burn!
 
Since my return to the gym, I would say that I was addicted (in a good way) and that there really is nothing stopping me from achieving. Even more so due to something else happening in my life. I will reveal all later this week and its like all of my Christmas’s have come at once! I need to concentrate on meal planning, less on the scale and more on the inch loss.  The scale really is not your friend and if you’re concentrating on toning up , you” never get a true reflection on what you have achieved.
 
I look forward to seeing how things go this week, and it kicks off tonight with a body pump class at the Emirates Arena here in Glasgow and might be followed by some running. Tomorrow morning I’m doing a class with a friend and will get in a few walks with the dog too. I am considering yoga but I do like more intense work outs but maybe it will compliment the harder workouts? What do you do for fitness?  Are there any recommendations that you have for classes?


This Girl REALLY CAN

 

Hi All

Just a quick update on how I am doing fitness wise.. I am really pleased with my weight loss which is 4lbs so far and how well I am feeling within myself. I was at the gym on Friday night with a friend and walked 5k prior to that. I have become so inspired by the “This girl can” campaign which you may have seen adverts on tv or social media, that I am not afraid to post a short video of me running a few weeks ago.

https://instagram.com/p/0aCPpYwc4O/

I’d like to maybe enter into the world of vlogging with some more videos on progress to inspire others that small changes lead to bigger changes and challenges. I finally figured out how to use my fitbit properly thanks to one of my friends on twitter and its all go with my goals! Still debating Tough Mudder, it all depends on time off of work but I would love to do it for a second year running. If not, I will just continue with what I am currently doing, mixing it up with more weights and HIIT.

Today I am going to introduce some hills into my running as I have the luxury of living next to a field where there are 3 pretty good ones and although I don’t imagine that I will be able to run up more than 3 times, I’m trying because THIS GIRL CAN 🙂
What are you planning on with your goals for the week?

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