A Boot Camp Newbie’s First Day (Chronicles of a Boot Camp Newbie #1)
Let’s get this out there from the start: I’m not great at working out. Do I actually try to work out regularly? You bet! I get up, I put on a workout video, I do a few squats and jumping jacks…then I wander into the kitchen or grab my planner to jot down a note that’s popped into my head. Sure, I get through the 35-45 minute video, but I probably do about 10 minutes of actual exercise and rarely break a sweat. And then I try to convince myself that I am in shape! Can anyone relate??
For this reason (and others), fitness boot camps have always frightened me. I know they will actually make me work and who wants that?? Ha! However, when the opportunity was presented to me, I knew it was time to take my workouts to the next level. Clearly my 10-minute quasi-workouts were not working, and it was time to get some professional help.
Edge Body Boot Camp is relatively new (started in December 2014) and is located conveniently at 109th and Harrison. My first day, I was nervous (who wouldn’t be??) about three main things: what would the instructor be like? What would the other participants be like? Would they make me run?? I have hated running since I was a kid and I nearly threw up when our gym teacher made us run a mile. But I pushed through and showed up at the 4:30 pm class as planned.
The first thing I noticed: the instructor was really cool. Missy Henry not only instructs, but is also the owner of Edge Body. She’s everything you want in a trainer: tough and motivating, yet cool and forgiving as well. She was cracking up the participants with some stories when I arrived and made it a very easy and relaxing environment. She explained that we would be dividing up into partners that day, another scary thing for a new person since I didn’t know a soul there. However, I was paired with a very nice guy who looked like he wouldn’t get severely embarrassed that I could not do regular push-ups.
The 45-minute class was VERY challenging—and not just for me, a relative newbie to strenuous exercise. There were some really fit people in my class and they were just as soaked with sweat as I was. The great thing is that you could modify it to your fitness level. The circuit included kettle bell swings (with various sizes of kettle bells), partner sit-ups with weighted balls, the dreaded push-ups (which I completed on my knees and still felt like my arms were going to fall off) and tricep dips. No running, yay!! But what I didn’t realize is that the even though we weren’t technically doing cardio, I still felt like I ran a marathon afterward.
Speaking of afterward, I went through two days of not being able to lift my arms above my shoulders and having to roll out of bed as I could not sit up without my abs screaming. So yes, it WORKS! I’m excited to get more involved and chat with the other participants (a nice assortment of ages and fitness levels) and have Missy whip me into much better shape. I hope she’s up for the challenge!!
Excited for What’s to Come – Member Anonymous