Boot Camp Workout Fun

by tinareale on July 25, 2012

I love creating workouts. Sometimes, though, I like just going with the workout flow and following a plan. While busy putting together details for clients and the official start of Best Body Bootcamp, I loved not having to think about my own workouts. I just followed the plan – a boot camp workout schedule put together by the talented health and fitness expert Jennifer Cohen!


The plan called for completing Jennifer’s special body weight only circuit 4 days with cardiovascular training on the other days. I did the circuit for the first time two Fridays ago, then followed up last week by completing the workout on M/W/F (as seen in my Move It Monday post). How did I like it?

It turned me into one sweaty mess! Which is a great thing by my standards. It was just my style with lots of body weight moves, functional training, core work, and some cardio blasts to keep the heart rate soaring.

At first I didn’t think it felt like much. Then, I was huffing and puffing halfway through the 2nd round. It felt amazing to push through that final fourth circuit! I also love that it can be flexible. One day I had to shorten up the circuit a bit for time purposes, so did 40 seconds work and 20 seconds rest to cut down the total time. Still challenged me, though! The jump squats and push-ups were the biggest challenges for me. As well as the bicycle crunches. That one surprised me. My hip flexors were always so beat by that point in the circuit.

After a week of that circuit plus some cycle classes, I was ready for my rest day yesterday. Never forget that rest is important too! In fact, our rest periods and how we manage our recovery after intense training play one of the most vital parts in our fitness gains and progress. It’s true! Your body gets stronger as it heals itself…and it does that when in recovery mode.

That’s why I believe in quality post-workout nutrition so much and the benefits of getting enough protein in our diets. As part of the program, I was asked to refuel with Muscle Milk protein shakes for recovery.

I received a week’s supply of the Vanille Latte Muscle Milk Light nutrition shake and the regular Chocolate Muscle Milk nutrition shake.

While I still personally prefer making my own post-workout shakes and smoothies, I found these a great option for being on-the-go.  I liked the Vanilla Latte one best of the two and it was quick and easy to chug following one of my mornings at the gym before heading out to run errands or do some things with the kiddos. It also provides 20 vitamins and minerals as well as a blend of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates to help aid the body’s recovery process. They were also surprisingly very filling.

Overall, I had a good experience with Jennifer Cohen’s workouts and trying out the Muscle Milk drinks for recovery. Thanks to Glam Media for the opportunity!

Your Turn – What move would you find most challenging in the Jennifer Cohen circuit above?


Muscle Milk® is an ideal blend of protein, fats, good carbohydrates and 20 vitamins and minerals to provide sustained energy, spur lean muscle growth and help provide recovery after tough days.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Muscle Milk via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Muscle Milk.


1 Sarah @Blonde Bostonian July 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

Jump squats always get me! they burn so good!

2 Alex @ therunwithin July 25, 2012 at 7:56 am

I really want to try muscle milk, I am always looking for that quick post run fuel.

3 Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy July 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

I’m all over using your own body weight as resistance! Thanks for sharing. I don’t think I’d be too into the muscle milk drinks — I’d rather EAT something or make a smoothie!

4 tinareale July 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

I’m definitely more into my own smoothies, but these worked well in a pinch!

5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’m with you on the workouts…sometimes you want to follow someone else’s plan. Sounds like you had a great physical week!

6 Kelly July 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

Looks like a good circuit! I haven’t ever tried muscle milk because it has soy in it. I avoid soy like the plague because 1) I think Americans are WAY TOO overexposed to soy and eat it in such mass quantities that we are the number 1 consumers (over all the Eastern countries) and 2) I have hypothyroidism and soy is not a good combination for people with hypo.

7 jobo July 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

I prefer my own too, but in a pinch, these seem great! I actually prefer the muscle milk lite chocolate powder over the pre-mixed. Tastes much better in my opinion! And I completely agree with you on rest days and their purpose!!

8 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

i love when workouts kind of sneak up on you…when they seem easy-ish at first and then totally leave you a hot mess afterwards!

9 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Jump squats definitely get me every single time! But I definitely love the workouts that start out seeming like nothing but turn into one sweaty mess. That was actually my workout yesterday and I LOVED it!!

10 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed July 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I need to buy some wrist assists. Body weight workouts seem to have given you killer shoulders.

11 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness July 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Love the circuit. The push-ups would be most challenging for me.

12 Katie @ Goober Nut's Life July 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Those squat jumps and walk out planks would probably really get me! If you’re keeping your core tight and have proper form, those walk out planks are a serious challenge!

13 @pluvk July 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Just thinking of 60 seconds of half burpees gives me an anxiety attack. I think I need a drink. LOL :-)

14 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

I’m not a big fan of buying/drinking pre-made health smoothies, but if you give these a thumbs up, then maybe I’ll try them sometime! I always feel like they won’t satisfy me or fill me up, so I’m glad to hear that you find these filling.

15 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige July 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Vanilla latte is my faaaavorite too! It’s SO yummy.

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