Good morning and welcome to another guest post and review of Best Body Bootcamp. We have just under three weeks left in Round 4 Registration (are you in?!). For anyone wishing for a little more insight into BBB, I have some wonderful women lined up to share their various experiences with you. Today, we welcome Carrie – the “cardio junkie” turned strength loving and healthier woman. She is a fabulous mother, runner, friend, and kind-hearted woman. Be sure to give her a visit after reading her BBB experience!
My idea of working out used to be spending an hour on the elliptical machine. I got sucked in to seeing how many calories I could burn with a full hour of cardio. My workout of choice evolved eventually to running. And I still went with the ‘more must be better’ approach.
For the most part, I did not strength train. There would be times when I would hit up a circuit of weight machines, but it was always a half-hearted effort. My biggest problem was that I didn’t really know what to do.
I know the importance of muscle. I know more muscle mass increases your metabolism. I know more muscle especially helps a woman as she gets older in combating bone loss. I even know how important muscle is in injury prevention. I know all these things. Even knowing all these things before, I still rarely spent time with weights.
During my training this past year or so for running, I’ve struggled through many aches and pains. Just minor aches and pains and more irritations that would slow me down (or at least I hoped so). I knew that I needed to strength train, but I just couldn’t find a routine that I loved and that I could stick to consistently.
I tried cross fit and thought that would be a great workout for me. I even got my act together to do a cross fit workout with a friend. But, I couldn’t manage to follow through on my own.
Along came Best Body Bootcamp. It sounded just perfect – All I had to do was print out my workouts and follow the plan. No thinking required, just some hard work. Sounded perfect. I talked my gym friend into signing up with me so I could have in person accountability.
Bootcamp has three strength workouts a week. Most of the routines are between 30 and 45 minutes. All of the routines can be modified to fit a busy schedule. We are encouraged to fit in two to three days of cardio as well. The workouts evolved over the course of Bootcamp. We never did the same thing twice.
The workouts are challenging – and yet they’re set up to give a variety of options. You can go as hard or as easy as what will challenge you. I’ve been pushing pretty hard through the workouts. I try to use higher weights and I feel it. After most strength days, I’m sore for the next day or two. But the muscle strength is improving and I even had to go out and get heavier weights.
There are 2 cardio workouts a week as well as sometimes cardio worked into the strength routine. Most of the cardio workouts are intervals – you work really hard for less than 30 minutes. I’m exhausted by the end.
If my friend and I can schedule our lives together, we do the workouts together at the gym. But, that usually only happens once a week – On the other days I do the workout at home. I can’t beat a workout that leaves you sweaty with wobbly muscles that I can do at home. Seriously, there have been many times where I threw on a sports bra and did my workout in my pj’s.
Best home gym – take off my slippers and hit the weights! My dog thinks he helps.
It didn’t take very many workouts for me to start seeing a change in my body. I felt the muscle tone in my legs and arms changing. I can feel the fit of my clothes changing. I wish I took pictures before I started, but here is a progress picture I took at 6 weeks.
Even better – the aches and pains are going away. My achy knee no longer hurts. I can ride my bike and push pretty hard and my knee stays quiet. I can do lunges and squats and no knee pain. My cardio junkie tendencies are slowly diminishing. I can’t wait to start round 4 of Best Body Bootcamp. I don’t want this enjoyment of weights to stop. I love the community that Tina has created and love the results that I’ve seen. Thank you Tina!!
Carrie is a married mom of two who blogs at Family Fitness Food. She’s blogs about living a healthy and balanced life. She loves to cheer on those who are also on the same journey, so stop by and say hello. Carrie is rather obsessed with social media and can also be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And she hopes to see you in round 4 of Bootcamp!
Your Turn: Have you ever been a cardio junkie?