Best Body Bootcamp Review: Confessions of a Cardio Junkie

by tinareale on December 12, 2012

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?


1 Miz December 12, 2012 at 6:24 am

and adore your love for the amazing tina.
for me weights and resistance training be 100% where it’s at :-)

2 Coco December 12, 2012 at 7:17 am

You know I love to run but I’m hooked on my strength workouts too. BBBC looks like a great program! Your arms are a great advertisement!

3 Linz @ Itz Linz December 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

During my Run Streak, I stopped lifting weights. I’m so glad I’ve brought them back into my life again!!

4 [email protected] December 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

Tina – Thank you for creating such a great program and for inviting me to share some of my thoughts. I can’t say enough! Can’t wait for the next round.

5 tinareale December 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

And thank YOU for being part of it! :)

6 maria @ lift love life December 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

Love this! And I think it’s so cool that you’re helping spread the word to women just how important weightlifting is. LOVE strength training!

7 Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete December 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

i’m signed up for the next round of Best Body Bootcamp, and it’s stories like these that make me so glad I did! Can’t wait to get started!

8 tinareale December 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I can’t wait to get started with another round too. I get just as excited as everyone else for each round. :)

9 Elle December 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

I AM a cardio junkie, too, Carrie. And I have been working harder on strength training too so could use more guidance. Great post.

10 [email protected] December 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Elle – Thank you! I hope you join in!

11 Lisa December 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

I was a TOTAL cardio junkie! I hated weight lifting. A few years ago I had a running injury that sidelined me from most cardio for a few months and in order to keep sane, I started lifting weights. It was life changing. I immediately lost 5 pounds, got stronger, started seeing muscle development. It was great! I learned to love weight lifting and I still do it!

12 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

I used to be a cardio junkie, but after doing a 90 weights program, I got really into weights and do both each week.

13 Geraldine @Go Ger Go! December 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

This is so like me! I’m totally guilty of doing strength workouts in a sports bra and pjs and have been known to do my squats and lunges with my slippers on. Go glad I’m not the only :-) Amazing arms Carrie!

14 [email protected] December 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thank you Geraldine. I’m glad I’m not the only one working out in pj’s and slippers. I LOVE being able to do it.

15 [email protected] December 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

YAY! I love reading about someone else who sees the light of the weights :) Great work, Carrie!

16 [email protected] December 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

This kind of feedback must make you feel so good! There is nothing better than feeling your clothes fit looser and going up in weights knowing that you’re getting stronger. Awesome!

17 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf December 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Great review Carrie and you look great!! I’ve been loving BBB and Tina is such a great and supportive coach!

18 Danielle December 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

I have read so many good things about BBBC on different health and fitness blogs. If I wasn’t a broke-college student I would definitely sign up for round 4!

19 Bek @ Crave December 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

I AM a cardio junkie and I’ve actually just started incorporating more weights training into my routine- and I absolutely love it!

20 Rachel B - Busy Mama December 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Okay, I’m sold. I’m signing up. No more back and forth in the head – the bit about your knee pain going away tipped the scale.

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