I Was Intimidated By Weights…Now Find Me In The Weight Room

by tinareale on March 13, 2013

Another Wednesday and another great story from a Best Body Bootcamp participant. Please join me in welcoming Alex from The Run Within on the blog today!



Oh man, I get all jived up just talking about Best Body Bootcamp. Work with me people as I try to contain this…

I’m Alex and I blog over at The Run Within. I can best be described as a distance running junkie who balances a crazy two job work schedule in a new home DC. I am and have been all about distance running for the past 8 years. I train high mileage and race half marathons just for fun. Ya, I’m that lunatic who you will most likey find outdoors in all weather, smiling as a dork as she runs on by. Mizunos in hand of course.


This was my first time doing Best Body Bootcamp, however it wasn’t my first time thinking about it. I swear I got so close to signing up almost three times before. I guess the fourth time is the charm for really biting the bullet and doing it. All I can say is it certainly will not be my last.

Strength training always remained on the backburner for me. Sure, I was forced to maybe lift a weight once and a while for track or cross country, but nothing stuck. I avoided the gym like the plague, taking all my workouts as runs outside. But after my injury two years ago, I learned strength training was where my true weakness was. In all honestly, I was intimidated by the gym. I felt out of place in the weight room and never knew where to begin. Since graduating from college, I lost that free Body Pump class aspect of my routine, leaving me looking warily at the apartment gym. But in the back of my mind I knew I wanted to make strength training a regular thing, I wanted to feel strong and build more speed for my races.

What appealed to me about BBBC was the flexibility. I wish I could say I have those unlimited hours to workout, but I don’t. I barely have time to clean my apartment (ok you caught me, that is a choice). These were not workouts that took two hours. Oh no, the strength workouts took about 15-25 minutes allowing me to still run some while getting that strength training in my schedule. Tina makes sure the workouts are not excessive. Each move came with a modification. Each schedule allowed it to be modified to fit your schedule – whether that is your favorite spin class, your run or your yoga class. Each week had one or two full rest days. All super important parts of building a routine that will stick.

And that is exactly what BBBC did. I started looking forward to those crazy moves she threw at us. I started doing those running intervals because there was a workout given to me. I started being that girl in the gym pulling an alligator walk across the floor. The simplest of move like a crossover bicep curl has now made me feel pretty legit. Even better, I started feeling stronger and faster in my running. I have high hopes for my three races coming up in March and April. I swear I should wear a shirt “made by Tina”. <<< I say do it!!! hehehe


Overall, Best Body Bootcamp has made me get all pumped for strength training. I feel less intimidated when I enter the gym. I feel stronger in my body and running. I learned new moves that go beyond that one body part training. Her moves target multiple areas so you feel the workout and feel the burn.

First timers out there, trust me, a girl who never once touched a gym weight has now made a permanent home in the weight section. This program shows you it doesn’t have to be boring, it doesn’t have to be tedious and sure as heck doesn’t have to be expensive. Motivation is all around you with this program. Weekly emails, Facebook chatter and that strength training high.

I could go on but let me spare you all the rambles. You can find me in the weight room. Or on the computer signing up for the next round. Next goal – meet Tina and thank her in person! <<< I would SO love that, Alex!

Does the weight room intimidate you? If it doesn’t what would you say to encourage someone who does feel intimidated?


1 Lisa March 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I was a cardio junkie and hated weight lifting but a running injury a few years ago changed that. I learned to LOVE weight lifting! Now I can’t imagine skipping it!

2 Dana March 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I agree, bootcamp has definitely helped my running and I love strength workouts now

3 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions March 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

YAY ALEX!! <3 this!

I first got into strength training after an injury during my senior year of college, and though my workouts were not BBBC workouts by any means, there definitely is a major intimidation factor to hitting up the weight room for the first time. I really think once you get over that hump, though, it's not half as bad as it might have originally seemed. Strength training has definitely been a great addition to my workout regimen, and BBBC has introduced me to all sorts of different moves to keep me interested and always working. Love it!

4 Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm

The weight room doesn’t intimidate me . . . now. But when I first stepped foot in one, I was in college, and I felt very self conscious and unsure of what all to do. Luckily, I had a friend that showed me a few key exercises, and I’ve just continued to learn and research ever since. Nowadays, I’ll find that I’m the person helping or showing someone else, so I’d like to think that I’m paying it forward a bit. :)

5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I love Alex! So excited you’re getting into the strength side. :)

6 Mary @ Travels with Mary March 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Ahh! So excited to see people I follow on this site!! Everything’s pointing me to signing up this round… ugh I just need to bite the bullet and do it!

7 tinareale March 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

Let me know at any time if I can help with questions. :)

8 Abby @ BackAtSquareZero March 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I am the exact same. A distance runner by heard who never weight lifted. I am slowly adding strength sessions 2 days a week and really like that it makes me feel stronger and more powerful

9 Alex @ therunwithin March 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Thanks for featuring me Tina! I can’t wait for next round, woot woot. And shirts will be made :)

10 Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) March 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

I absolutely love strength training and it definitely has a huge effect on my running.

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