There are many ways to survive bootcamp, one don’t do it and your survival rate would be exceptional, or two go into it with an objective and understand that it’s going to be difficult. Not impossible, or mere mortals like you and me would not even sign up for it, but definitely challenging. I have just finished 7 days of bootcamp, and my tips for surging are:
1. Research your bootcamp, and if possible sign up for a luxury one. This just means when you’re cold, wet, sore and fed up someone will pummel your aching muscles or wrap you in seaweed or plastic making it all seem possible.
2. Buy two good sports bras, at the very least. I’m a fan of shock absorbers, as I was not blessed with a marathon runner’s chest, so try to avoid mine and others’ black eyes. Also, jumping jacks seem to be a favourite of most bootcamp trainers.
3. Music. Bring your own as you’ll need it for those hill runs - I found that Keisha’s ‘Hideaway’ has a great beat to keep you going regardless of the pain. Also, be prepared to receive an education in all types of music, played loud!
4. Be open. It’s hard, the programme was not devised for your personal likes so there will be activities that you have never done or even like. It’s good to test yourself and push yourself outside your comfort zone, it’s wider than you think.
5. Don’t compare yourself. As women we have a tendency to compare ourselves, and find that we’ve failed because we don’t have Cindy’s arms, JLo’s…well everything, the only person you’re comparing yourself against is the ‘you’ that wandered into bootcamp.
6. You can take or leave this one, but it was one of my challenges. Be prepared to be hungry. Before Bootcamp I didn’t believe that I ate a lot, and I still think I do, but I cannot exist on 1500 calories and at least 4 hours of exercise a day. I was hungry at every meal, ate foods I dislike just because it meant more calories (beetroot we are done!). However, other than a mini-wobble where I caved and ate an apple I kept to the diet. It’s worth it, as my taut (ok flatter) tummy tells me.
I was also fortunate to find myself in a group of inspirational ladies (for that is what they are), who had experienced hardship, success, bereavement, disappointment, illness and confidence issues, yet kept on smiling through the 100th press up and really kept me going. Other than the return of my waist, I also found my role models.
So, those are my tips for surviving. I wish you luck in your Bootcamp journey, and thank Sean and ‘the Ladies’ for mine.