This post is so long overdue!
Back in January, I decided to sign up for my friend Chrissy’s boot camp. The catch? All online.
Not your traditional boot camp model, but I figured I’d try it. I was skeptical – working out really isn’t my thing, even if it’s done in my own home. I mean, why be working out when you could be binge-watching Netflix, in your pajamas, right?
It’s not even the actual working out part. What do you mean I have to put on a sports bra? What do you mean I have to drive to the gym? Ugh. Once I actually get moving, I’m actually pretty ok with working out.
But anyway, I digress. Chrissy ran a 6 week online boot camp that was a mix of cardio and strength, and also sent along a general meal plan (more like a guide, really) for me since I have so many food restrictions after surgery. However, it sounds like the other participants got a more customized meal plan – Chrissy is an RD as well as a certified personal trainer, so she definitely has the knowledge of both fitness and nutrition.
Every day, I got an email with the day’s workout. This was helpful rather than getting the schedule weekly simply because I tend to lose things in my email (don’t ask me to show you my inbox. Ever. It’s embarrassing). The workouts were super fun, too! Nothing too crazy, but definitely challenging – but not SO challenging that I wanted to give up halfway through like I have with some workouts in the past. Some days were cardio and others were strength, as I said before, but the mix was good – there weren’t two days of strength in a row so you thought you might actually die from muscle soreness. There were also some rest days thrown in there for recovery, along with some “lighter” days if we had been going hard for a while.
For those of you who feel like you might not be in the best shape (like myself), modifications were also provided. There were also a few exercises where I had ZERO IDEA what I was doing – but Chrissy had me covered with a video of the workout! Also, I appreciated that there were no completely killer workouts the first couple of weeks. While I definitely expect to get a workout in a boot camp, I also usually want to make it out of boot camp without crawling or being taken by ambulance.
I had a lot of fun. Sure, there were days that I skipped the workouts…but I felt pretty guilty, especially since everyone else was checking in on our private Facebook group saying they had completed the workout! Chrissy was also super approachable with questions, and always posted motivation, fun tips, and other tidbits in the Facebook group.
I might have been at an unfair advantage in terms of weight loss and results since I had gastric bypass surgery, but I lost about 10 pounds in the course of boot camp, but I lost a lot of inches. My losing pattern (if I can even call it that) seems to be drop a ton of inches but not a lot of weight – or I’ll lose weight but not inches. I ended up having to actually clean out my closet earlier than I anticipated and had two HUGE trash bags of things that didn’t fit!
The point of this story – if it makes you uncomfortable, try it. You may surprise yourself and find that you like it and want to do it again! If she offers another version in the future, I would definitely sign up. I liked the convenience of working out in my own home but also the support and motivation I got from Chrissy and other group members. This was also cost effective – some boot camps cost hundreds of dollars. Ya’ll might be made of money (if you are LITERALLY made of money, can you send a finger or arm my way?) but on a social worker’s salary, most boot camps are out of my reach. Also, this model meant I could do my workout whenever it was convenient. I may not have gotten the direct in-person support that you’d get from a traditional boot camp, but that’s ok with me.
AND – to top it all off – a few weeks later, I got the cutest little surprise in the mail from Chrissy for finishing boot camp! How CUTE is this?