My Camp Gladiator Experience YR 2 – Day 1

My Camp Gladiator Experience Year 2 - Day 1

Happy 2nd day of the new year!  This morning a crazy Texas storm hit us around 5AM with loud winds and lots of rain…and of course I woke up.  My awesome hubby was leaving for his 5:20AM Camp Gladiator workout in the pouring rain.  I was able to go back to sleep for a little longer and then didn’t want to get up when my alarm went off.  But, I knew that I had told all of you that I would be there today, so I got up and ready to leave.

Thankfully, my sweet friend Blair was there when I got there.  It always helps when you have a buddy to work out with:)  I saw some familiar faces and even got to meet some new friends like Jennifer who messaged me the night before.  She was brave and came out to camp today and rocked it!  I was a little nervous since I hadn’t been to camp in a few weeks…but oddly enough…compared to last year…it was awesome!  I feel like I often allow myself to get easily discouraged, but today I realized that even though I have a long journey ahead…I will celebrate how far I have come:)

How did you do on your goal today?  Tell me how it is going?

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Things I Couldn’t Do Before Camp Gladiator

My Camp Gladiator Experience - Things I Couldn't Do Before Camp Gladiator - Not So Crunchy Mom

I am almost finished with my 5th Camp in My Camp Gladiator Experience.  Although the scale doesn’t show a huge change, there have been things that have changed.  I remember reading somewhere that one small victory can cause you to have more belief to accomplish or even try other things.  To keep myself motivated, I decided to make a list of some of things that I couldn’t or wouldn’t have done or even tried before Camp Gladiator:

  1. Jog (I use that lightly) a complete warm up lap
  2. More than 5 push-ups (modified)
  3. Not cringe (as much) when the trainer says burpee
  4. Playing soccer with my boys in the back yard
  5. Riding a bike with my family
  6. Riding a bike to town on our trip in California (what?)
  7. Trying to hit the baseball with a bat with my kiddos
  8. Take pictures / Post pictures of myself in a sweaty mess
  9. Don’t dread walking or climbing stairs in places because I know I can do it
  10. Wear “active wear” out…and really be active 🙂
  11. Run up my stairs faster than before
  12. Wear shorts and tank tops without being so self conscious (still working on it)
  13. Actually show up and work out 3 to 5 times a week.
  14. Enjoy working out (most of the time)
  15. Feel stronger and like I can accomplish so much more
  16. Jump in a jump house with my kiddos
  17. Feel like I am getting healthier
  18. Have more endurance than when I started
  19. See muscles showing up on my arms and legs??  wut, wut!!
  20. Believe in myself more

I know that there are so many more, but some of these are SO big for me!  The changes may be slower than I would like…but I have to remember that it took me 37 years to get this way…and I am not going to change it in 5 months!

Good news!  You can join me this month!!  I have a few codes available to try out your very own 4 weeks of Camp Gladiator starting June 27.  Are you ready to start?  Send me an email at notsocrunchymom@gmail.com and I will let you know if I have any codes left for you to join!!

To check out My Camp Gladiator Experience from the beginning, check it out here.

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 3-4 Update Summary

My Camp Gladiator Experience - Camp 3 and 4 Summary - Not So Crunchy Mom

So…it has been a little while since I have updated on My Camp Gladiator Experience…and there are a few reasons for that…number 1 is that four letter word…FEAR!  It is funny if you look back at my posts it stops after week 3 of camp 3.  Guess what happened during week 4?  It’s this horrible thing that my dear trainers Kevin and Jessie Richardson like to call Fight Gone Bad.  If you remember, I completed it at the end of my first camp here.  I was SUPER excited about completing it at the end of Camp 3 to see how much progress I had made.  If you don’t remember, it is going through 1 minute of 5 different exercises with NO BREAK and then a 1 minute break between the 5 different rounds…so it adds up to 25 minutes of hard work with about 5 minutes of break in between.  It is TOUGH!

We began our FGB and I pushed HARD on the first round…at the beginning of the second round my body started feeling SO strange…so I slowed down, drank some water and tried to catch my breath.  I tried to keep working through my rounds, but just got really distracted by how weird I was feeling.  Something that I haven’t mentioned much is that I struggle with a little health anxiety and kinda freak out when my body starts feeling really weird.  So…instead of just calming down, taking a break, finding some shade…I got all freaked out and just packed up my stuff and left 🙁  I know it sounds so crazy…but I was afraid something was wrong and didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of everyone…so I just left.  The crazy thing is that after talking to my trainer Jessie, she informed me it is a natural reaction when you work hard and lose the sugar in your body…on top of that I hadn’t drank enough water and it was the first hot day of the year that we had worked out.

After that day I had trouble finishing the end of camp and honestly the 4th camp was a me battling through my anxiety and just trying to push through.  I didn’t make it more than 3 times each week of camp and just kind of lost my fire and hope.  But I had signed up for Total Transformation in May…Camp 5…and knew I had to come in order to get results.  After much prayer, conversations and just doing it…I feel like I am getting back to a routine in Camp 5!

Although Camp 3 and 4 didn’t go as planned, I do have to highlight that I did have changes that wouldn’t have happened without Camp Gladiator in my life.  In the picture it shows my sister and nephew that came to try out Camp and most of all, my kiddos leading their own work out:)  Such great signs of things ahead!

If you want to catch up on My Camp Gladiator Experience from the beginning, check out my journey here.

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 3 – Week 3

Camp Gladiator Camp 3 - Week 3 - Not So Crunchy Mom

Camp Gladiator Camp 3 – Week 3 began on Monday with one of the hardest workouts that we have done at camp in a very long time.  It consisted of two super bad words…BEAR CRAWLS!!  I had never really heard of Bear Crawls before CG and once I did…they strike fear in me:)  So we began with warm up and then ran a lap to get our group numbers so that we would be with someone close to the same level.  Then it began…one person bear crawled forward to the cone that seemed like FOREVER away…and you had to try and keep a cone balanced on your back while bear crawling.  The other person did a weighted exercise at the mat.  Then next time we had to do bear crawls BACKWARDS….then the last time we had to do them SIDEWAYS!  Let’s just say it was the third time that I cried at CG…silly I know, but this journey brings out all the emotions.  I am still working with exactly what causes me to get so discouraged…but I talked with my awesome encouragers…my buddy Karen and my trainer Jessie.  They reminded me that I am making progress even if I can always see it:)  I also hit my 50th check in!!  I can’t believe it!!

Tuesday I did my best to approach the workout with a more positive outlook.  We had some running exercises to warm up.  Then we got in groups of 3 and we each had exercises to do…one stable/resting exercising, one moving exercise at the mat and SPRINTS.  I have to admit that I pushed myself pretty hard and was able to do better than I thought with the sprints.

Thursday we were in groups and did a little “game”.  We all had weighted mat exercises while one of them traveled, ran and threw a sand bell into the hoola hoop to get points.  The weighted exercises first round were shoulder exercises, the second round was abs and the last round was thrusters and lunges ( I think).

Friday’s workout started with a really difficult “death by sprinting”.  We had a distance between cones about 10 yards…we had a minute to get back and forth 6 times…then whatever time we had left in one minute we get to rest…then start again with 7 times…and so on until we couldn’t make it in the minute.  I think I made it to 12…which was more than I thought I could…and there were two ladies that did 17!!  It was really difficult, but kind of fun to see how I could do.  Then we did some mat exercises and played a game where we had to try and get the sandbag past the cones at the end of the parking lot.

Lastly, I added a little picture of my favorite breakfast smoothie:)  Sometimes I have trouble with breakfast and I don’t usually like protein smoothies, but Balance Complete is the first one that I really like.  Young Living is a company that I love and appreciate that all their products are made of good things…plus this one taste wonderful:)  Let me know if you would like to try some!

Next week is week 4!!  And Fight Gone Bad is back!!

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 3 – Week 2

Camp Gladiator Camp 3 - Week 2 - Not So Crunchy Mom

Camp Gladiator #3 – Week 2 was a little different this camp.  Usually we do “functional training”, but they decided to do a little more Strength and Agility.  Monday, we started with a lot of ladder work, which is best if you can jump…but I am not quite there yet.  I can move my feet decently, so I just did that…In, In, Out, Out…over and over….and maybe a little side to side.  We also did mat work (squat with press, I think), while our partner did the ladders.  Then we switched with our other partners and did running with a high intensity activity (fast jacks or high knees) and the other person did a weighted exercise (chest press or bent over rows).  I had to battle my mental feelings of focusing on what I couldn’t do versus what I CAN do now.

Tuesday and Thursday we continued to work on our strength and agility.  We got to do more ladders and I was introduced to the shuffle box.  Allyson talked about how it was something she was familiar with from PE in school or something…but, I never remember doing that at all…but I also disliked PE so much…I probably forgot. 🙂  We did mat work while our partner was doing that traveling work.  I have learned I really like doing most of the weighted workouts…for some reason it make me feel like I am getting stronger when I am lifting the weights:)

Wedding Anniversary 12

Friday was a special day for us:)  Mine and Kevin’s 12 year wedding anniversary fell on Easter  Sunday this year, so I found a deal for us to stay overnight in a local hotel for a quick 24 hour getaway.  My parents were nice enough to keep our 3 kiddos so we could have all of Friday and half a day Saturday to celebrate.  We started this anniversary unlike ANY other anniversary before…we went to CG Camp together!  It was a pretty rough workout, but it was amazing to have my hubby with me through out it.  We did a LOT of running activities for the “game” for fun Friday and then we had 4 stations to do:  box steps and tricep dips, battle rope slams, run with the fire hose and doing abs with the roller boards.  It was A LOT and hard, but they are actually some of my favorite workouts because it goes by really quickly and you feel like you have accomplished a ton!  Best of all, I love to spend time with my cute hubby and having him there with me was great!  Jessie even got a video of us running with the fire hose…I have to admit, I think I look pretty silly running…but it is good to have to compare to a few months from now:)  Camp Gladiator Camp 3 – Week 2 video with Kevin

Now on to Week 3…HIIT week…always causes a nervousness in me:)

 

 

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 2 – Week 4

Camp Gladiator - Camp 2 Week 4

Week 4 of Camp Gladiator started off a little different.  It was Leap Day on Monday, so we planned a little family day outing to celebrate.  We visited Dinosaur World in Glen Rose, TX.  We had a blast and I will be doing a review in one of the next few posts:)  I decided to go to a different camp that evening so that I didn’t miss.  It was a camp with Allyson, although we had two new “intern” trainers.  The workout was great, but I realized that evenings (and change) are MUCH harder for me.  I was tired from the day, it was a different group of people, we got split in groups where I was separated from Amanda (who came with me) and it was two new trainers that I didn’t know and we were in a parking lot that had a hill and a LOT OF RUNNING!  I was trying to be good with everything, but after not being able to do a couple of things that they mentioned, I lost it and had my second break down of CG:(  I literally went on my “run” and cried the entire time.  I feel so silly sharing that with you guys, but I want to share my whole journey…and sometimes it is not very pretty.  I pulled myself together and completed the rest of the workout.

Tuesday we were at camp with one of the same “intern” trainers and we did a very similar workout.  3 exercises at the mat with running at the end…on repeat.  I had a better attitude today and pushed through and tried to be encouraging.  We had to do sprints in front of pretty much the whole group at the end of the workout…I was a little scared, but just tried my best!

Wednesday I woke up in a funny mood and wasn’t really feeling it.  I showed up at camp and there was a “sub” trainer because Kevin and Jessie were out of town.  She threw us all off by telling us that we should bring our weights…and saying that as a sub her job is to make the workout harder 🙁  I have to admit that my attitude was not very accepting or excited…then she shared her workout…which was listed out on a white board and had A LOT OF NUMBERS…one of which was like 200 high knees!  As I have mentioned…big numbers of reps and the whole workout in one fell swoop…although it helps me know what is going to happen (which I usually like), but makes me feel an immediate feeling of overwhelming, defeat and “I can’t do that” 🙁  It is crazy how just those numbers can do that!  Mid way through the workout I realized it wasn’t as “hard” as I thought…and that my attitude was unacceptable:(  I apologized to a few of my camper friends for having such a bad attitude and they were sweet and said that it was okay.

Thursday we had a great workout with weights and I was in a much better mood.  I don’t know what it is about being with friends in the sunshine…and maybe knowing that I wasn’t going to have to run as much:)  It helped me feel better and push through the workout:)

Friday I was without childcare and decided to take the day off…so we got lots of things done at the house and ready for the weekend:)

I forgot to mention that Allyson re-checked my weight and measurements on Thursday after workout.  She had measured me last camp around the same time and it looks like I have lost an inch or two…but gained 2 lbs according to her scale:(  I know that I have not been going great with my nutrition, but I was a little sad about it…but, I am not going to dwell…I will press on and start making plans for changes in my nutrition!

How is you goal going?  We are two months in…are you still working on it??  I want to hear:)

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 2 – Week 3

Camp Gladiator CAMP 2 - WEEK 3

I can’t believe it is already Week 3 of the second camp:)  Week 3 is HIIT week…which is High Intensity Interval Training…which messes with my head and makes me feel like I am not going to be able to do it!  But, I approached this week with trying to maintain a good attitude and just try harder than I did last camp:)

Camp Gladiator -Camp-2---Week-3-wheel-of-pain

Monday, we hit it hard with Kevin and Jessie:)  We showed up and there was this crazy contraption set up…some might call it the “torture wheel”, “wheel of death” or “wheel or pain”…either way…it looked a little scary to me!  We were in groups of 4 and we each did different exercises for 2 minutes and then we switched.  2 of us did high intensity and the other 2 were more resting exercises.  One set of rounds we did mat work and the other one we had to use the “wheel of pain”…we had to do a burpee in each section and then jump over the pole.  We had a really high step, so I ended up stepping over mine…and I am still working on my burpee form 🙁  We pushed through and finished our round.  We had to do them each twice.  The mat work included a weighted sit up where you touch your toes…and I was able to sit up people!!!  What??  I literally had to have Jessie come over and watch to show her how I was able to do it.  So exciting that those core muscles might be waking up in there 🙂

Tuesday,  we were inside again because it rained like CRAZY here!  We had a guest trainer who is an intern.  It is always a little difficult when it is a trainer that you don’t know very well, I always want to be welcoming…but it is hard when you have just begun to trust the trainers you have been working with:)  I was with my two friends Amanda and Kara and they are SUPER CG people!  They always do the exercises to the max and I am not even close to being able to do that…but they are always SO sweet and encouraging to me.  We had a few sets of 3 different exercises that we did together.  It was difficult, but good.

Wednesday, I skipped working out…oh no!  So, thankfully my Dad has been kind enough to watch my kiddos on Monday / Friday so I can go to camp.  On Tuesday / Thursday they are in school and that leaves Wednesday.  I have been paying a babysitter to watch my kiddos on Wednesday.  The third week is hard work and I thought I would try a day off in the middle to see how that made me feel for the rest of the week…and I could save a little money by not having to pay a sitter 🙂  It is weird because I feel like I am doing something wrong by not going 5 days…but it was an amazing day on Wednesday that I got SO much done at home.  We finished school early and then we tackled the house…and I ended up pushing through to clean our whole house…and got over 7500 steps:)  That means I either worked really hard or my house was TOO messy…ha!

Thursday, we were back outside for camp with Allyson.  It was a sunny day and beautiful outside.  I got there a little late and we needed to hook up with a buddy.  My buddy wasn’t able to come and most of my friends were already partnered up…so I got to partner with a new person.  Her name was Katy and she was really nice.  I always get a little nervous when I am with someone that I don’t know because I never want them to feel like I am holding them back from getting their full workout.  We had multiple rounds of doing 100 reps of exercises as buddies…like weighted squat presses.  So, I would do 10 and then she would do 10 and so on until we hit 100.  Then we had a choice between sand bell slams or fire hose slams…I prefer fire hose slams because they are way more fun.  After that we were suppose to take a lap and then start on the next exercise.  They were good exercises, but again with the numbers…plus a few burpees at the end (that I didn’t always do).  I really enjoy the weighted exercises…I just need to get my head around the traveling exercises…like running or sand bells or burpees, etc.

Friday, our awesome trainers Kevin and Jessie were in Austin with some of the new trainers that are launching soon.  We had a guest trainer named Justin.  He was very serious and I was a little worried after he pointed out some peoples form being wrong…but I had decided to push through on Friday no matter the circumstances.  We did a bunch of exercises that I had never done before and played a few games.  There were some that I couldn’t do and had to ask for “success options”, but overall it was a pretty fun workout.  And a good finish to a good 3rd week.

Lastly, CG launched an update on their app that shows the leaderboard for camps attended YTD, Yearly and Current Camp.  Surprisingly enough I was on the YTD list at 109!  Crazy!

I am learning that the battle to pushing through and getting better is mostly mental…and I need to work on believing I can do more and not being afraid.  So next week is the hardest week and I have already started to try and overcome those thoughts of “not being able to do it” or “not feeling strong enough”.  I pray that as these weeks go on I hope that my journey encourages you to push past some areas that you feel like you “can’t do” or are worried about looking silly!  What are you going to push through this week to be stronger??

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 2 – Week 2

Camp Gladiator Camp 2 - Week 2

Camp 2 of Camp Gladiator started a little rough…my sweet P had been sick over the weekend and I woke up Monday with a sick stomach.  I decided it was probably better to miss Monday…and I felt really bad because there is a saying in Camp Gladiator…”Never Miss a Monday”.  I spent most of the day relaxing and hoping to be able to be at camp on Tuesday.

Tuesday I went to camp and still wasn’t feeling great.  I started the warm up and got about 10-15 minutes into the work out and was super thankful we were at a place where I could run to a bathroom:)  I missed a little of the explanation, but made it back.  We did a game with our teams and had A LOT of running…but I made it through.  And even though I didn’t feel well or complete the workout as well as I had hoped, I did it!  I think that is an accomplishment alone, because before if I didn’t feel great, I would have made an excuse to stay home.

Tuesday night we had promised our kiddos to take a family bike ride so that I could ride my new bike I got for Valentine’s Day!  My sweet hubby took me to pick out a bike and I just wanted a cute one that wasn’t super hard to ride.  We also happen to find one with a cute basket:)  We had a fun ride and a good time playing at the park.

Wednesday’s workout started out difficult, but in the end I feel like it was a breakthrough day for me.  We had a lot of different exercises to complete and at the end we did a “8 minute run”…which ended up being closer to 10-12 minutes (trainer time).  I admit that I approached the workout with a poor attitude and the run with an even poorer one.  We were doing the last station before the run and we had to lift a weight above our head and walk across the parking lot on our tip toes.  Karen (my buddy) and I were the last ones out there and there were only 40 lbs weights left…40 LBS!!  I was like, what??  Jessie came over and picked it up and handed it to me and said go…she helped walk with me and I shared with her how I couldn’t get past feeling so discouraged.  She asked me what I was feeling…and I said I was angry and she asked why?  I didn’t know exactly why, but mostly because I felt like I still couldn’t do very much.  She encouraged me to use the anger to fuel me to push through and the fact was that I was “doing it”!  Karen piped in and encouraged me as well and said that I was doing it right then!  We finished up and headed for our run and I was able to continue to run the entire time without stopping.  I ran slow…and I was last…but I did it!

Thursday was a better day, it was a beautiful day outside, it was weight day and we didn’t have to run…AT ALL!!!  Yay!!  The Lord just knew that I needed to not have to run:)  Kevin and Jessie got me 10 lb weights when I went BOLD and I did the entire workout with those instead of the 8 lbs:)  I even pushed myself at one exercise and borrowed my friend Erica’s 12 lbs!  And when Allyson gave us the traveling work..I didn’t even hate it…progress people!!

Camp Gladiator Camp 2 - Week 2 sat

Friday was a good day full of tough workouts!  There were a few that I had trouble with, but was able to make modifications to keep up…we got super sweaty though…which oddly makes me feel good now…like I am working hard.  The last station was dragging a fire hose…and I was partnered with my friend Amanda who is super fast…and I kept up with her for the most part.  It was definitely hard…but I felt pretty good about it:)

Lastly, we decided to try Saturday because we had both missed a day…so we wanted to get our 5th day in:)  I was nervous about bringing our kiddos with us, but we decided to try.  Thankfully our friends Karen and her husband Allan, Amanda and her husband Micha and their kids were there as well.  There were A LOT of people there on Saturday and most of the trainers were there too.  It was fun even though we had to run:)  And…wait for it…I was able to do some weighted sit ups…all the way up:)  It might have been on a slight down hill to help…but, hey…I am counting it!

Whew…another week down!  Next week is HIIT week…it brings fear to me…High Intensity anything stresses me a little…but, I am praying for better results than last camp and a good attitude!!  Thank you for sharing this journey with me…I am thankful for all your support!!

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My Camp Gladiator Experience – Camp 2 – Week 1

Camp Gladiator Camp 2 Week1

After a week of resting up…sort of…my Camp Gladiator Experience continued with the start of Camp #2.  The crazy thing is that even though I had accomplished completing Camp #1…I still got nervous to start over at Day 1 of Camp #2.  I am not sure why, but I struggled this week to have the same excitement and desire to go to camp every day…but I still went:)  It was partially due to the fact that I told all of you about it and the other part is that I truly do want this year to be the year that I get stronger!  Nobody said that it was going to be easy or that I would enjoy every step:)

Week one is about endurance…so that normally means a LOT of cardio!  Monday we had the same intern trainers that we had on Thursday at Allyson’s camp.  It was a pretty similar workout to the one we had on Thursday.  It was a lot of weighted exercises with travels in between.  It was tough…and the dreaded side shuffle, suicides and walking lunges made their appearance…some of my LEAST favorites:)  Thankfully my friend Karen was there and we conquered it together!

Tuesday was with Allyson and it was ROUGH!  We were partnered with one other person and basically had to do an exercise while the other person did a traveling exercise starting at 250, 225, 200, 175, 150…etc.  They were all pretty difficult exercises…like push ups, mountain climbers, donkey kicks, lunges, squats, bicycle abs…and the travel was the side shuffle, suicides and taking a lap.  I was having trouble and didn’t feel like I was keeping up with Karen (my partner).  I am trying to figure out how my motivation is met…usually I like to know how many of what is coming…but when the number gets too high…I already feel defeated:(  It is a weird thing…seriously when Allyson said 250 (hard count mind you)…I was like…WHAT???  It will be awesome when I am like some of the other ladies there that just knock those babies out like nothing else!  We made it through…and Karen did AWESOME!!

Wednesday I was on the fence on if I was going to go…but decided to go ahead since it was endurance week and it would give me the option to skip Friday if I needed to.  I got there and was thankful that one of the sweet girls moved out of a group so that I could be in one with a few people that I know:)  Tiffani, Teresa and Jen were in my group.  Those ladies are tough…and they can really push it!  We did a group warm up that we misunderstood and ended up doing way too many push ups and squats than we needed to do…but we got warmed up:)  Then we had to do stations:  Mat work (40 military push ups, 40 squats, 40 abs and 100 jumping jacks…I think), row exercise with bands and sand bag slams, walking lunges around a square of cones and then a fun throw the ball through the corn hole…oh and of course there is a run in between each exercise 🙁  It was a very tough workout, but at the mat I was working on my push ups and then I was kindly reminded that they were suppose to be military…I really didn’t think I could do it…but I pushed though many stops and finished those crazy things!

Thursday was a beautiful day…it felt like spring with the sun out:)  We worked in groups of 3 and 2 of us stayed at our mat and did different weighted exercises while the other person traveled while throwing a sand bell and then doing sand bell slams at the end and then coming back.  I enjoy working in a team, but I was pretty much over sand bells by the time it was all over:)  I again didn’t feel like going, but was super glad that I did…the sunshine, friends and a lot of sweating.  Allyson also took my measurements and body fat percentage to be able to compare next month…so I will be excited to see how that turns out in the up coming months.

Friday I was super tempted to stay home, but my friend Karen told me she was going to come and my Dad was already planning to come and babysit.  Fridays are always harder for me because I am tired from the week.  We did a lot of station work with this workout:  Mat work (20 push ups, 20 suitcase abs), 20 sandbag slams, 20 side shuffles and a run back and forth down the parking lot.  My favorite was the mat work…although I couldn’t do the suitcase abs, so Jessie gave me some great options…which will hopefully help get rid of my extra fluffy mid section:)  We had a intern trainer that did her final training session, so Jessie worked out with us.  And for the first part, I was lucky enough to have her next to me…which makes you work a LOT harder than you would on your own:)  It was a tough workout, but I got through.

Another thing I love about Camp Gladiator is that you have access to certified personal trainers that take the extra time to help you personally.  This week I met with Jessie to start making changes with our nutrition, she sent me ideas to help with my meal planning and worked to help keep me accountable. (more on that soon)  Allyson took time to measure and weigh me for accountability each month.  And each time you work out they are there to help you and make sure you are doing things correctly.  It is really so awesome and I am so thankful for them!

Whew…one week in a post is a little long…I may need to break it out:)  Next week is BUDDY week!!  No matter where you live or where you are in your fitness journey…it is a good time for you to come and visit Camp Gladiator next week!!  Let me know and I will help you find a camp that you can visit…who is with me??

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My Camp Gladiator Experience: Bold Week

Camp Gladiator 1 Bold Week - Not So Crunchy Mom

The way that Camp Gladiator works is that you have 4 weeks of workout and then 1 week of “recovery”.  There are limited workouts and they are only available to BOLD members.  This camp they offered a bunch of different types of workouts.  There was boxing, zumba, pilates, power yoga and CG style.  I really wanted to try the boxing workout…because I LOVE Rocky and have always wanted to try boxing:) but it was only offered at 5AM and it was on the other side of the city…so I would have had to get up at like 4AM…which…is just TOO EARLY for this momma!!

I skipped Monday because there weren’t any mid-day options…which felt VERY strange after working out EVERY week day for 4 weeks!  I felt like I was cheating or something.  But, it was also nice to not have to go anywhere that day…plus I had a 3 year old princess to get all of her birthday party decorations finished.  Kevin went to the early workout and tried out power yoga…he said it was different:)

Tuesday I went to the mid-day option and tried to attempt to do Pilates…yikes!  I have to admit that a month ago I wouldn’t have even shown up to try a pilates work out…but all my buddies were going to be there…and I figured…why not?  Well, it was pretty awkward and we had to get into some strange positions…and I couldn’t do some of them very well.  The crazy thing is that we didn’t use any weights and just using your arms or legs starts to hurt REAL fast!  It was pretty interesting and I was more sore than I thought I would be.  I don’t think I will be signing up for Pilates anytime soon, but it was a fun experiment.

Wednesday was the only day that Zumba was offered and it was at 5:30AM:)  My buddy Karen wanted to try it and so I said I would meet her there.  Kevin was nice enough to sleep in a little and let me take the early shift:)  Well, I thought Zumba would be fun and that I would do an okay job since I felt like I had a little rhythm and was sort of coordinated…I think I am going to have reconsider because I did a REALLY poor job!  The instructor was difficult to hear and I didn’t always catch her instructions…so I was always a little behind.  I know this…thinking that hard at 5:30AM is just not the best idea!  The funny thing is that when I got home I checked my step count and it was like 5500…and I told Kevin it was probably counting every time I shuffled my feet…which was SO MANY TIMES!!

Thursday was the normal time and I thought it was going to be CG style with Allyson.  But, there were two trainers that were training to be certified.  I have to admit I was a little sad…I have gotten used to Allyson and was looking forward to a regular workout.  Oh well, we pressed on and worked through a pretty tough workout.  I didn’t push myself too hard though, since it was recovery week and my right ankle started to bother me a little bit.  I also wanted to be ready to start on Monday with week 1!

Overall it was a good week, but felt rather strange because of the routine that I had gotten into with going every day.  I did enjoy the few days off though:)  I had a LOT of things to accomplish to prepare for family coming in town and my sweeties 3rd birthday…so the break was nice.  I also tried to rest my ankle and prep my mind to conquer another camp:)

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