Here we are on the first day of 2017! I have to admit that 2016 ended up being a year that I was ready to see go and start fresh with 2017 (more on that later). With 2017 comes blank pages, new planners and goals 🙂 How many of you have set goals for losing weight, getting healthier, working out or anything in a similar category? I think I have had that goal for as long as I can remember…and every year I am still so far from the goal. But last year I set out to be stronger which included starting Camp Gladiator.
If you happen to remember, it was something I was pretty fearful about…would I be the biggest person there, would I be able to do any of the exercises, would people stare at me, would I always be the last one and most of all…would I die? haha…you think I am kidding…it is seriously something that I worry about:) But, guess what? I finished all 20 days of my first camp and over the past year I have attended 111 camps. That is 111 HOURS of working out…say WHAT?? Of course if you are anything like me, I immediately think about the camps that I missed or skipped…or the ones that I didn’t give 100%…but not today. Today I am going to proudly say that I went from a person that NEVER worked out…to someone that attended 111 Camp Gladiator camps and worked out 111 hours in the last year. And that is something I am proud of!
Tomorrow starts a new year and a new Camp Gladiator camp! I will wake up tomorrow for my 6:45 am camp and still have a nervous stomach and some of the same fears. I will probably be one of the last on the warm up run, I will still have to use success options and will still have a slight fear that I can’t do it. But, the difference is…I know that I can do it and that I AM getting stronger! Maybe you are like me and want to make a change…and are scared of trying it out…I challenge you this year to JUST DO IT! I am not quoting a Nike ad…just giving you a little push towards all those things that you have said you want to do, but haven’t committed and followed through with. I know…because I have struggled with those things myself. And tomorrow when I get up and it is freezing and I don’t want to go…I remember that I told all of you that I was going to DO IT…and it will help me get one step closer to the strong woman of God I was created to be.
So, what are you going to do or did you do today to get you one step closer to your goals? I would love to hear about it! Do you want to try out Camp Gladiator? I happen to know that you can attend January camp for FREE!! Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you get started for free.
Happy 2017…let’s JUST DO THIS!
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.
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:)
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:)
Today was the first day back to Kevin and Jessie’s camp since Monday when I had my little “almost passed out” moment 🙂 I have to say that even though we are 2.5 weeks into this, I still get nervous every time I go to camp! Today it was pretty cold outside, but it didn’t take long to get warm because it is still HIIT week (Hight Intensity Interval Training…I think). That means that we do some of the same things we have been “practicing” the past 2 weeks, but at 95% of your max potential for a burst of time, then you get a short break, then you do the same thing again.
After a warm up run we did an exercise game of paper, rock, scissors. Whoever lost had to do one exercise and the other did another…we repeated a few times…that is what is fun about CG…you are working out, but also having fun! Then we started the main part of the workout where we were in 4 groups. We each had an exercise that we did specific reps and then rested…the goal was to do as close to the goal number in 20 seconds and then have 10 seconds to rest. We started with 12 jump squats…which I did modified by doing my squat and then going up on my toes…I lost count of how many 30 second increments we did it…but it was A LOT! Next we were suppose to do military push ups, but I ended up doing my knee pushups. After that we had to do burpees…painful burpees:( Thankfully Kevin brought we some HUGE dumbbells and showed me how it was much easier to do them when your hands are raised a little…that was SUPER helpful! The last round we had a HERO that did all the exercises (so did we), but when she was done we ran outside and carried a fire hose while running. That was tough after already being out of breath from doing the exercises…but we got through it! The last section we worked on our core with a bunch of different planking exercises. My core is SO weak…so I did a lot of plank hold instead of all the fancy ones. I will be so excited to finally have some strength in my core!! I am sure those 3 c-sections didn’t help me out much…but those sweet babies were worth it 🙂
So, one thing that people had always told me about Camp Gladiator is that the people are so friendly and its like a family. I have to admit that I didn’t quite believe them…after all why would people choose to workout in the freezing cold or super hot weather?? Well, it is the TRUTH! I haven’t met one person that hasn’t been super supportive and encouraging…no one makes you feel like you aren’t good enough or that you aren’t trying hard enough…and they seriously are so nice! And it is like a big family…today was Trainer Kevin’s 30th birthday and some of the people that have been in his camp for a while planned a little party for him after camp and they brought lots of great accessories for him to wear today. (See proof in the picture, thanks to his wife and trainer Jessie) I think it is just awesome to have such great people in your corner during this journey and to have fun in the process of one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life!
I know that there are some of you that have considered coming out to see what CG is all about…I encourage you to just come and try it out! If you don’t want to come to this camp on week 3…I understand…just plan on coming for the next camp, that starts on February 8th! As a valued reader with the Not So Crunchy Mom Blog, we have a great opportunity to have a special promotional discount code for 60% off your first camp!
Day 11 – First Day of HIIT Week – First time I felt like I was going to pass out and potentially throw up 🙂
The workout started off a little crazy because there were so many people and I had saved a spot for my friend, but ended up not showing up. I moved to where another one of my new CG friends was set up and joined her group. I knew it was going to be difficult and it was…many little “warm up” sessions…and then 4 different locations where we did different things.
- Mat work with 3 different movements
- Jump Rope 50 times x 3
- Sprint race x 3
- Slam the ropes x 2
All of them pushed my boundaries, but I did it and was doing pretty good. I thought we were close to done, but the worst was yet to come. We had to do 20 seconds of bicep curls, 20 seconds of raising the weight over your head using triceps (there is a name) and then 10 seconds of burpees. During those seconds you are suppose to do them as fast as you can:) I happened to bring heavier weights today…and was having a hard time finishing everything…and my new partner was so sweet to really push me. We finished and I felt really strange. I sat down and just tried to catch my breath. In my mind I was getting a little nervous about the way I felt and feeling a little embarrassed. I was trying not to bring too much attention to myself, but really could not get up to get to my car. Thankfully trainer Kevin came over to help me walk outside and get some fresh air…he also told me that my body was just having a little glucose problem where I all my sugars went somewhere else and made me feel so poopy. Thankfully I finally felt a little better and was able to get to my car and drive just around the corner to get a smoothie from Smoothie King…and a little later I was feeling so much better!
All of that made me super nervous…because I have struggled with health anxiety…so when I feel weird, it kind of freaks me out 🙁 I got anxious about Day 12 and was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up my commitment. But, today my buddy Karen was back as well as many others and I just tried to listen really closely to what my body was saying…and although I did push myself pretty hard…I didn’t feel that way and completed a great workout from Allyson. We ran A LOT today…but short sprints and did some pretty crazy exercises. But, I even did a few burpees with a little jump in them…slowly but surely I am coming along!
Well, I will do better about pictures tomorrow hopefully! Honestly there are so many times I wish I could snap a pic, but I never have my phone with me…I can’t wait to see how the rest of the week goes! Hope Kevin and Jessie don’t push us TOO hard tomorrow 🙂
When we decided to commit to CG (Camp Gladiator), we signed up to go BOLD! That means that we get a discount for committing to 6 or 12 months. It is $79/mo for 6 months or $69/mo for 12 months…and your spouse is just $35…so for a little over $100 you and your spouse get unlimited camp sessions with personal trainers for 12 months.
One of the additional perks is that they have special seminars to help you on your health journey. There was one this Saturday about Nutrition. I decided to go ahead and go to learn more about what they believe is a great way to address nutrition. As usual with anything CG, it was very inspirational and encouraging. We also learned some basics on things to help with our nutrition. It is still a little confusing, so I am hoping to schedule some time with our trainers to make sure I am making a good plan for adding in more accountability with my nutrition.
The biggest “ah ha” moment for me, was that the trainer Kim was suggesting a website to find out how many macro nutrients we need and she said under active that we should choose VERY ACTIVE! I had to take a moment and think…am I VERY ACTIVE? I have never in my life been able to click that box:) Still kinda crazy to me!
Saturday after the class, I had already gotten ready for the day and didn’t want to have to get ready again before church at 4, so we took that day as our rest day. (call me crazy I didn’t want to have to dry my long hair again 🙂 ) On Sunday, we decided to take a “jog/trot” again to see if it was any better than last week…I did feel better as far as breathing, etc, but had a little trouble with my leg muscles being kind of tight. My hubby Kevin said that I did it faster than last week…but we didn’t really track it as well as this time. Kevin rode his bike with the boys and P on the back for my jog. So, I decided to offer to trade so that he could get his run in as well. It sounds silly, but I have been afraid to try and ride his bike because I was afraid I would fall over or not be able to do it. It was so fun…and yes, I still have some work to do…but I was proud of myself for trying!
Overall a great weekend and feel pretty good about the progress that we have made in two weeks! We will see how Monday goes with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) week…yikes!