Best Body Bootcamp Week 3: Loving Ladders

Three weeks of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp are complete!

Week Three of Bootcamp meant Phase Two started, and I’ve got to be honest you guys…

…I loved it.


Well, mostly. It had its moments for sure. But overall, I enjoyed Phase Two of Bootcamp about 20934823 times more than Phase One. There are a lot of reasons why I think I’m enjoying this phase more than the first. For one thing, I’ve been a busy, busy gal this week, which meant that I couldn’t dawdle on my workouts like usual. My biggest issue with the first two weeks of Bootcamp was that my workouts took for-ev-er, but 95% of the time, that was entirely my fault. I’d get distracted by the Internet, my thoughts, my phone, my music–anything–and my workout would end up taking way longer than it should have. I didn’t have time to spare this week, which meant when I was working out, I focused 100% on my workout.

I really enjoyed the structure of this week’s strength training. Two of the workouts featured ladders, which Tina explained on her blog earlier this week. When I first read about them, I was definitely intimidated: you want me to do how many total reps of a move?! Honestly, though, I found them to be challenging and interesting without killing me. I also really liked that all of this week’s strength training workouts said optional cardio, because I definitely did not have time to do cardio along with strength training on Monday or Friday. Even though all Best Body Bootcamp workouts are flexible, I’ve had a hard time changing things without feeling guilty. Cognitively I know I don’t have to follow the workout to a T–Tina says that over and over again–but I’ve never been the type of person who can look at an assignment and only half do it. 100 pages of probably unnecessary reading + a 5 page paper due next class period? Done. A more challenging version of this move? All over it. Learning to relax in my workouts while not feeling like I was cheating has definitely been a struggle for me, but my schedule this week didn’t give me much of a choice. Anyway, the point of this ramble is that it was nice to see the word “optional” attached to cardio, because that helped me not feel bad about skipping it.

As far as the actual cardio workouts went this week, I subbed my hip hop class for one (which, p.s., I am IN LOVE with this hip hop class. Seriously you guys. I am by no means awesome, but I love the routines, I really like my classmates and my teacher, and I legitimately wish I had class every day) and then the other cardio workout…could have been better. I tried to befriend the dreadmill for an interval workout, but it continued to refuse my best efforts AND the only open treadmill for the workout was right by the mirrors, and the last thing I really needed during an already lousy workout was to see exactly where my body jiggles when I run. Rawr. Needless to say, the treadmill and I still hate each other.

On the goal front, however, I kinda knocked it out of the park, and I’m really happy about that 🙂 Stretching went well, and I finally started making healthy choices when away from home. Woohoo! The next couple of weeks will definitely be challenging on that second goal front, but having a good week in that department this week showed me that I am capable of making good decisions when I put my mind to it. Here’s to more good decision making!

7 thoughts on “Best Body Bootcamp Week 3: Loving Ladders

  1. I feel the same way as you about doing the workout to a T! This week is definitely not going to happen that way and I’m still wrapping my head around not feeling guilty.

    • It’s so hard! I’m in the same boat as you this week as well, and while I know it shouldn’t bug me as much as it does, I’ve just never been one to put in a half effort, so when what legitimately is my full effort seems like a half effort according to the plan, it’s tough to be okay with that (even though I know I should be).

  2. this is such a great thing for you and I hope you realize that. just the intuitiveness you are getting around listening to your body and what it is telling you is exactly what you need. I am so happy you are loving it. Congrats on progress!

  3. The fact that you’re doing this challenge, creating goals, and building awareness is so great. Progress comes with time and practice, so appreciate your intention and effort. You’re always good enough, and are working on growing! It’s called bootcamp for a reason right? Push, struggle, and come out stronger! I’ve never personally done a bootcamp without modifying it to myself thoroughly, and because I did that I stuck to it and saw results. Cheers!

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