Here we go again!
I really enjoyed Round 3 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, and since it’s definitely still the off-season as far as my running is concerned, I registered for Round 4 without any hesitation. I found Best Body Bootcamp to be a great program for me. I like following a schedule, I like having structure in my workout, and I like knowing that my workout was created by someone who knows what she’s doing. Though I originally didn’t like the amount of time it took to complete Best Body Bootcamp workouts, I got perfectly used to it by the end and now expect that part of my day to be dedicated to working out.
Because I knew I’d be too busy on Thursday to get a workout in, I started Round 4 a day early last Sunday. This round, Tina included a fitness test to give us all a tangible way to measure our progress if we choose to do so. After going through that on Sunday I jumped in with the first strength training workout of Phase One. I half-heartedly kept up my strength training between Round 3 and Round 4 of Bootcamp, so the workout was possibly not as hard as it could have been, but it certainly wasn’t easy, either!
One of my favorite things about the strength training workouts in this set is that instead of doing a straight 20 minutes of cardio intervals before or after the strength training, Tina had us do five-minute cardio workouts between sets of strength training. I do my strength training in my apartment but definitely do not have a treadmill or other sort of cardio machine in my place, so I pulled up a Zumba video on YouTube and danced for five minutes to get my cardio in. Let’s be real: Zumba is about 100x more entertaining than an elliptical anyway, so that was perfectly all right by me!
I got in a really great cardio workout on Monday on the stat bike, where I passed the time reading Heartsick for book club next week. Tuesday, of course, was full of hip hop and breakdancing on the workout front, and given the fact that Friday was the first morning I could get out of bed without some serious muscle stiffness, I’d say I got a pretty solid workout in during those classes.
I’ve chosen some different goals for this round of bootcamp: praying instead of worrying and getting 8 hours of sleep each night. While my Round 3 goals–stretching and making good food choices when away from home–were good for me and helped me form some good habits (especially stretching), they were also somewhat dependent upon my time. If I couldn’t get a workout in, I didn’t stretch, for example. Praying and sleeping, however, are things that contribute a lot to my overall health but aren’t entirely dependent on whether or not I have time to workout. It’s been a challenge to break my usual habits of worrying too much about things way, way beyond my control and staying up too late wasting time on Facebook or whatever instead of sleeping, but since I have Best Body Bootcamp holding me accountable, I really think there’s a good chance that I could break my usual habits and form some new, healthy ones in their place.