Yesterday, I finally started going to the boot camp that I planned to go to in March. I’m pretty happy I waited until the weather got nice (it was still very wintery in March!) but man are these classes HARD. Like so hard that when I got to work yesterday morning my ab muscles were vibrating. So hard that I had major muscle soreness by 3pm yesterday. So hard that I kept screaming “Ow, my butt!” every time I moved around the apartment last night (much to the BF’s dismay – he was worried the neighbors would think he was beating me with how I was carrying on).
I think it’s safe to say that I’m really not in shape. I know this is a totally different thing than being overweight (I’m not) and unfit (I’m not) but my muscles are not strong enough to support my body the way they should. In the past that would have deterred me from going to a boot camp class. It would have been too embarrassing. There’s an expectation when you’re little that you’re also naturally athletic, fast and coordinated. I’m none of those things but maybe I can use this class to help me in the right direction.
Monday’s boot camp class focused on legs. We did a ton of squats, abs, running, mountain climbers, planks, bicycle kicks, and walking lunges. Probably nearly half a mile of walking lunges. It was just hard.
This morning Suze joined me. The class focused on arms and core. My legs may be weak, but they’re strong enough for me to run on. My arms get no activity. I honestly can’t do a single push up, even girly pushups are hard for me. But this morning I worked my (sore) butt off. We did a lot of ab work, some light weights, a little running, mountain climbers and these really weird pushup things that neither Suze or I could figure out. It was really nice to have a friend there since we did a lot of partner work today.
I’m skipping tomorrow’s class. It’s all cardio and that’s the one exercise I can motivate myself to do on my own. Plus, I’m pretty sure I’ll be borderline crippled with upper and lower body soreness. But I’ll go back on Thursday for more legs and probably Friday for more arms, even though we have the 4th Crystal City 5K on Friday night. I’ll have to see how I’m feeling Friday before I decide if I’m going to class in the morning and the how much effort I want to put into the 5K at night. We’re meeting the BF’s sister for dinner right after and it would be wise to not push myself to puking right before.
Have you ever tried a workout you thought you weren’t strong enough for? How did it go?