This time I took an Abs Only class before bootcamp. It was the same instructor as bootcamp and she puts on a good class. Plus, it's at the same facility, back to back, and you pay one admission and can use the facilities as much as you want. Heidi likes to get her money's worth so anytime I can take more than one class at a time is a good thing. We did use the ball a fair bit in the abs class, but for ab work I do like and appreciate it and the moves this instructor used were much more effective than the class I took the other day. I know it takes about 24 hours for abs to kick in, so I'll be feeling this later tonight.
The one thing I'm really noticing this time from the last time I did bootcamp is I suck! Last time I was in pretty good shape and was usually in the top 25% of the class (if not the top), even when I just started. Right now I'm struggling and am often the last to finish my sets and sometimes have to modify moves to complete them. I'm quite a competitive person and do not like being in this position, even if I am EASILY 10 years older than anyone else in the class. I like to be good. I like to be the best, or darn near it. But it just motivates me to work harder.
Last night was kind of funny because we actually did a lot of running. We started off with about a 1 mile warm-up run. I started about mid pack and by the end of the mile had moved right to the front with the others dropping off. Then we did a bunch of sets that included various strength moves followed by various running related activities (suicides, high knees, runs). For every strength move I'd be slower than pretty much everyone else and last to finish, but in the run portion I usually caught up. Definitely know where my strength and weakness is. It's time to balance these out!
After class I got talking with one guy. Him & his wife have lost 35 lbs each in about 9 months mostly just by taking the bootcamp class twice a week. Now, I ... more than most, realize that nutrition also takes a HUGE place in weight loss. But, it was very inspiring to hear of their success. They both look fantastic. I left there and headed straight for the grocery store where I stocked up on $80 of mostly fruits & veggies. My lunch today is so yummy and healthy! It may be taking me a long time to get back to a fully healthy lifestyle, but I really am getting there. I just have to keep it up and I will soon begin to reap the rewards.
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. We have a long weekend here. I have a long run planned (which I hope my legs can handle) and then a few fun activities. Hopefully a little sleeping in too ... even until 9:00 would be nice!