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Really not worth the extra pain.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I just got through reading LASHERTHECAT's daily blog and I must concur with her - the BootCamp is just not worth the extra pain in my legs.

I found that my leg pains were getting much worse after almost 2 weeks of BootCamp. I missed Thurs and Friday due to my dad having complications and today because I know Saturday's workout is just too painful for me. Today I did notice that just missing a couple of days has lessened the pain in my legs; I do still have stiffness but that is normal.


I applaud Coach_Nicole for her flexibility but until *something* gives, I cannot even sit back on my feet (kneeling on floor) - my butt just will not touch my feet! So something has been hurt and it will take time to loosen it up again.

I do understand the need for harder videos for those in better shape than me - but it would be nice if they had simple videos for us beginners in addition to the harder ones for those more toned and in condition. Alas, I will just go back to the Strength Training I had been using rather successfully and I will continue using my Stability Ball and the videos I am able to do.

**edit: The flip-side to this is my internet is back down to 70% today! It would seem that the videos are quite a bit larger than I would have thought - so by not doing the boot-camp videos, I am also saving my internet connection!
I mentioned U-Tube to my sister who is also on satellite internet and she told me the downloads are a lot bigger than anyone would think. Hmmm.

I believe I am going to stick with my DVDs - I do have one for the balance ball and I think all the exercises in the bootcamp are also listed individually in the ST exercises. So all I need is a written run-down of what to do!

Someone was blogging this - if anyone reading my blog knows who it is, please comment and share the persons ID.

**edited: I just received a reply to my request and days 2-7 are posted at the BootCamp forum here:
www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
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ad.asp?board=0x37611x30739390


Day One is done with a 'mark' on the floor and you spend the time hopping & jumping over the line in various ways.
I was unable to do that amount of hopping & jumping though.
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BMARYGIRL 1/19/2010 10:29AM

  I checked out the videos that went with the boot camp and knew they were not meant for me, with significant weight and age....way to much jumping.

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CATHEITE 1/18/2010 11:59PM

    How smart you are to have a backup fitness plan. Enjoy your dvds and stability ball!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/18/2010 3:09PM

    I never started boot camp because I did not need any more work outs to do between my running training, my Personal Trainer, and my elliptical training I think I am covered. I have heard from a lot of people that they are too hard.

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GRALLEN 1/17/2010 6:22PM

    I'm on the verge of quitting the boot camp. I don't do them on the weekends (forget to do them) and I don't think they are doing any better than the exercises I'm already doing. I walk with Leslie then do bicycle crunches, some modified push ups and 20 to 30 minutes on the stat bike everyday plus the exercises I do from my Quick Fire team. So I feel like I'm getting a lot of exercise done. Some of this will go away once I start a job; I'll probably do 3o to 45 minutes of exercise and do the crunches & pushups during commercials in the evening. Aw but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2010 1:29PM

    I haven't done a boot camp either -- I'd rather trust my own sense of what to do and the pace at which to do it.

Your self-discipline is awesome and you can trust yourself to listen to your body and get back to a more vigorous programme when you are really able to do it . . .

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WALKINGANNIE 1/17/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this Linda. I suppose we all have to remember that the SP community is so diverse that there is no one-size-fits-all exercise programme. You've done very well to do what you have done. I know that I couldn't have got so far. One of my friends who is fairly new to SP (BAGGYPANTS5) was also suggesting having some exercises that were less demanding - and demonstrated by people who are not quite so young and fit looking!

Boot Camp is obviously great for some people. I suppose it's like everything else on SP and we have to pick and mix from the resources.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Hope your Dad's doing a bit better and that you are able to slot back into exercise that suits you better.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/17/2010 11:43AM

    I gave up on bootcamp quite early, when I discovered that my "touch of arthritis" in my hips couldn't tolerate even the first video. Over the past ten years my body and I have come to an uneasy truce over what I want it to do and what it can do. I used to be able to run, pump iron, and even got a black belt in taekwondo, but now I've acccommodated to 3 miles of walking a day, a brief pilates routine to keep my joints loose, pushups, and weight training. Works for me!

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MRS.DOYLE 1/17/2010 5:19AM

    In my Pilates class we call sitting back on the heels "the child pose". I keep telling my tutor I couldn't do it when I was a child. I can't do it now either. This is my first Bootcamp and, although I agree with all the comments here, I'm sticking with it because I can see some good results.

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/16/2010 11:55PM

    Linda,

I am glad to see you are still around. I guess you didn't lose your internet after all!!!

I've signed up for three boot camps but not really followed through on any of them. I think I agree with you; maybe they are just geared for younger people. To each his/her own.

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BARNABABY1 1/16/2010 10:45PM

    Good for you! Just keep on doing something and you'll do okay. I know I have a hard time with almost half the days and aren't actually doing the exact thing she is but I do manage a few of the days...guess it's hard to take such a diverse group and have it fit everyone. But you are doing wonderfully so keep up what is working for you!
Mary Ann emoticon

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ETHEL_MERMAID 1/16/2010 10:25PM

    I hope your dad's doing better. He's got a wonderful daughter, I know!

Our genes are probably the biggest determinant in the amount of flexibility we have. I inherited mine from my mother, which I found out some years ago when we were on the floor, doing exercises :) It has little to do with fitness level and all with those genes 'n' chromosomes. You're doing an excellent job of listening to your body, which is of prime importance emoticon emoticon - Susan

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/16/2010 8:09PM

    i thought i was the only one who could not make there butt touch there feet. sorry your with me. if i learned anything in my life it is not to overdue do only what you can that does not hurt.slow is the way to go. emoticon

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LOPEYP 1/16/2010 7:25PM

    Funny I felt like some of the bootcamp workouts were very easy and others very difficult - must be my strengths and weaknesses. You are smart to do what works for you and I think that they should have workouts rated for fitness levels like workout DVDs have.
I bailed out of the bootcamp and went back to my regular workouts. emoticon

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EMILYBEMENT 1/16/2010 7:25PM

    I think you are wise, our bodies tell us when something is wrong and who better to know than yourself.
I have tried jogging a few times and my knees and back can not take it so I will try again once I have dropped more weight. Sometimes we just can't do things. not because of lack just because of our bodies. I admire people who try and someone like you that is so active and doing better than most.
Blessings, Em

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MSLZZY 1/16/2010 7:06PM

    Part of the reason I have not started a boot camp is I feel I'm getting the activity I need and can handle. I have been tempted but after reading your blog and knowing the shape my knees are in now, I just stick with what works.
But you gave it a try and should be applauded for your effort.

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ANNIEONLI 1/16/2010 6:57PM

    You are the 6th person I've read that has complained about the bootcamps level of difficulty. I've never done any...I'm not really a video person either...I agree with not being able to do something while trying to watch a tv at the same time if your head is supposed to be in between your legs and your elbows reaching up to the sky all while balanceing on a thimble....I'm exaggerating, but it's just not for me.

Maybe it should be brought up the the couches...different levels of exercise of bootcamps, although they may just come back and say that you are only supposed to do up to your own speed. Unfortunately, most people do not do that and will kill themselves in order to be exactly like the person on the video or else proclaim themselves failures.

Oh well...thanks for letting me add my rant to the lineup...do what works for you.

and rememeber everyone...this is a journey, not a race...

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BITTYGIRL51 1/16/2010 6:40PM

    I did the bootcamp last year, but decided NADA this year. Just don't really like doing exercises while I am craning my neck to see what she is doing. May sound like an excuse, but I have no problem with the strength and resistance training that I do at the gym or in my workout room on my own. I also love to walk and run...so I'll stick with it.

More power to you, if you like the bootcamp and have found a way to incorporate it into your day. Just doesn't work for me.

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EMMABE1 1/16/2010 6:26PM

    You have no idea how glad I was to hear that someone of your fitness/weight is having problems with the BootCamp!!
I am sorry about your legs giving problems though!!
I have said this for a time - I realise there are "easier" options on the videos - but there would be a lot of people who cannot even do the easy options - YET it was supposed to be suitable for beginners!!
I have to wonder how new members to SP who joined the bootcamp full of enthusiasm, with weight, in some cases a lot of weight, to lose, feel now - I would guess they have either given up or decided that this is not for them - and lost interest in SP altogether!!
There are times that I believe the coaches lose sight of the fact we aren't all fit, healthy, thin, young people!!
I know there is NO chance I would try a bootcamp ever again!!

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