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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My gym recently started offering a boot camp on Tuesday nights. I've gone a few times so far and I definitely want to continue to go. They're also starting to offer a Ninja in Training class starting next week that sounds interesting. I mean, who wouldn't want to train to be a ninja? Anyway, as I was taking the class last night I started to process a list of pros and cons to being there. I thought I'd share them with you in no particular order.

Pros: I'm getting a great workout and pushing myself harder than I would on my own.
Cons: I'm sore for two days after the class is over and have problems running because of the pain.
Pros: Eventually that soreness will be more manageable.
Cons: Last night I was the only person in the class so the instructor was only focused on me.
Pros: Last night I was the only person in the class so I essentially had a free training session.
Cons: It's only 30 minutes long.
Pros: The workout is so intense that I'm not sure I could maintain that level for longer than 3o minutes.
Cons: I am lacking in upper body strength and have difficulty with some of the workouts.
Pros: Doing this class will help me strengthen my upper body. I can already see a difference.
Cons: The instructor is hot and it's distracting (think a younger version of Hugh Jackman, yes he's Australian too) and I don't want to look like an idiot in front of him AGAIN. The first class entailed me falling off and simultaneously getting stuck on the spin bike.
Pros: Eye candy is a good distraction. I don't want to embarrass myself again in front of him and I don't want to look like a wimp so I worked through a lot of the pain last night.

OK, that's a pretty extensive list. My conclusion is that I should obviously keep going to this class as long as my gym offers it. I wish I could go more than every other week but I have a real (non-gym related) class on alternating Tuesdays. What motivates you to do things you don't necessarily want to do? I need motivation to do ST type stuff on other days when the class isn't offered.
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  • BIRKIE528
    Love your list!!! Keep up the good the end you will doing the workout like it's second nature!!!! emoticon
    2702 days ago
    Keep doing it! You can set the level you work at, right? I bet by the end of the bootcamp it won't be so challenging. I think it's a great opportunity. From what I know of you, you are more than capable of MAKING THIS HAPPEN!!!

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    2708 days ago
    I'm still a beginner, so I can't offer you any advice. I can say that you are helping me formulate future steps in my work out goals. So, thanks!

    2708 days ago
    I love boot camp!! It is so hard, but you know that you got in an awesome workout!! I love having people push me past my limits and see what I can really do. The more you take the class, the better you'll get at it and you will have shorter time with the muscle soreness.

    2708 days ago
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