Bootcamp Duo – reflections on 5:30am with Heather
4:30 a.m. – the alarm goes off. I climb out of bed wondering whatever possessed me to sign up for an outdoor boot camp that starts at 5:30 a.m. It was during the bright light of day after a successful workout that I got the idea. And misery, being what it is, prompted me to sign up my 22 year old daughter too. Nicole (who works until 10:00 p.m.) looks little better than me. We make ready and arrive at boot camp where Heather brightly starts us off on a circuit of exercises designed to tighten and tone my 49 year old body. The first day I made it through work until 2:30 p.m. Day two was much better – I was feeling as sprightly as Heather and started finding that I had more energy and enthusiasm. I even made it through the whole work day! Week two was even easier and I started to feel more toned and energetic. I found in week three that I had lost 10 lbs (with boot camp and regular workout sessions). We were the only mother/daughter duo in the bunch and we egged each other on (Nicole did substantially more egging, however). In one exercise we had a resistance run where one person circles your waist with an elastic rope – you then run with the other person dragging you back. Exhausting… and also humiliating with Nicole singing “The old grey mare just ain’t what she used to be.” I enjoyed Heather’s boot camp tremendously and will certainly do it again. Exercise in the early morning out of doors is wonderful. I recommend boot camp for all mother/daughter duos – I just hope your daughter is more respectful!
I work evenings, 2 to 10 pm, and usually arrive home at 11 and maybe getting to bed at 1am. I was enthusiastic about boot camp when mom suggested it until I learned what the times were. “5:30 am, are you crazy?” But I agreed to it, knowing that every bit of calorie burning helps, especially when you make dessert for a living (Nicole is a pastry chef). Getting out of bed was a little hard the first few times; however I was soon in the habit of rushing home from work and falling asleep as fast as possible. A Calgary summer is not to be taken for granted and the exercise out of doors was a wonderful change of pace to the work out routine. Stretching at the end of a session in the early morning coolness and birds chirping all around us was definitely a high point. However it wasn’t until mom was unable to attend a session (and give me a nice cushy drive) that I realized my dedication to this morning routine. I woke up at 4 am so that I could ride my bike through Fish Creek in the rain so as not to miss out on some exhilarating hill repetitions and crab walks. With Heather’s creativity and imagination boot camp became something I looked forward to and enjoyed very much.
Brenda and Nicole participated in Heather’s June Outdoor Bootcamp. To see the July schedule, please visit the spalady.ca homepage.
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