More specifically, I started Tina Reale’s virtual Best Body Bootcamp. A couple years ago when I had my first major weight loss in forever, I did it primarily through calorie counting and strength training using Jillian Michaels’ app. It was great, but when I tried to pick it back up again this fall, it just didn’t work. I realized that I don’t like calorie counting, and I didn’t really like Jillian’s exercises anymore, which required equipment that is spread out at my local gym. It makes doing a circuit difficult when you have to stop to go upstairs, or wait for someone to finish.
I heard about Tina’s bootcamp through her blog (I started following her because she also runs) and it’s an 8-week program where Tina emails workout schedules for participants to do at home. On top of work-outs, we also try to accomplish two health goals that we set for ourselves. Depending on how well you do, you get entries into the big prize pot for the end of the program.
I thought it sounded great, but I missed the sign up for Round 3 because I was indecisive about whether or not I wanted to fork over $25, which goes towards the prize pot. I had done poorly with a couple other challenges last fall, so I wasn’t sure if I should sign up for Round 4, which started this past Monday. However, I was eventually convinced by all the rave reviews, and Stephany offered to be accountability partners with me. Yay! I also knew that I really needed strength training back in my life. Cardio is great for overall health, and I do think you can lose weight from it, but I think strength training is more efficient. Just my opinion.
Over the weekend, all the participants got ready by doing their fitness test. I did mediocre on a few of them, and really badly on my mile run. I’m sooo slow now! That’s what I get for taking a whole month off! So there is plenty of room to improve. My main metrics for improvement are my weight, my overall running speed, and how my jeans fit. I also want to take measurements but I haven’t gotten around to buying a measuring tape. I’ll need to do that soon!
For the next eight weeks, I will do strength training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with running on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and a “choice cardio” on Thursday. In Tina’s schedule, Tuesday and Thursday are actually cardio intervals, but I hate having to keep track of the time when I’m working out (it stresses me out!). But according to the BBB program, as long as you work-out 5 times a week, you qualify for the drawing. So my plan works out just fine.
I did Tina’s first strength training workout on Monday and it was good, and I definitely am feeling it even now on Wednesday. But it’s nothing compared to Jillian Michaels. I think Jillian Michaels increased the difficulty in her online workout (I’m not talking about her videos, I’m talking about her website’s routine) and I just stopped enjoying them. There was so much: 5 circuits with 3 moves each that you did 3 times before moving to the next circuit. I could usually get through 3 circuits before I was ready to die. With Tina’s, I’m feeling the burn without feeling like I’m in Hell. It’s a nice change.
Between my new Paleo diet and the Best Body Bootcamp, I’m hoping for some awesome changes between now and March. I also scheduled my next endocrinologist appointment for April 1st, so that will be sort of the final test to see how all of this pans out!
Do you incorporate strength training into your workouts? Why or why not?