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Boot Camp, Day #1

Today was my first day of boot camp with Custom Fitness Concepts. And man, am I in for a challenge.

I used to attend a similar class at the Washington Sports Club before I realized I could no longer afford/justify the membership fee. I absolutely loved the challenge, and I must say I was in fantastic shape from doing two — and sometimes three — hours of high-intensity cardio/strength circuits each week. But I haven’t attended such a class in more than six months, so I’m a little rusty.


I’m doing this month-long series thanks to Groupon. It’s a three-mornings-per-week class that meets at the JCC on 16th and Q, just a short walk from my apartment. It’s taught by Marines, if that gives you any indication of what we’re dealing with. The other people in the class today were all women, but I imagine there are guys every now and then. There was another triathlete, but I think I was the only runner of the group.

The theme today was push-ups. We did a lot of those, and a lot of different varieties. Plus suicides, crab walk, planks, gorilla crawl, mountain climbers, running and squats. I’m gonna be sore tomorrow.

The class was good, but it wasn’t as intense as the WSC boot camp. Victor, the instructor over there, is absolutely no-nonsense and you don’t stop moving for the entire hour. He has no patience for goofing off or talking during class and I can guarantee you’ll never get a better — or sweatier — workout. If I could afford it, I’d pay him for personal training and I’d be in sick shape. In any case, I’m still excited about getting some strength training into the mix and having another way to vary my workouts and stay motivated. I’ll report back here and there on my progress, but here’s to hoping there’s a noticeable difference come March.



2 thoughts on “Boot Camp, Day #1

  1. I have a groupon for some sort of boot camp class, but I’m holding off until summer (warm weather, sun in the morning). I can’t wait to get my ass kicked by the instructor!

    Posted by Beth | February 14, 2011, 5:26 PM
  2. I didn’t know you did that boot camp! I used to do the one in Dupont, and I have another groupon I want to start up. But I also want a closer location because I had to drive. I loved having someone force me to do exercises I hate

    Posted by Liz | February 17, 2011, 5:07 PM

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