Are you a hup, two kind of gal? Ladies who like to take their exercise to the extreme levels often enjoy a round of boot camp every now and then — or even every day. Then there are others who would like to participate in such a class but don't have the time or confidence for such endeavors. If you'd like to get out there and give it a test run before committing to such a dutiful ritual, you can set up your own version of boot camp to gear yourself up for the real deal.
My brother-in-law, a half Ironman triathlete, marathon runner, athlete to boot, also participates in a boot camp where he leads the group in their sunrise ritual. Here are a few exercises and pointers he likes to employ among his "troops."
- Start in a kneeling position on the ground and jump up to your feet. Then, jump in the air and bring your knees to your chest. Do this 10 times.
- Time for sprints! Do one 100-meter sprint followed up by one 200-meter sprint and then one 400-meter sprint. This is easiest if done on a track as it's already measured out for you.
- You'll need a partner for this exercise: One person does 50 full sit-ups (not crunches) while the other plants her hands on the feet and steadies herself in a plank position. Switch positions and repeat.
- Do 50 push-ups. If you must, do them on your knees and try not to take rest breaks.
- Finally, gear up by marching high knees for 30 seconds. Back it up with butt kicks on the way back.
Do this whole routine three times with water breaks in between.
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- Take one minute water breaks every 10 minutes or so.
- Stretch lightly before and heavy after.
- Try to keep the resting between exercises to a minimum, as you want to keep the heart rate up.
- Walking lunges are a good way to rest but also a good exercise
When you've gone a few rounds with this trial run, you may discover you're one of those gluttons who takes pleasure in being ordered into squats and push-ups at the break of dawn.