Bishop’s Park Bootcamp
So London… you’re pretty damn pricey!! Don’t get me started on the cost of the tube. For someone who loves to travel and explore new places, more often than not spending money on keeping fit and healthy gets pushed further down the queue. Not intentionally, and it doesn’t mean that we don’t care enough about looking after ourselves, but when faced with the decision between a week in the South of France, or a three-month gym membership, France is going to win hands down every time (in my books anyway!).
So over the following months I aim to bring you new and creative ways to keep fit and have fun without it costing the earth. While mine will mostly be based around London (because that’s where I am at present) that doesn’t mean you can’t relate my experiences to your own little pocket of the world. At the end of the day it comes down to commitment, self-control and generally just how much you really want it.
Bishop’s Park 12-week Bootcamp
I’m lucky I have a Personal Training certificate behind me and have taught Les Mills classes as well as half-marathon programmes, so taking a bootcamp is something I love. Training for my first Ultra is not what one would call ideal; holidays, work and general living (not that I’m complaining) seem to have been a higher priority as of late. At the start of July I wrote myself a training plan that annoyingly (but very necessarily) pops up on my phone at 8am each morning and reminds me what I am supposed to be ticking off that day.
The running has been going OK, but the cross training not so much. Going for a run to me is one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise; no admin involved at all, just pull on the sneakers and head out the door. It can be done wherever you are, whether it’s the urban streets or the back blocks in the hills. After a month of only running I’ve been starting to notice tight muscles, and to be perfectly honest I was beginning to get a little bored (gasp!). I was running roughly the same route each morning and starting to recognise the same people (It’s not all bad; London Rowing club… need I say more). So it got me thinking; it’s time to mix it up.
London does not wake up early. At all. I’m a morning person so getting up and going for a run at 6am isn’t something I usually struggle with. It amazes me how few people I pass compared to the odd time I have run in the evening. To me, exercise in the morning ticks so many boxes.
- The world smells better first thing in the morning.
- You get it out-of-the-way and doesn’t become something you think about for the rest of your day.
- It’s easier to make excuses about why not to exercise over a day, like meeting a friend for a drink or having a super busy day at work, and the old ‘I just can’t be ass*d’ voice pops into your head!
- There is hardly anyone else around before 7am (in London anyway, NZ was a totally different story).
- It clears the head and sets you up for a good start to the day.
- 99% of the time I eat a lot better over the day if I’ve exercised before I head out the door.
Bootcamps are awesome, but I needed a friend, so I’ve managed to convince my flatmate Laura to get out the door at 6am with me, three days a week. Knowing there is someone else who is depending on me to get up makes it so much easier. How Laura manages to do her hair and look so damn good at 6am amazes me though (pressures on to keep it up now Laura).
So 12 weeks, week one is now in the past, so far so good. Based in Bishop’s Park it only takes us a 10 minute jog to get there which we use as our warm-up. It’s mainly cardio and strength based, with exercises like lunges, press-ups, shuttles and burpees (yup, all the good stuff), guaranteed to get the heart rate going. Last week we mixed it up and did a circuit in the children’s playground which was highly entertaining and included climbing on the jungle gym (I was pleasantly surprised how many different muscle groups we were working!).
Getting results takes hard work but it also should be fun and judging by the laughs we’ve had so far we are in for some amusing few weeks ahead. I received a pair of sparkly bunny ears in the post last week from The Blogcademy, so I took them for a spin. You should never take life too seriously, especially when exercising.
If you’re around Fulham/Putney/Hammersmith and want to join us then get in touch, the more the merrier! And best of all, it’s FREE. So no excuses!
‘If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.’ – Jim Rohn