Fitmixer Bootcamp Fitness Test Results

Good morning!

If you didn’t check out yesterday’s post about the 20 minute yoga challenge- please take a minute to head over there. I’m really excited about this- especially since it’s something I know I can do every day- and will benefit me in so many ways. I also figured out how to make that grab-box for the button, which I’m reposting here:

Oatmeal after Spinning

And wouldn’t you know- I got an email from Groupon yesterday offering 5 classes for $25 at Ananda Shala, one of Frederick’s local yoga studios. I snatched that up right away! (Now I really have no excuse not to sign up for hot yoga asap!)

I’m really excited that some of you may be doing this challenge as well- I’ll be curious to hear about the types of positive changes it brings to your life!

I am planning to share specific videos and links of yoga practices that I like, and here’s one for Core Strength that’s a little over twenty minutes in length.

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I really like Jason Crandell’s videos (he’s a good one to search on YouTube!)- and this one is especially of interest to me because I just started teaching a Core Strength class directly after my Tuesday (early) morning spin class!

I also want to point out (because I completely forgot about this yesterday) that I want to credit my inspiration for this challenge, which is Katie! She made my wheels start turning a few months ago with this post- and I got to thinking about my “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to yoga. So, thank you Katie!!

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Almost twelve weeks ago, I began the fitmixer bootcamp program. I was so excited about it, and really thought that it was the key I needed to finally get my body into a shape that I would be happy with. Now that I’m in the final week of the bootcamp, I’m a little disappointed to say that I am definitely not there. But… I have definitely made some progress.

Let’s look at the exercise part of the program first. At the beginning, middle and end of the program, participants were to take a “fitness test” so that specific results could be measured. I am very happy to say that I improved in every single exercise!

I feel the need to point out that I can, in fact, do a lot more push-ups on my toes- but after holding a plank for four minutes, it’s hard to do any! I am very curious as to how these results would differ if the exercises were done in a different order…

I am most proud of how long I can hold a plank for, but a lot of that improvement is due to the #plankadaychallenge from Kalli’s blog, in which I held a plank for as long as I could each day (and really, I only started doing this a week and a half ago- improvement comes fast!).

I’ve noticed a lot more definition in my upper back more than anything, and that I’m just a little stronger and faster in general. I don’t know how much of this is attributed to bootcamp and how much comes from teaching so many Bodypump classes this summer- but I’ll take it. Muscle gain is always okay with me.

So that’s good.

The other half of the equation, as you probably know, is much harder for me to master. I don’t have an issue with eating “healthy” foods- I actually crave them. Mindless eating (and eating too much) is still my biggest issue. You can refer back to this post to see what my nutrition plan was for the bootcamp program. I had a really hard time eating only 1300 calories a day (because I burn almost 1000 from teaching exercise classes) and felt hungry a lot. I also hated tracking my food on My Fitness Pal, because it just made me stressed out and obsessive, so I stopped.

The light at the end of the tunnel here is that I have discovered what works for me- and it’s all in my head. I don’t need to pay someone to tell me how to eat or sign up for some program in order to lose weight. All I’ve got to do is get my head under control, and really get to the root of why I eat.

I’m going to elaborate on this a lot more in a future post- but not today. I want to keep it positive and just reflect on how much I have improved on that fitness test.

I’m heading out to take a 75 minute Prana Flow Yoga class- putting that Groupon to use already!

 

What fitness accomplishments have you had lately?

 

 

Comments

  1. YAY! I’m so happy that I was able to inspire you to start the yoga challenge. I’m totally joining you (and posted about it today)! :)

    I haven’t looked at my final FitTest results compared to the other weeks yet but I’m hoping there’s improvement. ha! I’m so bad at these kinds of “speed” tests so I’m not going to get on myself too much if there wasn’t much improvement. We do what we can and learn to get better. I also did change around the order a bit…though I still started with burpees – oh my!

  2. My fitness accomplishment was taking a day off yesterday when I was super sore!! Lol. I hate taking days off. Glad you were abl

  3. I’m with you on what you found out during this experience … it’s all in my head! I know what to do. Today I’m going to go back to what I know works for me. No more listening to everybody else but me. I’ve been fumbling around since I discovered all of you fantastic HLB people and have been seeing what works for other people. The thing is, other people aren’t me. And though I’d love to have Lindsay’s abs, and Janetha’s back … I’m not Lindsay or Janetha. I’m me. I can only have Calee’s abs and Calee’s back. And those are things I need to work on to be the best ME I can be.

    Thanks for letting me dump that on you. You’ll probably see a repeat of it in your e-mail shortly. <3

  4. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    It sounds like you enjoyed the Fitmixer bootcamp for different reasons than it might have been intended, but I’m glad it was a good experience overall! You know I struggle with the same thing with eating – I’m getting better, but still not where I should be. Weekends are tough for me. :)

    I had SUCH a fun ride this morning, so I’m counting that as my fitness accomplishment. We climbed a lot and I still had an amazing time just looking around and enjoying the beautiful scenery. =)

  5. WAHOOO!!! Nice job with the improvements, lady. YOU rock.

    I totally believe in all food issues starting in the head and with experiences from our past, once we become AWARE of those things, and start noticing them, and stop being in denial, then is when we can gain mastery over it all. That was what happened with me! I had to stoop lying to myself, and decide what was more painful <—-staying in the crappy situation, or working hard/toughing it to get out of it. It is a decision in the head, and the body and heart will follow ;)

    I think you're awesome–and it's impressive how much fitness u do!

  6. Wow! Your results are awesome! Way to go on that crazy plank time & burpees (ugh, the worst!!). I am dealing with my food issues (exercise is usually no problem) and they are ROUGH. I am trying to combine WW, mindfulness, and OA principles. I have a lot to learn. I would love to join Fitmixer, but I don’t have the money for it.

    My fitness accomplishment is upping my weight in BodyPump and Metabolic Effect the past 2 weeks. Little things… :)

  7. Wow, you really improved on a bunch of those things! Great job! I know what you mean about how tracking your food can start to feel obsessive and make you stressed out. Recently, I stopped because of those same reasons. I actually wrote a post this morning about why I stopped and my new plan for eating healthy.

  8. Thanks for the honest feedback on the program. I was looking into signing up for the one starting in September, just for the jolt/boost of needing to vary my strength routine. I am not sure that I really NEED it though, and should probably just sample from the workouts offered by so many lovely bloggers I know and love. :)

    Recent fitness accomplisment? 6.45 miles running yesterday! I can’t even believe it.

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