What I really wanted to title this post was “Wild Bootcamp Bill and How the West Was Won.” But in spite of what all you East Coasters think, Minnesota is not actually considered part of “the west” and I was afraid the bootcamp message would get confused for some kind of war talk. But it was kinda wild (on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is Farkle with your grandparents and 10 is the cantina scene from Star Wars reenacted by a frat house then I’d put this at about a 3 – you know, like buying a beret and wearing it out of the house wild.) AND there is winning involved!
How To Play Bootcamp
There are several hard-and-fast rules to my workouts: 1) Try everything, 2) Laugh lots and 3) Buddies make everything better. So when Nuru planet sent me their “Exercise Anywhere” cards – a deck of card with different exercises printed on them – to try out, I knew I had 1 and 2 covered but with rule #3, the more the merrier. I roped in my bootcamp teacher Bill and the rest of my class into helping me out. For all of you that would like to join in, here’s how to play bootcamp!
Step 1: Find a drill sergeant, er, instructor. Bootcamp Bill was perfect for this because while he’s not very mean, he still has plenty of ways to motivate us. (Funny Bill Story: the first time I took his class, we were running warm-up laps on the track and as he ran past me he smacked the rear of the woman in front of me. She seemed non-plussed but I was aghast. He must’ve seen my face because on the next lap – as he passed me again – he said, “You know I’m married to her right? I don’t just randomly spank people.” Good to know, Bill, good to know.)
Step 2: Find classmates. Sure you can do the Exercise Anywhere cards by yourself but… why? Thankfully my bootcamp class is made up of adventerous folk who are not afraid of a good sweat.
Step 3: Pull a card out of the deck and do it! Bootcamp Bill decided to have us do 2 sets of 10 reps of whichever card a random classmember chose. In between sets, we ran shuttles.
Step 4: Don’t forget to properly cool down with some walking & light stretching (read: sit on a foam roller and discuss how The View loses a lot of its appeal when viewed entirely in closed captioning and/or also who’s child is more likely to pee on the floor first and/or who has embarrassing sweat stains.)
You want a chance to Play Bootcamp too? Leave me a comment with your fave bootcamp-style move and you’ll be entered to win a pack of Nuru’s Exercise Anywhere cards! Note: Gym Buddies are not included. (Want a second chance? MizFit’s got a deck to give away as well!)