Double the Fun! A Great Paired /Team Boot Camp Workout!

I typically try to alternate between individual and group games each boot camp session.  I have found that the group games foster a positive and encouraging environment for new boot campers, while the individual challenges allow each participant to focus on tackling individual challenges on their own.  The women empower each other and support each other making this a great pair game!

My favorite (and the group’s favorite) partner activity is our Double the Fun activity.  This game is the most fun in the Spring and Summer months when we are able to be outside and run the “stairs”.  The Double the Fun workout is as follows”

Equipment:  Dumbbells (various weights or bands will work, have students bring their yoga mats)

Ask boot campers to partner up! One member of each pair will run the stairs

The dreaded STAIRS!

while the other does the exercise and then they will switch.  When we run the stairs – up and down counts for 1x- as my participants’ fitness ability increased – we went from 1x on the stairs to 2x.

*note that the exercises listed below are just examples.  I switch out different exercises all the time!

Round ONE:

Sumo Squats ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
V-Sits ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Bicep Curl ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Speed Ladder ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner

Round TWO:

Russian Twist ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Plank Ups ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Tricep Dips ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Globe Jumps ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner

Round THREE:

Right Leg Lunge ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Left Leg Lunges ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Bicycles ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner
Burpees ———> other person runs the stairs 2x then switches w/ partner

By the time this workout is completed, each participant will have run the stairs 24 times.  A feat that amazes the ladies every time we do it!  The most rewarding aspect of this activity is how excited and proud each grrrl is when they realize how much they accomplished and how great they feel!

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The “Face of Fitness”? Is it really this?

 

I recently posted about my entry into the Fitness Magazine Face of Fitness contest. The response from friends, family, blog followers, and long-forgotten high school friends has been amazing.

Yesterday I was in fourth place and today I find myself in sixth place. For me the #FaceofFitness contest is not really about winning, but about a collection of strong and amazing women who represent what it means to be fit- both physically and mentally. I must say I am dismayed at the current lead contestants. My own opinion is that many of these ladies do not truly represent the same fitness values that I do. I have always believed that no matter the body type, weight, or chest size of a woman the true fitness value is how she feels about herself and her own body image. Fitness is about goals and improvement; It is a personal journey that isn’t measured by the size of your dress, but rather the improvements and life changes made every day. It is also about how you make other people feel and supporting and encouraging others as they make their own journey.

That being said- i’m okay with not winning this contest. I know who I am and I have an entire contingent of women who I get to inspire, coach, and be inspired by every single day. But I really would like to see a woman who TRULY represents the Face of Fitness win instead of a stereotypical model-esque woman.

If you want to vote for me please do and you can do so here: Vote for me!!!

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Vote for Me – I promise not to call your house!

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!”

I have some pretty amazing women in my life and am blessed. I was reminded of this today when I was encouraged to enter in the Fitness Magazine Face of Fitness contest and then supported by so many of my fitness friends, spin class members, and boot campers! UPDATE! Be sure to go vote because if the current #1 is the “face of fitness” then I am very concerned about what some consider the definition of fitness!

Go Vote 🙂

My entry is currently in the running to become this week’s Reader’s Choice winner. The Grand Prize winner will be in a FITNESS magazine photo shoot and receive an all-new 2013 Ford Escape! You can vote every day this week, but voting ends 11/11/2012.

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Share your entry with your friends and family so they can vote too and let’s put fitness and exercise that is good for the mind, body, and soul of women (and men too) back on the map. It is not about weight or dress size, its about being a better you! “

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