It’s an odd thought – beauty bloggers flipping 17kg tyres, fashion bloggers building
shelter in the woods out of fallen branches and lifestyle bloggers doing 20
burpees for being 5 minutes late…
When I was contacted by Charlotte at Travel Supermarket to go on a boot camp weekend I had to take a while to think about my response! If you ask anybody I know they would never, ever put me and boot camp together. In fact I received many sarcastic comments about whether I thought the weekend would be about trying on boots and footwear.
I am fairly unfit, I never do any exercise at home and am forever making excuses as to why not – whether it be a tough day at work, something on the television to watch or the plain fact that I just don’t want to leave my onesie.
But I thought this would be the push that I needed and so signed up to attend No1 Boot Camp on the 20th April. We were to stay from the Saturday to the Monday and endure exercise equivalent to 2 marathons – I was scared for my life in the run up!
After a nightmare journey up to Norfolk I finally arrived and met many of the other lovely bloggers, of which there were 19 (including me) in total. We were shown to our rooms which all held between 2-5 girls in each.
We were then thrown in at the deep end. Starting our exercise straight away, after being introduced to the 3 military trainers, I think we were all a bit nervous and apprehensive about what lay ahead! But we needn’t have worried; although the exercise was hard work, and it really was hard work, we were all in the same boat and mostly of the same fitness level too! We participated in many team games – including moving a canon made of tyres and logs 1 mile (everything was much heavier than it looked!) and a circuit training relay which involved the old school favourite; the bleep test.
You really can’t appreciate how much I hate(d) exercise and early mornings. Getting up at 5.30am and having to do a circuit before breakfast sounded like a terrifying prospect but actually I enjoyed it, mad as that sounds. I really felt SO much better for being active and getting outside in the fresh air.
We were limited to 1,200 calories per day during our stay, this was to aid with weight loss and overall our group lost 50lb over the weekend! I personally lost 2.5lb which I am pleased with as I had no intention of going to lose weight.
The food was absolutely delicious; there was so much flavour and a lot of spice. We were given 5 meals throughout the day: breakfast at around 7.30am, a snack at 10am, lunch at 1pm, another snack at 3pm and finally dinner at 6pm. We were taught that eating regularly is far more beneficial to your body that eating just three large meals.
We learnt an awful lot about healthy eating and I will share these tips in another post as they are really interesting. Dieting is not the way forward; instead ensuring that you eat healthy and make good lifestyle choices is the way to go.
My “peak” of the weekend? Meeting lots of other like minded girls who all suffered with muscle ache and the ice baths – AWFUL experience, so cold it took my breath away for far too long! Plus finding a new love for exercise which I don’t think I would otherwise have.
My “pit” of the weekend? The low calorie diet made me want to eat my right arm by Sunday night, although the camp can tailor the plan for you depending on your goals. We were however given the “true” experience and the diet plan was part of this.
I am so thankful to Travel Supermarket for giving me the chance to visit No1 Boot Camp – it was a fantastic experience and one I would love for others to try for themselves! A big thank you especially to Charlotte for organising the whole experience.
To find out more about the Holiday Health Club weekend and the bloggers that attended just visit Travel Supermarket. You can also track our journey through the #HolidayHealthClub feed on Twitter.