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You’re about to hit the trails or weight machine and a little voice says, “Should I have warmed up or taken something before I started?” The truth is, whatever you take before and after your workout can directly affect the results on your body.
As a health and wellness company, we at Bulu Box wanted to offer programs to help our employees lead healthy lives. So we decided to start by tackling an 8 session boot camp.
No matter what type of company you work for, you can implement a similar health wellness program. It’s as easy as approaching your HR department, you might be surprised at their answer. Bootcamp or similar programs (Couch-to-5k) can help you get fit and spend quality time with your co-workers. Still feeling unsure? Here’s what the BuluCrew had to say about their boot camp experience:
How physically active were you before you started boot camp?
STEPHANIE: I would say my physical activity was above average prior to starting Boot camp. I ran between 10 and 15 miles each week and went to 1-2 strength training classes at the YMCA.
PAUL: I wasn’t working out at all. It was approximately 6 months since I worked out. Yikes!
STEPHANIE (STEEZY): I had worked out regularly before but not as intense as boot camp, mostly I would run distance and lift weights.
JOE: Semi-active, I rode my bike to work and back, but I didn’t exercise outside of that.
Did you have any hesitations before you started boot camp? If yes, what were they?
KATE: Yes, I had taken a Boot camp class with Rena before and it was tough. I was really intimidated because I knew since we didn’t have lots of equipment that we would be doing a lot of running.
STEPHANIE: Not at all! I was so pumped to get started.
KELSEY: Yes! I was scared she was going to yell and be mean and basically work us till we puked. But thankfully, that was not the case :)
How did boot camp affect your work day?
STEPHANIE: I felt energized! I love how I feel all-day when I wake up and workout early in the AM. But it’s tough to make it a habit. Having a company-sponsored Boot camp held me accountable – I couldn’t skip knowing that my co-workers would be there!
PAUL: Physically I was tired. Mentally I felt better. It did cut a little too much into my morning and I wish I could have pushed back the workout.
KELSEY: I was definitely a lot more energized throughout my morning/mid-afternoon and was almost more focused. I did have some hesitation getting up out of my chair so I almost preferred to stand for part of the day.
What was your favorite pre-workout supplement?
PAUL: ANS Performance DILATE. This pre-workout helps oxygen and nutrients reach your muscle fibers and is formulated with quercetine. If you’ve never taken a pre-workout supplement before, this one will make you a believer!
KATE: fitmixer Amino. It’s an awesome pre-workout for people of ALL fitness levels. It gave me a burst of energy (which I needed in the morning) and kept me going for the whole boot camp session. Plus, the fruit punch and grape flavor is yummy :)
STEPHANIE: Athlete Octane. It doesn’t taste the best but boy does it get me amped! The best part is that it also helps with recovery. I started using Athlete Octane for my long runs too.
What was your favorite thing about participating in boot camp?
KATE: Learning that I can run was awesome. I had a bad experience with track in middle school, so I shied away from running. But I actually really enjoyed it.
STEEZY: I enjoyed working out with my friends because we really pushed each other and made it fun (even when we wanted to throw up) and even just working out 2 days a week I really saw an improvement in my endurance and body!
PAUL: Burning calories.
KELSEY: My favorite thing was going through it with my coworkers. You really grow closer and become a force. When you want to quit running, slow down, or quit, you have a coworker right there with you pushing through it.
What was the hardest thing about boot camp?
STEPHANIE: Lunges. Dozens and dozens and dozens of lunges. Followed by squat jumps. Argh.
STEEZY: The hardest thing to me was to keep mentally and physically going! During warmup, I’d think, “ok I’m good, we can slow it down now” but in reality, we were just getting started!
JOE: Not sure, a lot of things were hard, but everyday it changed, somedays it was the fight against the excuses that you would make up, like “it’s too cold”, or “it’s too early”, other days it was the exercise itself, that caused boot camp to be hard.
KELSEY: The hardest thing was probably getting up in the morning and making my body do it. Some mornings were pretty cold too, so that was another incentive my brain told me to just stay in bed.
Would you recommend boot camp or similar coporate fitness programs to others?
KATE: Most definitely. Working out in groups is really motivating and having a trainer makes you do things you wouldn’t on your own.
STEPHANIE: Absolutely! If the idea of “boot camp” scares you then find a Couch-to-5K program. If you want to try a boot camp, do your research to make sure the instructor fits your needs.
STEEZY: Yes, yes, YES! Boot camp pushes you and shows you what your body is capable of, I’ve learned that I can go a lot harder and longer while exercising than I had in the past.
So, if you and your co-workers want some bonding time, try doing something active together! Rena Valentino Roarck helped Bulu Box get into shape! Look for trainers or gyms near your work that you could get involved with and spend some time together getting healthy!