Apr 14, 2013

Baby Boot Camp - Farmington Hills

Well, running is not my thing.  No really, if you see me running, you might want to run too cause something is chasing me.  I distinctly remember the last few times I have run in the past (wow I'm old) um, 15 plus years.

The last time I ran (outside of the Boot Camp) was in New York.  I had to run to catch the train, it was less than a block and I had to sprint and jump over a wall in order to make it.  I still chuckle thinking about it.  I made it to the wall with plenty of time, but got a little stuck trying to get over the wall and as I was climbing over I thought "please don't let me fall backwards" as I tried to push my body forward.  Thank goodness the conductor liked me and held up the train.  A round of applause greeted me as I walked into the train.

Anyway, the time before that I was in Junior High School.  Yep, I don't run.  So imagine my shock when I felt compelled to contact Michelle from Baby Boot Camp of Farmington Hills and ask her if she would let me attend her class in exchange for advertising.  I don't know what I was thinking.  Well, I was thinking about ways I could exercise more, and then, voila, in my email was her flyer for the 5k training.  I think I have lost my mind.

So, needless to say, I am very anxious, nervous and excited about the prospect of running a 5k.  That is a little more than three miles.  I have no problem walking.  Living in New York for five years, I learned to walk at a rather quick pace, since school got out at 3:37:30 pm (yes that is right), and the train left at 3:43 and was three blocks away, I got pretty good at speed walking.

Our first day of class was fun.  I ran a 1/2 mile (well I jogged MOST of it) in 6:23.  Not too bad for a starting point.  Then we went inside and did some interval training, switching between walking fast for 30 seconds and a slower pace for 60 seconds.  We did this for 25 minutes.

What I LOVE:  
  • Exercising with other gals is great, I love to talk so the time went by quickly.  
  • An indoor location provided us with a great place to walk even though the weather wasn't so great.
  • The church has a couple of couches and a play space for the children, bonus.
  • There were restroom and a water fountain available for use.
  • Michelle was great.  She explained what we were going to do in a clear concise manner. 
  • It wasn't hard and it wasn't easy.  I got to walk at my own pace and decide how much I was going to challenge myself.
  • We did our 1/2 mile outside so I could track my walk on "Map My Walk".  
  • We all got a packet to track our progress during the eight week course including detailed instructions about homework, how to walk with a stroller and more.  
What I didn't LOVE: 
  • In the gym, Michelle's voice was not clear, so I couldn't understand what she was saying, I just assumed that every time I heard her, it was to alert us to change our pace.  
Baby Boot Camp offers stroller-based fitness classes that are designed specifically to help moms get fit.
It takes the place of a personal trainer at a time in your life when you need one more than ever.
Classes combine strength-training exercises with cardiovascular drills. Pilates, yoga and abdominal exercises help improve core strength. The stroller, resistance tubes (and even your child!) are used as an integral part of the workout.

Come check out your first class FREE today! 

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Disclosure:  I am attending these classes free of charge for posting information on behalf of the Baby Boot Camp of Farmington Hills.    All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. Your experience may differ.

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