Week 2 and we pushed it into high gear. This week was affectionately dubbed as “Highway to the Danger Zone by me and Jordan due to the fact that this week’s drills involved doing push-ups inclined off a cement slab and jumping straight up off of the ground onto a park bench that you just prayed held your weight each time. But we made it!
Even better, goals are being met left and right! Our friend Grace, who only 4 sessions ago struggled to make it one lap around the track, is now chugging along merrily around the entire lap with ease! Sarah, Grace and myself have already lost inches on our measurements and on the whole, I think everyone is feeling accomplished and energized just by being able to complete the workout.
Goals are so critical in an environment like a boot camp. They can motivate you, encourage you and give you an overall sense of accomplishment. But I have discovered a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to setting goals:
- DO set reasonable goals. Keep your initial goals short and sweet. Grace’s determination to run one lap around the track is a great example of an easily achieved goal. And once she met it, you felt that much more determination to meet a new one!
- DO set a reasonable timeline for your goals. Setting an overall goal of losing 3 inches in your waist or 20 lbs overall is a great goal but give yourself enough time to achieve it in a healthy manner. I have one set of goals that I set for each workout and then a set that I want to accomplish over the course of the 12 weeks. For example, this past week I wanted to improve my time around the track. Check! Easily met. But overall, I want to drastically improve my overall form in the strength building drills. This means that certain muscles have to be developed and trained over time in order to perform at their peak so this is a goal best met over time.
- DON’T get discouraged when you don’t meet a goal in the timeline you set. That just means you need to change your expectation level. Give yourself some grace and reset the goal. DON’T give up!
- DO ask for help. This is where Jordan comes in huge for me. I am constantly asking her to check on my form, evaluate my progress and hold me accountable. Find someone you trust like a well toned friend or a trainer at the gym and ask for some help when you feel discouraged or stuck.
- DO brag about meeting your goals! Take some time to celebrate! That has turned out to be one of my favorite things about this boot camp experience so far. Initially it was just going to be Jordan and I pounding the pavement, but the addition of all of these great women each week has built a sense of camaraderie amongst everyone. We spend the hour moaning, groaning and “atta girling” each other which makes it all the more fun to celebrate successes, big and small!
We are only into week 2 of this sucker and I am so stoked for the weeks to come! Also, there are women all over the country doing this with us so, if you are on Instagram you can watch their experience as well by searching for #bikinibodbootcamp
Check it out!