With the alarm going off at 6.20am and me sleeping in yet another bed (travel writer’s problems) I felt well rested.
The mattress was super comfy and the light shining through the bedroom helped get me out of bed. I was indeed ready in the garden by 6.45am in my gym kit armed with a bottle of water. This was to be fasted cardio in the form of tabata training.
Gary McNamara is the Body And Mind Camp PT. Luckily he doesn’t have a mean look on his face and I feel relaxed. After a quick warm up my new bootcamp buddies and I throw ourselves right into tabatha training. If you haven’t heard of it before, the discipline works by training in four minute slots. You pick one exercise, do it for 20 seconds then rest for 10. The process is repeated eight times until the four minutes are up. Sounds easy but trust me it is hard.
We continue this training over the course of ten different exercises with only a minute rest in between the sets. Gary is strict in the sense that he doesn’t miss a trick when you’re slacking. But he definitely encourages you in a nice way. I don’t response well to being shouted at so his approach works brilliantly for me. In fact his ‘gentle-persuasion-but-I-mean-it’ attitude makes me want to work more and I find myself pushing harder during the exercises which include the likes of high knees, mountain climbers, skipping, leg raises, and ski jumps.
I feel like breakfast is my reward for working really hard but when it arrives I’m surprised that the portion is tiny compared to what I am used to. I am pleased I have chosen scrambled eggs, avocado, and salad over granola at least as I felt I needed the protein to repair my muscles.
We wait just over half an hour before we head out in the great outdoors for another session. I seriously thought Gary was kidding despite the grin on his face. So off we went for a mini walk around our fabulous surroundings before returning to a circuit of ropes and sprinting. The ropes were weaved around trees and we had to get into a mini squat session and lift the ropes up and down from the shoulders. It’s a full body workout and I’m not sure whether my arms hurt more or the legs from the squat position.
Half an hour of this coupled with hill sprints are followed by boxing in pairs. Gary likes a bit of drama in life so uses the dice trick to pick out the next boxing move for a minute. I’m quite suspicious that the dice falls frequently on number six – this equates to full on minute punches followed by shuttle sprints. I’m even given a snack after the 75 minute session – half a Rude Health bar – yes really. I savour every single bite I kid you not!
Lunch, oh glorious lunch, is a Tandoori chicken salad with sunflower seeds, mango, cranberries, raisins. I want to wolf it down but I also want to enjoy every mouthful.
Our final session involved a walk. Now everyone knows I love walking and I was looking forward to a nice five miler. That is until Gary walks over to me with a suspicious looking body armour jacket. It weighs a frigging STONE! And yes I am to wear it for the entire walk. The sweetener is that it will help me burn more fat. I can live with that – just. I really enjoyed the walk but oh my was I happy to take that mini person of a jacket off. But it got me thinking. When people say they have only lost a stone, it really is no small feat. It’s bloody brilliant. Oh and I have never lost a stone that fast – by unzipping that suit in seconds.
Another smoothie after my walk and oh my, it’s de-licious. It’s whizzed up of frozen raspberries, strawberries, oranges and ice. It was like eating a melted ice-lolly. After a couple of hours of chill out and a mini stretch session dinner of salmon, sweet rice and salad was served. I’m feeling good and full. Despite all the exercise my stomach feels it has shrunk already and I’m not left hungry.
My body feels ok at the moment but tomorrow is another day and it may be a different story. I’m off to veg out in front of the telly but can’t see myself staying up for too long.