Happy Wednesday everyone!

If you have been following my blog a while, you know that I just recently stopped taking Pole Fitness classes. So, I wanted to try a new type of exercise/workout activity with the spare evening each week!

Since the weather is so lovely right now, I wanted to find something that was outside and I had the idea of looking for an outdoor bootcamp. I found an amazing deal offered by the Ottawa Sport & Social Club for an 8 week Body Bootcamp on Monday nights for only $95! Already, I was very interested. I had taken a summer bootcamp class during my last year at the University of Guelph and absolutely loved it! You get your butt kicked and really see results. What sealed the deal was that it was being held at a park that is within a 5-10 minute walk from our apartment building. You can’t get more convenient than that!

Monday night was our first class and I wanted to give you my first impression review!

The class is taught by Craig who is in incredible shape (and pretty cute if I do say so myself!) The website says he has 7 years of experience as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. For the first class, he seemed really nice and very patient. He made all the exercises look super easy (haha!) but he made sure to give different options to increase or decrease the difficulty as you needed. It is definitely motivational when you are being taught by someone who is so fit! Watching him do each of the exercises with minimal effort reminds me of my goals and where I want to be. It pushes you to finish and get it done, that’s for sure.

The class itself ended up only being 8 people, including the instructor. I really like how small it is because it means that he can keep an eye on each of us, making sure that we are using the correct form and have a bit more personalized attention. There are 2 men and 5 women in the class, ages ranging from early twenties to maybe mid forties? Definitely a full range of fitness levels (although I think we all struggled with the first class!)

Each class is scheduled to run for an hour. We did a warm-up, that I think lasted about 10-15 minutes and a 5-10 minute cool down and stretch. The rest of class was structured like a HIIT workout. If you aren’t familiar with HIIT, it stands for “High Intensity Interval Training” and combines short bursts of strength/cardio moves (20-30 seconds in length) with 10 second breaks in between. It is a really effective way to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time!

Most of the moves were based on body weight resistance, but we also used resistance bands. The instructor said he liked to use minimal equipment so that we can do the moves at home to get better results. Next week, I am going to bring my own yoga mat and resistance band. I didn’t know we were supposed to bring these items so I used some of the extras that Craig had brought. The mat was super slippery though, so I think it will help to use my own!

The moves made sure to target all areas of the body and included lunges, squats, shoulder presses, push-ups, planks, crunches, jumping jacks, high knees, and more. I really like workouts that use simple moves that are still effective. When its not complicated, I find I can focus on targeting the right muscles and getting the most out of each move, rather than worrying about my form and coordination.

Overall, it was a great workout and well worth the price. The location is amazing – Champlain park is just a cute little field in a residential area. The only downside was the BUGS – they were everywhere! Little knats & flies that just hovered around your head. I was testing out a natural bug spray that didn’t seem to work at all and ended up having to borrow some regular spray from one of the other girls in the class. I am definitely going to load up next week because they were so annoying and very distracting.

I am a little nervous because the instructor emphasized the class is rain or shine. The sun was out on Monday so it was great to be outside, however I don’t know how keen I will be to work out if it is pouring! I will let you guys know… but hopefully that doesn’t happen.

If you are looking for fun ways to get active and be social with other adults, I definitely recommend checking out the OSSC if you are in the Ottawa area. The frisbee league that Keith and I play in is also run by this company and we have been really impressed with them so far. They have a ton of different sports leagues and various activities, and the prices are incredibly reasonable.

I definitely cannot wait until next week! Hopefully, this will help me meet my goals by the end of the summer.

What are you doing to stay active in the sunshine? Leave a comment down below and let me know!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s review and I will see you next Wednesday!
-Courtney xoxo