Campbell: Boot camp tough but worth it

  • Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:02 a.m.

When Jon Haber told me at the start of Tuesday’s boot camp class that he “still struggles” after attending twice a week for six weeks, I knew I was in trouble.

Ten minutes into the class I wondered if I would even make it to the end.


At that point my face was red, sweat was dripping down my back and I kept wondering how much longer we were going to keep jumping in place. The answer was throughout the entire class.

After another 10 minutes we had done at least 50 pushups and who knows how many crunches — I lost count.

Suddenly, I realized Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” was playing. A song with the words “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” certainly felt appropriate at that moment as I stretch out on my mat trying to catch my breath.

After the initial 30 minutes, the class, which was held at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, didn’t feel quite as overwhelming.

By that point, I had gotten used to being insanely hot and having sweat pouring from my hairline.

I practice yoga on a regular basis so I was pretty relived when we did a couple of poses like plank and child’s pose.

Instructor Mike Mangum was right when he said the class goes by quickly. At first the minutes were dragging, but it picked up suddenly and was over before I even knew it.

After talking to a few of the students, I realized I wasn’t the only one slogging my way through the workout.

“It’s gotten easier, but I still feel like I’m going to die every time,” said Holly Lingle, who has been taking the class twice a week for about two and a half years. “I’m always super exhausted, but afterward I feel good so it’s worth it.”

Lingle said she would recommend the class to anyone.

“It’s one of the best workouts I’ve ever had,” she said. “You will definitely see results with it.”

Lingle started taking the class with her friend, Stacy Kluttz.

“We got talked into going one time and we’ve been hooked ever since,” she said.

“I just like how I feel after, with all the cardio you really feel like you’ve done something.”

John Chaltis has dropped 30 pounds since starting the class in December.

“I think it improves your overall health and your mental outlook really changes as well,” he said. “It feels good.”

Chaltis said being part of a group exercise class has helped to ramp up his motivation.

“We all work together as a team, as a family almost, it’s really encouraging,” he said.

Kim Powell said she likes how much energy she has following a boot camp class.

“The more you do, the more energy you have,” she said. “The older I get the harder it gets to maintain where I want to be physically so this is a big boost for that.”

Haber and I were the newbies of the group, but he still managed to show me up quite a bit. I took at least five short breaks during the class and he powered through pretty much the entire time.

“I still hate it, but I still keep coming,” he said. “It’s a challenge.”

In less than two months, Haber said he can already tell a different in his stamina and endurance.

“Before I wanted to quit halfway through class, now I can make it through,” he said. “I won’t say it gets easier, but your body kind of gets used to what you’re doing.”

Boot camp was a bit too fast paced for my taste, but I would probably try it again. Immediately after leaving the class I felt a burst of energy and a sense of calm.

My body and mind seemed to have liked the jumping, squatting, lunging, kicking exercise routine.

I might not feel the same way as you read this today. I suspect I’m going to be taking several doses of ibuprofen.

Sarah Campbell is lifestyle editor for The Salisbury Post.

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