Get Active: Mud, sweat and pain for Post reporter taking on boot camp
PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 February 2015
What were you doing at 9am on Saturday?
Were you lifting tyres and barrels, charging through a muddy park and sweating out your guts?
Given the choice, I wouldn’t have been, either, but the chance to appear macho in front of a camera (while burning 1,000 calories) was too good to miss.
Tucked away in Dagenham’s Central Park, Blitz Bootcamp runs weekly high-intensity workout sessions combining cardiovascular and body-toning exercise with the great outdoors.
It kicked off with what I hoped would be a gentle warm-up – but turned out to be 10 minutes of skipping rope, squats, press ups and stretches that had me panting like a dog with whooping cough. Time for the session to begin, then.
An all-out boxing assault with gloves and pads got blood pumping before I moved onto the tyres – sprinting with rubber held aloft.
The demanding sandbag crawls came next, before the punishing “barrel crunches” – sit-ups holding, well, a barrel – and the effects of the night before meant evasive action was hastily taken under a nearby bush.
A commando-style stretcher run rounded off the morning – a challenge not made any easier by two dogs blocking the path.
But beneath all the sweat, mud and pain I was left with a far greater sense of achievement than on any Saturday morning I can remember for a long, long time.
Personal trainer and rugby coach West Calverley, 30, who runs the session alongside weekly mud run training, boxercise and Mummy mornings bootcamp classes, told me afterwards: “It’s more of a friendship group than a fitness class. But it is a great form of exercise.
“You can be a member of a gym, but if you’re working out by yourself it’s easy to slack off.
“Out here there’s no hiding.”
For more information visit blitzbootcamp.org.
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