Fitness Friday- “His & Hers” Camp Gladiator

Another week of 2014 down in the record books. Since its Friday, that also means its time for another Fitness Friday update!! One of the things I mentioned we would be doing first thing in 2014 was participating in a Camp Gladiator  boot-camp.

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Camp Gladiator is a four-week adult fitness boot camp that promises a motivating and challenging environment where men and women of all ages and fitness levels can push themselves. Campers should expect a total body workout. A typical session could include interval training, sprint and agility drills, stations, plyometrics, body weight strength drills, cardio mix, and much more. Camp Gladiator is designed to increase your functional strength, speed, stamina and, most importantly, to deliver results.”

There were a couple of things about this particular group that made me want to get involved and make me willing to set my alarms for 4:00 & 4:15 A.M.(reality check – it’s early. I need 2 alarms) . One of them was the CG mission ” To positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.”

That right there could have been enough to have me sold. But wait….There’s more…..

Our trainer & trainer’s assistant are phenomenal! They are hands down some of the most driven, motivating, and encouraging people I have met in a while. Not at all like the scary-yell-at-you- like-a-drill-sergeant type of trainers. Think more like someone who reallllly believes in your potential kind of trainer and isn’t giving up on you.


Someone who gives you pep talks at 5am that sound something like this :

” When we BELIEVE in ourselves we can EMPOWER others to BELIEVE in themselves! I Believe in each of you because you Believed in me enough to try CG! Since then, many of you have brought others to CG because they BELIEVED in You! I Believe in you because through your struggles, many of you have seen 60-100 pound weight loss. Some of you have changed the way of life for your entire family because they Believe in you. Blood Pressure meds have been significantly reduced or taken away all together. Joint pain has slowly disappeared and self esteem has risen dramatically! I Believed in you once because I knew you were stronger than you believed and I knew that you had more to give before I allowed you to give up. Now I Believe in you because you’ve learned to Believe in yourselves. You’ve learned that your effort at camp and your new habits in life are no longer there to make Trainer Byrd proud, but because you’ve learned to make yourself proud! I Believe in you and thank you for Believing in me.”

I might get up early just for the motivational speaking.

Now that we’ve gotten a couple of weeks under our belt,  I want to give you a sneak peek into our experiences at Camp Gladiator so far. I thought we would do it “His & Hers” style. 

His Story: 

Workout Diary: Day One: What doesn’t kill you makes you… Want to throw up in a dark parking lot, that’s how the song should go! But I don’t think Kelly Clarkson would have sold as many albums. 16° to some of my northerner friends may sound like a heat wave, but it’s cold and working out in it… Not easy, glad it’s done, glad I did it. (Mental note, don’t over do PF Chang’s the night before your workout) on the upside I got to wear ALL my running layers at one time, that was fun and totally functional & necessary. And what does one wear? 3 thermal layers, 2
Sets of socks, and a head wrap on a pair of ears (sung to 12 days of Christmas) but at least I’m done, that’s right finished at 6:30 am, not started at 6:30 like some crazy people might think.

Workout Diary: Day 2: It’s awkward you excited about working out in 35° weather because it’s literally 20° warmer than it was last time you worked out. Feel the burn… Should that happen the rest of the day? Cause it did. But I also know that means it’s working right?

Workout Diary: Day 3: Keeping it honest and real, I did not go work out today. Since I’m documenting my boot camp workout I feel the need to be totally honest. I was running on only four hours of sleep, it was raining this morning, haven’t been feeling 100% health wise. I figured exercising in the cold rain probably wouldn’t be the best thing for my head congestion. So there you go, exercise well, never give up, and be honest with yourself, some days are a fail. I’ll be back again Monday.

Workout Diary: Day 4: Pressed through killer allergy issues, and realizing that I took a Benadryl (which knocks me out)… Not a Claritin, oops. Just grabbed one not thinking, oh well, even with all that and missing a day I am still down 1.5 pounds and feeling much stronger.

Workout Diary: day 5: We went to the “zoo” ironically the first thing I made mention of during warm-up is how much I can’t stand jumping it makes me dizzy and I feel like I’m going to barf every time… So of course that was my first animal?…. Yep, the frog…. felt like I was going to die about three times through the workout. But I didn’t! (obviously a rough I wouldn’t be writing this)… So yes I will I survived the zoo, I’m a little disappointed we never did go to the Penguin, I could do some waddles  on the upside… Or should I say the downside I’ve lost 6 pounds! Feeling very strong albeit little out of sorts and a little out of my league compared to the other folks in class but I know don’t compare yourself to others it never goes well.

Workout Diary: Day 6: So today we had to bear crawl, I’m thinking no big deal, did that all through elementary school P.E. even being the fat kid I was able to get down and back…. Then the kicker was we had to push a weighted Medicine ball. Still it rolls how hard could it be right?! As the seasoned gladiators were rolling, and slowing, and crawling and, then really more slinking, I began sinking… this looked hard. So now it’s my turn, and I can’t fail my other fellow bears, so crawl away, I’m flying (as well as a bear can fly) for the first ¼ thinking this is nothing, I got this. Then I start feeling it, not sure if it’s the ball or the bear, whichever its kicking my rear.. my legs are the only thing growling at this point, as I get to the end I roll my ball straight and somehow a 15-20 pound ball decides to take a sharp left detour, right into oncoming bear traffic… not cool… all said and done, I made it back, feeling more like a Koala than a grizzly but in the end I made it… RAWR!! Feeling great, after working hard, feeling like I was going to lose it a few times and then not feeling well due to the CRAZY Mountain Cedar. I feel like I am on my game now. Hard workouts produce solid results.

Her Story:

Since we registered before Christmas, we had couple of weeks to mentally prepare. What we were not prepared for was the extreme drop in temperature that first morning.  A mere 16 degrees in Texas, y’all!  Surely it would be canceled. I mean we are outside, right??? Nope. Apparently CG is like the postal service- “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers campers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Our alarms went off and I can honestly say we thought seriously about just staying warm under the covers. We were about to sacrifice our comfort for something I was not entirely sure we would be good at. (-That was the lack of sleep talking) Instead of hesitating any longer, we threw on a couple more layers, made sure our hands and heads were covered and went to workout. You know what? I’m so glad we did. The other campers were so friendly greeting us and encouraging us during or workouts, many having been through their first day many camps ago. We weren’t cold for long either. After our warm up and as long as we were moving, we were completely comfortable outside. As the temperatures rose over the week so did our confidence.

That first week we felt a little more soreness than I had anticipated but we were also doing completely different movements than what we had been used to. We had spent much of 2013 learning how to run, eat right and incorporate all those things into a lifestyle that worked, but this was a whole different level. By the end of week 2 the soreness subsided and we are feeling much more confident. Not necessarily confidence in our ability to perform but in our ability to complete each workout.

As I’m typing this update today, I can relate this experience to much more than my workout routine. I have to be willing to step out of where its comfortable and do the work in whatever my circumstance. When I have a difficult task at hand, usually God has already placed people specifically there to help, encourage and motivate me. Maybe some have even had the same journey before me. Maybe sometimes I’m still nervous and not confident in my abilities yet. And maybe that’s good. Maybe as we continually do things that strengthen us, relying on faith, BELIEVING to get through, it’s a good thing and we arrive at places we’d hoped for but really never thought possible. 

Now that you’ve read our story, I want to hear your story! C’mon, I’m here to believe in YOU. What are you believing you can accomplish in 2014?