Hump day, I am so happy to see you. This week has been a whirlwind with work, Matt’s birthday, and softball. But hey, I’d much rather be super busy than bored so I can’t complain!
This morning I had the second session of my 6 week Boot Camp and as promised, it was KILLER. We were told in advance that we would be doing “Fitness Testing” which petrified me slightly. Not only because our trainer is intense, but also because I haven’t “quantified” my fitness since maybe.. P.E. in middle school? Fears aside, I woke up very excited to get a baseline of where I’m at.
My coworkers and fellow boot-campers showed up to Boot Camp to find our trainer holding a scale, measuring tape, and body fat machine. Once we got past the mortification of sharing these numbers with other people, we weighed ourselves, took our body fat, and measured our abdominal circumference (yes we had to lift our shirts and measure our waistline – YIKES!). This was a very interesting bonding experience for sure!
The next portion of the fitness testing was the physical portion. We had to do as many push-ups and sit-ups as we could in 1 minute and run 1 mile as fast as we could. I was strangely excited about the mile run because I had no clue what I was capable of and was hoping I would surprise myself, and surprise myself I did… I ran a 6m 48s mile!! It felt so good to know all of my training has clearly paid off.
We will check in on all of these numbers at the end of the program to see where we improved… totally my forte as I love goals and self-improvement.
My biggest takeaway from this fitness testing experience was how GOOD it felt to focus on how well your body can perform. I left feeling proud of what my body is capable of and wanting to push it to be harder, better, faster, stronger.. (cue Kanye). I love anything that gets the focus off of being “skinny” or looking good in a bathing suit (don’t get me wrong, I want those things too!) and changes the focus to healthy living.
The last half of our hour with boot camp was pure and lovely torture.. sprints, stairs, lunges, pushups, repeat. Hurts so good.
Question of the Day: Have you ever performed any fitness testing? How did you feel about it?