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Amy Williams, on a Prestige Boot Camp
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It’s my first day back in the office and everyone is commenting on how well and ‘glowing’ I look. The reason for this is that I have spent the last week at Prestige Boot Camp set in the beautiful rolling Devon hills.
The boot camp style week consists of 6 days of, on average 9hrs of exercise a day coupled with a detox style diet and LOTS of water. The first evening we are all weighed on arrival and then invited in for dinner which is served on a side plate to my horror. Surely I can’t survive on this for 6 days I think to myself especially with the amount of exercise we will be doing. But survive I did and actually to my surprise (and for the first time ever I think) the hunger dissipates and it starts to slowly sink in that we really don’t need that much food on our plate.
Each day is different with a variety of exercises and activities to complete, ranging from circuits and boxing by the sea to hill runs, sprints, fartlek training (which is basically Swedish for interval training) and also a small 9hr trek along the way to add into the mix.
Whilst I absolutely loved the circuit training and sprints, I am not going to lie, I don’t love endurance training purely as I am not very good at it and I don’t like doing things I am not good at simple (do any of us?) And I did even at one point threaten to put a whistle somewhere it shouldn’t go! BUT as the end of the week grew to a close, I learned that you have to do the things you don’t like and aren’t very good at in order to shock and change your body from what it has got used to (in my case running and hills!) you can always be fitter, push yourself harder AND importantly exercise at any age (and still very much give the younger ones a serious run for their money!) The oldest lady on our course was I believe 62 and in fact gave me a lovely cuddle on day 4 when I had a wobble and felt very sick (won’t name names but you know who you are thank you!) It was this and a couple of other ladies both in their 50’s which gave me the inspiration to pull my socks up and have a small talk with myself.
This boot camp has absolutely given me some much needed confidence back, anyone can do it no matter what your fitness level or age and with a bit of hard work combined with eating sensibly you really can achieve your goals.
|The instructors know to everyone as Little Staff and Big Staff|
Both myself and the friend I went with started out as size 10’s and we have lost 17lbs and 10.4 inches between us after only 5 days! Great inspiration for me to keep going especially when I am due to be in a bikini in a week.
For those of you who like I fear that you will get shouted at in a militant tone for a week please fear not as the instructors really couldn’t be more positive and encouraging (despite the whistle!) Staff R or Little Staff as he was affectionately known really couldn’t be more motivating or fun (although I must warn you his jokes really are rubbish and don’t get any better as the week goes on) But if you love Dad type humour you will love him.
On a serious note though I had a wonderful week, learned a huge amount, was humbled at how a group of women who had just met from all different ages and walks of life bonded and encouraged each other throughout.
I am now 8lbs lighter, feel absolutely great and fully intend to keep it up.
So if you like me have been telling yourself for ages ‘I just need to lose half a stone’ then no more excuses get yourself to Prestige Boot Camp for the week it really will set you free and maybe you will meet a like-minded new friend or two over the week as well.
Prestige Boot Camp is offering YOU readers a £100 discount off all their 5 star residential boot camps in Devon, Suffolk and Marbella.
PLUS a 1 day boot camp in London's Hyde Park for just £25.
The offer is open for all courses running in 2013 booked before the end of May.
Please quote YouMag when booking to receive the discount.
Please visit prestigebootcamp.com or call 0117 973 12 13 for all dates and information.