I got a call from my friend, Monica Brant.
“Would you be up for training me and my brother, Phillip?”, she asked me.
“Why, of course I would”, I said without any hesitation. “I’ll bring my video camera, too.” I had trained Monica many times before but this time we would be at the local track and I wanted to try a couple of tougher exercises out on her to see how she would do. A lot of people think fitness and figure pro’s can do any type of fitness workout that you throw out at them but this is just not true.
So knowing that, I wanted to ramp up the intensity during the bootcamp style workout but I wasn’t out to kill her or her brother. After a brief warm up and stretching session, here is what they did:
- 400 meter run
- Cone drill consisting of high knees, backpedal, fast feet, carioca left, carioca right, jog x 5
- Medicine ball partner sit up toss x10 each (2 sets each)
- Medicine ball side throws x 8 each (2 sets each)
- Medicine ball toss and box jump x 8 each (partner does jump rope) (2 sets each)
- Dynamax overhead medicine ball throw
Broadjump burpee out and back (1 set each)
Not shown in the video below are the sit up toss and side throws. Monica and her brother were definitely huffing and puffing during this fun yet challenging workout. These are some of my favorite workouts – combining short distance running, plyometrics, strength (medicine ball) and conditioning (burpee broad jumps). I like to create games and challenges out of these workouts – you can hear me in the video challenging Phillip to finish the burpee broad jumps in a certain number of reps.
I’ve found that these types of workouts appeal to my bootcampers because there is an “extra call to action” and if there is any sort of competitive spirit within the person that you’re training, they will respond. They will want to do what you’re asking of them – even if it causes them to go slightly beyond their comfort zone. They’ll dig deep. This, to me, is what training is all about. Believing in others, knowing that they’ll get amazing results if they’ll just put their trust in your coaching methods.
People, whether they are world class athletes, weekend warriors or stressed out Moms, need us. We’re their coaches. We were made to inspire, encourage and show them that can do more, be more. It has nothing to do with ego, it has nothing to do with “my way is better than your way”. It’s all about caring. Caring enough to believe in them. Caring enough to to run boot camps and showing up each damn day at the appointed time. On time and ready. And caring enough to make them believe more in themselves.
I love this. And as always thank you, fellow trainers, for doing what you do.