So, the 8 weeks of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa’s Boot Camp has come to an end and I’m proud to say that I have shown massive improvement since we started.
After 8 weeks of lunges, push-ups, short sprints, getting acquainted with wet grass at 6 in the morning, venturing up Rhodes Memorial and Newlands Forest as the sun rose on a beautiful day in Cape Town, I can honestly say that it has been 8 weeks of the most amazing training I have ever done.
As they say, the proof is in the pudding (no pudding for me until after Two Oceans half marathon this weekend though), so without further ado here’s the before and after results:
||4 February 2013
||25 March 2013
|Body Mass Index (BMI)
|Resting blood pressure
|Waist / Hip ratio
|Crunches (1 minute)
|12 minute motion test
Granted, my weight didn’t go down during the 8 weeks but I struggle to lose weight and don’t necessarily look too much into what a scale says because I don’t believe it tells the full story, but what I am very happy about is that my cholesterol and blood pressure have gone down, I’ve lost 2.5cm in my waist, I’ve lost 3cm in my hips, I’ve upped my crunches by an extra 6 in one minute and I’ve managed to do an extra 8 push-ups in one minute, which I’m extremely chuffed about.
Finally, I’m so thrilled about my improvement in my 12 minute motion test as I’ve managed to cover an extra 560m, which is extremely significant in terms of my running. Even better was the fact that I won the award for the biggest improvement in my 12 minute motion test out of the whole group. That certificate is right up there with my WP colours and 1 single academic award in my lifetime.
So, all in all, I can’t thank the Boot Camp instructors Greg and Edwin enough for pushing me hard during each session, I thoroughly enjoyed every session, although I still hate burpees and crawling…
Thanks must also go to the program coordinator Kim at Sports Science.
If you’re interested in joining the next Boot Camp at Sports Science, click HERE to find out all the details or email Kim on email@example.com and she will guide you through everything.
It’s Two Oceans time for me this Saturday so I’m hoping to report back on a good race and bettering my time from last year of 2 hr 58 minutes. To everyone who is running, either the trail, half or full this weekend, best of luck. To everyone else, have a good Pesach and Easter!