Guest blogger Patty Browning took on the difficult assignment of tackling a few of Louisville’s bootcamps for this piece. Contrary to what she says, she does not have the “hefty booty” she describes. After these bootcamps, she’s probably slipping down the shower drain she’s so thin and toned now.
Here’s her take on four local bootcamps around Louisville:
I figured if I am going to spend a small fortune on a Tory Burch bikini for this summer, I should probably at least try to look like Tory Burch. Unfortunately for me, the hefty price tag doesn’t come with a beach or poolside-ready body, but rather my hefty “booty.” So, I set out on a search to find the perfect “booty camp” in town. Louisville has some amazing boot camps going on around town. I sampled several classes with a variety of formats hoping to learn about some of the latest trends in getting “fit.”
“Mohr Results Adventure Bootcamp for Women”
Instructors-Chris and Kara Mohr
Times/locations: M-F 5:30 a.m. at Cherokee Park and Louisville Tennis Center
Pricing: $219-3 days/wk, $259-4 days/wk, $299-5 days a week (4 week session)
When first given my list of bootcamps to try, I read that this one started at 5:30, which I wasn’t so sure about, being as that’s happy hour. Then, Heidi said, “No! It’s a.m., silly!” Oh! The last time I walked through a parking lot at 5:30 a.m., I was either about to get on an airplane or waiting for Target to open to buy the Missoni line.
So, upon my post-daylight savings time arrival, I was greeted by rows and rows of women with yoga mats, water bottles, and pony tails.
As I do with most situations, I quickly assessed the other women and thought, “Okay…looks like a cross-section of carpool moms…I think I got this.” Then, the warm-up started and I found myself quickly playing catch-up during the walking lunges, jogging, and walking squats. After the “(I’m already) warm-up,” I peeled off a layer, laid my yoga mat in a parking spot and got ready for the next group of exercises. This portion of the class consisted of several different intervals of circuit-training exercises such as burpees, squat kick-outs, push-ups, jumping jacks, and mountain climbers, to name a few.
We did several intervals of about 2-3 exercises each, all to the tune of music, as well as whistles to remind me that I am about 3 reps behind the girl parked next to me. The third portion of the class was mostly core and abdominal exercises such as bicycles, crunches, planks, side planks, etc.
Lastly was the cool-down and stretching portion. AHHHH! I made it!
Chris and Kara Mohr are the lungs behind the whistles and boy are they tough, but very engaging and motivating during class. They are both highly educated and well-respected in their field. Chris was a consultant and trainer for LL Cool J and writes for several health magazines. Kara has her PhD in exercise physiology and is touted by Prevention magazine to be one of the “top weight loss doctors in the country.” Their classes are for all ages and fitness levels and their goal is to “help women transform their bodies, fit into clothes better, fit exercises into their already busy lifestyles as all of this will boost their self esteem” (all by 6:30 a.m., just in time to get home to get the kids up for school). I have to say, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to catch one of their classes at 5:30 a.m. Put 50 Shades down by 10:00 so you can wake up.
Overall feel: I’m no Private Benjamin, but after a session of the Mohr’s whistles a few days a week, my booty would make even Goldie envious.
Jill Wood, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Classes and Pricing: Please call Jill to discuss group rates and times
“Okay,” I say as I walk in the door. “Let’s cut to the chase. How long is it going to take me to look like you?” It’s a good thing Jill is as tactful as she is knowledgeable about how to train her ladies. She couldn’t make me any promises, but she did say she would “bring a smile to my sweaty face” and claimed I would have killer arms poolside this summer.
Jill’s classes are made up of groups of women based on ability levels. So, on this particular day, I joined in with some of my friends thinking it would take the sting out of the embarrassment of my lack of coordination. It was actually comforting working out next to women that have seen me at my best as well as my worst, about which we remind each other of daily. After a brief individual warm-up, we used the TRX Suspension Trainers and Rip Trainers. We did a series of lower body exercises such as curtsy lunges, squats, and other exercises targeting our glutes and quads. Next, we moved on the some core and upper body work with a series of bicep curls, overhead tricep extensions, swimmers, and chest presses.
We finished the class with some extra mat work on our abs and some push-ups using some props that I was sure she just threw in to make me juggle, until I saw the girls next to me rolling the balls around the room in between their push-ups. Once we finished our mat work, I got my water, thanked her, tried to make small talk, but then Jill politely told me I wasn’t finished. She had us run a few laps around the neighborhood for good measure. Ugh.
Jill’s “smokin’hot” boot camp utilizes HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), compromised of cutting edge components within the fitness industry.
Overall feel: Jill is very warm and supportive during her classes. The Suspension Trainers take some getting used to, but she does a great job ensuring you are doing each exercise properly. It’s a smaller atmosphere with a friendly “girlfriend” vibe, minus the martinis.
Real Fitness Personal Training
Times/locations: please contact Leigh for summer hours
Pricing: $60/session-per 1 person, $35-per person for 2, $25-per person for 3, $20-per person for 4, etc.
I have to admit, it is always a little intimidating trying out a new bootcamp. On the morning I was to try Leigh’s “Booty Camp” I was already worried about embarrassing myself, biting my fingernails as I found myself driving up to Leigh’s house behind a girl on her bike in her workout gear (wearing a Camelback). This cannot end well, PB. Turns out, I knew the skinny blonde “Overachiever” (as I affectionately dubbed her that morning) on the bike, and she had already seen me play tennis, so my scarlet letter was already displayed.
Leigh warmly introduced herself and her dog, “Bruiser.”
We began the class with a warm-up consisting of a series of agility and cardio intervals such as burpees, lunges, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and agility jumps. In between each interval, we jogged around her neighborhood. I was never the most coordinated girl on the squad, so I welcomed these running breaks to make up for each time I actually landed ON my cone instead of jumping over it. I had actually pulled something that morning (probably doing laundry), so Leigh kindly modified a few of the squat and lunge exercises for me.
During the next part of our work out, we split into two groups and took turns either running suicides or doing upper body resistance training using bands. Next, Leigh had us do some timed intervals of beating our legs to a pulp with jump ropes. Actually, I was the only one giving myself 30 lashes per minute, or so it seemed. Leigh wrapped up class with a series of abdominal exercises and stretches. Why is that always my favorite part of the class?
Leigh is the cutest thing going and looking at her during class gives me hope that I too can have a pert booty. She is very motivating and energizing! Leigh makes sure every class is different. She wants to keep her clients on their toes so they do not know what is coming next. And I really didn’t see that jump rope part coming, so I witnessed this to be true. In general, each class consists of a total body workout, with variety being the key.
Overall feel: The class meets at Leigh’s house. She is very welcoming and inviting. She also sends out e-mails throughout the week to coordinate times and classes so everyone has an opportunity to work out. Leigh definitely pushes and encourages you to push yourself.
Pricing: $80 per month (3 days a week) or $10 per class
I had been dying to try this class out for a while as I had seen several of my friends do it while I ran on the treadmill this winter. It looked fairly easy, but as the months went on this summer, I noticed some of its participants really looking leaner. So, I wanted in on this action.
I met Adam down at the Louisville Boat Club for a private session, but he usually teaches several group classes around town throughout the week. I am glad I had the one-on-one attention due to my lack of coordination and inability to follow directions on the first, second, and third time. Adam first introduced me to the different levels of bands and gave me an overview of the “Bandit Body Workout System,” a highly metabolic and energetic workout that he developed. The work out is 20 minutes per session, consisting of a warm-up of 6 exercises for 20 seconds each, followed by a series of 5 intervals (two exercises each) with 3 repetitions. These intervals include resistance exercises for a total body workout such as, squats, push, pulls, abs, squats, jumps, lunges, etc. The workouts change every 2 weeks, as Adam says the body tends to adapt to the workouts over time. The class is fast paced promoting fat burning and strength training with maximum results in a fraction of the time.
Adam has been working with resistance bands for over 20 years and has degrees in Physical Therapy and Exercise Science. He has taught professional athletes, children, and adults up to 80. Adam says that our daily lives are comprised of movements and activities that require health and strength. His workouts promote health, weight loss, and conditioning. Adam also offers a kit to be used for “homework,”which includes a band, DVD, instructions for 8 weeks, broken into 4 levels.
Adam has done a lot of research on his workout and comprised a chart detailing how it relates to walking/running on the treadmill. The 20 minute “Bandit” workout burns an average of 1200 calories (up to 2 hours post work out) compared to 40 minutes on the treadmill on level 6. WOW!
Over-all feel: Probably one of the toughest 20 minutes you’ll ever do, bikini waxing aside…. But, wow, the benefits (of both!).
Thanks to our investigative reporter Patty Browning for taking the abuse at local bootcamps. Which one do you like? Which one will try this summer? Let me know and maybe I’ll try one for myself. If they could do one poolside, I might make a class.