Patterson Health & Fitness Women Only Bootcamp

 

Run by two sisters, Patterson Health and Fitness is a Victoria based company specializing in training, educating, and helping individuals set and reach their health and fitness goals. Their trainers will come to you, whether you’re at the office, home, or gym, helping you get the results you want in an atmosphere that’s comfortable to you.

Here Aleris samples one of their women only bootcamps:

Please note: Patterson Health and Fitness also offer pre and post natal training as well as family bootcamps. If you want to sample what they have to offer, mention this review when you register for a program and get 20% off! (Thanks for your generous offer ladies!!!)

 

On Monday morning I got up at 5:30am.

Big deal, I know. Many of you are familiar with this time of day, but to me it had become a vague memory – a legend, almost – that I didn’t quite believe in anymore. Sure enough though, it came around last Monday, and I rolled off my bed, clawed my way upright, and looked around quietly like a bewildered animal until I remembered why I’d set the alarm so early: I was about to drop in at a Women’s Only “bootcamp” with Patterson Health and Fitness.

Now, on a scale of one to ten, I’d pin my fitness level at two-and-a-half on an optimistic day. I’m not a gal to hit the gym once a week, month, or ever to be honest. I can’t really say that I get any exercise beyond the fact that I sometimes dance vehemently around the living room if I’ve put the right record on. This being the case, I’ll admit I was a little frightened about what I was getting myself into. I had no idea what to expect, I knew no-one there, and I didn’t have the proper attire (I was in old jeans, underwire bra, and t-shirt). But I’m so glad I went through with it, because IT WAS AWESOME.

As soon as I walked into the room I could tell I was in a friendly place. We were all gathered together to work out really hard, have a good time, and definitely not show off. I knew I could do at least one of those things, so I felt okay to go ahead.

When the music came on we started with a warm-up of jumping rope. I may have envisioned the rest of the workout as a cool training montage where at the end I’d raise my arms in the air for a triumphant freeze-frame….

Then the real workout began.

The bootcamp sessions are comprised of “bodyweight exercises,” which means that instead of pumping iron, we used the weight of our bodies to create that strength-building resistance. Think squats, push-ups, sit-ups… and add lots of being prostrate on the ground and then getting up again, and then going prone and getting up again, only very, very rapidly. And then more jumping.

It was intense. It was like nothing I’ve ever done before. If I’d been doing it on my own I would have given up after five minutes. But the trainer, Nikki Patterson (she runs it with her sister Tiffany), clearly has a gift for motivation. She kept me moving even past the point where I wanted to curl up on the yoga mat and remain still until it was over. Turns out I still had a lot of steam left after that – I just needed someone to tell me to keep going! Who knew!

When the workout was over Nikki took us through a series of stretches and chatted with the ladies in the class. She gave us some nice stretches for our egos, too, by fostering a sense of accomplishment. I gave myself a pat on the back, and probably would have bought myself a prize of candy or ice cream, but it was the strangest thing. I didn’t want any! I wanted to eat vegetables. I wanted to lift a car. I’d gotten a strong sense of how much healthier I could be, and I felt like I was already going there. It felt great.

During the hour-long workout, Nikki was inclusive and attentive, often moving about the room to encourage, help find the right movement, or offer an easier alternative to the exercise we were performing (she always showed a “low impact” version of the exercise she was teaching… but there were girls like me who often needed an even lower one). She was also very good about reminding us to take a breather if we needed to, and I certainly took my share. But I also went longer and harder than I would have thought I could, and that was amazingly satisfying.

If you feel like you want to get fit, but you want to feel like it’s happening RIGHT NOW, try one of these classes. They’re crazy intense, lots of fun, and will make you feel like you have abs and a wicked butt for a week afterwards. I’ve been feeling like pretty hot stuff ever since.

When you go: bring a yoga mat if you have one – towel if you don’t – and a bottle of water. If you have any pants or shorts more suitable than jeans, do wear them! If not, remember: I wore jeans and survived! There is also a 6:30pm drop-in at Reynolds Park, which I’ve heard might be better for many of you busy mums.

I loved my experience at bootcamp, and I’ll definitely go back. If you try it out and enjoy it as much as I did, mention this review when you register for a program and you’ll get 20% off

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