BLOOMERS’ BOOTCAMP: Week two - Tough times

130722b   Scarborough News sports editor andy Bloomfield, centre, signs up for the gruelling Boot Camp fitness course, run by Gill Taylor, left, and Dave Mort, at Barons Health and Fitness Club, Silveroyd.  Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013
130722b Scarborough News sports editor andy Bloomfield, centre, signs up for the gruelling Boot Camp fitness course, run by Gill Taylor, left, and Dave Mort, at Barons Health and Fitness Club, Silveroyd. Photo by Andrew Higgins 12/02/2013
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The second week of my boot camp experience started on a freezing Monday morning at 5:50am in darkness.

I know most of you must think we are mad to go through this gruelling experience at such an ungodly hour, but I’m seeing the benefits - though there was a slight lapse on Wednesday when I slept in and missed the session.

On Monday the sub-zero temperature and strong wind meant we did half outside and half indoors.

I was in the group which went outside first and we started to work on a leg session, instructor David White explaining how important it was to keep jogging in between our sprints and exercises then sprints uphill and exercises in teams of four. I had to perform some stretches after the sprints after over extending and tweaking a leg muscle, but was able to continue thanks to David’s expert advice.

The team aspect came to the fore this week and my team were delighted to finish first each time in the hill runs.

When we returned to the warmth of the sports hall a smiling David Mort awaited us and we put in the gloves for some boxercise, this was very hard work as there were press-ups mixed in but it was great fun.

Gill Taylor then ran us through a quick circuit training exercise, which was one of the most painful experiences of my life.

I wasn’t able to make Wednesday’s session due to an alarm clock malfunction and the fact that I felt achy and weak.

After a few days of aching limbs - and my lost session - I returned on Friday morning ready for action.

We were split into teams of three and completed a circuit of a new assault course, this time each group staying on each section for a minute, although I’m sure it was more like two minutes....

After this marathon we then had an aggression session, which ended up with me caked with mud.

Split into teams of five, we ran to a rugby tackle pad, tackled it then stood over it and punched it 20 times and ran back.

After a few variations on this theme we returned to the hall for a warm down and stretch, followed by our allocation to wellness coaches for diet plans.

I’m in Paul White’s group and next week I will tell you how I’m getting on with my new lifestyle.

In today’s session he merely talked through breakfast ideas, but there is plenty of advice on changing your attitude to food, fitness etc to come.

I can feel the change in my fitness since starting the camp and am keen to continue a healthier lifestyle after it finishes, that’s the plan anyway.