Can you imagine increasing your maximum number of push ups by 34 in 6 weeks?
Our Hawthorn team were put to the test by Michelle. In week 1 participants completed as many push ups as they could and recorded their results. In week 7 after plenty of hard training, Michelle put them through the test again with phenomenal results!
The following people have generously given us permission to share their awesome results:
|Client||Week 1 Push ups||Week 7 Push ups||Improvement|
|Fran B||31 on knees||60 on knees||+29!|
|Graham B||21 on toes||36 on toes||+15|
|Melanie P||12 on knees||30 on knees||+18|
|Rachelle F||10 on knees||22 on knees||+12|
|Robyn O||30 on toes||40 on toes||+10|
|Serah O||31 on knees||65 on knees||+34!|
Huge congratulations to all our runners who completed their 10 week running program in March 2012. Our General Level group participated in a time trial to see just how much they had improved from week 2 to week 9. After 7 weeks of classes and homework, 8 people undertook the time trial challenge and this is what they achieved…
Tanya – 3:49 improvement on one lap of the Tan
Chris – 2:26 improvement on one lap of the Tan
Lara – 1:54 improvement on one lap of the Tan
Lisa – 1:26 improvement on one lap of the Tan
Kirsty – 1:21 improvement on one lap of the Tan
Bruce – 2:32 improvement on two laps of the Tan
Brendan – 2:02 improvement on two laps of the Tan
Tess – 1:56 improvement on two laps of the Tan
This is a fabulous achievement! Personal Bests galore! To give you an idea of what these results mean, Tanya improved her speed by over 1 min per kilometre and is now running less than 5 min kilometres.
|Wall sit first week||Wall sit 6th week||1 min push up first week||1 min push up 6th week|
|1.13 min||1.43 min||10 (feet) + 22 (knees)||22 (feet) + 12 (knees)|
|2.13 min||3.11 min||33 on feet||44 on feet|
|1.14 min||3.20 min||30 on feet||28 feet|
|1.30 min||2.45 min||24 on feet||31 (feet) 2 (knees)|
|50 sec||2.20 min||20 (knees)||29 (knees)|
I was aware that I wasn’t as active as I should be. I had stopped playing competitive sports and had changed jobs into an office environment so my fitness had started to suffer. I tried jogging and also attending the local gym but lacked self motivation. I needed the discipline of a fitness training regime that I could commit to so boot camp was ideal.
Describe your experience in your first few weeks
When I started boot camp a few years back there were usually no more than five people attending, and on one occasion I was the only one to turn up. Big difference now where you can see dozens of people at 6am in the park in numerous boot camps. The first 2 or 3 weeks were a bit tough especially on the bits that were not used to regular exercise, but this initial pain subsides and you can then start to see the benefits in your overall fitness.
What do you like about boot camp?
After all this time I still find it tough and a challenge but the feeling afterwards is still one of personal achievement which is always very rewarding.
What you think is the most challenging exercise or drill?
I think I can speak for everyone – burpees – do me a favour and don’t ask us to do more than 5 at a time, yes and also listening to some of the trainers’ rapping music (you know who you are!)
What have you achieved? What changes have you noticed?
I do feel fit to a level where I can participate with no real adverse effects, in all the stuff I want to do like bush walks, playing football and tennis with my daughters. I also used to suffer from frequent back strains, this is now much less frequent.
What would you like to achieve in the future in your fitness?
I need to be a bit more disciplined with my diet, if I combine my fitness and also lose a few kilos I’m sure I will feel even better.
Any funny or memorable boot camp/boxing moments?
Most memorable was when we turned up in Edinburgh Gardens one morning during torrential rain with Steve standing waiting for us, we improvised by doing the session in the Fitzroy oval covered stand – we turned what was a pretty miserable morning into a good experience.
Thank you so much to Kenny, one of our longest serving members, for sharing his experience with us. It’s been an honour training him for many years.