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After a very uneventful (in the best possible kind of way) journey, I arrived on the beautiful island of Majorca. I have been here quite a few times before, but I have mainly stuck to the areas with 24 hour drinking, water parks and hotels that are dead during the day but come alive at night. That was a few years ago though and as I hurtle increasingly closer to 30, the kind of places I like to stay at have a bit more of a slower pace of life. Not too quite though, I am not quite ready to trade in my heels for slippers. That is why the town of Puerto Pollensa is ideal. It is small town, that has enough bars and restaurants to keep you entertained, but not so much to keep you awake all through the night. Apart from if you are sleeping above an Elvis Tribute act show. But more about that later.
So I checked in to my hotel and as soon as I got into my room and threw my bag down, I opened up the door to the balcony and I was greeted with this beautiful view pictured above. You could not ask for a better view. It would have been rude not to sit and look off into the hills and watch the boats bob around in the water, so that is what I did for the next 30 minutes.
Then the phone rang and I was reminded of the reason I was here – training camp. Or bootcamp. Whatever you want to call it! I am here to spend the week with Tiree Fitness who hold camps both in the UK and abroad. They are going help me push myself physically and then I am going to share it all with you here on the blog. If I make it to the end of the week of course.
There was no rest on the first day – we were straight in to a workout at 4pm, but we were reassured it was an “easy” one to ease ourselves in to the week. To be honest, I laughed when they said easy as I thought it would still be punishing, but it wasn’t. That’s not to say it was easy (Will and Henry, if you are reading this whilst I am still here, please don’t take this as the workout was easy and you need to make me do more haha), but it was nice to start off a bit slower.
It is well documented on the blog and the Facebook and Twitter page just how much I am not a runner. Well, I am in the sense that I do run, but I am not the runner I would love to be. I have a love/hate relationship with it and injury and stamina hold me back sometimes. But that is what I am here to work on. Added to that, I have mainly been running on a treadmill back home as I find it easier and I wanted to work my way up that way first and then move out on to the road. There are no treadmills here. I am sure there are, but they are not part of the weeks plan. So I was thrown straight in to running on the pavement, at 4pm, in the heat. It was a shock! But I did more than I thought I could do. The aim was the run 5 minutes one way and then run 5 minutes back and prior to coming out here, I could only run for 1 minute at a time outside (I really find it 100 times harder than the treadmill), so I was happy when I ran for 3 of the 5 minutes. Definitely something to be worked on though.
After our quick run we moved on to some squats, push-ups, planks, star jumps and other strength moves, all whilst doing partner work to watch each other’s form. Already I really like that part of the bootcamp. You hear the word bootcamp and you think of someone shouting at you to push yourself harder and without pain there is no gain. The trainers, Will and Henry, are not like that at all. They are all about watching your form so you are doing it right, rather than doing more reps with bad form.
The training camp is really adaptable to suit all levels of fitness, which I think is so important when you are going to get people of all abilities attending. You don’t want a super fit person to feel like they are being help back, and you also don’t want someone who is just starting out to feel left back and that is definitely not happening here. With the runs, there are set times, so you run as far as you can in that time and then turn back and do the same, so everyone should end up back at the same place, at the same time, despite how far they can run. With the circuits, you can take that at your own pace as well and if you need a break to grab some water or catch your breath, then that is fine with them.
It isn’t a walk in the park though. I am still here to push myself, improve my fitness and see what I am really able to do. So after we finished doing another plank, I thought that must be it for our “easy” first day workout, but then we moved on to shuttle runs on the beach. This put a fun element into the workout and although it was not a race, we were put in to teams to do a relay. It wasn’t just running backwards and forwards though, once you got to each end you had to do various moves such as crunches, squats and lunges. Running in the sand is a great workout for your legs!
We finished off the session with a dip in the sea and a bit of an ice breaker between the group. We had to share a strength and weakness of ours (fitness related) and my weakness was that I am not very flexible and my strength is that I am committed and although I still can’t run very far or fast, I have improved a lot.
It was back to the room to shower and change and then to meet up for dinner. Let’s talk about the food – you all know that is my favourite subject. We are staying in an all-inclusive hotel, so there is the temptation to eat a lot and drink a lot. Luckily I am doing sober October (which is challenging enough) and there is so many healthy options at the buffet. If all else fails, there is always a big salad selection, which is what I am focusing my meals on. I am trying to keep my diet super clean this week, but still making sure I am eating enough to fuel the intense workouts.
The people also doing the training camp with me are lovely. There is such a diverse mix of people, not just in fitness abilities, but backgrounds as well. Despite many of the group already knowing each other, there are all really friendly, encouraging and supportive. I have also met someone in the group who has a similar fitness ability to myself, so we are working out together.
I thought I would fall straight to sleep on the first night after a long day, but the hotel’s entertainment that night was an Elvis tribute act. I don’t know what was harder to sleep through, Elvis or the audience participation.
Day 2 started out with the most beautiful sunrise- I am always planning my escape to move here one day.
We then met up for breakfast club, which sounds like a time to stuff your face with food, but it wasn’t. It was the first workout of the day which was a run surrounded by some stunning scenery. The road we ran on was just made for runners. It was flat, quite (apart from the goats with bells on) and the views made it hard to think about how much your legs were aching. It was definitely the best morning workout I have ever had and I can honestly say if I lived here, I would run that route every morning. We did a 20 minute run, and I did intervals as it is only the first full day of training and the first of 4 workouts for the day, so I wanted to take it easy.
After breakfast, there was time for a quick change and sit down before the main workout of the day. The one that I was really worrying about. We were told it would be about 2 hours and I don’t think I have ever worked out for that long before and we were also told it would include a lot of running. Double yay! The plan was that we were going to do 6 sets of 6 minute runs and in between each set we would have 6 minutes of strength moves that would work other parts of the body, but also keep the heart rate up too. Some of the moves were planks, lunges, knee raises and running quickly on the spot. I thought that they would be a welcome break from the running, but it was so hot out that I was overheating very quickly. The runs started off well, where I was doing 2 minute runs and 1 minute walks for the first 2 sets, but then my shins really started to hurt, so the third set I did a power walk. We then moved on from the beach to a nature reserve where there was a bit more shade and we did the other 3 sets of runs and strength moves. Add on the warm-up we did and the stretches after, it was an intense 2 hour workout. I really can’t believe I did it and despite not running as far as everyone else was, it was a proper achievement for me.
I am wearing a FitBit One tracker whilst I am here and here are the results from just the first 2 workouts. 9.5 miles is awesome! I feel like already this week is really getting me excited about working out again, as I have been in a bit of a slump.
The afternoon workout was much more relaxed and we went down to the beach for a swim in the sea. Some of the group swam really far out and although I would have loved to and the distance isn’t an issue for me, my fear of deep water and jelly fish stopped me. So I just swam along the shoreline and stuck to a distance that I could still feel the bottom if I needed to.
As I sit here writing this, I have 30 minutes left until the next and final workout of the day, which is pilates. It will be nice to stretch a bit more and work on posture and flexibility. 4 workouts a day is a lot, but as you can see, they are not all really intense. The main one today was challenging, but that is what I am here for – to challenge myself. It is only day 2 and I feel like I have done so much already. Tomorrow we are doing trail runs and the scenery is going to be stunning. Check the blog tomorrow for photos.
I have weighed myself before I came out here, as I was interested to see how much I would lose. But I am not focusing so much on what I am going to lose, but when I am going to gain. Like strength, confidence in myself and some beautiful photos.
Have you ever been on a training camp before? Did you enjoy it? Leave your comments below.
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