Hi new client…that’s you.
Now that you’ve decided to join our boot camp group, you become mine…but in a good way.
I will receive your pre-training forms and will look them over soon. I am looking them over to make sure that you are medically safe to train, plus I want to know your specific goals for being in the camp.
Please know that what you share with me on those forms is held strictly confidential...this is a very important matter for me. Over my years as a trainer, my clients have come to trust me for being someone who they can share things with. I've gone through a lot with clients, and your trust is something that I treasure.
Your goals are very important to me. This camp is all about you. It really is. I’ve posted a video here mentioning how I always look at your goals when it comes to the programs that we do together, or the information that I may send you.
Fat Loss "Track” or General Health
There are basically 2 tracks in taking the Boot Camp class. The first is to take the camp for general health, improvement in strength and stamina, and overall wellness. The other, let's call it the "Fat-Loss Track" requires a special commitment on your part. (One is not "better" than the other; they are just different goals with different paths.)
In order for you to succeed with your fat loss goals, you will need to trust me and follow my advice to the "T", if not, you are fooling yourself and wasting your time and money. If you are on the “Fat-Loss Track” then read on...
Before your boot camp begins, you will need to do these things.
1. Take measurements. Take circumference measurements around your belly button, and your hips (at their widest part), other areas such as thigh and chest are optional. You can do this with a simple tape measure, or if you don't have one, this is the one I like and use, Myotape...about $4 on Amazon.com.
2. Weigh yourself. Even though I'm not a big fan of the scale as it doesn't determine a change in body composition, none the less, I will ask you to weigh yourself 1x per week.
3. Take your "before" pictures. I know that this one isn't always so easy, but trust me, just do it. A front and back shot from your head to your calves is fine. Bathing suit, sports bra, whatever you are comfortable with.
4. The Sunday before your camp begins will be considered a "cheat day" or "free eating" day. Eat whatever you like, within reason. Ice cream, chocolate, pizza, get your favorites out of the way, because starting Monday if you choose to follow the Fat Loss Track eating program you will be eating protein and vegetables for the first week. (Think about this. How much do you want to lose? How willing are you to commit to the program?) This is totally up to you. I will be sending a separate email with more specifics on the eating program.
5. Get some way to journal your efforts. If you already journal, then this will be easy. You can just "track" your measurements, feelings, etc., in your current journal. You are welcome to enter your journal comments right here in the blog. Be aware that they will be available for all to see, but this might be a good idea as everyone in the boot camp group will help to hold you accountable.
My Personal Eating Plan
These days I follow more of a modified “Paleo” eating plan. I stick to mostly meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and some fruit. I stick to this about 80 – 90% of the time. I eat pretty much whenever I’m hungry and don’t eat on a timed basis.
The book that I recommend and like about this lifestyle is called The Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson. Not only does he cover the how and why to eat, but he also stresses the importance of sleep and recovery…plus a lot more.
The Weekend Before Boot Camp Begins
Plan to do some grocery shopping. (Note: I hope to make up some grocery shopping lists soon.) I will assume that you eat meat, if not you can ask me about substitutes.
You’ll need the basics such as chicken breast, fish (salmon is one of my favorites), lean beef, eggs, vegetables, nuts, or seeds, fruit, and some drinking water.
If your budget allows, I would prefer that you get grass fed organic meats, and organic produce and eggs. I realize that it is more expensive, so it will be up to you.
Find a Support/Accountability Buddy
Maybe it’s someone else in the same boot camp as you, or maybe it is a family member, but get someone who will be there for you. I am here to support you the best I can, but it’s nice to have a buddy pulling for you and supporting you.
Join our group on Facebook too as this is a great way to be kept “in line” with lots of eyes watching you.
Visit the main blog here and post your questions and comments, Many times others are thinking the same thing, so you'll help them out if you contribute.
Get away from negative people. There may be those, even significant others who want to sabotage you. I honestly don’t know how to handle this, but I just want to make you aware.
What to Bring to Boot Camp Each Day
Large beach towel
Yoga or exercise mat
Possibly gloves, if it’s cold
Energy, enthusiasm, and ready to give the session your 100%.