As some of you may know, way back in January I started a program at my Rec center called Commit to Fit. It was an 8 week program filled with personal training sessions twice a week, and a bootcamp and yoga class once a week. All the participants were paired up with 2-3 other people, and a personal trainer. I got Pete. He was an ex football coach.
We worked out Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 am for 8 weeks, focusing soley on legs and arms, every other day. We didn't do cardio once. Pete didn't believe in cardio. My team was myself and another young woman around my age, both of us bigger, both with the potential to drop SERIOUS lbs and maybe even win a few prizes.
The bootcamps were hard, like I am sure bootcamp is supposed to be. I felt like I was dying the entire time, again consisting of hard core lifting and leg work, with zero cardio. I was sore for 8 weeks straight.
In case you haven't picked up what I am putting down, I feel a little gypped. I know a few things about weight loss. I know that cardio burns fat, and I also know that muscle helps that a long, but not by itself. I know that you should work most of the time in an aerobic state, a 5-7 out of 10 on the dying scale, where I feel like my workouts were zero or 60, never in between. I also disagreed with the scale the entire time. As you probably caught on during last week's weigh in wednesday, I am a scale adict. I KNOW exactly how much I weigh at pretty much all times. The first time I stepped on the gym scale, I weighed 256.6 (I had weighed 262 just minutes before at home.) At the midway point, I weighed 256 on the gym scale (253 at home) and for the final weigh in, I literally weighed myself dressed, drove to the gym and weighed there and I weighed 256 at the gym, 249 at home. They admitted many times that the scale was unreliable, so I don't understand why it was being used as the "official" scale. And as someone obsessed with numbers, this pissed me off! I said something to the girl that weighed me in at the end, and she agreed it was weird (considering I lost so many inches) that she took my home weight as my final, giving me a total weight loss of 7.5 (or 13 if you go by my home scale).
Inches and body fat% don't lie tho, and I lost 12.5 inches and 2% body fat in 8 weeks.
So over all, I have mixed feelings about the program. Last night was the award presentation and I was shocked at how well the other teams did. I lost 2.8% of my weight, my teammate lost 3%, the average was 7% and the winner lost 10.5%. We were by far the smallest losers. I feel like I got the short end of the stick as far as trainers went. I worked hard not smart, and I wish things had been different.
I think this program was a HUGE stepping stone for me. It made me challenge myself, wake up at 4:30 am to work out, and it made me more comfortable in the gym. It gave me the drive to KEEP GOING! I asked my husband if he was proud of me because I only lost "7" lbs and he said "You finished it! I honestly didn't even think you would do that!!" That made me proud! I did finish it, I didn't quit! And even tho it wasn't stellar and I didn't lose what I wanted to, I gained the confidence and drive to keep going, and that is worth way more than the prizes they were giving away.
So all in all, it wasn't a complete bust. I now know way more about my body, and the trainer we have been working with at our new gym has been eyeopening and is getting us on the fat burning track.
So there you go. My 100% honest opinion of the program :D
Have you ever done a weight loss competition, but gained so much more than weight loss out of it? lol