Bootcamp with As One

By | August 6, 2012

Even though it was a cool evening, (by NYC in August standards) last week’s Summer of Fitness workout sponsored by LOLË and FITiST was the sweatiest workout of the series yet. Here’s what As One’s version of bootcamp looked like. (Sidenote: they do not take the word “bootcamp” lightly.)

Wide second position raised arm squats.
Fold-up crunches.
Tricep dips.
Water/Breathe/Re-do ponytail.
Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat.

Eight exercises. 30 seconds each. Eight times. Not necessarily in this order, because sometime after the 3rd rep you just have to shut your brain off and go with it. So truthfully I don’t remember what order the exercised were in. Just that I started with squats, ended with burpees, and hustled through everything in between. Pausing between exercises is a no-no. Quick transitions are key. Sweat is proof that you’re working hard.

Thus, Pier 25 was full of super sweaty ladies (and gents).

Photographer Vic Sorvino took some stellar photos

Photographer Vic Sorvino took some stellar photos

I liked As One’s point: you can get a great workout by using nothing more than your own body weight and a few square feet of floor. They’re right that there’s no excuse not to exercise, and the excuses that we often feed ourselves are pretty much bogus. You don’t need expensive equipment or a fancy gym. You just need will-power. And in some cases, lots of it.

This photo nicely captures me in a moment of wilting will-power. Laid out on the ground around rep 700. No, really, I was JUST about to do a fold-up crunch. Really. (The hot pink sneakers come in handy for ID-ing myself in photos, right?)

Thanks to Vic Sorvino for capturing the moment

Though the 8 reps of 8 exercises got a little monotonous, the workout went by pretty quickly. Morale was also helped out by As One’s fitness instructors’ continuous patrolling and coaching throughout the exercises. I’m the type of person who likes to be pushed while working out, so this was an ideal format to help me hustle through a tough workout. I could have done without the burpees at the end though. Those things are killer! (Who am I joking? I loved them. Especially because the instructor yelled “BURP IT OUT!”… and I have the sense of humor of a 9-year old.)

Question: Do you prefer to be pushed by a fitness instructor, or are you a fierce “I can do this on my own! Rawr!” type exerciser?