Jen’s 90 Day Challenge: Keeping Up

To tell you the truth, I was scared of starting an all-girl bootcamp class. I worried about keeping up with the class and if I would slow everyone down.

My first bootcamp class was a blur. In order to keep up with the class, I had to move fast, really fast and I just wasn’t there yet. I struggled to get up off of the floor in between exercises and was conscious of my shirt riding up my back. I needed to take extra water breaks to give myself time to recover. I was one hot mess.

I contemplated not going back, but I just keep showing up.

As I continued the classes, I realized no one cares what I looked like doing exercises or paid attention to what I was wearing. There isn’t time for judgement. Even in a class of 12, it’s just you, the music and the task at hand.

Did I slow the class down? Maybe. No one said anything to me or complained. It’s a really supportive group. I may not be able to do a 3 minute plank, but I’m trying and that’s what matters.

I attempt every exercise put in front of me. Sometimes I need modifiers (I can’t do a burpee to save my life), but I’m expected to work just as hard as everyone else. Being overweight is no excuse. I’m continuously being pushed physically and mentally and I really, really appreciate that.

If I was working out by myself. I would never try half of the exercises or push as hard as I do at bootcamp.

I may need modifiers now, but I know this isn’t forever. There will come a time when I am able to do burpees, mountain climbers, real push-ups and hold a 3 minute plank. I am getting stronger and leaner every day.

I am very proud of how hard I’ve worked this past month and the results are pretty amazing. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next 2 months.

Time to stop writing and get my bag together for bootcamp tomorrow morning. See you there!


Photos from March 1st and April 2nd, 2013


  1. Deborah Rurka says:

    Thank you Jen. I tried the bootcamp and couldn’t keep up. Attempted the burpees and almost puked. Can’t do them, but now I don’t feel alone and now encouraged to try harder. See you in the am in class!!!

  2. Designenvy123 says:

    Good for you for persisting. Still haven’t got my courage up to try a class.

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