Camp Gladiator (CG) is a group-based, bootcamp style workout. CG’s mission is to “positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.”
How I got started
September 2016 was CG’s 8th anniversary. To celebrate, they offered one camp (four weeks) for $8. I decided to give it a try, and I was hooked. At the time, I was stopping my membership at a local bar studio and was looking for an alternative morning workout. I’ve never been a huge fan of bootcamp style workouts (but honestly, who is a huge fan of bootcamp?), but CG made it fun! The camp I attend has a group of girls who attend pretty consistently, so it’s fun to see friends, have a community and get a good workout.
CG camps are 4 weeks long, each week focuses on something different. Week 1 is endurance, focusing on building a muscular and cardio foundation. The second week is strength and agility, week 3 is intervals and finally, week 4 is peak week. And week 5 is bold week, which allows for extra workouts for CG bold members.
I was really intimidated at first, I was worried it’d be a lot of crazy fit gladiators. Luckily, CG is for all fitness levels and they were welcoming and offer alternatives for the harder moves.
Each workout is 60 minutes. I attend the 6:45am camp and love it. It allows me to get in a workout before my day begins. I also love that all you need for camp is a mat, water and sometimes weights.
Lastly, I love that CG is a full body workout. Each workout combines strength and cardio, but each is different. After my morning workout, I can feel the soreness in my muscles, which just means I’m getting stronger! Honestly, I hate showering after CG, because my arms are so sore and it hurts to wash my hair. The struggle is real.
Examples of a workout
We normally start off camp with a jog down the street. Yes, it sucks…every time. But I can tell i’m getting strong. After our lap, we’ll do
some more warm-ups, which can include push-ups, lunges, in and outs, squats and other moves to get your muscles awake. Next, we do a workout series, which normally involves a travel, while a partner does mat work. We end with abs and a 1-minute plank. Reminder, each CG location varies because of the trainers. I love love love my trainer, McKenzie and love the work outs she offers (along with her encouragement!)
Want to try it out?
First, if you have a friend who does CG, I recommend trying camp out with them! If you don’t, find a location and time that works for you and show-up! A lot of trainers will let you try out a day or two of camp before signing up. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to me, or to a trainer near you!