Saturday Mornings: Trading Cartoons for Boot Camp

ropes, squat and ball toss

We don’t play! Elaine and I work it OUT! Ropes + squats and 14-pound ball tosses.

When someone mentions Saturday mornings to me, I usually think of big bowls of cereal and cartoons—PeeWee’s Playhouse and Garfield and Friends. (Yeah, I’m dating myself.) Okay, so these days it’s more like protein smoothies and HGTV, but you get my drift. Basically, my Saturdays are reserved for lazy time. It’s when I inch-worm my cocooned, blanketed body from the bed to the couch and partake in TV time. For the past three weekends though I’ve ditched the blanket and gotten with the boot camp instead.

I have no idea who I’ve become, but I’m now the girl who wakes up early on Saturday mornings for a good kick-ass workout. My fiance, friend Elaine (my god-dog’s mama) and I go out to a local college’s track and get our awesome on. Mark’s pretty amazing when it comes to creating workouts that are brutal but great for the body. We do dynamic stretches and laps around the track as high school kids smoke us with their young fast legs. We do push-ups and kettlebell swings, rope work…totally awesome stuff all before 10 a.m. I thought I’d hate it, but it feels good to do something positive with folks I dig.

I always wanted to be able to hold planks for a long time, and it just so happens that, thanks to my active Saturdays, I’ve finally started doing planks for a few minutes without shaking. When this happened, I got up and started doing happy dances (there was possibly one or two pelvic thrusts in there as well…). That one extra day that I made the choice to get up and pump up instead of stay down and slump down is proving to be a great choice. I totally recommend finding like-minded folks to get out and move with. My Saturday mornings have made such a difference. I start the weekend off right.

What about you? Are your weekends for resting or do you trade Saturday morning cartoons for an hour of muscle-building awesomeness, too? —Tish

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  1. John says:

    Hi Trish,

    I wish I could get that extra kick in on Saturday mornings to get moving. Currently I like to lol eat cereal and watch some TV. I really need to start moving though….I hope reading this gets me more energetic. 🙂

  2. kate says:

    I used to do a bootcamp on Saturday mornings and I LOVED it. He moved and is now on the other side of the city, and I haven’t yet found anything to take it’s place. You’re right, it helps to start the weekend off right, perhaps offset any calories that you may be taking in later (!!) and is just a different feeling than your normal work week workouts. Good for you!

  3. Tish says:

    @John It was hard the first day but now I seriously look forward to it! You can do it!!! Find fun people!

  4. Sam says:

    I train outside at the weekend too, bootcamp style. You can’t beat it, and it gives you great motivation to stay on that diet over the weekend too.

  5. Kristen says:

    Having kids (and a gym with a Saturday a.m. boot camp + childcare) is my motivation to get out and moving on the weekend! The little ones won’t let me sleep in anyway 🙂 Though now that they are getting a bit bigger I’m forced to be more creative (playing chase with the younger one at the park while big sister has a soccer game on the field nearby).

  6. aldean says:

    This is a great way to spend the weekend getting in shape. My wife and I use to go the park all the time walking and running. Since my wife came down with chrohn disease, our outings are limited. I do miss those days. Check out my weight loss journey http://aldean100poundjourney.blogspot.com/

  7. Stephanie says:

    I used to be lazy on the weekends too, but then I realized how much time I was wasting! Once I started running on Saturday morning, my weekends suddenly felt so much better. Thanks for sharing!