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Old 08-24-2009, 08:22 AM
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I am doing a fitness boot camp that runs 4 weeks on, 1 week off. I go 4 days per week. I am looking for something to do 2 -3 of my off days and 5 - 6 days my off week. I have Exercise on Demand channel, but I am not sure that is the best choice though it seems to have a lot of options. I am worried that it won't push me to the level I am pushed in boot camp. P90x is probably out because I wouldn't have the commitment time during the 4 on weeks (I am a mom too!). I work out at 5:30 AM when it is still dark, so I don't really want to run, though I'll be running some on weekends.

I am new to the whole fitness routine so I am just looking for good advice so I can maintain between camps.
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I'm not a fitness expert by any means and I hope that some of this helps or maybe someone else will chime in soon. All of this is imo

Anywho you still need at least one full rest day in that workout schedule. So what you're doing for the other two days also depends on what you're doing at fitness camp. If you are already working your muscles in camp, then you will not want to add in extra days of weight lifting because your muscles need rest. If you do find yourself doing grueling workouts that already target the majority of your muscles, then I would just add in some cardio work for those other two days. It don't have to be an hour on the treadmill, maybe it can be like 30 minutes of walking at 8% incline on the treadmill or something to that effect. If you are doing more cardio stuff at camp, then you can try lifting weights on the off days because overall lifting weights is much better than doing cardio especially when you're trying to build muscle. So if you do have P90X, maybe you can try supplementing two of their weight workouts in the mix and just alternating which ones you put into rotation, ie..one week you add in a legs/chest/back weight workout and then the following week could be shoulders/tris/bis weight workout.

During your off week, you can do 3 days of weight lifting, like Mon, Wed, Fri and then add in 2 days of cardio on the other days. Also you can just take that week off to rest since you will be start up a workout the following week.
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I'm not a fitness expert by any means and I hope that some of this helps or maybe someone else will chime in soon. All of this is imo

Anywho you still need at least one full rest day in that workout schedule. So what you're doing for the other two days also depends on what you're doing at fitness camp. If you are already working your muscles in camp, then you will not want to add in extra days of weight lifting because your muscles need rest. If you do find yourself doing grueling workouts that already target the majority of your muscles, then I would just add in some cardio work for those other two days. It don't have to be an hour on the treadmill, maybe it can be like 30 minutes of walking at 8% incline on the treadmill or something to that effect. If you are doing more cardio stuff at camp, then you can try lifting weights on the off days because overall lifting weights is much better than doing cardio especially when you're trying to build muscle. So if you do have P90X, maybe you can try supplementing two of their weight workouts in the mix and just alternating which ones you put into rotation, ie..one week you add in a legs/chest/back weight workout and then the following week could be shoulders/tris/bis weight workout.

During your off week, you can do 3 days of weight lifting, like Mon, Wed, Fri and then add in 2 days of cardio on the other days. Also you can just take that week off to rest since you will be start up a workout the following week.
What she said!

You don't want to tire yourself out and you do need to take time to rest. Depending on what you are doing at bootcamp i would say that you need those 3 days a week for rest and recovery. And that week of rest is probably there to give you a week break which is suggested for people who train very hard for a few weeks in a row.

One of the most overlooked but the most important aspect of getting fit is sleep. When working out as much as you will be, it is sometimes better to sleep and miss a day at the gym then it is to wake up early and loose important repairing and recovering sleep. I have found that once i became active, i went from needing 6 hours of sleep a night to needing at LEAST 8. So make sure that you are getting a good amount of restful sleep each night.

But that isn't to say that you should just go home on non workout days and do nothing either. Take the kids outside to a park on those days and play catch with them or do some sort of physical activity as a family (if you all have bikes it might be fun to do a nightly bike ride with the kids...gets them active as well ). That way you don't need to worry too much about getting up at 5:30 to workout.

Hope that kind of helped a little.
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On the days I don't work out, I do pilates on the "on demand" channel. It isnt too grueling but it just works and tones muscles that I dont get with my normal workout routine.
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Everything the lovely ladies above suggested, and if you enjoy yoga, that could be an option. It's nice to stay limber as you train.
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One more idea for the days of rest if you already own the P90X routine is to do their stretch day (X Stretch?). It's 60 minutes long and it both stretches every muscle you have and also since a lot of it is slow twitch exercises it tones your body.

As a lifelong soccer player I can't understate how important stretching is when you persistently work out, it really helps prevent injury and soreness buildup so you can go full force on your on-days. .
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I am doing a fitness boot camp that runs 4 weeks on, 1 week off. I go 4 days per week. I am looking for something to do 2 -3 of my off days and 5 - 6 days my off week. I have Exercise on Demand channel, but I am not sure that is the best choice though it seems to have a lot of options. I am worried that it won't push me to the level I am pushed in boot camp. P90x is probably out because I wouldn't have the commitment time during the 4 on weeks (I am a mom too!). I work out at 5:30 AM when it is still dark, so I don't really want to run, though I'll be running some on weekends.

I am new to the whole fitness routine so I am just looking for good advice so I can maintain between camps.
Power 90 or 10 Minute Trainer could be great choices
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One more idea for the days of rest if you already own the P90X routine is to do their stretch day (X Stretch?). It's 60 minutes long and it both stretches every muscle you have and also since a lot of it is slow twitch exercises it tones your body.

As a lifelong soccer player I can't understate how important stretching is when you persistently work out, it really helps prevent injury and soreness buildup so you can go full force on your on-days. .
I love the stretch DVD there are sellers who are selling the DVDs separately on Ebay if you dont want to commit to an entire set.Stretching also helps you to not plateau
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:13 AM
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Thanks for all the advice.

I am not close enough to a Cosco for that to be practical, but it is good to know. $299 per year is a great price.

I really enjoy boot camp - I like having someone tell me what to do when it comes to exercising. IF any of you ladies have an Adventure Boot Camp near you, I highly recommend it.

ExerciseTV has many of the Jillian Michaels DVDs available on demand and edited for different lengths (for free!). Her workouts are very similar to the types of things that we do in boot camp, and I really work up a good heart rate doing them. I think I would get bored doing them day in and day out, but for 1 week out of 5, it changes things up just enough for me.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:19 AM
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^I have a costco card. PM me if you want to use it. I just checked and they do have it online to buy.
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^I have a costco card. PM me if you want to use it. I just checked and they do have it online to buy.
Yeah, I can get a card, that is not a problem. The Coscos in the area though aren't close enough to my home or work where I would drive there daily to work out.
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Just saying that you can use mine. Costco card are 50.00 and you can use my number and have it shipped to you
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:18 AM
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I don't think you would be working out at Costco... I think it is a 24 hour fitness membership that you buy at Costco.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:27 AM
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Like I said, I enjoy bootcamp so I enrolled for a year. I only need something to do the off week. I might think about it once the year is done. Right now, I need that extra push I get from an instructor.
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