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Elizabeth’s Boot Camp Journey


Elizabeth’s Boot Camp Journey

The vast majority of clients at Total Fitness Revolution either join the gym because of boot camp, or they swear it off from the beginning, not ever giving it a try. But there are a handful who, for one reason or another, decide to give it a whirl. Elizabeth Corley is one of those people. She has been a member of TFR since April 2012, spending the majority of her time in Cycling, Pilates or Yoga classes. As Elizabeth explains below, she gave boot camp a try to help align the image she had in her head with what she saw in the mirror…and IT’S WORKING!

What motivated you to begin boot camp?
Elizabeth: The image I had in my head for myself was WAY healthier and sexier than the image that was in the mirror. I committed to bootcamp to help align the two. Although the greatest force that brought me in the class was vanity, wanting to be the best version of me has kept me there. I have 4 children and I want to experience the fullness of life with them.

What class is your most attended boot camp class (5am, 6am, 6:30pm)?
Elizabeth: 5:00am, but I LOVE that there is a 6am class available for the occasions when I oversleep.

What do you like about boot camp?
Elizabeth: Feeling stronger, seeing results, everybody wanting to see each other win; and last but not least, I really enjoy 5:45am…its OVER!

What have you done to change your diet (if anything)?
Elizabeth: I was a mostly clean eater before bootcamp, but I allowed myself to have more treats than I should have (Mrs. Vickie’s Jalapeño Chips and Cheese are my kryptonite). I’ve greatly reduced my potato chip and cheese intake, had absolutely no pasta during my first 30 days and stuck to the foods on the “allowed list” 90% of the time. I was also more conscious of eating small meals and snacks throughout the day. I already drank at least 8 cups of water a day, but many days I almost doubled this amount.

Where have you seen results?
Elizabeth: From 4/7 thru 5/14 I have released 5-6 lbs, lost 2 inches from my chest, lost 2 inches around my waist (let the church say amen!), and 3 inches from my hips. My clothes feel a lot looser and drape my body much better. I can tell I am stronger (mentally and physically), I can endure longer and I am faster, although while I’m moving it doesn’t seem to be the case. On 4/8 it took me 39:11 to run 3.01 miles and on 5/10 it took 34:12 to run 3.02 miles. More importantly, I am certainly more disciplined and focused. If you catch me at the right time, I might even admit to liking bootcamp.

Please feel free to share any additional thoughts you have about boot camp.
Elizabeth: Prior to the last six weeks, I was ANTI-bootcamp! The first day I showed up, at least three people said “LIZ?!?!?!” with a perplexed look. I am SO thankful for whatever spirit I conjured up to accept this challenge. It took me two years at TFR, a lot of cycling classes, the Couch to 5K app (#C25K) and the greatest lessons I learned from yoga (1. Breath 2. No judgment, only acceptance of your practice) to get here and thats all that matters.

5 Things Elizabeth has learned in boot camp:

  1. Tynisha is not as nice as I thought!
  2. Josh’s class is a necessary evil, but 300 squats!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!
  3. Wendi is still nice, but she doesn’t play :-/
  4. No child left behind
  5. Nobody’s seconds last as long as Lauren’s in cycle class

Do you have any closing remarks to add:
Elizabeth: All jokes aside, I am really grateful for this experience and I appreciate all the trainers for pushing me, EVERYONE who motivated me, said “good job”, or gave me a word of encouragement, then ran back up the hill with me when I was at the tail end of the pack. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all the texts I received outside of class to run on evenings and weekends. Thank you! Thank You! Thank you! Total Fitness Revolution is the BEST and Bootcamp is my new BFF!

Recipe of the Week:

Raw Walnut “Meat” Tacos (compliments of Elizabeth Corley)

Walnut “meat”
1 cup walnuts
2 tsp soy sauce (gluten free)
2 tsp water
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried chilli
sea salt and pepper to taste

Corn salsa
1 tomato, diced
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
kernels off one fresh corn cob
small handful chopped cilantro leaves
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp paprika
sea salt and pepper to taste

Romaine lettuce leaves, to serve

To make the walnut mixture, add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and mix until combined and crumbly. To make the salsa, combine the onion, tomato, corn and coriander in a bowl, stir through lime juice and season with salt and pepper. To serve, place a few small scoops of salsa into one of the Romaine leaves, add a scoop of walnut mixture and enjoy.

Homework for the week:

While boot camp provides a phenomenal workout from head to toes and everything in between, there are so many alternative classes at the gym. Homework for the next week is to log into MindBody and sign up for at least one class you’ve never tried before.

If you’re looking for more cardiovascular, calorie-burning work, try Cycling or Cardio Kickboxing. Feel like getting funky or learning new dance moves? Cardio Funk or Zumba might be your thing. And of course there’s Yoga and Pilates for balance and core with some of the Atlanta’s best instructors. The possibilities are endless, but get out of your comfort zone and try something new!

The Flip Side:

We encourage you to try out classes at the gym as well. We offer a wide variety of classes including Cycling, Pilates, Cardio Kickboxing, Yoga, Zumba, Buns & Bellies, and Cardiofunk. You can sign up using the same MindBody portal you use to sign up for boot camp classes.

Don’t forget to sign up for a membership so you can continue your fitness journey with us. Membership is $99 for a six-month commitment, and $135 month-to-month.