I’m going to sum this one up real quick in case you don’t have time to keep reading. You should try Camp Gladiator. I really think you’ll love it. If you do, it will change your life! I made the choice to go Camp Gladiator Bold a little less than a year ago now and haven’t regretted it for one second!
Oook – Raise your hand if you hate going to the gym alone! If you’re sitting on your couch with your hand in the air, I’ve been there. I absolutely suck at putting my sneakers on and walking out the door to head to the gym. Then, I get there only to be greeted by noone, put my headphones in, and step on the elliptical for an hour watching the news or a terrible prime time comedy. It wasn’t working for me. I’d tried barre, cycling, and of course, yoga but none of them left me feeling like I’d just worked out as hard as I could.
So almost a year ago, I saw an ad for Camp Gladiator. I’d been looking for something new to try in terms of my workout routine and they were offering a month of workouts for 9$. I signed up. And I signed Kyle up. And then I convinced a friend to sign up too. Inspired by our decision to sign up, the three of us took a late night trip to Target to get our dumbbells (5 pounders for me) and exercise mats and we were ready for camp!
Our First Camp Gladiator Workout
Flash forward a few weeks and we have somehow all 3 found the motivation to get up and meet in a parking lot at 6 a.m. (6 AM YOU GUYS – my friends are NOT morning people, but they were there with me).
After what seemed to be the most excited good morning ever shout from our trainer, Zack, a full on chorus of voices shouted good morning back. Gotta admit – When the first thing we had to do was go around and high five everyone, I was less than enthuised. I’m all about team building but it was 6 o’clock in the morning and I just wanted to start working out. I pride myself on being pretty positive going into new experiences, but gosh this review is not reflecting that so far, is it?. I repeat, it was 6 am. From there, we jumped into the warm-up. Nothing too crazy there. A quick lap, a few butt kicks, some push ups, high knees. At this point, we were thinking we could totally do this!
And then came “the workout”. About 2 minutes into this part, we realized how out of shape we were. We were doing a few 10 minute rounds of endurance exercises and I was panting like a dog and felt like I was melting. Every time we took a break, the high fives were back. But for some reason, the further we got into it, the less I hated the high fives. I don’t know if I was just waking up or I was starting to feel the genuine positivity that surrounds every CG workout but I found myself shooting my hand out for a good job before Zack even told us to. 30 minutes of ass kicking later, it was time to stretch.
We finished up camp by “breaking it down” which means we all put are hands in and yell CG WUT WUT really loud. Sounds silly, but after finishing that hour of ass whooping, it’s pretty empowering (hah, not kidding). Everyone gathered around to take a post workout picture which was then posted on facebook so all of my friends and fam could see that I actually woke up for a morning workout!
I left wanting to come back… like the next day. And I did!
We went BOLD
Since that first workout, I’ve been back. I’ve been back over 100 times. My facebook wall is littered with those post workout pictures and I feel strangely attached to the couple parking lots that we’ve spent hours in.
All three of us that went to that first workout together decided to go Bold. Going Bold essentially means you’re signed up for a 6 or 12 month long CG membership. The commitment seemed like a longgg time! To be honest, Kyle and I were a little nervous about 12 so we stuck to 6 but 3 months into that we upgraded to 12 knowing we weren’t going to stop showing up anytime soon! A year later and we’re ready to sign on for another 12 months. We’ve been going to camp ever since. Besides the awesome workouts, another awesome perk of CG – ALLLL the free tee-shirts! You get a shirt for going bold and another every time you reach a new level. Bronze is the first milestone which you get after 50 check-ins (50 workouts)! It goes up from there. Showing up to workout earns you points that you can use for gear or awesome things like CG Fit or the CG Games ! I mean, check out all of the swag I’m surrounded by down there! CG is awesome for just about everyone! Parents bring their kids to play while we workout, some people leave early to get to their office job, and there are even some badass grandparents out there with us! We’ve made some awesome friends through CG and definitely don’t dread going to workout anymore! Actually, I really really love going to camp! Do you know how awesome that feeling is?
For my first months of camp, I went to get a little sweat in and check working out off of the to do list. Got good workouts in and had fun doing it. We pretty much stuck with our trainer Zack but we floated around to a few different camps. I was in the parking lot a few times a week. If that’s what you need right now, that is exactly what CG can be for you!
A few months ago though, I decided to start really showing up for camp. I made the decision that I was going to get in shape and to hold me accountable, I signed up for the CG Games. (If you follow me on Insta, that’s what I’m in the thick of right now!). I used my points to sign up and flipped the switch. The harder you push yourself at camp, the more you’re going to get out of it. I’m, in all seriousness, baffled by how much I’ve gotten out of CG since then. You can find me at a CG workout at least 5 times week now and I miss the hell out of it when I’m out of town! My goal when I signed up for games was just to get through it. I wanted to finish all 5 events. That is no easy task, I promise. This upcoming weekend though, I’m going back to games fighting to keep a spot in the top 60 and head to Texas for the finals! How crazy is that?!
CG has changed my life over the past year more than I can even put into words, y’all! Shout out to Zack and all of the other trainers for showing up in that parking lot or park or random field every day to push us far past what we thought were our limits!
I know I sound like world’s biggest cheeseball but I’m not kidding. TRY IT!
Leave a comment if you want to come out to camp and we’ll make it happen!