I started with the 6:30am bootcamp a couple of years back. That ex-army bloke with the shining blue eyes and evil soul used to make us do lots of carrying, jumping, throwing, crying etc. Since then, the equally cruel soul (in a more feminine and smiley figure) has carefully planned sessions each morning.
Some things Natalie at OTT Training makes me do in the name of fitness:
// Run. On grass, down the pebbles to the sea, far, far in the distance. She doesn’t mind. I do. Although, I am getting a tad better at breathing.
// Use all the facilities around. By facilities, I mean bollards, benches, cafes, paths, railings – she really has taught me to think out of the box when it comes to using what’s around.
// Punch and be punched (to be fair, this is my favourite. Especially ahead of a tough day)
// Get dirty: she has us jumping/rolling and lying in the mud, leaning on ice, splashing in puddles/sea (if you mis-time it!)
// Look after myself! Since putting my back out, she has constantly differentiated the exercises for me, which is sad to think I’m in *that* group of the class while I heal!
// Pet dogs while planking. There’s something about the plank that all dogs are curious about. It makes the minute (3 in real life) go quickly.
// Skip. End of. I can do it now!
// Adore the sky. Nothing makes 7am seem glorious more than getting to see the sun rise over the previous 40 minutes. A cloudy day is much more miserable. Fact.
*Disclaimer: this picture is from a 9:45am class over Christmas, thus the lack of early morning sunrise look!