If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen at least one friend post a sweaty selfie with #CGStrong, #CGWutWut, #BetterTogether or some variation of that hashtag. What are they talking about and why on Earth are they posting themselves AFTER the workout? I would never! Well, never say never because when my friend Cindy found an online deal to join Camp Gladiator for 1 month at $8, I was ready to hashtag it up.
Camp Gladiator is an outdoor boot camp offered in several locations (usually parking lots) and at times ranging from 5 AM to 7 PM. Each time you show up, you check in online and get points that go towards discounts and freebies. There’s also bragging rights when you have over like 100 sign-ins. You will put a name tag on and the trainer will introduce you to the others. The class has 5 week cycles, so going the first week of the cycle is optimal for newbies. Each week gets a little tougher and then on the 5th week they have VIP workouts.
The CG trainer and group are extremely supportive and friendly. As a new person, I felt comfortable right away. Since it was the first week of the cycle, we introduced ourselves while doing jumping jacks in a line and giving high fives. There was a warm-up lap around the parking lot and then we split into 2 groups. There was a friendly competition where we got into a circle and did a certain exercise while one person ran and moved a cone towards a finish line and the goal was to be the first team to get the cone to the line. When it was my turn to run for the cone, I was exhausted but my team was doing burpees until I returned so I ran as fast as I could. The competition made me push myself harder than I ever have before because other people were depending on me.
The workouts change each day and with each trainer. There is a speaker so music keeps you pumped too. I went in August so the sun made it 100 times tougher, but at least the trainer provided ice cold clean rags and water. I was drenched in sweat by the end, but it was fun. I loved the quick bond I felt with the other women. The trainer will text you to keep you motivated, but it’s not overbearing. I loved it so much I even wound up getting in the group photo a few times after the class. The only negative that keeps me from joining this group is that it is outside, and I am kind of a wimp about the weather. Overall, Camp Gladiator is an excellent option for all women!
Tip: Hide in the back row if you don’t want to be in the pic.
- Teamwork & friendly competition made me push myself harder than other workouts
- Convenient times and locations
- Once you sign up, you can work out at any location
- Kids are welcome at no additional charge
- Going Bold means signing a 6 month @$79 or 12-month @$69 contract paid per month
- Accountability through Facebook posts and texts from your trainer
- Outside and they DO NOT cancel for weather
- Lots of running although they do have modifications if you can’t run
- BYO mat, weights, water, towels
- Pictures of you will show up on Facebook from after your workout
More info at www.campgladiator.com