Mama Boot Camp

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Everyone knows that when someone else is counting on you to do something, a lot more typically than not, it gets done. It’s so much much easier to skip something when we know that the only one that will suffer is us. That’s why research says that using the buddy system to exercise makes people exercise a lot more often, longer, and at a higher intensity. That being said, it’s hard enough to find time in my schedule to choose a run or do a yoga DVD, how on earth will I be able to coordinate with a friend?

Over 4 years ago a few pals and I came up with a genius plan for exercising in the summer (this year we hope to continue after school starts), we call it mama Boot Camp and it’s still going strong. over the years we’ve made some adjustments based on what we’ve seen has and has not worked. We started out working out at a park and then in the past two years have moved it out to the Prairie Homestead. At the park there were a lot more options for a harder and varied workout but, there were also a bunch of unknown kids (waving sticks and causing trouble) and less than terrific shower room facilities. At my house we have only a few options for working out but, all of the kids get along great, and normally the bathrooms are passably clean! Take a look at what we did, try it with your pals and let me know how it goes!

Overall Rules
• only meet one day a week for an hour, Tuesday seems to work best for a lot of people.
• 9 is the best time, not too early, but early enough that it won’t be too hot.
• Split into two groups (workout time is 30 minutes each), one group works out while the other one watches kids, then switch.
• All you need is two people to show up for it to happen, one to enjoy kids and one to work out!
• keep the location the same; it’ll save a lot on confusion and last minute “Where R U?” texts.
• start on time, if someone comes late they can simply workout with the other group. If they are always late and working out with no enjoying of kids…pick a brave soul to speak to them!
• kids bring their own drinks but no snacks, snacks can cause snack envy (kids trading and toddlers snatching) and problems!
• Be supportive and positive, as well as respectful of everyone’s varying abilities.

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Boot Camp at the Park
• It helps to have woman that are ready to be leaders and take each group through the circuits.
• plan your route ahead of time.
• ideas include: sprints, running bleachers, tricep pushups and regular pushups on benches, lunge and squat sets, planks, sit-ups (or any variation of core work), and pull ups on monkey bars.
• stick to your 30 minutes and include time to get back to the playground area.

Boot Camp at a House
• Make it clear where kids can and cannot go. At our Boot Camp they have to stay outside unless they have to use the bathroom.
• We normally just run or walk up the dirt road, often in pairs but a lot of of us like to crank up the music and take pleasure in some alone time.
• In the past we have also done yoga, trampoline workouts, circuit training, and ballet barre.
• plan on heading home after the hour is done, unless invited to stay by the hostess.

Cathy Holman is a 30 something mother of 5. originally born in Milwaukee, this city girl went country all for the love of a Cowboy. Her blog, is the place to choose heartfelt humorous articles about parenting, health and wellness (including her preventive mastectomy), fashion and appeal tips, product reviews and giveaways. read a lot more about her adventures in Wyoming and learn how you can live a life of grit and grace at

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