Words of Advice for Newbies?

Words of Advice for Newbies?

Hello Goddes,

Please offer your advice, knowledge and experience to new woman who have recently joined the Goddess ranks to becoming the very best they can be.

Your thoughts on attendance commitment. eating guidelines, work ethic, intensity levels, how to handle the pain after the first couple of camps?

Mind set to stay with it? how to handle those days where you just want to stay home and not bother to come?

Any advice is welcomed to ease the newbies path to a stronger, leaner and healthier version of who they are.

Thank you!



  1. Sam

    I’ve been an on again off again bootcamper since 2007. Prior to that, I was in semi- good shape…so I thought. I had done many many workouts before joining bootcamp. Personal trainers, gym classes, running, my own circuit with weights and yoga. Suffice to say, after my first bootcamp class, I thought I’d be sick. I was sore for quite awhile (I could hardly sit, or get up once sitting) and eventually something happened…the more classes I attended, the easier it got.
    Now just to be clear, I use the word easy in a figurative sort of way. Nothing about Sandra’s class is easy, nor would we want it to be else we wouldn’t achieve the results that we do; however, the pain between classes minimizes and the excercises seem to come more naturally and you can truly see yourself progressing which makes it completely worthwhile. There aren’t too many things in life that you gain results with no effort, in fact, I can’t think of any. What’s amazing about the bootcamp class is that the results come quickly. You can go to gym classes, run workout, whatever, but the results will not be anywhere near what they are with bootcamp. There is a lot of pain but so much gain and if you want to get in shape and feel amazing in your skin, her class will get you there and all you need to do is attend.
    Why I love the class goes beyond the results which are obvious. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t go to a gym if I had a membership on my own. I know I’m not the minority either…most people are the same. Gyms typically have 5-20% attendance out of 100% of the members…this says it all. With Sandra’s class, I am comitted as I’ve paid upfront and I need to attend. No excuses. I’m not going to say I always like going out in the evening for a class when I’m all cozy at home, but the feeling afterward is exceptional and nothing compares to it.
    So I know I said I was in semi-good shape when I started bootcamp (I wasn’t really but thought I was)… anyhow, then I took a break as I was pregnant. After my first child, I knew I had to go back and I wanted to. It was even toughter than the first time. This time I wasn’t in semi-good shape, I felt awful and after class I hurt longer and even more than the first time but I knew I had to stick it out and I did. The results were there. I was still wearing maternity clothes when I started and after the first session, I was back into some of my clothes and after a second session, I was back on track into my old wardrobe and my old self.
    Got pregnant again and returned again, here we are now after 2.5 session and I’ve never felf better.
    The trick is, not to give up. It’s easy to give in and not to think you care, but deep down, we all do else we wouldn’t be in a fitness class in the first place, let alone one called “bootcamp” . The name “bootcamp” even has the connotation of “hard as heck”, No one thought this would be easy, and although it may sometimes look that way when you see a vetran bootcamper doing exercises and you are struggling to just get through, have heart and know that everyone and I mean everyone, has been in your shoes at one point or another. I still find it challenging and I know when I see Sandra do a demonstration and it looks easy, in fact it’ll probably be the most difficult one, but we are up for the challenge because the effort is nothing compared to the feeling of accomplishment and confidence that this class will give you guarenteed. Stick with it, and it will be one of the best decisions you have made for your health and your body. The results are truly amazing.

  2. Bootcamp Goddess
    Bootcamp Goddess01-14-2011

    Thank you Sam for taking the time and effort to inspire others with your words of encouragement and experience. I know it will help someone out there stay on track and not give up!

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