Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Changing It Up: GoRun Bridge & Boot Camp

Last night, I met up with my running group for a Bridge run and Boot Camp workout.

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What followed was one of the toughest workouts I’ve had in a long time…and it felt great!

In the past, my coach has included weekly hill, track, and beach workouts depending on the training season. I really enjoyed the hill workout, then the city took our hill away for construction.

Looking back, I’m kind of glad they did – this bridge and boot camp workout far exceeded any hill run I’ve ever done! I’ve heard people say that hill workouts are a waste of time and don’t help improve anything – I say they are wrong. Several years ago, I achieved a 12 minute Half Marathon PR and at the time, I was doing weekly hill workouts with my group. That’s enough proof for me!

Our new “hill” is a giant bridge that we run over and back twice for a total of a mile – this is repeated again midway through for a total of 2 miles. If you’re really into it like a few of the runners there, you can run the bridge again a third time for a total of 3 miles. (We skipped that part…whoops!)

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This workout consisted of:

  • Warm-up of 1/2 mile
  • 1 mile bridge run – over and back x 2

After the run, we jumped right into the boot camp stations:

  • Ropes
  • Tire Jumps/Step Ups
  • Lots of Abs/Core
  • Tire Flipping
  • Lunges with Weights
  • Squats with Sand
  • Reverse Pushups
  • More Abs/Core
  • REPEAT bridge AND boot camp

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This was one of my favorite parts of the workout. It reminded me of something I would see on the Biggest Loser – and I was secretly glad I didn’t have Jillian yelling at me in my ear!

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Each station included instructions – this one was an overhead press with a 20 pound bar.

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Tire flipping madness! 

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Heather and I got a butt kicking – but it was a good kick and I definitely needed it. I’ll be back for this one! Thanks, Coach and Julie! 

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I’m about to do reverse pushups…but first, lemme take a selfie.

Cheese, I know. :)

Do you like to cross-train? Have you ever done a boot camp type workout? What were your thoughts?


  1. Sounds like an awesome workout! I love bootcamps ;-)

  2. Tire flipping was hands-down my favorite thing to do in Crossfit. Bootcamp seems fun. I get groupons for them all the time. You're making me want to check it out!

  3. Sounds like a pretty good butt-kicking workout. I always hated those workouts but then felt so good when I survived them.

  4. That sounds like an awesome workout. Outdoor boot camps are the best!

  5. That looks like a great workout. I made the mistake of going back to sculpt class the day before my race last week. Thankfully I was just running as a buddy to a nine year old boy and not for a time. I was very sore!

  6. I love cross-training and I completely agree with you on the hill running. Running hills is great for stamina, endurance, and when in a race you take 'em on the hill...as my cross country coach used to say. :)

  7. looks tough! We use bridges for hills, too lol

  8. That's my kind of workout!! I love group-bootcamp style! So much fun almost as much of a challenge as race day!!


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