I have just cancelled my gym membership and will NEVER spend money on faddy diet foods again! Sounds extreme (and exciting!). I have just had a pretty extreme experience at Prestige Boot Camps where I spent five days (normally 7) being put through my paces by the BEST trainers and eating only what I was given by a top class and nutritionist.
As a nation we waste £37 million a year on unused gym membership fees and unnecessary equipment that sits gathering dust in our lofts. The average woman in the UK spends over £25,000 in a lifetime on faddy diets – that’s £485 a year!
After my week at bootcamp I will NEVER need to waste my money on that again.
It was TOUGH! But simply one of the most brilliant (and at times… most awful…) things I’ve ever done. You detox and by day 3 you FEEL it – the caffeine, the booze, the refined sugar all leaving your system and the headaches kick in. 24 hours later, despite my aching muscles, I woke up with more energy than I have had in years and felt like a new person – by 6.30am I was DESPERATE for exercise (WHAT!). After 4 kids in 4 and a half years… I had abs for the 1st time in years and my stomach looked like it did pre–children. I nearly cried!
I spent the days doing hardcore exercise and the evenings reading, relaxing and sleeping. One day I did half an hour ‘warm up’ and half an hour of squats, circuits and a 20 mile hike followed by an hour and a half boxing and circuits – that was the easiest day. There was more boxing, assault courses, ‘buns of steel’ and cycling, a lot of running – sometimes on the beach, sometimes at the house – and LOADS more – no hour was the same. We were kept suitably refreshed by the delicious food and snacks cooked by the excellent chef – the portions are SMALL but you soon learn that they are adequate. I fantasised about whole roast chickens during my entire stay. You live off 1200 calories a day (if you want to lose weight that is… the hard core athletes who go to this bootcamp eat A LOT more). When you consider you’re burning 1000s of calories a day I must be honest and confess that there were moments when I found myself STARVING and took to foraging for berries… somehow foraging didn’t seem like cheating! Blackberries from the side of the road have NEVER tasted SO wonderful.
It’s suitable for ANY level of fitness, the trainers are genius and will push you to the point where YOU think you have nothing left (regardless of your fitness level) but they always find more. When you hit a low they pull something fun out of the bag and you forget the ‘pain’ and you keep going. I met a wonderful group of men and women of all different shapes and sizes, some who’d never exercised and some really fit. They inspired me and encouraged me through my detox and made me want to work hard in the team games. Most were there to lose weight and to kick start a healthy lifestyle – I literally watched weight fall off them and by day 5 everyone was glowing, thinner and had LOADS more energy than they did when they arrived. It’s proper life changing stuff.
It is pretty pricey with a week costing just short of £1,000 but as an expert in money saving, I can truthfully say it was worth every penny. I lost 9.2lb and 10 inches and came back feeling fabulous – some people lost a stone, others 6 pounds but everyone loses inches and inches from ALL over – arms, legs, hips, stomach. My skin was glowing, my eyes were bright and I felt pretty invincible and full of talk of doing an iron man!! 3 weeks later I’ve not put the weight back on and I’ve continued to exercise 4 times a week.
You leave armed with knowledge on food and a pile of delicious recipes. You have enough information to be able to never join a gym or even go to a class every again. You understand that interval training is better than slow running, that your body weight is enough to transform your body and leave you feeling fit and strong and that only 10 minutes of GOOD exercise most days (and you learn what GOOD exercise is!) can change your life. All about quality. I have enough circuits using my body weight only to last me forever.
One boot camp has changed my whole way of thinking and I am able to now motivate myself to get out and exercise for free and eat delicious nutritious meals that don’t cost the earth. I reckon I will recoup the cost of the boot camp within less than a year and after that I will be SAVING about £1,000 A YEAR because of my change in attitude. Money well spent! If you want a quick fix and something to kick start a better way of living, then this is for you. For more ideas you can read my guide on fitness for less