Boot Camping Exercise Challenge: Lunge Pops


Hi from Cedar City, Utah! We’re camping here for a few days before heading on to California while James competes in the Utah Summer Games. He podiumed last night…but I’ll let him tell y’all about it in an upcoming blog post, because it’s AWESOME! Fingers crossed tomorrow’s road race goes as well.

But it’s always about him. Let’s talk about me.

Out for my run this morning, I hatched a plan to start a Friday tradition. Each Friday, I plan to put up an exercise challenge. I’m calling it Boot Camping. Get it? Because y’all go camping! And it’s a play on Boot Camp exercises! Sometimes my cleverness astounds me.

 

Each week you’ll do one challenging exercise appropriate at a campsite, and I’ll challenge you with lots of reps (45 a day for this first one). Your goal is to do them EACH day, either through your weekend, or even better, through your week while you wait with baited breath for the NEXT challenge!

So be looking for these posts every Friday, I’m super excited about this one and hope you’ll play along. And while I wish I had tangible prizes to entice your participation, you really will win an amazing prize if you exercise each day:

A FIT BODY.

And guys, life is SO. MUCH. BETTER. in a fit body.

Who’s game and willing to try?! Anyone? ANYONE! (This is me seeking your comments below…)

 



Stefany Adinaro is an RVing fitness pro and is the self-proclaimed “better half” of the Fit RV website. While she loves her RV adventures, her favorite adventure is being “Mugga” to grandbabies Amelia and Eli. When she's not on the road, you can find her training clients in Salt Lake City, Utah.


    16 thoughts on “Boot Camping Exercise Challenge: Lunge Pops

    1. juan

      Stefany , i have started doing Lunge pops and the spinal stretches (from your video with the 2 older ladies) in addition to walking. please keep the video’s coming! P.S. I have lost 17 Lbs. so far (yay!)! keeping my fingers crossed that these exercises will help even more.

      Also could you recommend a moderate exercise to get the stomach toned ?

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Oh my 17lbs, that’s great, Juan! The stretches you’re talking about are from my Stretches for Inflexible People video, and I use those all the time in my personal training: https://www.thefitrv.com/workouts/stretches-for-inflexible-people/ Glad you’ve incorporated them into your daily workouts.

        As for getting the stomach “toned,” well first, I get nervous about that word. Because if you’re looking to flatten your stomach, that comes from losing the adipose tissue that’s covering your ab muscles. Anyone can strengthen and bulk up their ab muscles and they might have an amazing but un-see-able 6-pack, because it’s buried under the fat covering them. So! Keep in mind, flattening the stomach starts with weight loss…and you’re doing that, so perfect start! Once the adipose is down and the muscles are more visible, THEN your muscle “toning” can be visible. That said, it’s always good to have a strong core. Core should be a big focus of your regular workouts, since all our functional movements stem from it. I suggest you start with these exercises in my Beginner’s Guide to a Stronger Core: https://www.thefitrv.com/fitness-tips/beginners-guide-to-a-stronger-core/ And if they seem too easy, each of the exercises can be made advanced by doing them on the floor instead of on a wall. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Stay strong and keep me posted on your journey, I’m rooting for ya Juan!

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        1. juan

          Stefany, thanks for the link (and the encouragement). You are right it is a journey .
          Up until now I thought of weight loss as just dieting but now I look at it as a lifestyle (change in my case).

    2. Betty Ross Brown

      I an game to try it, but will not be able to do as many as you suggest due to hip and knee problems. Was pinned between cars a few years ago that messed me up from the hips down. Also barely any cartilage left in my knees (am going on 75 years old). Try to walk about 3 miles a day with my 2 dogs and am a member of Silver Sneakers that meet twice a week. So COUNT ME IN, even if I may not be able to do the full amount of reps. Have really enjoyed TheFitRV for all the good info you include for us to use.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Oh my gosh, Betty, that’s just terrible you had to endure such a serious accident. Sounds like you’ve overcome it as best you could, and it’s great you’re walking so many miles a day; good for you. As for the fitness challenge, just do what you can! Do the beginner version, and also make the lungeback more of a gentle step-back. Keep one hand on the table when you go into the single leg balance (the pop part!). And definitely modify the reps to be more manageable for you. Thanks for commenting, I’m so excited you’re joining the challenge, and keep me posted! <3

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    3. Don Thompson

      I like this idea. Let’s see: 45 a day – on each side. That’s 90 a day. Can I do 9 sets of 10?

      Can’t wait for next week.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        I’d challenge you, Don, to only break it up into 3 sets of 15 (doing 15 on right, 15 on left, at one time) and spreading those 3 sets throughout your day! BUT! I could be OK with 4 sets of 11 or 12 reps spread through your day…gosh, have you been talking to my training clients?! They’re always working on compromises like this with me, LOL!

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    4. Tricia @ MissSippipiddlin

      We’ve been camping even more than normal this past year. The hubs and I both have full time jobs and neither are on-line (I so wish). Today marks 26 days, minus one night for me, being in our RV. I run and have been doing the Runners World Summer Run Streak and it has been quite the challenge to sometimes get in just one mile.
      I’ll play along too with your boot camping!

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Yay, Laura! Okay, I’m on it. Will come up with a really good one for your July 8th trip kick-off week!!!

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        I knew I could count on you two, lol! But as fit as you both are, we might need to double your reps to make it a challenge!!!!

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