Spring into Summer: My five weeks of boot camp are over and though feeling much fitter find myself missing those early mornings

18:17 18 March 2014

Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.


My five week incursion into the world of boot camps is over. An attendance rate of 13 out of 15 (one missed through a faulty alarm, the other through fear) has seen some notable improvements.

Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

Weight loss is the major focus of my smugness 12lb having been consigned to what I hope will be history.

The wardrobe, too, has been refreshed – not so much with new clothes but with those that for years have woefully been excluded from my sartorial inelegance.

The enthusiasm, bordering on what I first thought was fanaticism but came to realise was extraordinary professionalism, of Tim Megginson is the stuff of legends.

Quite how he manages to sustain the momentum of so many early mornings of encouragement to so many at Ely rugby club is beyond me, but challenge, coax and cajole he does.

Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

His Body Camp Fitness programme, rightly, picked up accolades in our own business awards and he’s figured in others too. For the goal of achieving fitness among so many who might otherwise remain fat is a serious business.

He’s understood too, that rapid bursts of activity followed by brief rest periods work surprisingly well – and the exercise regime he both practices and preaches combines intense periods of both.

But Tim would probably be the first to admit that a swallow doesn’t make a spring and whether you stay with one of his classes (others are at different times of the day and of the week in Soham and Chatteris) or find an alternative the secret to a healthier life is a change in attitude.

That means putting diet into the pot with exercise and combining that with the challenge of working out what’s best.

Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.

For me I’m already planning a sponsored 60 mile walk (of more soon) and deciding how best to move forward.

But I’m already missing the early mornings, painful though some of them were, and wondering if I ought to be back there soon.

Press ups, lifting kettle bells, boxing and the world of physical activity no longer holds the fear it once did- it was a short but challenging re-awakening and now only down to me if it goes pear shaped.

Those who entered our competition to join one of Tim’s classes for a trial period will shortly be notified but you can expect, and look forward to, an invigorating time.

Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.Fitness Camp, Ely. Picture: Steve Williams.


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