I go to the gym 5 times a week on average. I usually do a mix of cardio, machines, weight, and maybe even swim a few laps in the pool. For the last 1.5 years 24 Hour Fitness has been my gym of choice. Lately I just have suffered from low energy and loss of motivation. I still managed to go to the gym though, but it was not as much fun anymore as it used to be.
Then I saw a Groupon offer for something called “Kosama” and so I checked out the offer and the advertiser’s website. Kosama is a boot camp style workout program. They describe them self as “body transformation and bootcamp program”. Kosama is a six days per week high intensity workout program. The program features plyometrics, kettle balls, kick-boxing, resistance bars, suspension training, upper and lower body workouts. They also define their program as muscle confusion – where the body does not get a chance to adapt. A common problem with fitness exercises is the fact that the body becomes more efficient over time and an exercise that worked great a few weeks ago is then less effective because the body “optimized and adapted to it”. Muscle confusion makes it harder for the body to optimize and therefore the workout program stays more effective. I did some additional research, found some YouTube videos about it, looked at the Groupon again and then decided to sign up. I wanted to do something, I needed to do something to find the fun again in working out.
The workout program starts with an initial assessment outside of class. They measure different parts of your body (belly/waist, biceps, thigh). They also check your weight and other vitals (body mass index). I also had to go through a couple of quick exercises to complete the assessment. The data collected is the foundation and will be used to compare against the results after 8 weeks of attending the bootcamp.
I had my initial assessment on Tuesday afternoon afew weeks go and decided to attend the next class – about an hour after my assessment. Boy, was I in for an eye-opener. Think you’re all fit and strong? I did and I am not. This high intensity workout program really kicks butt. Each day features a different type of workout program. The class I attended was having kick-boxing as the main part. But it was not just kick-boxing. Half of the time we had to use kettle bells for the exercises. Every 45 seconds we had to switch gears and do a different type of exercise. During the roughly 60 minute workout we had only one small break to rest for 45 seconds. Overall I somehow made it through the class and was able to do most of their exercises to the full intend. I admit I had to take a couple breaks here and there, but overall I was very happy how I was able to hold up. At the end of the class I was ‘pooped’. Did I mention that my body coordination skills are not pretty – dang, it is hard to do some exercises correctly when your body movement and coordination does not want to go the way you want it. It sucks to get old. I had definitely pushed my limits. Hey, I did not pass out though. Goal achieved. But I felt good even so I knew I would be hurting the next day.
The next day I took the early morning class. I arrived at the studio at 4.50 AM. Even though it was early the class filled up quickly and I think in the end there were about 12 people or so. We used TRX equipment, but also had a lot of regular upper and lower body workouts that did not require any equipment. By the 6 o’clock hour I felt worked out, but energized. The next day I made it to the 5.00 AM class again and kick-boxing was the topic of the day. The class was a bit different compared to the kick-boxing class from 2 days earlier.
I hurt everywhere! It hurt to sit, hurt to stand, hurt to tie my shoes, hurt to walk up or down the stairs, and of course even laying in bed hurts, too. A few weeks earlier I had built myself a standup desk for my office and I was a bit concerned standing all day would become painful, but even since starting Kosama I am standing all day without hurting much. I am feeling really good from an energy and motivation level perspective.
It is Friday morning now when I wrote this. I already had my 5.00 AM Kosama morning class and I am looking forward to have a weekend where I can recover. But I am also looking forward to next week. I am eager to go back to Kosama (really?!)They usually have Saturday classes except this week where they do not open on Saturday for some construction. I had bought the Kosama Groupon, but I am already thinking of converting over to the full membership at this point. I really like the concept and the approach to personal fitness. At least for now I really prefer it over going to the gym and since Kosama does not require any contracts making the switch would be easy.
Source of images: Kosama Highlands Ranch