I just finished my 3rd week now and I am really seeing results. Results not only how my body is changing and becoming more toned, but also results in my overall level of (fitness) motivation and physical energy in general. I am getting physically stronger, no surprise here but I am also getting mentally stronger again. The lack of motivation that I had felt before affected not only fitness workouts, but it had also affected my personal and professional life a little bit.
At the end of last week I decided to go all in and I signed up to become a regular Kosama member. While the Groupon offer was good, it did not include the boxing gloves or the heart rate monitor – which is an important tool for a Kosama workout (at least in the earlier stages). The heart rate monitor tracks your workouts as well as it provides you with a customized setup so that you know what your optimum heart rate level is to get most out of your workout. The Kosama studio shows the data from your heart rate monitor on a big monitor during the workout session so that you can keep track of working out at a heart rate level that is best for you. The data and settings are determined based on your original assessment.
Kirk, the local owner of this Kosama Franchise is great to work with. He credited my account with the remainder of my Groupon, talked to me about the different pricing options and made it easy to sign up. Kirk has also been the coach for most of my classes and he does a great job in correcting mistakes that you eventually make so that you are exercising in a safe and fun way.
I definitely see myself doing the Kosama boot camp style workout for a longer period of time. For one I want to lose a bit more weight and I do not mind toning my body a bit more. I also like doing fitness in general and I had never expected that I would enjoy a group workout that much. I always was the ‘lone warrior’ going outside for a run or working out at a regular gym. These group workouts are motivating and fun. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going out for a run and will continue to do so. When I see other people doing things at Kosama that I am just not physically able to do yet, it motivates me and that makes a big difference for me. I definitely need to do a lot more stretching and in addition working out with some heavier Kettle Bells is not bad for me either. I am 45 years old and I think this is a great way to work out and to stay more healthy and to get my body back to where it was when I was (much) younger.
As mentioned I do quite some running, but I think maybe I need some additional goals and I see Kosama workouts as a great way to get there. I’ve run a few half marathon distances – not in races, but by myself just for the heck of it. I’ve hiked up a few Fourteeners (including a challenging 9 hour hike/climb up to Longs Peak which is 14,259 ft. high / the picture shows me on top of Longs Peak) and I am planning to hike the Grand Canyon next year. Now seeing the results of 3 weeks of more intensive workouts I feel that I can do more and maybe I will even challenge myself to run a marathon or do a triathlon. We will see how things go.
If you are interested, Kosama offers several options to try them out. 3 day training passes are available as well as week-long training passes and at least here in Highlands Ranch Kirk advertises his business through Groupon a few times per year. Be ready that it will hurt for the first few days. I was hurting quite a bit, but it gets better … much better. I was no longer sore after day 5 or 6 or so. When you get to that point things are really going to be fun.