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BCX Fitness Challenge Week 1

The other week, I was publicly challenged by Fitness Superstar Bonnie Pfiester to take on her BCX On Line Boot Camp Training.

In case you missed my introduction to this whole thing, you can get caught up on it right here –> I’ve Been Challenged

I have got to tell you that although the workouts are grueling and I am exhausted, it has been such an incredible first week.  There’s much more to this story beyond the workouts.

There’s so much to talk about that I don’t even know where to start.

So I guess I’ll talk about the workouts.

Are you pushing yourself outside your “Training Comfort Zone”
Admittedly, I am most definitely pushing myself outside my “Training Comfort Zone” in a way I haven’t in a long time.

Don’t get me wrong, when I work out, I work out hard and like to challenge myself.  However, as I admitted in my intro blog, I HATE HATE HATE cardio, and avoid it.  Yes, I do exercises that get my heart rate up.  Love my plyometrics, but I give myself a very short rest period.

Many of the exercises in the Sears Fit Studio BCX Boot Camp are not foreign to me and circuit style training is not foreign to me either.  What IS foreign to me is going through each circuit non-stop.  That’s right.  No rest, no recovery.  It’s also been years since I worked out 6 consecutive days in a row.  My training schedule of late has been 4 days on, 3 days off.

I am most definitely taking advantage of all the pre-workout supplements I have thanks to iSatori.  I could not imagine going through these workouts without it.

It’s been years since I trained this many days a week and I’ve never done a workout that requires straight up endurance.  So for me, this is a shock to the system, but a much needed and welcome one.

Each day throughout the week, I pushed myself and was shouting at myself… “C’mon do this… you can get through this”.  My competitive side was coming out and despite feeling exhausted, my shins and calves screaming at me, I kept pushing myself outside my training comfort zone, drenched in sweat.

And for the first time in a long time….. I had a feeling of accountability not just to myself, but to others.  The Team.  #TeamBCX

By the 3rd day into this, I felt like the other BXC participants were team mates and our “tweets”  started to include the #TeamBCX Hashtag.

Sears Fit Studio BCX Boot Camp
The program is a 28 day program, 6 workouts a week.  Each workout is primarily Body Weight Cardio, done circuit style with NO REST between circuits.  Each workout contains an average of 5 circuits to follow to be cycled through on average 3 times / 15 circuits.  Once you complete 1 full circuit, you don’t want to take too long of a break before starting the next one, but just enough time to drink some water.

By the way, every single “Mission” has burpees, lots of them, and I’ve just discovered my hatred for them (LOL!)

When doing these workouts, you keep track of your time and post it along with your feedback in the forum.

Week 1 / Day 1
So here I am on my first day of this, there’s no AC in the gym and I’m sweating before I even get started.
Each day starts out with a Bodyweight Circuit Warm Up and the warm up just about killed me.  Yes, you heard me right….. the warm up.

The part that killed me… 2 min jumping rope at the end.  Gotta tell you that 2 minutes of jumping rope about killed my shins and calves and oh, not to mention the foot cramping from excessive sweating due to no AC in the gym.

With that humbling introduction, I sucked it up and proceeded to the first cycle of the first circuit.  I had to stop at the end of the first cycle, to guzzle water to rehydrate to stop my shins and foot from cramping up.  I continued on with the 2nd and 3rd cycle of the first circuit exhausted and drenched in sweat.

Before starting the second circuit, I did some light stretching and must have drank a good liter of water before continuing on.  Clearly, dehydration was an issue.

With the cramping under control and getting my hydration levels up, I made it through my first day and proud of myself for pushing through. By the time I finished, my shins and calves have never been so sore in my life.

When I got home, I eagerly posted my times and wanted to see how the other participants did.

Day 2 and the rest of the week
The second day and the remainder of the week faired much better for me than my first day.  I made sure to drink a lot more water before starting the workout and…the A/C was back on in the gym.  At the end of each workout I was drenched in sweat.

Day 3 involved the one thing I’ve always hated to do and avoid.  Running.  Well guess what campers.  I discovered I’d rather run a mile than do those #!*% burpees.  There… I said it… running the mile was way more tolerable than doing burpees, which, by the way, I ended up subbing for my squat thrust exercise for the remainder of the week, although I did do some burpees.

Thursday was Day 4 and although my body wasn’t sore (except for my shins and calves) it was starting to feel a bit tired.  Going through the exercises on Day 4, my knees were telling me that it was time to see Dr. Nelson for an adjustment and got myself an appointment to see him the very next day.

On Day 4, I also had an appetite that was off the charts which was a good indicator that my metabolism was up.  With that, I did increase my caloric intake that day, had some healthy snacks such as an apple with some freshly ground almond butter, and some extra small, protein rich foods such as eggs and tuna and more healthy fats where were a mix of Almonds, Walnuts and Sunflower Seeds.

Day 5’s mission was right up my alley and my energy levels were up.  YAY lots of strength training exercises which I plowed through.  My ego loved it!

Day 6 is the Bonus Mission which involves a 1 mile run, Burpees, Sit Ups, Push Ups, Pull Ups and another 1 mile run.  My energy levels were up and I was ready to take it on!  Again, much to my surprise, doing the first 1 mile run at the beginning of the circuit and the second 1 mile run at the end of the circuit was not so horrible.  Yup…. I’d rather run a mile than do burpees!

Prior to taking on this challenge, I HATED to run.  Not that I’m not capable of running a mile, but I never enjoyed it…… And now, it’s not the worst thing in the world.  Perhaps because mentally, there was a goal.  Run 1 mile.  The second part was curiosity… how long would it take me to run a mile.

Now that I’ve “been there, done that” this week with my run, I’m curious to see how my time on that improves each week.

After completing Day 6, I had a much needed sports massage…. Aaaah…..

The Community
The other part to this story is the community.  Sears Fit Studio Website has done an amazing job of using the power of Social Media (Twitter) to grow and create an on line fitness community.

The site provides lots of wonderful tools and programs for all fitness levels absolutely FREE.  The fitness experts that are part of the community are some of the best in the biz whom I’ve gotten to know over the years via Social Media (Twitter).

The BCX Community
Here’s the cool part of all of this.  There’s a group of us who are doing the BCX Challenge at the same time.  We’ve all been communicating with each other on Twitter, encouraging and supporting each other.

Through this, I am experiencing a sense of accountability I have not experienced before.  For years, I’ve always kept myself accountable to me.  Now, I feel a sense of accountability to others, to the team,  because we’re all in this together, motivating and supporting each other.  The other cool part of this is that I now have made more new friends 🙂 .

After we’ve completed our challenge for the day, we post our times in the BCX Forum which helps keep us accountable along with words of encouragement, advice, support.

Week 1 Stats
In my into blog, I posted my starting stats and will continue post them throughout the challenge.

I am logging my time on each day of the challenge and will post all details of that at the end of the 30 days along with a before and after picture.

June 11
Weight 117 lbs (down 3 lbs!!!)
Hips: 33 in (down ½ inch)
Waist: 28 (no change)
Chest: 34 (no change)

iSatori Pre-Workout Supplements:
Depending on the nature of the day’s challenge, I used iSatori products to help push me through the workouts.

MORPH Tablets were used for the cardio days
MORPH Mega Drive was used for the days that required endurance and stamina
I stacked H+Blocker, 3XL and MORPH Tablets for the workouts that called for a combo of strength, endurance and stamina

Confession: The week prior to taking on this challenge, I had a mishap in the gym doing one of my workouts.  I was doing box jumps and, and missed one of the jumps, took a fall and banged my right shin.  This “mishap” probably threw me out of alignment and more than likely, was the cause of the stress I was feeling in my shins, calves and knee throughout the first week.

I started week 1 of the BCX challenge with my right ankle swollen and bruised (mind you, it never hurt).

By the end of the week, the bruising and swelling was down, and I was remedied with a Chiropractic adjustment and sport therapy massage.  Knee, shins and calves are doing better and ready to take on week 2.

Join the Challenge
Many people come up with all kinds of excuses as to why they don’t workout or if they don’t are working out, aren’t really giving it their best effort or being consistent about it.

For those of you who need a program to follow, you’re covered.
For those of you who can’t afford a gym or a trainer, you’re covered.
For those of you who are looking for motivation, you’re covered.
For those of you who say you don’t have the time, yes, you really do.
For those of you looking for a short term commitment, you’re covered

The workouts don’t take long simply because you’re doing everything on the clock.  Most of the exercises are bodyweight exercises and quite frankly, you need only a few sets of dumbbells to do the few strength training exercises.

If you have any questions, Bonnie is great at answering your questions and providing support.

Find out what you can achieve in just 28 days.

Here’s how to get started:

Here are the official instructions on how to get started by Bonnie Pfiester

Officially join the program on SUNDAY to start Monday & be in sync with other BCxers
2.) In the meantime, follow ANY of the workouts on the BCx page. Each week repeats the same 6 workout so if it’s a Thursday, so DAY 4 (Monday is Day 1)
3.) Post TIMES under the most recent group post.
4.) RATE, LIKE & SHARE the program with friends
5.) Visit – click on the FitStudio link for more tools, videos, tips & to get the BCx Book (free).
6.) Use hashtags #DoBCx on twitter to connect 🙂
7.) Put your facebook & twitter usernames on the forum post CONNECT WITH OTHERS.
8.) Take Before & After shots to mark progress.
9.) If you blog, take pics or vids, PLEASE let me know so I can share!! :)))
10.) Have FUN!! We have a great group here and can’t wait to meet you too!!


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  1. 5 Comment(s)

  2. By brad | Reply

    shari! incredible post. love the detail and following your thoughts through BCx. i’m so glad you bring your lovely personality and self to the community!

  3. By Bonnie Pfiester | Reply


  4. By sharifitness | Reply

    Brad, thank you. It’s been so great meeting you and the other participants. This is the best part of the whole experience 🙂

  5. By sharifitness | Reply

    @Bonnie – Thank you. Glad you looooved it!

    I love what you, Steve and Sears Fitness are doing. What a great way to serve people, give them the tools they need to get fit and healthy and help make such a positive impact on people’s lives.

    You’ve all got my support 100% 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. By Susan Greene | Reply

    Congrats on completing your first week. Looks like you’re off to a great start. Keep up the good work.

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