For the past 11 weeks I have been a part of an amazing movement across Australia, the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge. My trainer, Amber Hawken, suggested it to me when I was looking for an outdoor bootcamp and I haven’t looked back.
Ashy Bines has six bootcamp sessions a week that run in parks all through Australia: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6-7am, Tuesday and Thursday 6.30-7.30pm and Saturday 7-8am. During the first eight weeks I was going one or two sessions a week and supplementing my training with my work at the gym. Initially I had no way of getting to the 6am sessions but have since brought a bike in October. This encouraged me to commute by bicycle to and from training and to work as well. As training has gone on I have cancelled my gym membership and for the last three weeks I have been going along to train at ABBBC 4-5 sessions a week. I plan to do the same next week for week 12, 9th-13th December 2013.
I think what has been different about ABBBC to other forms of training is the combination of the physical, psychological, mental and spiritual elements into one program. The connections with other people with similar goals, the access to the Kangaroo Point Facebook group where members post recipes, tips, photographs, quotes, jokes and so on, the constant changes in activities we do for bootcamp and the other activities organised by teams within the group such as clean eating cooking classes, meal ideas, and home exercise tips and much more.
Through training I have met some inspiring women. I have tried to run with different women in our opening lap each training session to meet new people and get to know their stories. I have celebrated with the team throughout the challenge as I’ve watched women grow, succeed and meet their goals. This amazing group support each other through sickness, injury and hard times. The group were particularly supportive of me during my break in training due to my Father having a heart attack and getting a bad case of strep throat and a Crohn’s disease outbreak upon my return to Australia.
For me signing up to next year’s January program was not a question and I am looking forward to training with my Kangaroo Point team in the new year. I have hired a personal trainer to write me a functional fitness program for when I am in New Zealand for Christmas and the New Year and to train me at a local park in the week before Christmas and once a week for the three weeks leading up to the Ashy Bines bootcamp in the New Year.
A big shout out to my “Badass Bombshell” team mate Mel Gilbert, you have been a great leader to our team. To the trainers, Amber, Lauren, Phoebe and Nick, and my Kangaroo Point team for your encouragement and inspiration. Finally, to Ms Bines, thank you for starting ABBBC, all the best for your new Clean Eating Kitchen Cafe and Transformation Centre in the Gold Coast, I love your Instagram.
Love Ms Spikybombshell X