Best Body Bootcamp Week 3

wellllllll ok.

Week 3 of BBB started out great, did Workout A on Monday, and then cardio on Tuesday.

The rest of the week slip-slided downhill because not only did I have to go to Chicago for work, but there was a tragic chain of events that occurred…not tragic in the general sense necessarily, but these events definitely did me in as far as maintaining my workout plan.

I had planned on doing some restorative yoga in my hotel room Wednesday night after I arrived. I was supposed to be in Chicago by just after 9pm, so with traffic, etc I should have been checked in and settled by 10pm. But no. that unfortunately was not the case.

My first flight was delayed 2 hours due to mechanical difficulties, which meant that I missed my connecting flight, and had to scramble and wait in lines and scurry to get my checked back on the right plane and ouch my toes hurt so bad from those darn boots I wore and I was tired and frustrated. But I finally got on a connecting flight with my checked bag, but that flight was delayed as well. so I finally got to Chicago just after midnight. It was raining and thunderous and cold. I’m a Cali girl and therefore the concept of weather is foreign enough, let alone the the storm that awaited me.

I grabbed my bag from the baggage claim (thank goodness it made it) and headed out into the weather. I noticed a long Disneyland-like line that curled from one end of the walkway about a city block down and back around. Then I realized the awful gut churning truth: it was the line to get a taxi.


So over an hour later I finally got into a cab and sat in there through traffic, accidents taking up every lane, and rain so hard I don’t know how the driver could see the road.

I finally arrived after 2am and crashed after taking the following picture of the awesome stormy 15th floor view of the overlook to Lake Michigan:

chicago thunderstorm


I then also took one of the bathroom, because how cool is the decor?? I loved it and needed a picture before I mussed everything up:

chicago bathroom


After that I crashed out.

Needles to say, zero yoga was accomplished that day.

I did, however, in lieu of the gym workout I had planned (there is a fitness center in the hotel), I opted for some restorative yoga because I was so sore and stressed from the adventures of the previous day. It ended up being a wise choice.

I started feeling sick later that day, and came down with a cold by the next day, from which I am still recovering.

Although my flight home was far less horrific, I was sick, and so I have been resting the past few days.

I still accomplished my other Bootcamp goals: lots of water and daily devotionals. Those are easy and helpful when one is sick.

I am looking forward to next week which I am sure will be much better as far as workouts.

I will be able to get all of them in, provided I avoid catastrophe, and oh yeah, my tooth getting fixed doesn’t interfere too much. I also chipped a tooth whilst in Chicago. I know.

Don’t get me wrong, Chicago is a fun and amazing city, I just wish I had had more time, wasn’t sick, and hadn’t chipped a tooth.

That being said, I couldn’t appreciate more the fact that Tina allows for such weeks as this in the overall points for the drawings. I still have plenty of time to catch up.

If you would like more info on how you can join the next round of Bootcamp, please visit Tina’s website below.


Christin Joyful


Best Body Bootcamp Week 2

Best Body Bootcamp (BBB) Workouts: Home vs Gym

Hooray for Sunday!

I get the day off from both workouts and work. I get to go to church and worship and be fed, relax and bake brownies and play silly time-wasting games on Facebook, and also reflect on this week’s BBB workouts via blog post!

We have now completed Phase 1 of BBB: The stability phase. This one has always been my favorite, because it not only sets a great foundation for the rest of the Bootcamp, but it is also an area where I get to shine, and experiment a little bit outside of my comfort zone. I have arguably good balance from my years of ballet and martial arts, so I like to try to test my balance limits by adding extra weight and/or reps when I can.

In addition to feeling a little bit awesome and strong (teehee), I also experimented during this phase with working out at home versus the gym. There are pros and cons to both of course, and so I decided to provide you with a list of my top criteria for a good workout, and then measure each location (home and gym) up to my criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being terrible and 10 being awesome…

…And then I have a crappy picture of myself working out at each location as well, for your own amusement. You’re welcome. :)

My Criteria:

1)      Comfortable and functional outfit to complete my workout in

2)      Enough time to be able to give my workout my all

3)      Enough space to be able to give my workout my all

4)      Good tunes to work out to

5)      Good strength training equipment

6)      Good cardio equipment

7)      Minimal distractions

8)      Lots of sweat and muscle fatigue

9)      Hydration resources available

10)   Minimal cleanup and recovery


home workout

At Home Workout: Workout A from Phase 1

gym workout

Gym Workout: Workout C from Phase 1

1) Comfortable and functional outfit to complete my workout in

At-Home Rating: 8 out of 10

Gym Rating: 6 out of 10

Haha! Okay so as you can see at home I couldn’t care less how I look. I’ve paired animal print bike shorts with a tank top I got from a concert I went to at the House of Blues on Sunset. (You should absolutely attend a concert there by the way if you haven’t. It’s a smaller venue with lots of standing room and great drinks. Much more of an intimate setting, and yes, it’s on the Sunset Strip in LA.) I’m not wearing any shoes because I like to keep my carpets clean. For this particular workout I didn’t feel the need to wear shoes, but for some workouts this could prove problematic.

At the gym I tend to care slightly more what I look like because, you know, I’m in public and don’t want to scare people or get kicked out for looking homeless. I didn’t wear any makeup that day though, so the flash on my camera phone is accidentally on purpose.


2) Enough time to be able to give my workout my all

At-Home Rating: 8 out of 10.

Gym Rating: 6 out of 10

When I work out at home, it saves me drive time to and from the gym. On the flipside, I haven’t packed my workout outfit with me to bring to work, so when I get home, I tend to want to shuffle about and waste time sometimes. I have to be careful of this. But otherwise, if I’m not lazy, it saves me time. At the gym, I often find myself in a hurry to get home or to the store, or whatever else needs to be done, so most days I feel like I have less focused time on working out even though it tends to be more quality time than at home.


3) Enough space to be able to give my workout my all

At-Home Rating: 4 out of 10

Gym Rating: 6 out of 10

I live in a cardboard box seized apartment, so needless to say, space is a bit of an issue in general let alone finding enough for a workout. If I rearrange some things and move a couple thins I have a passable amount of room, but only enough for one person. I couldn’t really work out with any pals at my home.

At the gym there is more focused and dedicated space, but I often compete for space with other members, depending on what time of day I go.


4) Good tunes to work out to

At-Home Rating: 10 out of 10

Gym Rating: 7 out of 10

At home I have an entire world of music at my disposal to work out to. My hubby and I are both hoarders collectors of music. At the gym, I have whatever is on my ipod or phone. I do like listening to book downloads from Audible on the elliptical or treadmill though. It’s a welcome distraction.


5) Good strength training equipment

At-Home Rating: 6 out of 10

Gym Rating: 10 out of 10

I have a basic set of free weights, a kettlebell, a stability ball, a weighted ball, exercise tubing, and a mat. I wish I had a bosu ball, some more weights and kettlebells, a bench, and of course I’m missing all of the strength machines my gym offers.


6) Good cardio equipment

At-Home Rating: 5 out of 10

Gym Rating: 10 out of 10

For cardio really all you need is yourself and maybe some good music. At home I tend to dance around, and also do a series of plyo movements. But I really tend to get more lazy with cardio at home than at the gym. I like to use the elliptical, treadmill, rowing machine, stairmaster, and stationary bikes. Not to mention there’s Zumba and other cardio classes available.


7) Minimal distractions

Rating: 2 out of 10

Gym Rating: 9 out of 10

This one probably goes without saying, but at home there are a million distractions! At the gym there might be some noise or people watching, but for the most part my energy is pretty easily focused on my workout.


8) Lots of sweat and muscle fatigue

At-Home Rating: 8 out of 10

Gym Rating: 9 out of 10

Whether at home or the gym, it doesn’t matter as long as I am willing to push myself. Either way I know I’ll work up a sweat doing BBB workouts! J


9) Hydration resources available

At-Home Rating: 8 out of 10

Gym Rating: 6 out of 10

At home, I can pretty much always grab some more water or amino powder, etc. At the gym I’m stuck with whatever I brought unless I want to brave the water fountain. I do not brave the dreaded water fountain unless I’m dying of thirst.


10) Minimal cleanup and recovery

At-Home Rating: 6 out of 10

Gym Rating: 6 out of 10

At home I have the shower and my closet right there. On the other hand, there is always equipment to put away and furniture to move back in place when I’m done working out. At the gym of course the reverse scenario is true.


So there you have it!

It appears my gym has a slightly higher rating overall, but a lot of times it just depends on convenience and mood. I think variety is key to keeping myself going, so I am happy I have both options available.


I am looking forward to Phase 2 of BBB starting this next week!  The first week will be a bit challenging since I have to spend a few days in Chicago for work…but I already planned in advance, and I know they have a gym at my hotel so I am good to go.

If you would like more info about Tina Reale’s Best body Bootcamp and how you can sign up, visit her at her website,




Christin Joyful


Best Body Bootcamp Week 1

Hi again!

I’m still going to finish my review of Fitmixer’s bootcamp, as I know I still need to conclude part 3, and only gave you 1 and 2 so far…

But before I do that, it has meanwhile already been and entire week into Tina’s BBB Round 5, and I have just got to share my thoughts!

This is my fourth round with BBB, and I have to say I am more impressed with every round. As Tina develops her bootcamp over time, it just keeps getting more challenging and more professional yet proportionately approachable.

The workouts are very similar to how I remember week 1 from previous rounds, however it was the rollout and organization that really hit the mark for me.

The email notifications with clickable links, pictures, and instructions were thoroughly helpful, unique, colorful, and fun to go through. I felt prepared and intrigued!

And as I went through each workout this week, I definitely felt the change in my body. I hadn’t been using weights for Fitmixer’s workout, so this week was a bit of a challenge for my muscles…they felt fatigued and satisfied with those strength training sessions!

My other goals were 1) daily devotionals and 2) at least 100oz of water per day. I didn’t hit the mark every day with every goal, but I made it through at least 5 days over all, and that felt good.

I feel like I will be a little more prepared next week since I (and my muscles) now remember how it all works.

If you haven’t tried Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, I would encourage you to visit her blog and website for more info, reviews, and great workouts and tips! Click here to go to the Bootcamp landing page…

Until next time,