One day I was working out at the little gym at the apartment complex that I live in and towards the end of my workout, one of the others guys that was in the gym stopped me and was like, “Have you ever heard of Camp Gladiator?” He said the workout I was doing that day reminded him of it and that I should go with him one day, so I took him up on that offer.
Camp Galdiator is typically 4 weeks of unlimited workouts, for all fitness levels, led by a personal trainer at various locations. When you sign up you can go to any location as much as you like. The workouts are 60-minute long, total-body workouts done in a group class format. I joined Mariano on a Wednesday morning at 5:30 AM at the River Oaks location which is in front of the lululemon in Highland Village. The workouts are done outside in the parking lot and the only equipment required is a mat.
McKenzie was our trainer that morning and can I just say, I almost bailed before I even got there because that morning was 45 degrees and raining… I am so proud of myself for just showing up. Anyways, there were about 15 or so people at class that morning, which was apparently a light crowd, probably because most people aren’t as crazy as me and would prefer to stay bundled up in a warm bed for a few hours longer.
Anyways… We started the workout with 3 laps around the stores then some other light cardio for the warm up, like high knees and hip raises, and a bit more jogging. After we finished the warm up we really got to work. I would describe is best as a HIIT (high intensity interval training) style workout. The first round went something like this:
In and out squats – 20
Hip raises/bridges on the mat – 15
Star Jumps – 10
Sprint to cones and back
5 min on repeat
All out 30 sec burpees to reach your maximum burn out
We did that 2x then did another round of other exercises in the same type format. Classes ended with 1 all out spring around the parking lot, then abs and stretching before taking a group photo and heading home to unthaw.
I really enjoyed McKenzie’s energy, especially at 5:30 in the morning. The group I was working out with was also really nice. Everyone was high fiving and there were a few partner exercises that we would do while also answering a question about ourselves. For instance, we were asked to tell the other person how we spent Thanksgiving while we were facing each other doing high knees and like high fiving … okay this sounds really corny, but I don’t really know how else to describe it…
Overall I really enjoyed class. It was definitely a good workout, but just tons of cardio and lots of squat jumps. My quads were pretty damn sore for the next few days. I think what I liked most about it was the group accountability aspect. I would think if you go to the same class/location consistently for 4 weeks then you would form a pretty close group of friends from it.
If you are interested in trying a free session, just look up a Camp Gladiator Trainer near you and ask to join in a class just to try. McKenzie was more than happy to have me there and not pushy at all about joining which is refreshing.