Nell McAndrew hooked on British Military Fitness - Women's Running

Nell hooked on British Military Fitness

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  July 20, 2016

What made you take up British Military Fitness classes?
I was struggling both with time to fit in good training sessions and also with motivation. I like to try something new every now and again so my body gets worked a different way to find muscles that I forgot I had!

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How long have you been doing it?
A few months once or twice a week.

What’s the appeal for you?
To be able to shut off and focus for a whole hour. Every session is different as instructors rotate and they vary workouts. Everyone trains hard whatever level of fitness. Everyone encourages each other to do their best.

What do you most enjoy about it?
I always feel like I have worked hard and always leave happy. I like the fact that men and women train alongside each other. There’s no time to chat, you have to get stuck in and work hard. If the instructor sees that you have cheated on your reps or you are doing the exercises incorrectly or not encouraging other team mates, he makes you do harder exercises as a forfeit and decides how many reps or for how long you do them!

How has your fitness improved since you’ve been doing it?
I feel stronger and more toned all over, especially my upper body and core. The other week I did parkrun then went straight onto a British Military Fitness class. I was on a high all weekend. I wasn’t sure if I would have enough energy left after parkrun but my body was well warmed up and I ended up training really well at my BMF session. I realise this isn’t for everyone but I loved it!

Do you think boot camp classes in general are good for women who run?
Yes they can be great if they are pushing you to work harder than you would normally train on your own. I think training outdoors in all weathers in classes like this makes you stronger and more dedicated to your running. All beginners are made to feel very welcome. The rest of the group have to make sure that they know the new members names so that they feel welcomed.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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