Erin is one of our founding Bootcampers. She started with me in 2013 in Christie Pits but she was on vacation for the first month so I actually didn’t meet her until she joined us on our first Bootcamp ‘field trip’ to run the Mud Hero race. She and I actually ran the race together; and as we heaved ourselves over walls and trudged our way through a muddy lake, I had no idea that Erin was getting hooked on a new hobby that she would eventually take across borders.
Erin’s moved to the West End Bootcamp and so Scott gets to make her do her 6am burpees now. In his words: “Erin is a real fighter. Even when she’s juggling night classes and other demanding commitments, she still gives it her all at 6am. She takes on each and every circuit, exercise and challenge without ever a grumpy groan. She comes ready to crush it every morning and the West Enders love her for it!”
How long have you been training with us?
On and off since 2013.
Were you always an exerciser? What did you do for your fitness before signing up with FFG?
No – not even a little bit. Before I signed up I played ultimate frisbee and occasionally walked home from work.
What made you sign up for a FFG Bootcamp?
Which time? I have multiple reasons – This last time, I felt my body getting stiff and knew I needed to do something about it. I also needed a good stress reliever. I enjoy working out in a group – I usually won’t do it on my own.
How has being an FFG Bootcamper changed your life?
Overall my body feels better and my mood is better. This probably sounds super cheesy but I find I stand up straighter when I am doing Bootcamp – my muscles are stronger.
What do you do when you are not Bootcamping?
Work, School, Sports, Homework, play with my puppy – and I try and get some sleep too!
What’s your major fitness goal right now?
So my new goal is to one day be able to do something like this…
(Oonagh’s note: I actually caught Erin contemplating this feat on camara on our Bootcamp field trip this morning to an indoor obstacle course:
What about coming to Bootcamp makes you jump out of bed at 5am?
Honestly, I feel better on the mornings I go to Bootcamp. I also enjoy the fact that its always different – you never really know whats in store for you.
What exercise or drill makes you cower under your bed covers and pretend you don’t hear your alarm?
Tricep dips off the benches
Best/funniest Bootcamp moment?
I really enjoyed the Bootcamp at Wu Xing that you brought in the TV and we did the dancing – was it dance dance revolution? I was so bad at it but it was so much fun
What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with FFG Bootcamps or just thinking about it?
Stick with it. It’s hard at first – actually it’s hard all the time but that’s what makes it so great.
What is the accomplishment or personal milestone you are most proud of?
Until this morning I’ve never been able to do something like this wall. I just couldn’t do it and would walk around the obstacle but this morning I made it over.
(Oonagh’s note: I actually caught that moment on camara as well!
I have done over 20 runs / races / mud runs / colour runs since 2013. The first one being the mud hero with FFG Bootcampers.
When I was younger, if you had told me this is what I would be doing in my late 20s and 30s, I never would have believed you…
I love that! (and I can relate as I never would have thought I would be working in fitness!) What could you be doing in a few years that would surprise and delight you? Show Erin some love and leave a comment to congratulate her on all her hard work!