Burn Boot Camp

Burn Boot Camp | A Bit of Bees Knees

This will be my 3rd month at Burn Boot Camp Costa Mesa (BBC). I’ve been seeing great progress in my strength and overall health! I love spending my mornings with a fun group of ladies that inspire me to reach for my personal best. It’s such a friendly and uplifting environment. Here are a few words from some of the wonderful ladies that I workout with:

“This is no normal gym, this place feels like home. The women that come here work hard and they work even harder at supporting each other. This is why I love Burn and why I come back even when my body is threatening to fail me. Give up all the excuses, shut off your brain, just put your pants on and show up. Do what you can plus a little more and repeat.”- Elizabeth Bader

“I could have given up long time ago but with all my ladies at Burn Bootcamp encouraging and supporting one another is what motivates me the most. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all my beautiful strong Ladies and Jeffrey Lawler and Britt Sturg for always pushing me.” –Karla Murillo

“I love coming to this place, putting in a challenging workout and doing it with all of these amazing women!” –Mindy Murrieta

“I want to say thank you to every single person who made a change in my life, especially in this new chapter. Burn Boot Camp – Costa Mesa, every day there is motivation to keep going, every single face that shares the same passion to see all these lady’s giving a 100 %. Thank you to Brittanny Sturgess and Jeffrey Lawler for pushing me everyday to not give up, Thank you to Dale Lawler for opening this place to make a better community.”-Gabriela Rosales
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Working out everyday is wonderful, but exercising alone will not get you results. You need to change your eating habits. Fresh veggies, fruit and lean meat should the base of your nutrition. Get rid of the junk food at home. Throw out the artificial sweeteners and processed foods.
Understanding macronutrients is the next step in the BBC nutrition philosophy. Learning about protein, carbohydrate and fat ratios and how they impact your body will help you determine food options throughout the day. This plan involves monitoring your calorie and macro intake to hit the correct %  of protein, carbs and fats. I like to use my fitness pal app on my iPhone and computer to track the food I eat. Here are a few charts that I find helpful. I printed these out and posted them on my fridge to remind me.
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and a few helpful tips from BBC headquarters for meal prepping!

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1. Plan your meals around THE SAME MAIN PROTEIN. Choose a lean protein (boneless skinless chicken breast, lean ground turkey, etc.) and structure all of your lunches and dinners around that item. For beginner meal-preppers, chicken is by far the easiest protein to deal with. (Cook 4-6 pounds of chicken in your slow-cooker for 4 hours on low. Chop or shred the chicken and use as the base for your main meals.)

2. Wash, dry, slice and pre-portion all fruits and vegetables so they are ready to go.

3. Pre-portion snacks such as almonds, cashews, or chickpeas in small bags to be sure you are eating a proper serving size.

4. Choose recipes with ingredients that overlap to save time and money (green peppers, onions, etc.).

5. Make double-batches of items and freeze for future meal planning.

6. Invest in reusable and stackable microwave-safe containers to store individual entrees for the week.

7. Grab an inexpensive food scale to help with portion control and serving size.

Melissa at eat.lift.play.repeat has a great shopping list that is perfect for the BBC lifestyle.
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Burn Boot Camp Workout Video and Chocolate Coconut Protein Muffins

Burn Boot Camp | A Bit of Bees Knees
This is my second month at Burn Boot Camp and I am really enjoying my time here! It has become my daily routine – wake up in the morning, put on my workout clothes and lace up my shoes, fill up a water bottle, pack an extra outfit for work and I’m good to go. My whole day is more productive, my mind is sharper and I’m excited to be spending time focusing on my health. Burn Boot Camp’s pillars of success are mindset, organic whole food nutrition, strength training, burst training, and providing a positive environment – it’s just the place I want to be.
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My trainers help me focus on my goals, give nutritional advice and push me to improve in strength and cardio training. There is a “weekly protocol” that changes every week and they never do the same workout twice! Classes are always interesting, challenging and fun. Every other day we alternate between different muscle groups with burst and strength training techniques. Here is an example of our weekly protocol –>

Weekly Protocol

Monday – upper body superset w/ elevator push-ups
Tuesday – bodyweight burst training mini-camp w/ sprint finisher
Wednesday – cardio pyramid whiteboard w/star crunch finisher
Thursday – partner leg strength chipper w/ partner bunny hop finisher
Friday – partner core/conditioning droplet w/ half burpee jump knee tuck finisher
Saturday – full body strength circuit w/ squat press finisher
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A word from my trainer Brittanny:

“Burn Boot Camp focuses on 2 exercise formats: strength and burst/cardio training.  On strength days we are working on muscle hypertrophy meaning we are seeking maximum growth of our muscles lifting heavier weights working toward muscle fatigue and muscle failure, making those last few reps of the set nearly impossible to sustain.  Burst training is HIIT (high intensity interval training) with more cardio and athletic conditioning; a full body work that builds strength, power, mobility, balance, and agility.  On burst and cardio days your heart rate will spike much higher than strength days – that’s one big difference. We never combine the 2 types of training so it’s either cardio/HIIT day or a strength day.  We never train the same body part the following day because we expect our clients will be sore! It’s a good thing therefore we work on a totally different muscle group or training format. No workout is every the same and the protocol changes every week.”

I asked my trainers, Jeffrey, Brittanny and fellow BBCer Shastin to help me make a short clip to demo some examples of strength and burst/cardio training that we do at the gym.

Song by: MØ – Final Song

weighted back lunges
bicep curls to overhead press
bent over low rowers
jump squats
jump tucks
cricket burpees
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I always follow my BBC workouts with lots of protein – usually a protein shake, lean turkey or chicken with a side of veggies will do, but somedays I’ve got mad cravings for chocolate! Here is a yummy recipe from “Beyond the Blender Bottle” by Burn Boot Camp that uses  After Burn protein powder – everything you need to fuel your potential.

Chocolate Coconut Protein Muffins


Chocolate Coconut Protein Muffins

Ingredients:
2/3 cup oat flour
1⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 serving of Afterburn whey protein
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
1⁄4 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk (or regular almond milk) 3 egg whites
2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil (or melted coconut oil)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place 8 silicone cupcake liners on a sheet pan. Whisk together egg whites, almond milk, and coconut oil in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add remainder of ingredients into the bowl and stir until well combined.

Evenly divide cupcake batter among cupcake liners.

Bake in the oven for 14-16 minutes, or until center is cooked. Let cool and enjoy! Makes 6 servings; 1 serving is 1 muffin
NUTRITION INFO: Macros for 1 serving: 126 calories, 6.5g protein, 12.8g carbs, 6g fat, 3.6g sugar 1.9g fiber
*I made my muffins smaller (bitesize) so the nutrition info is cut in half for 12 mini muffins. Drizzle with natural PB and a few crispy coconut chips

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Burn Boot Camp and Post Workout PB Oats

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Four weeks ago my friend called me up… “Hey do you want to join a boot camp with me?” Sure why not!? It was a great deal – $30 for 30days so I jumped on it. It’s been a month and I’m already thrilled with the results I’m seeing. Burn Boot Camp workouts are similar to circuit training – an intense 45 minute workout with stations designed to target specific areas of your body and get your heart pumping! Some days they’ll focus on calisthenics, arms or legs etc. Each day has a group warm up, then splits into rotating sections for the workout and ends with a “finisher” and stretching. It’s creative, it’s tough, it gets results + it’s a great place to cheer on other ladies who are all working to become stronger and healthier.

Things I love about Burn Boot Camp that are different from any other gym I’ve been to:

Accountability– “Focus meetings” are one-on-one meetings with your trainer where you can discuss your goals, weigh-in, take measurements and devise a plan to help you reach your BEST self. I really think the whole accountability aspect works wonders for me… just knowing that I have to check-in every other week, kicks my booty in gear – I’ve got to do my best! It’s all about feeling stronger, more energetic and confident. We talked about nutrition and meal planning and my coach gave me a shopping list of goodies to stock up on (lean meats, veggies, foods high in protein and low in bad fats etc.). I’m calling this “the year of Britt” working on myself and all the things I want to achieve and improve on before D and I try for a kiddo. So I’m starting here at Burn Boot Camp. We came up with an action plan for working towards my goals and finding foods high in nutrients and protein; “remember ladies you have 30-40 minute window to get 20-30 grams of protein in after your workouts” all day everyday 😉 I’m excited about this new adventure and I think having accountability has a huge impact on results.

Women Only– It’s fantastic to be surrounded by women and moms of all ages, sizes and athletic abilities. I feel like Burn Boot Camp is a safe environment – one that challenges me, but doesn’t force me to perform above my level. It’s not easy by any means, but it’s not the drill sergeant boot camp you are imagining. The coaches are wonderful, knowledgeable and supportive. There are co-ed classes available in the evenings and free classes open to the public on Saturday so I can bring my husband and friends.

Free Childcare– Huge plus! Not many gyms offer free childcare! My friend can drop her kids off in the room right next to our workout area. The kids play games, watch movies and color during our 45 min workout. It’s nice to not worry about the added cost of childcare and safety of the little ones.

But best of all, you can try out BBC right now! There are only a few spots open for $30-30days! – Hurry up the deal ends soon! And if you want to follow my journey I’ll be working on a few Burn Boot Camp posts paired with healthy recipes in the months to come!

Burn Boot Camp
2675 Irvine Ave
Costa Mesa, California 92627
Email: costamesa@burnbootcamp.com
Phone: (949) 632-7873

and a post workout pick-me-up…

Creamy Peanut Butter Oats with Yogurt, Herbs and Honey
Creamy PB Oats with Greek Yogurt and Ayurvedic Herbs

Healthy eating goes hand-in-hand with working out! So I thought it would be fun to share a post workout recipe! This is my go-to snack (rather a small meal) after a tough workout. I love these creamy pb protein oats. I mix mine with non-fat Greek yogurt, a spoonful of peanut butter,  ayurvedic herbs, honey and hemp seeds. It’s packed with protein, vitamins and belly friendly probiotics! This recipe is truly divine! Here’s how I make my mornin’ bowl.

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tbsp creamy organic peanut butter
1 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
*Optional* Add your choice of herbs, vitamins or protein powder
I like to use a combo of ayurvedic plant powders – brahmi and ashwagandha for inflammation and stress relief. Please consult with your doctor before using dietary supplements, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Directions:
Boil 1 cup water in a small pot. Add oats and simmer until oats are soft and water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt, peanut butter and honey until the porridge is smooth and creamy. Add, herbs, vitamins or protein powder if desired. Sprinkle with hemp seeds for a healthy dose of omega 3 & omega 6! Super easy, yummy and filling! The perfect fuel food for post BBC!
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Tracy Anderson {15 Min Toning Workout}

Hey guys, here is a repost from the fabulous Goop by Gwyneth Paltrow. I thought this was a really fun 15 minute workout. It’s great for toning arm, legs and abs without the bulkiness! And we can all spare 15 min a day right? Easy peasy.


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Man to Run La Marathon Barefoot for Keep a Breast Foundation

Hey Guys! My friend Casey Cochran is running the L.A. Marathon next week to raise money for the Keep A Breast Foundation (which is amazing in itself), but get this… he is running the whole thing BAREFOOT!
Way to go Casey! I am so stoked for you and your cause.Check out his interview with KCAL 9. As well as this short clip on the Keep A Breast Non Toxic Revolution.
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“Casey Cochran will be running the Marathon BAREFOOT in an effort to raise money for Keep a Breast Foundation’s Outreach Center’s rock climbing wall. As campaign director of Keep A Breast’s Non Toxic Revolution, Casey is passionate about rock climbing and providing cancer survivors and recently diagnosed with an outlet to gain confidence and discover their inner strengths.” -KCAL9For more information on Casey and how you can donate
Click HereA little about The Keep A Breast Foundation and the Non Toxic Revolution
The Keep A Breast Foundatiom is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Their mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts, they seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.

Non Toxic Revolution’s mission is to inform and educate people about toxic chemicals in our environment and food supply especially those linked to the initiation of breast cancer. Its aim is to focus on prevention as a means to maintaining long-term health and well-being. NTR also provides alternative choices so that young people everywhere can make smart changes.