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!

——Meal Prep——

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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Healthy Protein Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls | A Bit of Bees Knees
Bliss Balls | A Bit of Bees Knees
Little protein bites! They’re so easy to make and they hit the spot when I need a sweet fix. I’ll roll them in whatever sounds interesting… chocolate covered cacao nibs, matcha green tea powder, pecans, roasted coconut flakes and sesame seeds. The base is made from soft medjool dates, organic peanut butter, coconut butter, vanilla and almond extract, honey, garbanzo bean flour and splash of water. Lots of protein and a healthy dose of good fats to keep you going. They’re silky smooth!

Ingredients:
8 soft dates
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
2 tbsp smooth organic peanut butter
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 tbsp water (may need more)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp almond extract
*desired toppings for rolling

Warm the coconut butter in a glass bowl set over a small saucepan of simmering water until it’s semi-soft. Remove from the heat, and add to a food processor with the rest the the ingredients. Blend until mixture resembles a smooth paste. Ingredients vary, so add a bit more garbanzo flour or water if necessary. Using your hands, roll the mixture into 12 balls, then roll each one in your desired topping. Coat thoroughly. Place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set. Story any leftover truffles in the fridge.
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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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Victoria’s Secret Supermodel Miranda Kerr Workout

VICTORIA’S SECRET SUPERMODEL MIRANDA KERR WORKOUT

The last post on VS supermodel workouts was so popular, I thought I should find another one for all you lovely ladies…and because I have been re-motivated to workout after watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last week. I wonder why? Ha-ha. I found Miranda Kerr’s weekly workout on Sharieitfitness. It’s no cake-walk. She works hard and eats a healthy balanced diet to achieve her slender amazingnessssss. I’ve also heard that she is a big fan of Yoga!

Here it is:

Miranda usually spends about 90 minutes in the gym, 4 days a week. If you don’t have time for that, try spreading it out over 6 days. She begins with a 15 minute sprint/jog session to get her heart rate up. She’ll jog for 2 minutes then sprint for 30 seconds and repeats the process until 15 minutes are up. After her warm-up she’ll jump rope — 5 minutes of regular jumping, followed by 5 minutes of advanced. Advanced jump roping includes double skips, one-legged jumps, and knee tucks.

Then it’s onto the resistance component to her routine. Miranda’s trainer has her practice snatches, in ladder form. What this means is she’ll lay out 4 dumbbells in increasing weight. She’ll start with the lightest and do 1 rep, then move on to the next heaviest and so on (weights do not exceed 15 lbs. remember the focus is toning the arms, not bulking-up). Once she’s done all four, she’ll start back at the lightest weight and do 2 reps etc. She repeats this process until 10 reps for each weight.  Tip: Move fast during the ladder snatch drill to keep your heart rate up and burn more calories.

From here she will spend 20 minutes focusing on lower body toning with a barbell and a few weights. She combines barbell squats, barbell lunges, barbell reverse lunges, and box jumps to make up her lower body routine. She’ll do 3 sets of 12 for each kind.

Miranda repeats her jump rope drills for another 10 minutes at this point. The goal of a circuit training routine is to keep the heart rate high. This burns a massive amount of calories and vastly improves cardiovascular capabilities.

From here it’s back onto the treadmill. Although this time it will be with a steeper incline. Miranda will spend 3 minutes sprinting, 6 minutes walking, and 6 minutes walking backwards.

To recap:

15 minutes: Jog/sprint – sprint 30 seconds, jog 2 minutes, repeat.
10 minutes: Jump rope – 5 minutes regular jumping, 5 minutes advanced jumping technique
20 minutes: Ladder snatches – see above for description
20 minutes: Lower body work – BB squats, BB lunges, BB reverse lunges, box jumps
10 minutes: Jump rope – 5 minutes regular jumping, 5 minutes advanced jumping technique
15 minutes: Inclined treadmill (at LEAST 15 degrees) – 3 minutes sprinting, 6 minutes walking, 6 minutes walking backwards


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