As summer draws toward an end, so will my boot camp series. Our 5:30 AM class was mostly done in the dark this morning, and within a few weeks it will still be dark when we finish up.  I’ve decided to do two more weeks even though I told the ladies this morning that today was their last class. 

Truth be told, I’ve really enjoyed volunteering to teach this class for our MRTT chapter and have really enjoyed getting to know some of the ladies that I hadn’t had a chance to meet prior to the class. 

Today’s workout can be done without any equipment, or you can add dumbbells to the renegade rows and a medicine ball or weight to the lunges.  You should be able to make it through this workout once in about 45-50 minutes. 


As I explained a couple of weeks ago, pyramids are the cardio intervals between strengthening exercises.  Each pyramid consists of doing 150 total reps of five different heart-raising movements, starting with 50 reps, then 40, then 30, then 20, and then 10.  For example, this week we ran in place 50 times, did 40 high knees, followed with 30 jumping jacks, 20 butt kicks, and finally 10 basketball jump shots.  Mix it up any way you want as long as itโ€™s challenging and gets your heart pumping.

Here are just a few pyramid exercise options:

  • Run in place
  • Karaoke (grapevines)
  • Hacky sacks
  • Skip claps
  • Jumping jacks
  • Star jumps
  • Butt kicks
  • Jump shots
  • High knees
  • Exaggerated skips


Additional boot camp workouts can be found on Deb’s Boot Camp Workouts on Pinterest.


  • Questions:
  • What exercises would you add to the pyramid list?
  • What has been the most fulfilling volunteer job you’ve had? ~ Probably teaching pre-school CCD for me.
  • What’s your favorite Pinterest board type?