Monika Sch­narre hits the park for a gru­elling out­door boot camp work­out

Monika pushes it to the limit in this boot camp ses­sion

North Toronto Post - - News - MONIKA SCH­NARRE Monika Sch­narre is a model, ac­tress, en­tre­pre­neur and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity. She has ap­peared in over 50 tele­vi­sion shows and films and on over 100 mag­a­zine cov­ers.

Fit Chicks is a se­ries of boot camps and fit­ness re­treats that be­gan in 2008 when founders Amanda Quinn and Laura Jack­son saw a gap in the mar­ket for women who wanted to be part of a fit­ness com­mu­nity.

To­day I’m try­ing one of their out­door boot­camp ses­sions in Wil­low­dale Park with in­struc­tor Veronica Mor­gia.

WARM­ING UP

We started with a dy­namic warmup of five min­utes us­ing dy­namic move­ments to get the blood flow­ing and body warm.

THE WORK­OUT

The ex­er­cises are bro­ken into sec­tions, and you do each one for a full minute be­fore mov­ing on. We started with ply­o­met­rics, strength and iso­met­ric ex­er­cises like wind­mill jumps, squats and static plié s. Then moved into the kick box­ing sec­tion with squats with front kicks al­ter­nat­ing sides, plié hold with speed bag arms, squat side kick right and then left. Then we put our feet to­gether and did up­per­cuts, jump­ing jacks with up­per­cuts and fi­nally jab cross on the right side and then left. Next up was two sec­tions of high in­ten­siy in­ter­val train­ing with lunges, push ups and squats. The fi­nal drill was a sprint, fol­lowed by a jog, and then we did five min­utes of abs ex­er­cises like the plank, lower leg lifts and side plank with hip taps.

LEVEL OF DIF­FI­CULTY

This was re­ally chal­leng­ing. Each ex­er­cise is re­peated for one minute and your legs will be scream­ing at you to move on to the next.

DUR­ING THE WORK­OUT

I loved the fact that we were work­ing out in the open. The monotony of the gym has al­ways bored me. This boot­camp is per­fect for the anti-gym per­son who needs ex­ter­nal mo­ti­va­tion. And when you’re part of the pro­gram, the work­out changes each night, so you keep it fresh and your body guess­ing. It was a killer sweat ses­sion.

THE NEXT DAY

The work­outs are all de­signed with a to­tal body work­out in mind, and that’s ex­actly what I got. I felt it the most in my lower body the next day. The lower body was uti­lized dur­ing the car­dio move­ments and the strength ex­er­cises.

FAVOURITE PART

Fit Chicks gives you the feeling of hav­ing a per­sonal trainer with the ca­ma­raderie of a group class. Veronica Mor­gia pushed me to do more than I nor­mally would do on my own, which is key to see­ing changes in your body.

ROUND TWO

This is some­thing I could def­i­nitely get into and would try again. It’s chal­leng­ing and af­ford­able be­cause they use out­door parks for their work­outs or rent spa­ces in com­mu­nity cen­tres, school gyms and churches in the colder months.

Monika work­ing out with in­struc­tor Veronica Mor­gia

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