Basin Electric women report for Boot Camp

Back row, from left: Shawnel Huber, Lynn McNulty, Judy Hojian, Tiffany Bailey, Linda Binstock, Michele Hellman and Sheila Renner. Front row, from left: Lori Bruner, Nicole Perreault, Sabrina Bear, DesaRae Hojan, Adele Leingang, Angela Misek and Grace Baker. Not pictured: Michelle Schroeder, Amy Spilman, Casey Jacobson, Mary Albrecht and Patty Kluge.

Back row, from left: Shawnel Huber, Lynn McNulty, Judy Hojian, Tiffany Bailey, Linda Binstock, Michele Hellman and Sheila Renner. Front row, from left: Lori Bruner, Nicole Perreault, Sabrina Bear, DesaRae Hogan, Adele Leingang, Angela Misek and Grace Baker. Not pictured: Michelle Schroeder, Amy Spilman, Casey Jacobson, Mary Albrecht and Patty Kluge.

If you have recently spotted a group of ladies pumping iron or switching up between lunges, sprints, jumping jacks, burpees, tricep-dips, push-ups or step-ups on Headquarters turf, don’t be alarmed – there’s just a serious workout in progress.

When Nicole Perreault signed up to lead Basin Boot Camp in April, she didn’t expect to get such a strong response.

“I was kind of just hoping for 10 people,” Perreault says.

It didn’t take long for 18 women to step up to the challenge. The weather hasn’t always allowed the group’s sessions to occur outdoors, but Perreault has made sure there is never a dull moment by getting members to feel the burn indoors. On April 30, the group met in Basin Electric’s fitness center, rotating between different workout stations in order to work up a sweat.

“The turnout is good,” says Perreault, graphic designer and multimedia specialist II and Wellness Committee member for Basin Electric. She also works as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Bismarck’s Missouri Family Valley YMCA. “I like it. I have a lot of fun with it.”

While there has been strong interest in Basin Boot Camp, Perreault can’t help but notice a skew in participation.

“I was kind of hoping there would be some guys, too,” she says.

But it’s a start.

Perreault was originally approached to start a Zumba class for Basin Electric, but she says the cooperative does not have the necessary floor and space options needed for the activity. So she started Basin Boot Camp instead, and now there are three sessions left.

As the weather continues to improve, Perreault hopes to use the outdoors more. She says using the entire east lawn and being able to sprint up the hills surrounding Headquarters would make for great workouts.

Current participants enjoy access to such workouts at their place of work. Perreault says women from different departments have gotten to know one another, and the group’s camaraderie has been strong. Everyone brings different fitness experience to the table.

“A lot of them were intimidated,” Perreault says, referring to the fast-paced nature of the workouts. But she feels the sessions have taught participants new ways to be active at home – without exercise equipment. And participants have been eager to learn, with their gaze set on an additional goal: “We’re kind of making a competition out of it to see who loses the most weight, percentage-wise,” Perreault says.

As it nears completion, the first eight-week session of Basin Boot Camp is closed to additional participants. But there will be another eight-week Basin Boot Camp starting June 4.

“I’m kind of curious to see how many people will do another one,” Perreault says.

Recently, Perreault also started the blog “Energize” which employees can access by visiting Basin Electric’s Intranet, Inside Basin.

“I’m hoping every week to feature new employees that are active and are living a healthy lifestyle,” she says. “I think there are so many employees that are active that we don’t even realize.”

She is also hoping to feature helpful information on new workouts via the blog. She plans to provide special activities during Wellness Week at Headquarters.

For questions regarding Basin Boot Camp, email Perreault at nperreault@bepc.com.

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