Mention about boot camp, I think about soldiers’ training. So, when I heard about fitness bootcamp, I can’t help but to associate soldiers’ type of training for laymen like us. Yes, Fitness bootcamp is becoming more popular, especially in the US. Participants meet in local parks or other designated outdoor places and perform workouts resemble soldiers’ physical training. It is an intensive training lasting between 3 days to 1 week but some last as long as 4 weeks.
The organizers normally promote the programs based on few selling points – lose weight, get in shape and stay fit. Some fitness bootcamps focus in developing strength, muscular definition and stamina. Some focus more in the soft side with motivational talks and yoga or massage. Some are dedicated for beginner whereas some are only meant for intermediate or advanced groups. In fact, some bootcamps are exclusive for women.
Regardless of the variation, you will attend classes. Usually, nutrition is one of the courses. Also, normally, the focus will be outdoor activities include stretching, weight training, obstacle training, running, hiking, cycling, power walking or even rock climbing. You will do fitness the old-fashioned way – with sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, running with a whole lot of sweat.
Some people are afraid that name callings are common in these bootcamps since the so called military style training is emphasized. Yes, no doubt, some people need that push or kick in the pants to get them starting, but no screaming or humiliation is supposed to take place. After all, you pay to exercise, and not to be scolded or abused. You are supposed to be encouraged and praised with mentally and physically challenging programs. (But, if you are the type who wants to be yelled at, feel free to let the instructors know and I am sure they can arrange something special for you.)
You probably meet up with strangers in the bootcamp, but you will eventually appreciate team spirit because some activities will require team work. Instructors will guide you. They motivate you and they will push you to the next fitness level. It involves camaraderie and team building.
Basic Things To Know Before You Sign Up a Bootcamp
- Because of its variation and objective, it is important to join a right bootcamp. Do not be misled by the marketing gimmick – “it is for anyone with any fitness level”. If you are just starting to exercise, you will not want to join an advanced level of bootcamp. However, if you are not physically fit, no worry. A good boot camp will not leave you behind. The instructors and other team members will support you and to ensure that everyone feels they are a part of the team.
- Check out the instructors’ profile. Make sure that they are certified fitness professionals.
- Normally, you will be given a health screening before you join the bootcamp. You are strongly advised to provide relevant health history information. Be honest and tell them you health issues if you have any.
- Be ready to feel soreness after the bootcamp. Most people feel some soreness for the first few days or even the first week of camp. No worry, it is just part of the process that help you improve.
At the end of the bootcamp, I doubt that you will lose weight instantly. But, what you learn will make you being mentally ready for your fitness goals. Also, for people who have been slack and you need an ass-kicking jump start, bootcamp will be a good option. You will enjoy the combination of personal attention and social interaction at fitness boot camp. You should enjoy the camaraderie of a non-competitive group workout there.
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