Finding it hard to stay motivated? Do you turn off the alarm, rollover in bed and tell yourself that you’ll exercise later in the day, knowing full well that “later” just won’t happen? Then maybe a fitness boot camp might just be the kick in the butt you need to get serious about working out again.
What exactly is a fitness boot camp?
A fitness boot camp is typically an outdoor exercise class that meets regardless of the weather. Camps vary in length and style. For the first hour participants are put through a variety of cardiovascular exercises, such as running, interval training, obstacle courses or hiking, followed by strength training involving exercise bands, body weight resistance and dumbbells. As a cool down, a form of yoga or Pilates is provided to help improve flexibility.
Are fitness boot camps for men or women?
Both! Some camps are designed specifically for men and some specifically for women. However, couples camps are becoming very popular.
Where are fitness boot camps located?
Boot camps are popping up all over! Contact your nearest fitness center to inquire about locations close to you. Or, invite a friend or two and plan a fitness boot camp vacation!
How fit do you need to participate in a fitness boot camp?
Most boot camps are designed for people who are in relatively good shape. Typically participants have less than 50 pounds to lose, are in the habit of running or walking, and have the stamina to hang in there with the workouts. However, because of the interest in boot camps, camps are now being provided for individuals who are obese and/or have rarely worked out in the past couple of years.
How expensive are the fitness boot camps?
Boot camps vary in price, partly due to the duration of the camp. Some local camps are offered three times a day, five days a week, year round. Individuals can choose to attend as often as they like. Other camps are run for a specific time period, such as 6:00 AM, Monday through Friday, for one month.
Are people getting good results by attending fitness boot camps?
Yes! For many individuals, they will lose 5-10% of their body fat and as much as 15 pounds. By the end of camp, their average walking/jogging mile will be two minutes less than at the start of the camp.
So why all the hype about fitness boot camps?
Participants will tell you that camp provides huge satisfaction. You’re expected to show up on time, give it your all, and push yourself harder than you’ve ever pushed before. During this time, you get to meet other people who are driven to do well and it’s encouraging. For many participants, because they have conquered boot camp, they are ready to tackle other areas in their lives that need to be improve upon.
So how about it? Is an exercise boot camp for you? Is this what it will take for you to get serious about working out? Have you been working out but need a challenge? A fitness boot camp just might be what you need!