The other day I was teaching a boot camp class that had a couple new people in it. After class was over one approached me and questioned why I choose to teach boot camp rather than the plethora of other modalities that are out there. My answer was simple – results!
I generally teach boot camps that require a one month commitment. At the beginning and end of the month we take before and after measurements and also do a physical assessment to track progress in planks, push ups, crunches, etc. I have the numbers and data to show that boot camp always works. It works significantly enough that I can confidently say that my program has guaranteed results. I generally never teach the same class twice so my clients never plateau.
I know some people see “Boot Camp” and think “no way”. Some people think it would be way too intense and they are not in shape but that is the whole reason you come to class. Whether I am teaching in Maine, Miami, or Morocco the classes always build a community of camaraderie which to me is even more of a perk than getting in shape. Some of my dearest friends started off as boot camp clients.
Boot camp may have a different interpretation from every trainer/instructor that teaches it. To me it simply means a challenging and ever changing set of exercises that will help improve your cardiovascular efficiency, increase your overall strength, and help you tone and lose weight. In my classes I prefer to use body weight for two reasons. One, I like my clients to learn exercises they can do anytime and anywhere so if I am not around they can still create a workout on their own. Two, your body weighs more than any dumbbell you could lift so you should learn to use your own body in different ways. It prepares you for real world scenarios to use your body as a whole rather than isolating just one muscle. What are you more likely to do – bicep curls with your grocery bags or lifting them out of the car, running up stairs and bending over to put them down. You will be getting stronger and losing weight so exercises can quickly become easier. Strength oriented body weight exercises are push ups, squats, lunges, crunches, etc. Cardio oriented body weight exercises are running with high knees, jumping jacks, jump rope, etc.
Hopefully this answers any questions you may have on what boot camp is. Don’t be intimidated! Even if you have injuries or have never worked out in your life, you are capable. When people have injuries I prefer they book a private session with me to go over modifications of common exercises we do so give your instructor a heads up if you have any concerns.