Bootcamp Training: Why It Works
By Joe Vennare
Sometimes going to the gym can be a chore. We have to create a training plan and master the machines. Just when we start to get into the swing of things, all of these things start to lose their luster. Let’s be honest, strength training machines and cardio equipment aren’t very much fun. They don’t leave us longing for more. Workouts can be boring. What’s worse is that over time they become ineffective.
If you’ve ever felt like there has to be more to this exercise experience, you’re right. There has to be more and there is. It’s called bootcamp training.
Bootcamp: What To Expect When You Enlist
Bootcamp is where we send soldiers to become all that they can be. A fitness bootcamp is the place you should go if you want to be more – more fit, more active and have more fun.
Instead of exercising by yourself, you’ll be a part of a group or a team. There’s a sense that you’re all in this together. You’ll be encouraged to do your best. You’ll have the support of others. You’ll work harder than you thought you could.
With a coach or “drill instructor” watching you while you work out, there’s a good chance that you will get more out of your bootcamp workouts than your solo gym routine. Since your team has your back, you’re willing to try harder and do more. Plus, your training sessions are programmed for you. You don’t have to develop the workouts on your own and hope that they work. Leave that part to the instructor. You just have to show up and put in the sweat.
Test Your Limits
When we work out on our own, we’re more likely to do things that we like, the things that we’re good at. The very same workouts over and over again. That’s not the case when you sign up for a fitness bootcamp. Bootcamp workouts are modeled after military style basic training. These workouts are used to create total body fitness. That includes running and jumping, sprinting and squats. That’s right, all of the things you might be avoiding. But they’re the very same things that will make you better, stronger and more fit.
When you participate in a bootcamp, there’s a good chance you’ll make new fitness friends, learn new training techniques, use different equipment, and make progress. Wow, that actually sounds like fun! That’s right, getting in shape can be a good time. Joining a fitness bootcamp can certainly help make sure that happens.
If you’re ready to enlist in a fitness bootcamp, go in with an open mind. There will be people at different fitness levels. Some experienced exercisers, others who are new to the scene. You might know all the moves, you might not. The important part is that you take the experience in stride. Go at your own pace. Do what you can. Make improvements over time. Don’t worry about going all out at first. Look to make bootcamp an exercise habit that sticks.
Joe Vennare is the Physical Therapy & Fitness Director at LeanonLife.Com where this article originally appeared. He is a one of the nation’s top fitness trainers, a freelance writer, and a fitness entrepreneur who co-founded of Hybrid Athlete, Kettlebell Cardio™ and Race Day Domination. Follow him on Twitter, @JoeVennare.