Staying fit is something that everyone wants to do, but your average gym workout can not only get boring after a period of time, it does not always provide the challenge that some people need in order to stay motivated. That is perhaps one of the reasons that fitness boot camps have become more popular in recent years.
Fitness boot camps are a form of outdoor, group training classes that combine the traditional body weight and calisthenic exercises with both interval and strength training. As with any type of fitness program, the variation in styles of fitness boot camps is almost endless, but most are designed to push the participants harder and further than they would go on their own; much like boot camp pushes would be soldiers.
Most classes range from 4 to 8 weeks and participants usually find themselves running plenty of sprints, doing what seem like endless push-ups, and engaging in a wide variety of interval and plyometric training with infrequent or short periods of rest between them. This type of fitness routine is definitely not for everyone, but they have gained popularity because they offer a unique, low cost, and efficient workout that is anything but boring. Not all instructors and participants are meant for each other and it is important to choose one that you feel comfortable with. In addition, try to meet the others who will take the class with you because these people will provide support and motivation during the workouts and knowing that you all share similar goals will be beneficial to everyone.
While the styles and methods of a fitness boot camp may vary greatly, there are some things that are typical for most, if not all, of them.
In most cases the groups are kept to between 6 and 10 people at a time.
Workouts most often take place in public outdoor areas such as parks.
The first session will be for orientation such as filling out paperwork, going over safety guidelines and rule, and getting a basic assessment of your fitness level (if that has not already been done).
Each session will begin with a warm up period (the length depends on the instructor).
The overall workout generally lasts for 30 to 40 minutes.
These are just basic guidelines that are included in most fitness boot camps. The actual workout will vary greatly depending on the goals of the group and instructor, but one thing that all the different styles have in common is great results.