Why boot camps are better than fitness gyms
Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing something over and over expecting different results. But truth be told, isn't that what most people are doing with their gym membership? If you've been a member of a local fitness establishment for more than a year and have not met your fitness goals, you should take a hard look at what you're doing and what's holding you back. Or worse yet, are you paying for membership someplace and not going often enough to even question the results?
Fitness boot camp programs are becoming very popular because they seem to address a lot of the excuses that people have for not finding fitness success at their local workout facility. Perhaps the primary reason for this popularity is that these programs are typically filled with individuals who, like you, are tired of the gym and are ready for something different. Instead, they are looking for an exercise program that strips away the gimmicks and provides a structured fitness routine that will have you looking forward to your next workout.
The boot camp experience gets back-to-basics by using the outdoor (or indoor) surroundings and mostly one's own body weight as resistance. Instead of focusing on one single muscle at a time, like most of those machines in the gym do, boot camp exercises are designed to engage several muscle groups at the same time (just like your body automatically does when completing everyday tasks). By engaging multiple muscle groups, your balance, posture, and reflexes will improve - all very important attributes for avoiding injuries and living a longer, healthier life.
While every boot camp is unique, each will generally focus on 3 fitness goals: body fat reduction, increased cardiovascular stamina and muscle tone, real fitness goals for maintaining health. Most boot camp workouts can be modified to fit any individual's specific need. All fitness levels, ages, and abilities (even those with injuries) are generally accepted.
Probably the best part of a typical boot camp program is the fact that you have a personal trainer supervising your every move. Not only do they keep watch over you, but they also motivate you to do your best. Having someone watch over and motivate you can only mean that you are getting the most out of each workout and therefore getting the most results in the quickest time.
Lastly, boot camp workouts are fun! The environment is truly unique and it's hard to ignore the sense of community and camaraderie with other members of your class. Whether it's the shared misery of the "last set", the cooperative out-loud counting, the all-too-fun needling of the instructor, or the fresh air, a boot camp environment is certainly so unique you will leave class with an "I-can't-wait-for-the-next-one" feeling.