In the world of fitness and exercise, you have probably come across a terms like Fitness Boot Camps or Boot Camp classes but have no idea what they really are. So what are fitness boot camps? Well fitness boot camps are a type of physical training program that is done is groups and is conducted by certain gyms, fitness trainers, or even ex military personnel. The basic idea of fitness boot camps or boot camp classes is to develop the strength and fitness of the people taking it by going through intense workouts within an hour that progress in intensity over the period of the classes.
The idea of fitness boot camps originally came from the US and because they were so popular they were becoming common in the UK as well ever since 1999 and have been becoming even more popular just like here in the YS.
The training in fitness boot camps usually starts with some running and some dynamic stretching movements which is then followed with interval trainings that are quite varied. These interval trainings usually include lifting heavy objects or weights, plyometrics, sit-ups and pushups, exercises with TRX straps and other workout exercises that have an explosive intensity to their routine. As the session start to end, the enrollees will perform yoga stretching exercises.
The other exercises that are included in fitness Boot Camp classes like free weight or body weight (calisthenics) exercises which can also be found in crossfit routines are used in order to help the enrollees burn off some body fat in addition to developing their cardiovascular system, developing physical strength, and help serve as a push to give people some momentum and get into the love of exercise and workouts. Many fitness boot camp programs also help in giving advice on nutrition and develop a healthy diet.
These classes are known as boot camps because of the fact that the enrollees are being trained in groups and most like in an outdoor setting. In addition, the boot camp may or may not be like military training depending on the trainer especially if it is an ex military offices.
The term “boot camp” in the fitness world has actually been connected to classes that mainly focus on programs which help the enrollees lose fat, develop camaraderie and learn to work as a team. Boot camps are also more intense that usual training and fitness programs as they are really designed t push people more than how they would push themselves so as to exceed limits more often as opposed to a gym setting where you usually train alone.
One of the biggest advantages of fitness Boot Camp classes is that they provide an environment where different people can come together and work towards the same goal resulting in a lot more motivation than other fitness programs. Enrolling in a fitness boot camp class will help you socialize with other people and strive together to meet your fitness goals through intense trainings as a group and as a fitness class.