If bootcamp workouts are a consistent part of your weekly fitness regiment, I applaud you! There is arguably no better way to get a great full body workout then doing a bootcamp-style routine. Also known as “circuit training”, bootcamps are based around using multiple stations that typically work different parts of the body. Every gym on the planet has at least one bootcamp class that they offer, and depending on the trainer and the attendees, can either be a challenging, fast paced workout…or an opportunity to catch up with your friends as you walk from station to station. I’ve taught bootcamps for the last 5 years, and I pride myself on keeping it a focused, anti-social workout where results are actually attained!
No Gym Required!
Although it’s nice to get out of the house and interact with other human beings, its easy to do your own bootcamp workout as part of your home workout routine. With a multitude of bodyweight workouts and free weight workouts that can be done with little to no equipment, your house, hotel room, or office can easily transform into a bootcamp class.
The Benefits Of Bootcamp Workouts
If you are stuck in a workout rut, you need to add some variety to spice things up again. Bootcamps are a great way to experiment with different types of exercises. Challenge yourself to find 1-2 new ways of working out specific muscle groups each time you do a bootcamp workout on your own.
Cardio and Strength
If you focus on moving from station to station quickly, you can keep your heat rate elevated which allows for a great cardio workout to go along with the strength training. Remember, it doesn’t start working until it starts hurting!!
Whether you are a seasoned vet, or a beginner, most bootcamp classes can adapt to your current fitness levels. Add or reduce weight, increase or decrease reps or time at each station or adjust the exercise to suit your current reality.
Although working out with others can be a distraction, it can also be a great way to motivate and challenge yourself to try and keep up. A class environment adds a competitive dynamic that can drive you to achieve more than what you thought was possible on your own.