>With an insurmountable number of bootcamps popping up all over the place, one has to wonder if this new form of fitness training really is all it claims to be: Lose 10lbs in ten days, burn over 1000kcals in one session etc. I am certainly not saying that bootcamps are not a good way to bump up your training or get you past a plateau, but what I am questioning is HOW these bootcamps are being implemented into your training program. As the quote goes, “Anyone can make you tired, but can they make you better”?
A typical bootcamp session will run anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and is often quite intense. I have seen and experienced some that were strictly focuses on getting your heart rate up and making you breathless. I have seen and experienced others that were solely focused on the upper OR lower body with no core, mobility or flexibility work at all. Some have over 20 participants who have never really even worked out before and have some of the worst form on every exercise I have ever seen. Yes, the attendees form may dwindle as they get tired but how can one person keep their eyes on 20 people at once while performing complex movements?
There are really great bootcamp-type sessions too. These sessions I would term group training as they are specialised and specific with a capped number of participants for better supervision. These sessions are more than just “killing it” at all costs to burn calories. They focus on building your fitness and strength and teaching the participants proper techniques while still keeping the intensity at a sane and safely functional level. The group training incorporates the necessary resistance training for a better metabolism, daily living functionality and cardio work for health in such a way that you will not only experience an immediate benefit, but the long-term outcome will be one that you can build on and keep building upon for life.
There is nothing wrong with teaching or taking part in a bootcamp sessions but some things to first consider are: Does the training make sense or is it just random activity? Is there a progression within the workout or are you immediately thrown right into high intensity? Do the movements focus on the entire body and make proper transitions of muscle groups for optimal results? Most importantly, where are you or your clients in relation to training status? A good “bootcamp” workout can be scaled for individual’s needs but if one is trying to build a solid lifelong stature of health and fitness, shouldn’t there be a foundation first? If you are new to working out I appreciate your eagerness but would recommend starting with the basics first (learning to lift, building somewhat of a “cardio” base, proper nutrition). As you get some training experience under your belt and want a challenge, go for the gusto with the group training sessions. I promise you will thank me later!
The point is randomness will give you random results or none at all, unless you are a beginner.
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