Boot camp fitness is a type of group physical training program conducted by personal trainers, and former military personnel. These programs are designed to build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals over a period of one hour.
“Boot Camp” is so called in the fitness industry to describe group fitness classes that promote fat loss, camaraderie and team effort. They are designed to push people a little bit further than they would normally push themselves in the gym alone. The idea is that everyone involved works at their own pace as they team up and work towards one goal.
Boot Camp training often commences with dynamic stretching and running, followed by a wide variety of interval training, including lifting weights/ objects, pulling rubber TRX straps, pushups/ sit-ups, plyometric and various types of intense explosive routines. Sessions usually finish with yoga stretching. Other exercises using weights and/or body weight, similar to Cross Fit routines, are used to lose body fat, increase cardiovascular efficiency, increase strength, and help people get into a routine of regular exercise. Many programs offer nutrition advice as well.
Boot camps provide social support for those taking part. Participants make friends and socialize as they exercise; the large group dynamic will often help motivate the participants. Indoor fitness boot camps prove to be climate proof and provide a better workout environment for the members.