Boot camps have become very popular in the last few years. If you’re not familiar with them, it takes tough army workouts and adapts them for the general public.
While some boot camps stick very closely to their army roots, others are a little bit more relaxed.
What’s Your Training Goal?
Whether fitness boot camps are for you depends on what you’re hoping to get out of them. If you’re starting to train after a few months off, boot camps can be a great kick-start.
Maybe you’re working towards a race – boot camps that work on fitness and strength are good training for mud runs and obstacle races.
They’re also great for athletes in training – in fact, a boot camp often feels more like a sports training session. You get the full body workout and sense of achievement that usually follows a game or match, rather than a long run.
With so many boot camp devotees out there, you’ve probably heard lots of positive things about this tougher form of training. But perhaps the biggest benefit is that it mixes up your training and breaks up the monotony of just running, or just doing gym workouts.
But that’s just one of the many benefits:
- Exercises are varied so you get a full body workout, and stamina work as well
- Sessions are led by professionals that give you tips on the best exercises for you
- Your progress is tracked so you can see how you’re getting on from week to week
- Find group motivation – joining a fitness group is one of the best ways to get out of a training rut
- Meet new people – it’s often the case that your fellow boot campers become friends as well
You’ll find there aren’t many boot camp veterans – many people drop out after a few months. That’s because boot camps, while they can really jump-start your training, are hard to make a long-term part of your everyday routine.
You might also find:
- It can get very competitive so if you prefer more relaxed workouts it might not be for you
- You will get pushed on by your instructor which can be intimidating at first
- It’s easy to overestimate your fitness – don’t join the advanced group in your first week!
- You push yourself too far which is dangerous if you’re coming back from an injury.
- See our injury recovery tips
If you’re a runner who is thinking about changing up your training routine with a boot camp class, be sure to get the appropriate gear.