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Boot out all those extra calories Boot camp is a group workout that promotes fat loss, team spirit and comradeship. Photo: Dibin Jos/ The Man

Boot camp is similar to basic military training. Fitness boot camp is a high intensity fitness and strength-building activity conducted by gyms and fitness centers. It is a group workout that promotes fat loss, team spirit and comradeship.

Training includes running and stretching followed by comprehensive interval training like weightlifting,pulling rubber straps, sit-ups, push-ups, squats and jump training. Boot camp is a high intensity workout that apart from helping lose body fat, increases muscle strength, improves cardiovascular efficiency and helps people get into the routine of regular exercising.

The pivotal idea is that everyone involved works out at their pace, either in pairs or small groups. It is great for those who get bored in the gym and find it hard to get into the habit of exercising.

A boot camp offers freedom and latitude to build strength and increase endurance, but it is important to make sure of your expectations before you march into one. Many fitness centers are experimenting with the old-school boot camp, combining it with yoga and Pilates. That might work for some, but the principle behind boot camp is to provide a workout that is intensive and invigorating.

Boot camps are popular because they:

» Offer varied and challenging workout sessions

» Do not require special equipment or minimal equipment

» Make the workout sessions fun by creating a sense of fellowship among the participants.

Benefits of boot camp

Concentrated focus If you feel challenged about health and fitness to lose weight and tone up quickly, this is an ideal way to reach your set target. It helps hone what you want, offering an intense workout with particular focus on your goal.

Boot out all those extra calories Training includes running and stretching followed by comprehensive interval training like weightlifting,pulling rubber straps, sit-ups, push-ups, squats and jump training. Photo: Dibin Jos/ The Man

Creates healthy expectations Fitness classes often offer a relaxed and flexible way of keeping in shape,but don’t inculcate a sense of personal responsibility. At boot camp you are pushed to making a dedicated effort with determination and commitment, putting healthy pressure on yourself. You are more inspired and motivated to not let down your trainer, team and most importantly yourself.

Motivates you to scrutinize your lifestyle The Boot Camp environment focuses only on fitness so that you begin to look at your lifestyle in a healthier way. It helps assess your fitness levels and working towards set goals. It highlights how exercise, diet and nutrition are linked with all lifestyle choices.

Powerful & dynamic workout People often lose motivation because they get bored of their regular exercise routine. The point of boot camp is that it is an interesting mix of diverse and intense workouts, keeping you engaged in your fitness growth and changes towards the goal.

Like-minded exercises The other positive about boot camp is that you meet people similar to yourself, who seriously want to work towards a healthier and fit lifestyle. This shared goal develops a sense of camaraderie and support, something that is generally not found in other exercise sessions.

Faster Results Boot Camp effectively identifies ways of reaching health and fitness goals faster and quicker.

Targets areas

Boot Camp strings together circuits of intense exercises to build strength and endurance by working on every muscle group without equipment.

Core – Definitely, the cardio workout burns fat with exercises like planks, mountain climbers, sit-ups, push-ups and crunches. These work on the abs and other core muscles of the body.

Arms – The workout includes bicep curls and tricep kickbacks that can be done with hand-weights or a weighted ball; push-ups and walking planks make use of your body weight to strengthen muscles.

Legs – Exercises like squats, lunges, butt kicks and other leg moves help in strengthening the calf and thigh muscles.

Glutes – Lunges and squats work on glute muscles, increasing their endurance and providing strength.

Back All the major muscle groups of the back giving them flexibility.

Let’s face it, a boot camp never gives you a dull moment, unlike other fitness regimens as you never know what to expect. Each session is different and you keep moving between exercises, which leaves no time for thoughts and on how much time is is left in the session. Yes, they are challenging, but never boring. At the end of each session you realize you did something good for your body and mind.

If your goal is to have fun, get in shape and adopt a healthier, more active lifestyle, a boot camp is what you need.

(By arrangement with The Man)

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