A boot camp, to many people, is a place where you have to go to get yourself trained for the military, or where you get sent by your parents if you are an especially bad teenager so that you can get some discipline “beat” into you. Yet, there is another meaning to a boot camp, and that is a super-duper fitness camp for women and men of all ages and all fitness levels who are seeking to improve themselves physically and energetically.
Sometimes, competitive athletes show up at these boot camps. Of course, if they are there, it means that they are seeking to improve their athletic performance through being more physically fit and prepared for a great competition, race, or competitive season. Everyone here will find a peer group, and be put together with other self- motivated people who have come here together with everyone else for the same reason as all the rest: to improve their health and fitness, and with that their lives.
The first thing that you’ll go through when you arrive at one of these boot camps is a small battery of tests that will allow the instructors to size you up and understand better what fitness level you are already at when you show up. You should expect to have to do some push-ups and sit-ups drills that are timed. There will also be some kind of distance and endurance test, such as fast-walking, jogging, or running for one mile. None of these things are intended to discourage or mock you. Rather, they are necessary so that the instructors, who are people like marine sergeants and certified personal fitness instructors, can be reasonably sure that they know your fitness level and get you in the right group and get you doing the right workout regimens.
You can expect certain things from the boot camp that you sign up for. You can expect to have to do free weights exercises, cross training, obstacle courses, running, and workouts with the medicine ball. Although this type of boot camp is intended to be fun and personally rewarding, and you should be able to make many new friends, nobody said that it’s going to be easy. You will not be made fun of, but you will be pushed to your limits within your peer group.
So, what can you expect after you go home after four intense weeks? Well, if you are afraid that you’ll lose your new fitness level, just stick to working our regularly at least four times per week, and keep eating in a balanced way,and you will maintain your beautiful new fitness level.