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What is Boot Camp Anyway?

These days just about every health club or fitness studio offers a boot camp class format. The challenge for the consumer is knowing exactly what that boot camp format includes and whether it will suit their needs.

While the following list, complete with class format descriptions, is not exhaustive, it should provide you with some guidelines for seeking out and finding the right boot camp format for you. Before participating in these, or any exercise classes, check with your physician first.

Military-Style Boot Camp



– Begins with a thorough warm-up including light jogging or low-impact versions of the higher intensity and impact movements performed during the body of the class.

– Usually includes aerobic intervals interspersed with muscle conditioning intervals.



– Examples would be aerobic jumping jacks followed by pushups.

– It is common to find these formats designed in a circuit formation so that the participant completes a series of 8-10 exercises and then repeats the series two to three times.

– The class ends with an effective cool down stretching segment.

– Be prepared for a “drop and give me 20” coaching style by the instructor.

– If you are looking for an intense total body workout, with lots of repetitions, and a great calorie burner, this may be the boot camp format for you.

Aerobic-Weight Training Circuit Boot Camp

– The class begins with a thorough warm-up usually performed on the aerobic equipment being utilized for the aerobic segment of the class (i.e. group indoor cycles, etc.).

– The aerobic segment is performed on group indoor cycles, treadmills, running tracks, etc. for approximately 30-45 minutes, depending upon the total class length.

– The aerobic segment is then followed by a full weight-training segment that may be performed on traditional selectorized, plate loaded, cable/pulley or free weight equipment. And, may also include the use of BOSU, fit balls, wobble boards, medicine balls, Gliding Discs, resistive tubing, slide boards, etc.

– The abdominal/core conditioning segment and cool-down/stretch follow the aerobic segment.

– If you are looking for a boot camp class format which may be a little easier on the joints but still provides you with great total body workout, this may be the class for you.

Muscular Strength Training Boot Camp

– This class format does not include any specific aerobic segment.

– You may warm-up jogging lightly or briskly walking outdoors or on a treadmill and then begin muscular strength training circuit.

– Usually, the participants will perform 10-12 muscular strength training exercises two to three times, working all major muscle groups of the body.

– Following the circuit a thorough cool down stretch is performed.

– If you are looking for a boot camp class format which focuses entirely on muscular strength training, this may be the class for you.

– Keep in mind; however, that in addition to this class you will still need to perform some specific aerobic conditioning workouts as this is key for keeping the heart healthy and burning calories.

Next week, three great shoulder exercises to add to your workout routine.

” Jackie Wright can be reached at her e-mail address: NSFGL@comcast.net or her blog at ww.skyhidailynews.com


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