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Bootcamp 101

Bootcamp 101

Keen to make the most of these warmer days? Need a different kind of workout that gets you out in the fresh air? Boot camp sessions could be just the job.

1)     WHAT IS BOOT CAMP FITNESS?

‘Boot camp’ originally referred to the first stage of military training, which transforms raw recruits into lean and fit fighting machines. These concepts of team effort and camaraderie have been carried over to fitness classes. Some are military-style, some deliberately less so – but all the classes will feature strong encouragement and motivation from the leader.

2)     CAN ANYONE DO IT?

If you have a basic level of fitness, yes. The classes are tailored for different fitness levels, generally by splitting the participants into different groups. The groups usually start and finish the workout together, so friends can meet up before and after.

3)     WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN A BOOT CAMP SESSION?

Classes are held in parks or on sports fields. The session is led by an instructor who will escort you round the workout route. The sessions usually last an hour, with a warm up, a run, a strength and cardio section and a cool down. The workout can involve a mini-adventure, leading you round the locality and stopping for separate exercises.

Instructor styles vary, but it is all about encouragement and team effort. The instructor wants you to enjoy the class, not to scare you off!

You’re definitely going to get sweaty and quite possibly muddy!

4)     WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Boot camps are perfect for this time of year as they are held outside. You get fresh air, sunshine and all the morale boosts of being outdoors. You get companionship and to meet new people.

The workout is great for motivation – you have to keep up or the workout will leave without you! The running elements get the scenery changing, while the strength and cardio parts work on all round fitness.

5)     WHAT DO I WEAR?

As the session is held outside, you need to turn up changed and ready to go. Try to bring the minimum of other kit, although most boot camps have arrangements to store bags. If the session will finish somewhere different, items are usually left in a van which will meet you at the end. There is usually a system for small valuables which the instructor may carry with them. Again, try to bring the minimum.

There’s plenty of choice; try these in London or tweak the search for your area.

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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