Did you happen to pick up the Wall Street Journal Yesterday and see the article about the top 10 fitness trends for 2011? If not, here is the link to the article. www.usatoday.com/yourlife/fitness/exercise/2010-10-28-fitnesstrends28_ST_N.htm. The reason we chose to write about this today is that bootcamps are number two on the list. That is great for us, right? Well, maybe not in this case. Take a look at this excerpt from the article.
These structured, high-intensity workouts, modeled after military-style training, include cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility exercises. The classes often combine sports-type drills and calisthenics.
"These workouts are not for the faint of heart," Thompson says. "Expect the workout to be led by a drill sergeant who has little to no patience for people lagging behind."
The programs are designed for the more experienced exerciser who wants or needs some additional motivation, or to try something different to spice up the workout routine, Thompson says. Class members move from one exercise to the next with little or no rest.
"Do not attempt a boot-camp workout if you have a previously diagnosed medical condition or are easily intimidated."
Are you kidding us? The quotes above are ridiculous. Don't get us wrong, we can bet you will find bootcamps around the country and our area for certain that are ran this way. If you are in one or find, run away as fast as possible. There is no reason you should pay to be treated or work out in that manner.
When looking for a bootcamp, be sure that the exercises are modifiable. If the bootcamp instructor or format does not allow for people of ages, sizes, and conditioning levels to get a good workout, then the bootcamp sucks and you should not be a part of it. PERIOD!
Regardless if you exercise everyday or have not in two years, we want you at our camps. Hopefully this artice actually makes the general public more aware of how bootcamps are the way to get in shape. Be sure to check us out at www.physicallyfitbootcamp.com for more information on our bootcamps.
Have a great rest of the week!
Chris Arnold and Jodi Schwartz