January 27, 2009
Have you ever watched The Biggest Loser TV show? If it reminds you of the military, you are not alone. The instructors seem relentless but they get results, just like drill sergeants in the military. This type of workout is called a boot camp workout and it does work.
Why would anyone want to do such a thing? Boot camp workouts get results, plain and simple. The combination of calisthenics and muscle building exercises done in rapid succession over a short period of time brings the positive outcome that many fitness programs don’t. You may feel like your heart is ready to leap out of your chest but the workout is changing your body.
Boot camp workouts are offered at gyms, private studios, and on DVDs you can work along with at home. If you are new to boot camp workouts but willing to try them, get instruction from a gym or sign up for private classes. The workouts are intense and before starting any workout program, get checked out by a doctor to make sure you are up for it.
The high intensity of these workouts is what draws people to them. If you are physically able to handle the workout, you will get an education in military style exercise. The challenge is being able to make it through the entire class. Moves in these types of fitness routines include drills like mountain climbers, pushups, jumping jacks, running laps, and much more.
If you want to try out the workout on a more human friendly level, choose a DVD. Tae Bo® has a boot camp program that uses aerobic boxing and tae kwon do moves in a boot camp fashion to whip your body into shape – fast.
What makes boot camp workouts so challenging (besides the instructor yelling at you) is that most of the exercises use your own body’s weight. The more you weigh, the harder the moves will be. Use your heart rate as a guide in this type of workout program. If you can barely speak, then you can hardly breathe.
Take it down a notch in intensity but continue with the workout as best you can. Stopping encourages you to give up and quit and that’s not the way to achieve better fitness. You may be sore after the first class but continue to attend at least three to five days a week. Most private classes have a set schedule. Even DVD boot camp workouts ask you to follow a certain schedule for best results.
Boot camp workouts are not for the faint of heart. If you doctor says it is okay, your instructor will be sure not one minute of the class is wasted. You may crawl out on your hands and knees, but your body will thank you.