Is Fitness Boot Camp For You?

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Fitness boot camps are usually an outdoor group class that combines strength training, interval training, running and traditional calisthenic type exercises for fast weight loss and building muscle. There are many different types of boot camps, however. Some are very intense and should be attempted by those who are in top physical condition. Other boot camps are designed for beginners or those at an intermediate level of fitness. All fitness boot camps have one thing in common: fitness trainers push you to reach your goals and keep you motivated to succeed. Boot camps can last from a few days to several weeks or longer, depending on the program. Before signing up for a fitness boot camp, see your doctor for a complete physical and tell your doctor you want to take part in a fitness boot camp during your check up.
A fitness boot camp may involve hours of aerobic exercise and body weight exercises. Other boot camps focus more on strength training. Other camps may use a martial arts style workout. You may also use fitness equipment and even free weights for a total body workout and cardiovascular conditioning. Boot camp improves your endurance, strength and overall level of fitness. A typical whole body conditioning and strength training boot camp will typically consist of 30 to 45 minutes of exercise per day. Exercises include stretches, balance exercises, push-ups, squats, lunges, abdominal and core strengthening exercises, running, obstacle courses, team exercises and competitions. 
Fitness boot camp can be a fun and invigorating experience. If you enjoy competing, working out with a group and challenging yourself, consider signing up for a few days of a fitness boot camp. It’s a great way to get in shape, burn calories and lose weight while having fun and meeting new people.

For more information and exercise ideas, see:
ACE Fitness, Drop and Give Me 20!, by John Porcari, Ph.D, et al.

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