FITNESS BOOT CAMP: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?
Fitness boot camps are usually a more intense workout than an individual exercise prescription. Boot camp exercises are usually a “one-size” fits all regimen that involves ballistic/rapid movements that can be very challenging to those who aren’t already in shape.
But if you are in shape, have a strong foundation of strength and aerobic training, you should be able to participate in a fitness boot camp. As a result, you will reap the benefits.
With a fitness boot camp, you often get a whole-body strength and cardio workout with a “leader” directing the camp. Most boot camps are designed to be completed within an hour, at less cost and group participation for increased motivation to help you push through.
Although there are advantages to a fitness boot camp, there are also some potential disadvantages. If you are older than age 40, are pregnant or have certain health conditions (heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes), and haven’t exercised for some time, a fitness boot camp is not the form of exercise for you.
There is limited personal instruction with a fitness boot camp. A well-organized bootcamp will have a knowledgeable instructor that will ensure the trainer to trainee ratio is ideal for their ability to lead, control and ensure the safety of the participants.
Without the ideal trainer to trainee ratio, you will essentially be lost in the crowd. Combined with the “one-size” fits all regimen, you are at a greater risk of muscle strains, shoulder or knee injuries. Or simply not getting the most out of the workout.
Most importantly, if you are currently diagnosed with heart disease, Type I or Type II diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, a boot camp can put you in a high-risk category.