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Fitness Boot Camp: The Current Trend of Fitness Boot Camps

The goal of these boot camps is to help people lose body fat and to also help them gain more efficient cardiovascular conditions, increase their strength, while having them get used to a routine exercise. This is important since a lot of people will not be able to get into a routine exercise all by themselves. What they need it to get pushed into a program and this is what fitness boot camp is all about.

Now, when comparing it to a military boot camp, the fitness boot camp basically has all the similar elements. People train hard all day and they help each other through team efforts as well. Of course, these programs are designed in such a way that they push people farther than usual programs would. So why are they so popular when people are pushed into getting fit? That’s exactly the answer to the question: people want to get fit so that they can lead healthier lives.

The fitness camps are not always held at actual camp sites although there are still some groups that do that to get the feel of an actual boot camp. Fitness boot camps can also be held in other places as long as the activities are held outdoors like in parks. The activities in current boot camps are basic as physical trainers will put participants through gruelling routines like push ups, squats, and suspension training, while throwing in activities that will involve a lot of running. These days, it is not at all odd to have trainers even organize a few games to get people into the competitive spirit of things. The important thing is that everyone who participates does participate and that they will start to each work their own way into an exercise routine that they are comfortable with doing. People will usually pair up or be placed in small groups of three to five people when it comes to game organization.

The games are an essential part of fitness boot camp. This is something that has been emphasized over the past few years that the whole idea has been in place. People get together not just to get fit and to lose weight but they can also provide each other with the social support that is required so that they can all get the same results. There are some who can adjust well to the activities that are presented to them but there are also others who will be slightly hard headed and this is where the team activities can really help them out.

So why not go to a gym? The trend these days seems like everyone is going to the gym. But that is not the case, surprisingly. Fitness boot camps are actually becoming even more popular because of their settings and because of the different personalities that get together to help each other out. A gym can become boring and not strict enough on the people who attend. But when it comes to fitness boot camps, everyone is forced to join in the exciting activities; including the trainers themselves.

Fitness boot camps can last anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks and one can expect the usual exercises like jogging, sprinting, plyometrics, push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, and all sorts of calisthenic exercises. But each fitness boot camp also promises something new and physical trainers are always looking for fun new ways for their trainees to get fit. The advantage of this kind of setting is that it will really get people motivated into getting fit and in the city setting this is something that is really needed because people rarely have the time to exercise.

So the next time that you see any advertisements for a fitness boot camp, think about how much of a routine you have made for yourself when it comes to exercise. You just might need to join a fitness boot camp program yourself. There is definitely no shame in doing so and you will be surprised with the trends in fitness that the gyms and trainers involved will bring to the table for participants. All they need is your decision to participate.

Ryan Byers PhotoAbout Author
Ryan, a former collegiate baseball player at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Southern Polytechnic State University, Ryan, a fitness boot camp instructor at Step It Up Fitness boot camp in Atlanta, GA.

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