Lately Boot Camp Exercises have become all the rage in small towns, large gyms, and even anywhere outside where a group of exercise enthusiasts can get together and train. I’m not talking about enlisting and joining the Navy to get a boot camp workout. I’m talking about structured classes ran by an instructor that puts you through a full body exercise routine.
It differs greatly from traditional aerobics work outs because the exercises are more demanding working the upper and lower body muscles giving a complete exercise routine and abs workout. The fast pace of a boot camp exercise routine allows for a great cardiovascular workout and super fast loss of fat.
So why are these catching on so fast? I’ll tell you why. It’s because they are super effective and people see results. The snag with traditional aerobics exercise routines are that the body gets very efficient at the exercises and through the constant rep and same workouts it learns to expend much less energy. It’s nearly impossible for the body to adapt to boot camp style work outs because of the endless exercise selection stressing multiple muscle groups and stabilizers.
I know the power of fat burning boot camp exercise routines first hand by actually spending 13 weeks on Paris Island training to be a United States Marine. We had short bursts of activity through the day that supercharge your metabolism for muscle toning, muscle building, and loss of fat. How do you think they get Marines in shape so quickly? They definitely do some running during that 13 weeks but the majority of the exercise is in the form of calisthenics. When the drill instructors wanted to really crush us this would be a typical ten minute session.
“Jumping Jacks – I said do jumping jacks now – faster, faster, get your arms up there.”
“No No, I think I actually said push ups, do push ups, get down there now and start pushing the floor!”
After about 15 seconds of pushups –
“Run in place now, get your knees up, I said higher!”
Squat thrusts, mountain climbers, back to pushups, running in place, etc etc etc. This could go on for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes and would leave us exhausted. The worst part is we sometimes were doing it in a sandpit for added comfort and fun.
Boot Camp Workouts ran by instructors aren’t quite the intensity of this. You typically won’t find them yelling at you and you actually have the benefit of stopping and leaving if you have had enough (no contract to keep you there – LOL)
Do them at home by yourself if you want –
Structured classes have a variety of exercises and can be run at different paces for all levels of fitness. You don’t have to join a boot camp class for this type of workout routine These workouts are also similar to the structure found in some of today’s top home workout programs.