Fitness boot camps are a popular way of losing weight and increasing fitness and strength, all in a relatively short space of time. Intensive boot camps are normally residential, but you can also do a regular boot camp class at the gym or locally, one or more times per week. Celebrities love fitness boot camps because the results are fast and visible—a fat, out of shape celebrity usually goes in and then reappears a couple of weeks later looking svelte and ready for the red carpet. But as effective as boot camps are, you do have to put some effort in order to maximise the benefits, so if you are new to the boot camp philosophy, here are a few tips.
Choose The Right Boot Camp
There are lots of different boot camps to choose from. Some are run by ex-military personnel and involve lots of screaming and shouting; others adopt a less confrontational approach and are geared towards encouragement rather than abuse. Before you sign up for a class, think about the type of approach that will suit you best and go along to chat to the instructor to see whether you like the ambience of the class.
Stick With It
A lot of boot camps take place in the early morning, so people can do a class before work. You may find it tough getting up so early or start coming up with excuses not to go. The important thing is to stick with it and stay motivated. Paying a chunk of money up front may help in this regard.
Give It Your All
As with most things in life, you only get out what you put into a boot class, so the more you push yourself, the better the end result will be. Try and ensure every session is as tough, if not tougher, than the last one. If you slack off you are only cheating yourself, and if you do that, what is the point?
Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you don’t understand what it is you are supposed to be doing. It is important to tackle some exercises correctly or you run the risk of acquiring an injury. So speak up. You should also say when you feel that an exercise isn’t challenging enough; coasting along won’t help you in the slightest.
Track Your Progress
Finally, make sure you record your weight loss and measurements on a weekly basis. This will help to keep you motivated and let you see how much progress you’re making.
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