The Power of the Fitness BootcampThe Power of the Fitness Bootcamp
Fitness boot camps are the latest phenomenon in the modern world of health-conscious folks as boot camp classes gain national exposure on makeover television shows such as The Biggest Loser and Celebrity Fit Club. Many people nowadays prefer to go to fitness boot camps rather than to gyms. The reason? Boot camps offer power-filled, calorie-blasting workouts that are just an hour long, which is perfect for todayâ€™s time-strapped executive, on-the-go soccer mom, or retired busy-bee. You canâ€™t beat the change of workout scenery and fresh, crisp outdoor air!
"One of the reasons boot camps are incredibly popular is because they provide a pretty time-efficient approach to exercise,'' said Cedric X. Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. "You work the whole body. You're in and out. For most of us who are time-pressured, it's a nice way to fit fitness in,'' said Bryant.
"The gym can be an isolating place,'' says Britta Bowers, a long-time participant of East Valley Bootcamp in Chandler. â€œAt Bootcamp, you form camaraderie with people because you're going through this challenge together. The instructors provide such a positive and accepting environment where nobody is an outsider. We all cheer each other on and exchange our stories. After my first month was over, I signed up for another three months â€“ I was addicted to the morning workouts! I feel so amazing after attending the morning Bootcamp that it makes getting up at the break-of-dawn worth it. My days are more productive, I am more focused at work, and my attitude is positive. At this point, I can't imagine my life without Bootcamp,â€ explains Britta.