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What is bootcamp?
Bootcamp classes are group training sessions that build strength and stamina using intervals and timed sections. Combining strength and cardio exercises, you’ll get a full body burn—and enjoy some camaraderie while you do it.
Word to the wise
How to be ready
With a reputation for being tough, these classes can be intimidating at first glance. But don’t fret—you’ll get the hang of the stations and the moves, and you can always look around you or ask the instructor for help or more clarification. The whole point is to get stronger (mentally and physically), so try to have fun and not overthink it.
What to wear to bootcamp class: workout clothes of any variety.
What to bring: water, a towel, and a friend to share that “what have we gotten ourselves into” look with.
Types of bootcamp
Find which classes fit you
With so many different gyms, trainers, and styles out there, bootcamp classes can be a little unpredictable. But that’s also the beauty of it—everyone does it in a different way, so you can find something you like and stick with it, or switch it up for a new challenge. Here are some common styles:
There’s no hiding what this one’s all about. As the name suggests, this training technique takes you through quick, intense bursts of exercise at 100% effort followed by short recovery periods. Just when you catch your breath you start again—all for that coveted afterburn (burning calories even after you leave class… yep, it’s worth it).
Tabata is one of the most popular versions of HIIT, but with shorter work and rest periods. It’s structured as eight rounds of the highest intensity exercises in a 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off format, perfect if you’re looking to push your body (and heart rate) to the max.
Classes that follow this choose exercise moves and create a circuit with a specific order and number of reps for each. Then, a timer is set and you’ll do as many rounds of the circuit as possible in the time given. This workout is perfect if you’re looking for an efficient workout while balling on a time budget.
These classes are (you guessed it) held outside, which means they usually have limited to no equipment. Breathe in the fresh air as you perform a variety of strength and cardio movements.
Sore today, strong tomorrow.
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