We are in the full swing of summer now and this time of year
is a great time to get started on achieving your health
and fitness goals. If you are looking for a fun way to workout for the
long term or to just give yourself a jump start, Fitness boot camps offer a
challenging and motivating way to get in shape
and meet other people just like yourself. I have been in the fitness industry
for over 7 years now as a personal trainer and
have recently started a boot camp program in San
Francisco called "I Luv My body Fitness." In this boot camp I have
seen women and men experience fantastic body changing results faster than any
1- Consistency and
Accountability - Your workout results directly correlate with how consistent
you are in implementing your exercise plan. (Just think of how many times
you've blown the gym off in the past few months to get some extra work done in
the office). When joining a fitness boot camp, you instantly have a support system of professional personal
trainers who hold you
accountable to showing up for your classes so you won't be tempted to skip
2- Support and
Motivation - When working out on your own it is easy not to push yourself to
the limit with your weight and cardio vascular training. I often see people
stop their strength training sets before pushing out those last few repetitions (which are
the reps that matter the most). Boot Camps are staffed with trainers who know
how to encourage you to work your hardest in class so you see body changes
fast. Furthermore, Boot Camps bring like-minded women and men together to
accomplish similar health and fitness goals. With this support system you cannot fail!
3- Variety of
Exercises Offered - One of the biggest secrets to seeing
incredible results from your workouts is through "muscle confusion" - integrating a variety of exercises
and training styles into your workouts so your body never hits the dreaded
plateau. 7 years ago I changed my own personal workouts from repetitive, slow,
and boring cardio to calisthenics, (body weight exercises) and quick, intense cardio bursts. This
variety of exercises tones your body, strengthens and burns fat fast.
4- Professional Coaching- Having a coach with you during your workouts
to correct your movement patterns is essential to getting great results.
Fitness trainers understand how your body works. This helps to avoid injuries
that can occur over the long term from lack of proper exercise form.
5- Master Your Metabolism without dieting- Boot Camp workouts are fast and
effective helping you to fire up your fat burning furnace through toning and
endurance workouts. You'll be encouraged to work to your limit to burn the
maximum amount of calories during class.
If you decide to try a fitness boot camp or any other type of intense workout, here are 3 Tips you can use to avoid
injuries during your exercise program
1 - When starting a new exercise program, it is important to consult your chiropractor.
I am a patient and work with the doctors at Executive Express Chiropractic in
San Francisco . They can assess your posture and movement patterns and help you
determine a safe level for you to begin your exercise plan.
2- Remain diligent about getting your post-workout static stretches in. I watch
gym members rush to get in their last strength training set and skip out on
their stretching all the time. Weight training leans and tones your body through muscular contractions. So, it
is essential to stretch the muscles after weight training to avoid multiple
days of muscle tightness
and fatigue. If you miss too many days of stretching it will eventually
lead to injury.
3- If you do get injured during a workout despite being diligent about working
at your own level and doing your post workout stretches, ice your injury (never
heat) and go and see your chiropractor. Executive Express Chiropractic specialize
in ART ( active release technique ) which will alleviate muscle soreness and
repair damaged cells. Art is a soft
tissue, movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles,
tendons, fascia, ligaments and nerves. ART
breaks up scar tissue so you can get your full range of motion back to the
muscles. It would even be smart to get this treatment done on a regular
basis to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place from over-use (It’s
what I do).
I wish you all the best of luck in
your workouts this summer season! If you are interested in checking out what a
fitness boot camp is all about, please see our offer for a free week of classes
below. Remember that in order to get the results you want from your exercise
plan you must be consistent and stay injury free. Take it easy when you
are starting a new program so your body can adapt to the new exercise variation
and techniques and consult your doctor at Executive Express Chiropractic to get
the best results.