Aside from being out in the fresh air and wide-open space, another reason I love holding my boot camp workouts outdoors is the fact that I am challenged to utilize the surroundings. You can’t do hill sprints indoors! It is easy to have my boot campers jog a few laps in between exercise sets, and we have numerous paths, which keeps things fresh. I would much rather have them perform plyometric movements in the grass as opposed to on concrete because it’s easier on the joints. I also feel it is safer to perform various cardio & sprint drills in the grass. There are ledges, benches, tables and steps available for step-ups, push-ups, stair drills, etc. Landmarks such as a building or trees come in handy during “traveling” circuits where my boot campers work at their own pace. I can have them perform workouts where for example, they perform 10 push-ups at “home,” sprint to the opposite end of the “field” where they perform 10 burpees, and then jog around the “big loop” around the building. The possibilities truly are endless!
Wall Sits, anyone?
Needless to say, I really enjoy running my boot camps outside. The biggest danger is the occasional flying golf ball, and I have had one boot camper that was made the “target” of a bird doing his business overhead. Aside from this, I feel it is healthy and fun to get outdoors and get movin’!