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The not so scary side of BOOT CAMPS (guest post).

Posted Jul 02 2009 4:50pm

*The “Not So Scary” Side of Boot Camps*

When you think of Boot Camp, I am guessing you are picturing some drill sergeant standing over you, sticking your face in the mud as she tells you to “Do 10 more!” That is what I picture when I hear those words, so I totally understand.

When you look up the word Boot Camp on the internet, you get things such as:

*-Camp for training military recruits*

*-Boot camps have been part of the correctional and penal system of the United States since the early 1980s. Modeled after military recruit training camps, the programs are based on shock incarceration grounded on military techniques.*

*-Boot camp is American slang for “to vomit”*

I actually laughed out loud at the last one! It’s actually what my clients call burpees- “the vomit”.

It’s no wonder when women hear the word “boot camp” they go running!

Well I am here to tell you that not ALL boot camps are scary. If I was to call it something different to describe my Fat Blasting Boot Camp Programor my Ladies Local Boot
Camp-Fit Chick Express , I would call it, “Hard Work Done Quick” or “Feel Powerful” because that is just what these classes will do for you!

I have been called names such as “Temptress of Torture”, “Evil One” and “Cute, but Mean”, but in the end all of my clients LOVE how they feel after each one of our classes. They are appreciative of how tough I am on them, but love that I am able to find alternatives if there are certain exercises that that they are not ready for or limited to due to injuries. I do push them, but only to their own limits. It’s exactly what some people need and find they get much better results when they are being pushed. I am usually right there alongside them doing the exercises too. Being the instructor I need to work harder than everyone else, so in a way, they are motivating me to work harder.

It’s a win-win all around!

What the majority of boot camp classes are about is to help you to burn fat quickly while building muscle and gaining strength. Now doesn’t that sound like something that you would want to do with your body? I know it does me!

*Here is just an example of one of my boot camp classes and then you tell me if you think it’s scary or intimidating:*

*Warm Up*: 2 sets of 20 Jumping Jacks, 10 Squats and 10 push ups

*Strength Circuit:* 3 Sets of 12 Hip Extensions ( Bridging) 12 Rows, 12
Deadlifts, 12 Tricep Overhead

*Cardio Circuit:* 3 Sets of 20 Fast Step Ups, Side Shuffle to Cones, 20
Criss Cross Feet

*Abs:* 3 Sets of 20-1 Leg V-Ups, 15 Reverse Crunches, 20 Bicycle Crunches

*Cool down and Stretch*

*TOTAL TIME= 30 minutes*

How is that for a quick, effective, fat busting, gut busting, cardio killer workout?!

Everyone one of my clients has expressed how much better they feel after they have completed the workouts. They are proud of how hard they work as they should be. I ain’t gonna lie…boot camps can be tough, but in the end it’s YOU who will survive and WIN!

So the next time you hear the word Boot Camp, don’t be afraid! Ask more about it and see if it just might be something that fits your style of workouts!

You could just be surprised how much you actually love it!

Angie Schumacher is a Certified Fitness Professional and Boot Camp Instructor in Colorado.

She’s also the author of the ebook Fat Blasting Boot Camp & invites you to join her in her 30 Day Fit Chick Challenge.

Want a Thursday helping of MizFit?Head to Annabel & Jen’s blogs.  They’ve invited me over to play answer a fitness question  as they’ve lost a cumulative 250 pounds & are currently challenging each other to lose the final 10.

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