What is Army Boot Camp?
So that’s what Boot Camp is by definition, but how does the class work? What is a class like? Well, here’s a little about that.
Before the class starts
On any normal day, we’ll be at the meeting point for the class about 20 minutes ahead of time. When you get there, you can throw your stuff into our van or change as you wish.
If it’s your first class, you will be asessest regardless of your fitness. If you prove to be superhuman, we’ll promote you during the class.
The warm up
The class starts with a warm up which typically lasts ten to fifteen minutes.
This is the part where you need to get your breathing moving and get your limbs shaken out ready for the main part of the class.
The warm up is a combination of easy jogging, simple movement exercises and stretches. Everyone warms up together, regardless of bib colour.
The session proper
Once the warm up is finished, we rapidly move into the main section of the class. Here, each colour group is taken off by an instructor to start the session.
There is typically a ratio of no more than 15:1 of participants to instructors.
The class varies every time, but a typical yellow class might involve say starting off with an easy quarter to half-mile run to a set of park benches.
The class is then split into pairs and you, say, perform dips on park benches while a partner sprints out and back 50 metres. Once back in, you swap and sprint. Once one rep has been done, your pair switch to press ups and sprints, then say sit ups and sprints and so on
Once that set has been finished, the class moves on to another location to do new exercises and so on for about 35 minutes in total. This is just an example, but every class is different.
Don’t forget, you do get a chance to pause for breath, so don’t worry too much about collapsing – you won’t. The class will be demanding no matter what your level, otherwise, what’s the point in going to a fitness class?
The warm down
The warm down consists of a gentle jog with exercises and stretches thereafter followed by coffee or a drink in the pub, location depending.
This is the right time to chat away and stretch out your body after a tough work out. Stretches are the tip to toe way to avoid muscular pain the following day.
Typically on Saturdays, we all go have lunch in Victoria Park either on the grass if it’s Summer or in the cafe in the Winter.
Food for thought
One thing you should note is that for regular exercise to be effective, you need to exercise regularly. You should not expect to come down once a fortnight and find radical change after three months. You won’t.
There are plenty of gyms and classes that will take your cash, but don’t want your commitment. We want to see your cash. We want to see your commitment. We, above all, want to see you get fit.
If you want to get really fit, you’ll need to come down regularly and get stuck into the exercise. Thankfully you’ll find that fairly easy to do because the people at Boot Camp are really welcoming and friendly, so yes, you may struggle, but no, you won’t be going through it on your own.
If this is something you’d like to do, why not register for a free class and see what it’s all about