Up until now we believed the grass is always greener on the other side, but with the exchange workout program, we can happily say, the whole garden of green grass awaits us. While yoga and meditation infiltrated into the army camps long ago, Boot Camp workouts have been offered to us civilians, and boy, they are here to stay! We are talking about the Boot Camp baby, B-O-O-T C-A-M-P!
Boot camp workouts were up until now used by the military and army to train the commandos and the comrades. The intense, action packed body training regimes are known to toughen not just physical fitness levels rather they challenge the hardest muscle that is there to train, the mind!
The take away from the hardcore regime is: A well sculpted body oozing awesome and oomph, enhanced endurance levels and a greater mind & body coordination.
They are fast, they are effective and they are trending. From military style drills to calisthenics, unlike other modalities of fitness, boot camp come with a precondition- a decent level of physical fitness. A form of a social engagement, another added advantage of boot camp workouts is that they are usually come with a group setting, helping the practitioners meet other like-minded fitness fanatics.
Winning millions of hearts, Boot Camps are the new way to stay in shape along with shaking the mind and breaking the mundane barriers of old fitness routines. Burning more calories than an average moderate intensity cardio workout,
An ideal boot camp workout would last 60 to 90 minutes and would burn around 600 to 800 calories.
Lunges, jumping jacks, sprints back pedal, planks, squat jack tucks, adding moves from head to toe, this workout is a full body workout.
For the love of history
Holding a strong historical background, boot camp workout is not a yesterday’s thing, rather it has survived the test of time at the hands of soldiers and military troops. First introduced in 1888 in the west, these workouts were directed towards replacing boredom with a disciple focused towards active physical fitness. With the World War 1 coming into the picture, they lost their charm and were again retraced in the prewar period of World War II. Since the US sailors wore boots, these workouts came to be called as ‘boot’ camps.
To Boot Camp or not to Boot Camp?
Yes and No.
The ballistic movement and the revved up approach contained in Boot Camp workouts can drain and exhaust you. While we are all for high intensity workouts, which will change the game, we would emphasize on the mandate of medium endurance levels. Beginners should first learn to adapt their bodies to strength training, aerobic exercises and fitness regimes and only then step foot into this territory of insane.
Even those who stand on good physical endurance grounds and have tasted from the springs of HIIT, cardio and strength training, should check about the pre-requisites of a boot camp workout before signing in. For those who have certain medical issues, they must inform their trainer about the same. Also, the moves will be challenging and force you out of your comfort zone, therefore, take it slow (if you can) by trying to take longer rest periods.
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