So what’s the big deal with Boot Camp anyway? Getting yelled at to do 20 more push ups, mid way through a 2K run isn’t my idea of fun. But there is a lot to be said about certain aspects of the outdoor Boot Camp craze that has taken Sydney’s parks by storm.
You’ve got to admit- it is nice training outside. There’s a certain refreshment that those of us that sleep in past 5:30am won’t experience. The magpie’s song and the sunrise make the whole trauma of the early rise worthwhile! As a human being, the tribal nature of a group training boot camp session gives you something that you don’t get when you’re running on a treadmill with your iPod on. We’re naturally more motivated and energised when training in a group and this becomes apparent in the results seen by those who stick around for more than a few months.
But do we need to be pushed to the edge of our limits and beyond to see the results that we want? And the answer my friends, is No…
Being pushed to do the prescribed number of push ups without respect for technique is a shoulder joints worst nightmare, pounding the pavement (or even the grass) without having first looked at the mechanics of the foot, ankle, knee and pelvis is what puts orthopaedic surgeons in their BMW’s and doing 20 squats followed by sprints isn’t going to do anything except make you tired anyway! There are plenty of more creative and intelligent ways to burn calories, believe me.
There is a way to train that moves the body towards optimal function and strength without the heartache. It involves carefully structured programs that can be changed to suit individual needs rather than trying to make the body change to suit the program. It involves an assessment process that gives the instructor a knowledge of individual variance with each participants body, it involves allowing the body to adapt at its own pace and will, ideally, have participants educated on what sort of nutrition and lifestyle changes will allow for the quickest journey to a hot body that feels great to live in!