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Boot Camp is an Excellent Workout for Full Body Conditioning

Have you ever been to the gym early and asked yourself, Why am I doing this, only to realise afterward that the workout given you a buzz that lasts all day? After only about five hours sleep, I heard my Piranha alarm tone, brushed teeth, cleansed face, dressed and walked to the gym. Sadly, I must have chosen the exercise class half asleep as I had booked myself onto boot camp instead of body pump.

I am familiar with circuit training, although I’ve not been to a circuit class for about ten weeks. I do not mind tough workouts. However, I was concerned that I had not eaten enough before the workout, as a pear and orange is fructose that will be burned immediately as energy. A full body-conditioning workout like boot camp incorporates aerobic and anaerobic for a great fat burning workout. Exercises include:

  • Alternate press-ups on a medicine ball
  • Walkouts
  • Alternate leg plank
  • Jump squats
  • Medicine ball torso twist
  • Wall squat
  • Skipping
  • Tricep dip
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Dumbbell punches

There are more exercises. In the class this morning, I decided that I wouldn’t quit because I wasn’t wearing a sports bra. There were several plyometric-type exercises (explosive moves) that made my chest jiggle, but who cares if my nipples were popping out. There were only about eight of us in the 6.30 AM class, and we all worked hard.

The full body conditioning boot camp class had around twenty different stations. The instructor timed us for one minute on each station. There was a five second break between stations, so it felt far more brutal than Tabata.

I did put 100 percent effort into boot camp. By the second set of twenty-seconds, I felt nauseous. Afterward, the mere scent of my organic chocolate shower gel, plus the scents from the products used in the other showering cubicles, made me feel delicate. When the spray of deodorants and other synthetic fragrance was sprayed around the changing rooms, I had to get out of there ASAP. I’ve detoxified from synthetic fragrances, including shampoos, shower gels, and skincare, so I’m sensitive to these fragrances. I highly recommend essential oils to use as fragrance in a little carrier oil, or ionizer. Baking soda is the cheapest deodorant.

Boot camp is brutal, but as long as you push yourself your endurance will improve, over time. There are other good full body conditioning classes, but if you want to burn fat, tone your whole body, and continue to burn calories all day long, try boot camp.