A form of interval training (bursts of intense activity alternated with intervals of lighter activity or rest) usually involving a mix of high-intensity cardio exercises and strength training. Offering a challenging and varied workout, it requires little-to-no special equipment, and a sense of camaraderie is created among participants.
Class styles and difficulty usually vary depending on the instructor and might be influenced by anything from military-style drills to martial arts moves. Look out for a beginners bootcamp to get you started, or ask about your local bootcamp’s basic structure to find out if it’s right for you.
Why is it good for me?
Bootcamps are popular because they work every muscle group, you can do them anywhere, and you don’t need any specific equipment. Other benefits include:
• Improved speed, agility, strength and stamina.
• Bootcamps often use team games, paired exercises, and group activities. Not ‘going it alone’ can really help when it comes to staying motivated get active and keep active.
• Variety – every session is different and can be different depending where you go.
• Inclusive – classes are available for participants of all levels of fitness and experience.
How much does it cost?
You can create your own bootcamp workout at home for free, with a bit of research or some YouTube videos, or you could invest in a DVD or online class.
Many bootcamp operators will offer free taster sessions or beginner classes for first-timers. Class prices range between £8-£15 per session, or you can buy packs or monthly passes for a discounted price. Some leisure operators offer bootcamp sessions as part of their class timetable.
What equipment do I need?
Comfortable clothes and trainers you can run in. A water bottle and towel are recommended – you’re going to get sweaty!