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Benefits of the Boot Camp Workout
Let’s dig in a bit deeper to the many benefits of the boot camp workout.
One of the unique aspects of the boot camp workout is the instructor’s role in driving you to achieve challenging goals and keeping accountable to yourself. The instructors may not be as brutal as drill sergeants in the military, but they are also not going to let you off the hook with a half-effort in the workout. While you aren’t pushed beyond your physical capabilities, the intensity of the program and the underlying goal of rapid improvement help you truly believe you can change and improve, making you tougher and more self-confident as you see measurable results.
Many people have commented on the addictive quality of boot camp workouts, and the comprehensive nature of these workouts also drives long-term change and lifestyle adaptation. Boot camp workouts represent not only a full-body workout, but also a whole-life attitude shift, which helps to make fitness and wellness a permanent part of practitioner’s worldview.
The high-intensity interval training of boot camp workouts means that your entire body is being pushed to its limits, not just one muscle group. The goal of boot camp workouts is not an improvement in one area, but a full-body reformation. If you only participate in cardio, or only choose weights, you are doing a disservice to yourself. However, the combination of intense resistance training and weight training helps you tone and grow your muscles, while also providing the endurance to maximize your workouts.
Exercising can take a great deal of self-motivation, and the reason so many people stop going to the gym after a month or two or fall off their diet, is because no one is keeping them accountable. On the other hand, boot camp workouts are large group workouts, and interaction and engagement are promoted. This social aspect keeps you accountable, and also promotes friendships with like-minded people who want to get healthy together!