Boot Camp

Fitness boot camps never go out of style.  The reason?  You blast calories in a short amount of time.  The military inspired workouts burn serious calories basically because they are built on three fundamentals of training: cardio, strength and agility.  Boot camp workouts require little more than your body weight to get results.  These workouts are more intense and are usually more fun than your typical gym workout.

Try these do-it-yourself tips to make your own boot camp style workout and kick your body transformation into high gear.

  1. Stick to the basics:  No props required so ditch your weights and stability ball and bring yourself back to simple by stringing together exercises such as jumping jacks, push-ups and squats.  Put these items into a circuit that go from one move to the next with little to no rest in between and your on your way to making your body a resistance machine!
  2. Follow the clock:  Set a time limit for each exercise and stick to it.  Set a time limit of between 20-60 seconds for each move.  It’ll keep you from pushing too hard and from slacking.  When you know that you have 30 seconds to do push ups vs doing 30 push ups you’re more likely to give the 30 seconds 100% effort rather than 50% doing the 30 reps.
  3. Take it outside:  Without all the equipment you are able to take your workout just about anywhere you want!  Bonus on taking your workout outside is that research shows that the mental benefits of exercising outdoors makes you feel less tense after your sweat session.
  4. Buddy Up:  A group or partner makes you feel accountable and the support of another person(s) helps you push through intense workout sessions.

Here’s a sample Do-It-Yourself Boot Camp supplied by Women’s Health Magazine”

Round One
Squats, push ups. bicycle crunches, jumping jacks, back extensions

Round Two
Walking lunges, squat jumps, bent-over rows, standing high knees, mountain climbers

Go try these out or write your own and start frying those calories!

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