What is a BootCamp?

What does a boot camp session consist of?

For boot camp workouts, think ‘group training sessions’, think ‘outdoors’ (whatever the weather and whatever the season!), think ‘fun’ and think ‘challenging’. Based on circuit training fitness programmes, sessions are organised by Hayley your personal trainer in and around Caloundra for groups of approximately 20 people at a time. Hayley also offers personal training and one on one sessions around Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast region.

Many of these sessions are specifically designed for women only although specific classes are available exclusively for each gender. Sessions usually last for one hour and contain a broad mix of running and bodyweight exercises, which have the aim of providing an all-over body workout.

The majority of Caloundra boot camp sessions take place in the early morning and early evening – typically 6am and 5pm – which proves popular with nine-to-five workers, who are able to fit in the invigorating training sessions around their working day. Hayley also organises specific classes for new mums wanting to get fit and also teenagers and school kids wanting to learn more about fitness and also health and nutrition. If you would like more information on session times please contact Hayley on 0448 888 266

In these circuit-training-style sessions outdoors, you can expect to work hard and get hot and sweaty but also enjoy a new dimension to exercising because of the variety that the sessions bring. Individual bootcamp classes are likely to differ in the specific focus of the session, for example one may include more military style drills, while another may include more sprints.

Benefits of bootcamp training

By providing a mixture of strength exercises and cardiovascular training a good boot camp session will work the heart and lungs and give almost every muscle in your body a workout. Sessions involve a warm-up and cool-down, bodyweight exercises, running, stretching, relays, and exercises with a partner.

Training ‘al fresco’ is also invigorating – whether you’re training on a frosty winter morning or a balmy summer evening – and the team-based theme encourages participants to really put the effort in and achieve results.

Who is boot camp training suitable for?

Boot camp sessions are intense however, they are suitable for novice exercisers and fitness enthusiasts alike, because individuals will be allowed to work at their own personal level and intensity. Some sessions will also be specifically designed to introduce people to the boot camp concept. Expect to sweat during a boot camp session and make sure you push yourself – whatever your ability – to get the most out of the training.

A good boot camp session will include variations of each exercise to cater for different abilities, and instructors will select balanced teams so that the competitive element remains fair. If a participant has an injury or is concerned about how challenging the session will be, then it is important to raise any concerns with the instructor at registration.

Where can I experience bootcamp training?

Boot camp sessions are a popular fitness class and there are a number of areas that sessions are held on the Sunshine Coast. Predominately based in Caloundra Bootcamp sessions can also have surprise locations to keep things fresh as well. Due to the popularity of boot camp classes It’s best to book the session in advance to avoid disappointment.

What should I bring to a boot camp exercise session?

As sessions are all outdoors, you should dress appropriately for the time of year. Ideally, you should layer your clothing so that you can remove outer layers as you warm up. A lightweight waterproof jacket will help keep the wind and rain out in poor weather, as the session won’t be called off if it’s raining! Gloves are also a must for those early morning winter sessions.

Always take a bottle of water to keep hydrated because even in cold conditions you can lose a lot of fluid from breathing out. Hydration is even more important in the summer, when you will need to drink throughout your workout. It is also important to eat as soon as possible after your session ends to begin the refuelling and rebuilding process, which will optimize your recovery. Simply pack a snack in your kitbag that travels easily – such as a banana – which will help to keep your energy levels topped up until you can have a more substantial meal.

The boot camp sessions themselves require little equipment as most of the exercises are completed using your own bodyweight. Any additional equipment that may be introduced will be provided by your instructor, but just check when you book your session to be on the safe side.

Is bootcamp training really for me?

Only one person can completely answer that question – YOU. But given the increasing popularity of this fitness concept – in spite of its early morning and ‘all weather’ challenges – it’s likely that you’ll be able to fit in easily, as it’s likely there will be other people at the sessions who have similar levels of fitness to you.

Boot camp gives you the opportunity to break away from a routine of either no exercise or simply going through the motions with your usual session. Add to this mix the motivational qualities of a good instructor, the camaraderie of group training and the refreshing nature of working out next to nature, and you have all the ingredients for a challenging fitness programme that can elevate your fitness to a much higher level than you could achieve alone.

If you’re still not sure, take a friend along to a free Boss Babes Bootcamp trial sesson. In this way you’ll have more fun – and you’ll also have an instant partner for the relays and joint exercises.

Putting the effort into boot camping

Boot camp training forms the cornerstone of the fitness regimes used by the armed forces, who are arguably the all-round fittest group of people in our society. So the training system certainly works! Nothing worthwhile is achieved without effort and hard work – and the popularity of boot camp indicates that with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, the opportunity to burn off some calories in the great outdoors and get a genuine total body workout that leaves you knowing you’ve had a tough session is very appealing. So why not give a Boss Babe Bootcamp Caloundra a go?