Confession: although I truly should know better, I'm a boot camp junkie. I love being pushed, I love strenuous cardio. I know there are other ways to work up a sweat, but, when one is busy, this is a quick endorphin rush and cardio burst. But truly, after working in therapeutic Pilates and physiotherapy for over ten years now, I've seen a cautionary number of injured boot camp and cross fit clients. It's not hard to see why; group fitness trainers simply cannot safely guide thirty people through a rigorous workout. And yet, I know that, if I still crave these things, certainly less body-aware people do as well. So, with that in mind, here are some tips for surviving boot camp:
And, if at all possible, avoid boot camps. The truth is all of our bodies are incredibly different. Engaging in fitness mindfully and healthily requires a well-educated instructor and, ideally, a personalized experience. But of course not all of us can afford one-on-one daily sessions. So listen to your body, educate yourself, and by all means just get out there and do it.