The benefits of boot camp training go beyond just the physical. Training in a group allows you to mentally and emotionally push yourself to the next level and do things you might not normally do on your own.
There are several ways you can keep yourself encouraged to maintain a set training regimen, but group exercise is one of the best options out there. Personal trainer and kinesiologist Kyle Cavnar shares why.
The motivation and energy you get out of boot camp training is simply awesome. “If you’ve never tried it, give it a shot,” Kyle encourages.
Not only will you have a trainer or coach egging you on and challenging you, but you’ll also be able to rely on your teammates during that hour to give you that extra bit of push. “We all want to quit at times, but when you have ten people clapping you on telling you to keep moving, it’s a lot easier to get it done,” Kyle says.
Boot camp training is extremely economical as it gives you the same benefits of one-on-one training at a fraction of the price. Because group training is more affordable, you’ll be able to attend classes more frequently and get the most out of your workouts on a weekly basis.
3. Breaks Monotony
Boot camp training cuts out that monotony of regular, run-of-the-mill exercise routines. “A lot of us will get into the habit of doing the same exercises, the same weights, using the same dumbbells, going through the same motions. [But] group training puts that little bit of fire beneath you that gets you up and moving again,” Kyle says.
With boot camp training, you have someone instructing you to do something you might not normally be doing on your own. While you will see a lot of the same movements – like your squats, your deadlifts, and your rows – you’ll also push yourself with movements that take you out of your comfort zone. “Maybe a sled pull or push, some keg tossing, battle rope work – all these have different benefits for the body by utilizing different energy systems within the body that you probably aren’t doing when you’re doing bicep curls,” Kyle says.
Being accountable to your trainer is one thing, but when you have 20+ people wondering where you are if you miss a class – that’s a whole other level of accountability that you can’t get anywhere else. While you’re in it for yourself, group training is a team effort that encourages you to be there for your teammates and your trainer. “That whole energy and positive vibes is real easy to feed off of, which results in a kickass workout and a good overall feeling,” Kyle says.