Blog - Four Tips for Overcoming Your Bootcamp Fears
Now that spring is approaching, it’s time to come out of hibernation, embrace the fresh air, and take up an outdoor fitness routine. Bootcamp-style workouts are an effective way to torch calories and get in shape fast. Even beginners can reap the health, fitness and social benefits of these classes.
Yet for many newbies, getting started can be rather daunting. Looking for ways to crush your bootcamp fears? These four strategies will get you mentally prepped and ready to rock your outdoor workout.
Do Some Legwork
Moving past your mental hurdle is all about finding the right fit. Start by determining your fitness goals. Do you want to tone up? Lose weight? Get stronger? Bootcamp classes are not one-size-fits all, which means there are plenty of options to choose from.
Before you sign up, scope out classes in your area and look for one that’s geared toward your fitness level and goals. Contact the instructor and learn about what’s involved in the class. Workouts typically involve full-body exercises and functional movements. However, some focus more on bodyweight exercises, such as squats, pushups and lunges, while others incorporate more weight training equipment, like dumbbells, medicine balls and kettlebells.
You don’t have to make a long-term commitment right away. Many feature a one-week free trial so you can try out the class and see if it’s a good fit.
Keep Your Pace
Your bootcamp sessions should keep you feeling empowered to push through to the end. However, only do so at a pace that is sustainable for you. Going all out when starting a new activity can quickly lead to physical fatigue and burnout, which also increases your risk of injury. Plus, you’ll be less likely to return to class if you don’t enjoy your first few sessions.
Need extra breaks? Don’t be embarrassed! Bootcamp beginners need training just like any other athlete. Runners, kayakers and cyclists all need to build up strength and endurance when first starting out, and the same goes for adapting to bootcamp-style workouts. Keep in mind that it’s always better to train smart than push yourself when you’re running on empty.
Tailor Your Workout
While it’s good to keep up the pace, you should also realise your fitness level and not push past your limits. If you need to modify an exercise to make it easier for you to perform, tell your instructor. Again, don’t risk an injury! It’s better to do a modified version well and with perfect form than to do an unmodified exercise poorly. Remember, you’ll grow stronger over time and eventually be able to maintain perfect form.
Here are some examples of modified exercises:
● Pushups – on your knees or do forearm planks
● Jump lunges – step through alternating lunges
● Squats – go only as low as you can
● Running – run/walk or speed walk
Have More Fun
Bootcamp classes are great for your physical and social health. The best way to power through a workout session is by sweating it out with others. Group exercise creates a sense of camaraderie and increases motivation to show up for future classes.
Ready for more shared energy, determination and fun? Show up early and chat with fellow-members. Get pumped up for your workout together. Not only will your body benefit, you'll meet new people and make a few fit-minded friends along the way.
What mental hurdles did you overcome when joining your first bootcamp class? Share your fear-crushing tips in the comments below.
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