The question, “Is Boot Camp Hard?” comes up many times when the phrase “Boot Camp” is mentioned. The answer is a “simple” yes and no.
The original idea behind fitness boot camps was to model the boot camp workouts done by trainees in the military. Their workouts were designed to build strength, agility, endurance and aerobic fitness at the highest level. Of course those in the military were training to function in extreme conditions.
Because the “every day” person does not necessarily need to function at quite those levels, boot camp workouts don’t need to be (and really shouldn’t be) taken to those extremes. Having said that, getting the most out of fitness workouts is still a great way to improve overall fitness levels and boot camps can offer a wonderful alternative to do just that.
A good boot camp design includes various challenging compound exercises (those that use multiple muscle groups at once), calisthenics, and cardiovascular exercises. Options for varying levels of ability are presented so that each level of participant is able to benefit in a safe and effective manner. Boot camps also help you burn calories at a high rate to help facilitate weight loss.
Any workout worth doing will be “hard”. Your body needs to be challenged in order to become stronger and healthier.
Don’t be afraid to try a boot camp class. You can start doing the lower levels of each exercise and gradually work into trying the more challenging versions. Each time you attend, you’ll see and feel the benefits and ultimately reap the rewards of pushing yourself just a little more every time. The social aspect of going to boot camp is another wonderful motivator to get over those mental and physical barriers. Everyone is working hard and encouraging each other. It’s a great way to build camaraderie.