Is fitness bootcamp for you?

Modern life is tough. Even when we live in material abundance, we never seem to have enough time. We can become so overwhelmed by the daily pressures of work, home life, social commitments, and even just trying to get enough sleep, we neglect our health in the process.

Maybe you've been to the gym a few times, but you can’t drum up the desire or discipline to keep at it long enough to get the results you really want.

Or perhaps you used to be obsessed with fitness, but you can’t seem to figure out what happened to your motivation lately. And you desperately want your old self back.

Whatever your situation, you know it’s time for change.

People love to boast about their multi-tasking skills, and multi-tasking is fine when you’re just keeping things ticking along. When you’re stuck in a rut, what you need is the time and headspace to focus on just one thing.  

The most important thing about fitness boot camp is that it will take you out of your normal daily life. No work to worry about. No phone calls, emails, nagging relatives, commutes or any myriad of other distractions. Just you, your new environment, and complete focus on achieving your fitness goals.

Boot camp might sound scary, but you know what? It’s actually the most liberating experience.

There are a lot of myths about boot camps, primarily influenced by reality TV, so if you are nervous about what to expect, here are 13 things to know before you go.



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13. You Don't Need to be a "Fitness Junkie" (But It’s OK If You Are)      

Let’s face it, some of us don’t find exercise fun and it’s okay to feel that way! You don't need to love training to achieve your fitness goals. When you go to the gym and see others with your ‘dream body’, remember they didn't start that way. They have challenges, doubts and setbacks the same as you do. And they aren’t necessarily fitness junkies either.

Everyday people looking to start a healthy lifestyle go to fitness boot camps. So do hardcore fitness fanatics – and all kinds of people in between.

The point is, it’s not a competition. Although you certainly won’t be alone, the only thing that matters is whether you’re happy with your own results.

So whether you eat, sleep and breathe fitness, or you’ve never picked up a dumbbell in your life, rest assured you won’t be out of place.


12. You Won’t Be Bullied or Intimidated      

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Myth: Residential boot camps are places you go to get bullied, humiliated and yelled at. You suffer this torture for weeks on end, beating out all your competitors until one day – bam! – you’re finally worthy, and now it’s your turn to be the boot camp hero.

Reality TV has a lot to answer for.

Fact: Trainers will never bully or talk down to you. They will work with you at your level to make sure you get what you want and need from the experience. They will motivate you and push you to levels that stretch your limits, but with a healthy respect for what you’re realistically capable of.

All you need to bring to the table is a willingness to learn and a desire to better yourself. If you approach camp with that attitude, you will have no problem succeeding.

And rest assured, you won’t have to worry about getting voted off!


11. Start Slow Before You Go      

If you aren’t already, it’s recommended that you start exercising gently before going to a boot camp.  Try jogging a couple of times a week, attending fitness classes, cycling or gym work. While you can jump in cold turkey after not exercising for years, you’ll definitely have some aches to deal with.

You don’t need to go hell for leather in the days or weeks leading up to bootcamp – just do enough to get you and your body accustomed to exercise. That way, when you get to camp it won’t be such a shock, and you’ll be able to do more while suffering less.

Also try to drink plenty of water daily if you don't already. Getting in the habit of keeping your fluids up will help prevent cramps and soreness at boot camp.


10. It’s Not All About Lettuce, Cabbage, and Starving You Out      

You’ll be surprised how well you eat at boot camp. The focus is not on depriving you of food; it's about choosing healthier options, eating nutritious meals, and eliminating unhealthy snacking.

You will be provided with wholesome meals every day and will learn about how to prepare food which is both healthy and delicious. You’ll experience firsthand how simple it can be to consistently eat great food and how it doesn’t have to be a sacrifice.

At bootcamp you will most likely eat better than you did at home. By the end of it, you might just find you really don’t crave junk food anymore.


9. You Don’t Need To Be Overweight      

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For sure, a lot of people go to bootcamp to lose weight. Others choose to attend more specialized weight loss camps.

People also attend camp for other reasons. Increased athleticism, functional fitness, or hell – just because they want to ride the endorphin highs and feel really damn good.

For an ever-growing number of savvy souls, wellbeing is the new partying and bootcamp is the new Vegas. So even if you’re already in great shape, we’d love for you to join us.


8. It’s a Great Excuse to Visit a Beautiful Place      

You can find fitness boot camps in some of the world’s most beautiful places. From sun-soaked SoCal to tropical Thailand, or even the majestic Scottish Highlands – every kind of paradise is available.

And it’s a lot easier to justify booking a ticket to paradise when it’s for an investment in yourself!

Even if you stay local, getting out into the countryside still makes for a refreshing break from the organized chaos of city life.


7. It’s Not Only About Weight Loss      

Fitness boot camp is all about giving you a kickstart. While you’re likely to get fast results at camp, the real purpose is to help you break through your own barriers so you can continue your journey on the right foot afterwards. What kind of barriers?

Motivation to start losing weight is certainly a common one, but here are just a few others:

  • Breaking through a fitness or weight loss plateau
  • Intensive preparation for your upcoming 10k
  • Getting rid of unhealthy habits
  • Rekindling self-discipline
  • Recovering a lost sense of energy, vitality and purpose


6. It Will Be Tough, But It Will Be Worth It!      

Be prepared to dig deep. At bootcamp, you’ll call on all your reserves of strength and endurance. You’ll find a level of determination you never even realized you had.

At times, you’ll think you can’t go any further, that you just don’t have what it takes to push any harder. But with a supportive environment that demands your very best effort, you’ll keep going anyway.

And you WILL make it through.

There’s a special kind of euphoria that comes from achieving the seemingly impossible. You’ll rapidly achieve new heights in fitness, and even more importantly, you’ll find out what you’re really capable of.

Everyone should test the very edge of their limits, at least one time in their lives. Many people never have this experience. You will. It just might change you profoundly for the better, in more ways than you can even imagine.


5. You’ll Learn How to Enjoy a Lifetime of Vitality      

No more battling the scales and bargaining with guilt. It's time to live a life of health and vitality, for goodPhoto by Alan Cleaver licensed by CC2.0

Fitness camps focus strongly on instilling you with healthy eating habits. You can exercise all you want, but if you don't supply your body with the right fuel, you’ll still feel tired and lethargic.

One of the most important lessons you will learn is effective meal planning. This will help you stick effortlessly to a healthy eating plan even as life’s daily pressures threaten to sabotage your progress.

You will learn how to control portion sizes, create nutritionally balanced meals, and how to identify foods that appear healthy but actually aren’t. Experience you can use for the rest of your long and healthy life.


4. You Will Meet Great People      

You are going to meet like-minded people who share the same goals and aspirations as you.

Just as being surrounded by friends who want you to join them for wine and pizza can be destructive to your fitness goals, being amongst people who want more out of life is intoxicating.

Their virtues will become yours.

And you may even make new friends for life.


3. You’ll Get In Touch With Your Very Best Self      

You are going to find a sense of inner confidence you didn't know existed - a drive you didn't know you had. When you need it most, this will come out and allow you to push yourself beyond your limits.

Learning about the factors that impact your habits may bring up some emotions you are not used to feeling. You may talk about some uncomfortable topics, but this form of self-discovery is one of the most crucial experiences you will have at boot camp.


2. Results Require Effort      

Real fitness camps will push you and expect you to do your best. It's not the kind of vacation where you sit by the pool drinking martinis.

If you want to get the most out of your experience, you‘ll need to put in the work. Your trainers will individualize the program enough to accommodate your specific needs and goals - from there it will be all up to you to be successful.


1. Fortune Favors the Bold      

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If you are scared of going to fitness boot camp, it's time to be brave!

Before leaving for boot camp, let your friends and family know about your journey, and they will most likely offer support. Surrounding yourself with the best people during a time of discomfort or anxiety is the best way to ensure success. You will need these people especially when you return to hold you accountable and keep you on track.

It’s completely normal to feel nervous when stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s also true that improving your life in any significant way requires you to brave discomfort.

So feel the fear and do it anyway. You’re just one bold decision away from the start of an incredible new you!


Your Moment of Truth      

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Hopefully, by now you can relax about any of the big worries you had about fitness bootcamp. There won’t be some big scary army guy screaming at you to do three hundred more pushups before you can have dinner.

And dinner won’t be one oatcake with three carrot sticks and a side of wheatgrass juice.

While you might be nervous, you know that won’t stop the intrepid adventurer in you from making the leap.

So, the moment of truth – is bootcamp for you?

  • Are you willing to exercise daily?
  • Can you accept coaching?
  • Do you want better results for yourself?
  • Do you want to live a healthier lifestyle?
  • Are you willing to commit?
  • Can you adopt a "no excuses" attitude?
  • Are you willing to take a leap of faith?


If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, it's time to book a fitness boot camp.