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Ask any exercise enthusiast and they will tell you that there is nothing you can do at the gym that you cannot do at home. Sure, gyms are chock full of fancy equipment and endless racks of weights, but you do not need to spend a fortune on a gym membership when you can get similar results at home.
Getting fit sounds so easy doesn’t it?
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Just as there are good and bad fitness bootcamps, there are also great trainers and some very poor ones. Can you get fit when working out with a poorly qualified trainer? Yes of course you can but you could also easily get injured or follow an eating plan that wasn’t particularly healthy. When you pay to attend a fitness bootcamp you want to be confident that the fitness trainer knows their stuff. Here are 3 questions you should ask, and although they might be uncomfortable you do need to ask them.
1. Are they certified? Read more about 3 Uncomfortable Questions To Ask Your Fitness Bootcamp Trainer →
Obesity in teenagers is a serious problem but so is the increasing number who are falling prey to eating disorders. So why not avoid any risks of your family falling victim and book them into fitness bootcamp?
You can find bootcamp classes aimed at teenagers with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment rather than losing excess pounds. Not only will they have a chance to meet new people but they will also get a dose of reality. Kids look up to idols and when you are a teenager this usually is someone in the celebrity world. While there are obviously beautiful women in Hollywood, many of the pictures you see in magazines have been airbrushed to make them look better. Teenagers and adults often forget that these ladies spend a fortune on the best make up artists, fitness trainers and stylists to make themselves look fantastic. It is not the real world and in most cases teenagers are setting themselves up for failure by trying to be like their idol. Read more about Fitness Bootcamp Tips For Teenagers →
If you have joined fitness bootcamp to get fit you want to make sure you get the best results for your time and money. So try these seven tips to help you avoid the pitfalls other bootcamp members have experienced.
1. Not being prepared.
While it is fantastic that you have taken the step and booked in at a fitness bootcamp you have to start getting prepared for your adventure now. You cannot expect to continue eating the wrong foods and not exercising until the first day of your new camp. As soon as you book the class, your experience begins. Go through your kitchen and get rid of all of the unhealthy foods. Ditch the sugar laden diet foods and go shopping for brown pasta, rice, whole grains, fruit, vegetables etc. Drink only plain water and the occasional green tea. Your body needs the proper fuel to get the most out of your bootcamp experience and that means good quality protein, healthy carbs and good fats.
2. Expecting too much.
You need to be realistic about what you can achieve from your first fitness bootcamp experience or you will set yourself up for failure before you begin. While you may want to look like Kym Johnson from Dancing with Stars who recently admitted that fitness bootcamp was part of her exercise routine, you need to remember that she has been training and keeping fit for years. So make sure the goals you set are realistic and achievable as well as demanding.
Remember some of your classmates may be on their third or fourth fitness bootcamp. Most people find that once they start they keep going back for more. So the slim fit girl next to you could have once weighed just the same as you do now.
3. Buying new clothes before you go.
You will have heard people advise those looking to lose excess pounds at fitness bootcamp to buy an outfit in smaller dress size to hang on the closet door. While this could motivate some people, what you are likely to find is that your entire body shape changes following your fitness workouts. This can mean a transformation not only in how you look but how you dress. So instead why not save the cash until you graduate from fitness bootcamp and splash out on a new outfit then. Read more about The 7 Biggest Mistakes Made At Fitness Bootcamp →
Although every good fitness bootcamp will provide you with tips on nutrition, there are some things you can do now to boost the amount of weight you lose during your workout.
Processed foods, even the so called diet variety, have lots of hidden calories. Assuming you make healthy foods at home, you will reduce your calorie consumption immediately. Try eating food as close to its natural state as possible. Lightly steam fresh vegetables as you will burn up more calories digesting them. You should also eat more as they are far more appetizing that over boiled mush. Your fitness bootcamp instructor will probably tell you to go brown when it comes to pasta, rice and flour. The white stuff has hidden sugars and gives you a sugar rush which makes you crave even more sugar thus adversely impacting your goal to lose excess pounds.
We all know the government recommendations are to eat five fruit or vegetables a day but this is not sufficient if you want to maximize the returns you get from your investment in the fitness bootcamp. You need to aim for at least seven different varieties and more would be even better. Not only are most fruit and vegetables a diets dream food as they are filling yet contain very few calories, they are also fantastic at detoxifying your system, flushing out fat pockets as well as protecting against heart disease and stroke.
You will find yourself hungry after your fitness bootcamp workout so be prepared. Have some healthy snacks such as nuts, pulses as well as fruit and vegetables ready for snacking on. If you are exercising outdoors and feeling a little chilly, have some homemade soup. This is an excellent way of topping up your energy levels without impacting your waistline. Some people will tell you that you can afford to eat more as you are exercising so much at fitness bootcamp. You may certainly be hungrier but this isn’t a green light to start snacking on unhealthy calorie ridden foods. But if you need a treat, try having a small square of high quality chocolate. Note I said square and not the whole bar! Read more about 5 Top Tips To Lose Weight At Fitness Bootcamp →