7 Things to Look for in a Good Fitness Boot Camp

Photo by: Andrea Howe
Motivating Instructor
First and foremost, I think you need to really like your instructor. I have often read personal trainers say their job isn't to be your friend, and they ... more 
Photo by: Andrea Howe
Motivating Instructor
First and foremost, I think you need to really like your instructor. I have often read personal trainers say their job isn't to be your friend, and they consider it a good thing if you hate them at the end of each workout, but I have to respectfully disagree. I think it's very important to not only like your instructor, but respect them as well. Through mutual respect, your instructor will motivate you to do your best, but won't leave you feeling disappointed if you don't reach your goals. Your boot camp instructor should be motivating, knowledgeable and approachable. Our instructor is all of these things, and makes me feel like I can always push myself just a little bit more, but never bullies me into pushing past my limits.
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Four years ago I enrolled in my first official boot camp. Led by a power-house, well built instructor, he focused on pushing us to our maximum potential, and encouraged us to not just focus on our fitness routine to get the body of our dreams, but on our diet as well. Within just a few weeks I was attending 6am classes 5 days a week and drinking cod oil and eating pounds upon pounds of raw veggies, in hopes of finally dropping the pregnancy pouch I had developed after my 2nd child. Within just a few months, I saw the results I wanted to see, but I was exhausted, hungry, and wound up suffering a pretty bad injury in the process. As much as I loved how that boot camp got me in the best shape of my life, I resented it for making me feel like anything less than 110% was anything but my best. So when I decided to rejoin a boot camp after the birth of my 3rd child, I was a bit more discriminating. I ended up joining a local camp which is aptly named Happy Hour Fit Club, because it focuses on how fun and enjoyable fitness can be, with the right instructor and the right group of women. So if you're in a similar stage of life as me, where your focus is on strength-building and health, not getting the body of a twenty-year-old, check these out. Click through for 7 things to look for in a good fitness boot camp! -By Andrea Howe



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