7 Reasons Boot Camp Is Worth Getting Off The Sofa For.

I was once in a conversation with one of my regulars after Boot Camp and she said “I was so tempted to stay on the sofa, but I forced myself to get up and I’m glad I did - I feel much better”. I know how truly alluring the sofa can be after a long day at work so when your client tells you they struggled but came in anyway and feel better for the experience it really makes a trainer's day!

Personally, I’m sure the gravitational pull around a sofa (and a bed first thing in the morning) is just slightly stronger than anywhere else, making it difficult for you to find a good reason to spend the energy needed to get up and move your bum out of the door.

Luckily, I’m here to help you by arming you with 7 good reasons to get yourself up and out to your local (and preferably my) Boot Camp and keep you on track with your health and fitness goals!

  1. It’s more fun than pretending to watch TV whilst you scroll through Facebook.

Don’t act like you don’t. We all do! And don’t get me wrong, there are some great things on TV. But getting out to Boot Camp gets you away from staring blankly at a screen (you just did that for 8+ hours at work) and into the fresh air, moving your body and having fun as you get in a workout surrounded by like minded people. There is always laughter and smiles in my Boot Camp – yes everyone is working hard but we keep it enjoyable too!

So pop that show on record and have the added bonus of not sitting through the adverts when you get home.

2. Meet all kinds of great people – you might even make a friend or two!

Don’t know anyone willing to try Boot Camp with you? Be brave and go on your own – there are people like you already there! We’ve all been the new person in the room before and no one judges or watches what you’re doing, they are far too busy for that! But in the breaks, everyone chats (if they can catch their breath) and quickly strangers become friends.

3. Convince your friends/ family/ co-workers to join you and secretly compete against them.

Feel satisfied when you finish faster or manage more reps. Get annoyed when they beat you. Do better next week. Attempt to defeat them in a quiet way that won’t sour your relationship.

Apart from ulterior competitive motives, bringing along people you like is also a great way to spend time with them in a healthier and cheaper way than the usual meet up for coffee (wine) and cake!

4. Hitting people when stressed out is frowned upon. Slamming a ball into the ground is not.

Over the years most of my regular attendees have come into Boot Camp at some point with a face like thunder and a story about the ever increasing stress they have had to deal with that day. They have always left feeling calmer, lighter and just better than when they walked through the doors 45 minutes beforehand. Boot Camp won’t solve the cause of your problems but does provide a healthy way to deal with your response to the stress and allow you to let it go.

5. You won’t reach your fitness goals if you don’t do something about it!

It’s so easy to let your ultimate fitness or weight loss goal slip to the back of your mind when you’re tired and you’ve been busy all day. The last thing you want to do is get back up and do something that will require more effort. I completely understand - I get exactly the same feelings and so does everyone else!

But getting to where you want to be is never going to be easy. Putting it off until you feel ready or you have more energy isn’t putting yourself first (you are allowed to do that you know). Get up. Go do the workout. Enjoy your well-deserved sleep afterwards. You will feel so much better about yourself for putting in the work. Guaranteed.

6. Strong is sexy.

Boot Camp is designed to work your whole body, building up your endurance and increasing your strength. You’ll get faster, you’ll get stronger and you’ll do things you thought were impossible when you first started. And that’s just from 45 minutes a week – imagine what you can do if you workout twice or even three times a week!!

And before you run for the hills shrieking “but I don’t want to look like the Hulk!” just wait! Nothing done in Boot Camp will make you bulky (it’s very difficult to get and maintain big muscles), it will simply improve on all the good things you want in an effective and fun way.

7. It’s a bargain you can’t refuse.

If you know you need a kick into gear when it comes to fitness but you’re not sure about getting PT sessions, this is a fantastic way to dip your toe in the water. At my Boot Camp each session only costs £6 so if you feel it’s not for you then you’ve not lost a fortune trying it out. And if you love it then you’ve found a super cheap way to keep fit!

If this post has encouraged you to give Boot Camp a go, why not join mine? Located at the Rooksdown Community Centre in Basingstoke every Monday night at 7pm. Myself and the other campers can't wait to meet you!

If you’ve done a Boot Camp – either mine or elsewhere – I’d love to know about your experiences! What did you enjoy about it, what kept you going back? Let’s ensure the readers who haven’t been before have no excuses to not give it a try!