You signed up for a boot camp class or course, or maybe you're still teetering that line (do it, already!). Now the nerves are setting in and you're really not sure what to expect. What will the class be like? Am I going to be able to handle it? Who else is going to be there and how do I compare? What if I fail?
Shake off that anxiety with a good workout! Really. The fact that you signed up for a boot camp class means there's a part of you ready to take on something new and challenging. Even if you're only dipping your toes in, you'll be fully submerged by the end of that first class. Although each boot camp class varies from one to another, the foundation is the same: show up, push hard and transform. The only way you'll fail is by not showing up.
The other people in class with you might be experiencing boot camp for the first time, too. There could easily be veterans, but that makes it even more promising knowing that people voluntarily come back for it! Having other participants will help you push yourself as an individual while learning to work as a team member. The camaraderie that comes from group efforts like this is something that will exist outside of the gym. Don't be intimidated by anyone! Everyone will have strengths as well as weaknesses, just like you.
The physical demands will be enough to make you feel exhausted and challenged as well as awesome and motivated. Most boot camp instructors program their classes with a mix of strength and cardio exercises, ranging from beginner to intermediate levels. There could easily be an exercise or movement that you can't quite do, haven't tried before or simply don't like. You modify and work your way up to it! Boot camp instructors won't scream at you if you can't do something, but they will get in your face in if you won't do something.
Before you even get to your first class, your program may ask you complete a PAR-Q, which is a medical and physical assessment of your health. The questionnaire wants to you report conditions like high blood pressure, heart issues, current medications and other limitations. You might weigh in and have measurements taken, or a photo. You could have a day of physical tests, including max pushups, sprint speed, agility drills aside from learning basic techniques. If you don't have any of these, you can always ask the program director about it. It's pretty awesome to compare your results at the end of camp!
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Develop a base for your physical fitness by hitting the pavement a few times before class starts. If you're brand new to working out, a boot camp might not be the best idea unless the camp was created for beginners. You want to make sure you have some endurance, but most of all drive. Try short runs, at-home workouts and maybe a couple group fitness classes for variation. Laying this groundwork will reflect your success in the camp. Get those legs ready with a lower body boot camp workout:
If you're still not sure about what to expect, go observe a class! Stop in and ask to watch a class for a few minutes, ask some questions and familiarize yourself with the equipment and the structure used in the program. The classes will vary day to day, but by observing one, you'll feel more confident about those first few!