What to expect at your first boot camp class

Boot camp classes have been around for a while, but despite their longevity there are many people that are still unaware of what they are and how effective they can be. Boot camp classes are different then regular weight rooms, and they are also different from what many people envision when they think of fitness classes. When these classes originally made it into the fitness scene, they were primarily instructed by people that were currently or formerly in the military. The idea is that many of the exercises that these regular people would do during a boot camp class were modeled after the exercises that are used in the military to train new recruits. Overtime these became incredibly popular and many Jim started offering a boot camp class as part of their regular fitness class offerings. Other gyms decided to focus solely on offering boot camp training and opened locations that were dedicated just to that kind of workout. In Denver, boot camp classes are regular occurrences that can be found both at specialty gyms as well as part of larger operations, though it is generally known that specialty gyms will offer more variety and more personal attention throughout the workout.

If you are a beginner when it comes to boot camp, you should try not to be too intimidated about the idea of taking a military style workout class. These classes are easy to modify for people of all fitness levels and abilities, so no matter what level of physical fitness you have currently, you will find the classes challenging yet interesting. Here are a few tips for beginners on how to get the most out of your boot camp classes:

  1. Make sure that you hydrate before, during, and after class. Unlike other fitness classes, you will likely have short rest periods in between each exercise. These are great times to snag a quick drink of water. Your first couple of classes he will likely sweat more than you knew that you ever could, and it is important that you replenish those fluids. Being well hydrated will also shorten your recovery time after class.
  2. Do not be afraid to ask questions, even if it is in the middle of class. Instructors would rather you do exercise right then risk injuring yourself, so if you think you are doing something wrong stop immediately and asked for help.
  3. Don’t be afraid to push yourself. You will be surprised buy what your body can accomplish with the right mindset. So try for that extra push up or that extra squat. If you noticed that your form is starting to suffer because you are tired, slow down and do fewer reps but try to keep moving.
  4. Prepare to be sore. If you are starting at a beginner level when you enter your first boot camp class, then you’re going to have some muscle pain the next day. You can help your body to recover by making sure that you are eating enough protein, drinking lots of water, and getting electrolyte back into your body.

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