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Friday, June 10, 2011

BootCamps 2011

I'm flirting with idea of changing the name... I never really loved the name "bootcamps," because they aren't really a true, 6am, West Coast Fitness style/military style bootcamp with camo and some yelling and push-ups til you puke type workouts.  But I did know, people would think of it as a group workout, so I went with it.  Now that I have a little momentum, I'm leaning towards changing the name towards what I always wanted it be... Training Camp, because thats actually what it is.

I wrote a while back, (a long while back) about bodies and who has the best bodies in the world.  I referenced LeBron James, Terrell Owens, Gabrielle Reece, and FloJo... look at their bodies... how do they train?  Think LeBron has "ARM DAY?"  Maybe... but probably only if he's bored and its workout #3 of the day.  Other than that, I'd bet LeBron trains alot of full body workouts with a heavy dose of multi-joint movements, agility work, hip & joint stabilization, yoga, and cardio... explosive cardio.   I remember when I was maybe 18 years old or so and I googled Michael Jordans workout.  It was 30 seconds of: bench; row; squat; shoulder press; lat pull; lunge; crunch... something along those lines.  But just 30 seconds, pop up and move on.  Kinda sounds like "Curves," no? 

Anyways, my point is... we train like athletes.  The goal is to improve our cardio and our running. 
How do we improve our running?  So many of the full body workouts we'll do this year, like we've done in the past, will be loaded with upper body and lower body movements that are needed when we run.  Exercises to improve core & hip strength, ankle stability, and balanced upper body strength.  Drills and exercises to improve our deep stabilizing muscles to help us reach new levels of full body endurance. 
I want you to be to the point where going out and running 5 miles is very easy.  Thats not impossible.  I dont care who you are.  I want you to be at a fitness level where 5 miles is "just a decent run," you know what I mean?  You say "i want to be able to do 10 push-ups," great... going from 2 push-ups to 10 is amazing... and now we're going for 20.  There is no peak... there is no max... there is no plateau... we're going for more.
This year, we'll be using some different locations.  Adding some high school stadiums alone will add to the training, and probably not in the way you might be imagining.  You might be thinking bleachers, the track, the field... ok, so we might be on the same page :)  but theres always going to be a twist, and you will never, ever feel like you wasted your time or money... guaranteed. 

Which reminds me, I also want to add a "GUARANTEE," to this years boot.  If one person signs up for all 4 months, follows the diet plan that is included in the cost, attends 90% of the sessions and does not achieve his/her goals (within reason: coming in saying 500 push-ups in 1 minute will work), I will buy them a gym membership for 1 year and train him/her 2x per month for that year (around a $1500 value).  

The paid in advance cost will be around $5-$6 per workout, total will change because one month may have more workouts than others.  $10 for drop-ins.  "Family Deal," the first family member is full price, if a family member joins on, that member saves 50%.

This years boot will include full body workouts (upper, lower, core, flexibility) speed & agility, and some yoga.  We will start slow in May to prepare for June and we'll climb to greater heights every single month.  If you're a beginner, no need to be worried, everyone was once a beginner.  Everything we do, from the basic to advanced movements has a modified version.  Some people come in with a shoulder injury and may have trouble with push-ups... thats fine, crunch.  Someone may have trouble jogging 1 mile... fine, take your time and get it done.  Before its all over, that mile will be a peice of cake... and if you cant jog that mile, you get a 1 year membership and 24 personal training sessions... no joke. 

The "boots," a.k.a. training camp is the highlight of my year and I look soooooo fwd to them... this year is going to blow every other year right out of the water.  I'm already writing up the workouts, scheduling locations through August and preparing some guest assistant trainers... this will be a training experience you won't forget.  Gauranteed.