Boot camp classes can feel a little intimidating, especially when you are fairly new to fitness and working out. While boot camp classes mostly use a variety of familiar workout moves such as push ups, pull ups, sit ups, planks, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, high knees, sprints and similar moves, they combine a lot of different moves into one class which can heighten muscle fatigue and muscle confusion. Muscle confusion is good for your muscles because it requires them to keep working together in different ways and doesn’t let them get “bored” or too used to a certain workout. You should, however, be careful with muscle fatigue because if you push yourself too hard after your muscles become fatigued, they may not be able to support you which could lead to injury.
In order to make sure you have the best experience possible when participating in boot camps Colorado Springs, you can follow the below tips to make sure you are prepared.
- Prior to class, make sure to eat breakfast. It is generally suggested to eat a full breakfast complete with fats, protein and carbs a few hours prior to working out, but for many people, they won’t have time to eat a full meal that far in advance. Instead, you can get similar results by eating a smaller breakfast 30 to 45 minutes prior. Examples are a small bowl of oatmeal and some berries, Greek yogurt and dried fruit or a banana and a spoonful of almond butter.
- If your boot camp is going to be outside, make sure to apply sunscreen to your face and all exposed skin. Working out is great for your body but getting a sunburn is never good. If you have a good baseball cap that will stay on your head during movement, it is also a good idea to wear it to an outdoor class.
- Fill up a big water bottle. Not only will working out require a lot of hydration, but particularly if your class is outside in the sun, you will get dehydrated even faster. If you have an extra large water bottle, this is the time to use it. If not, think about bringing two water bottles.
- Try to do a bit of stretching before you go to class. Stretching prior will help you avoid injuries as well as prepare your muscles for an intense workout. If possible, try not to do any static stretching and instead, try to keep your body in motion so your muscles and joints get warm.
- Think positive thoughts. This is one of the best things to do because it will help you from feeling too much anxiety about the fitness classes. Envision yourself feeling strong and fit during and after the class. This positive visualization will get you excited and keep you motivated.
If you follow the tips above, you will be sure to have a great boot camp class. Many people continue using boot camp classes as a way to challenge their bodies and amp up their fitness practices. You too, will soon be on your way to the body of your dreams.