What is a fitness Bootcamp?

Bootcamps are group fitness training sessions hosted primarily outdoors to promote better physical fitness, weight loss, camaraderie and team effort. Bootcamps in fitness are designed to push people further physically and mentally than they would normally go if in the gym alone.

Bootcamps originated back in 1860, the military style Bootcamp training was used primarily to train the British Army and rehabilitate civilian prisoners in the United States for the U.S. Military during WW2. The term ‘Bootcamp’ was derived from the Navy and Marine recruits who wore leggings at the time called ‘boots’; these recruits were then trained in ‘boot’ camps.

In the 1990’s indoor and outdoor Bootcamps gained popularity in the United States, later trending them world-wide in 2000. These originated independently in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

In 1991 in Australia outdoor fitness group classes developed independently as the Original Bootcamp.

How many times a week should I do outdoor Bootcamp?

Morfitness recommends a commitment of 3 Bootcamp training sessions per week to achieve optimised results. The Original Bootcamp session mixed with a combination of good diet is sure to deliver the best possible results.

Is Bootcamp a good way to lose weight? 

Bootcamp is a fantastic way to kick start your weight loss and fitness journey. Be warned boot camp is not for the faint hearted, it’s intense and works all your muscle groups including your core whilst giving you a high intensity cardio workout.

Bootcamp will give you the best results the more you push yourself. In a group setting it is more likely you will work harder than you would if you were working out alone.

What is a typical Bootcamp workout?

Bootcamp training generally takes place at dawn or dusk at an outdoor location amongst the natural elements. Bootcamp fitness training often commences with a variety of running and stretching to warm up, followed by a combination of interval training that may include the following:

  • Lifting weights or heavy object such as sandbags.
  • Use of TRX straps
  • Sit Ups and Push Ups
  • Plyometrics

The group Bootcamp sessions are usually finalised with some stretching and yoga.

How many calories do you burn in a Bootcamp class? 

Bootcamp is a favoured way of burning calories when it comes to weight loss goals. By moving constantly at a rapid pace, you can expect to burn on average 500 to 600 calories. Bootcamp fitness training sometimes can also be referred to as HIIT sessions. HIIT, high intensity interval training with mixed burst of cardio and strength exercises.