Did you have plans to exercise this week, but it somehow didn’t happen? Same here. Fortunately there are methods to bury the good old excuses about “should have and would have, if not…” by finding the right exercise for you!
We can all agree that everybody nowadays is health conscious on some level. It’s very inspiring to (occasionally) walk into a gym and find it buzzing with all types of people – mums, dads, young and old. However, there are those of us (the normal ones) who are still perfecting the method of shedding pounds in our sleep. It’s not that we don’t want to work out, but it’s trying to find the time, or the place, and above all the motivation to establish a steady routine.
To help our readers with some ideas for staying fit and motivated we are starting a three part series on, 3 types of exercises that will keep you motivated about your fitness. So here’s part one on a familiar favourite.
We (Kefalos) were invited by Sweat Nation (SN) Boot Camp to join in a session on their bring a friend day, which happens on the last Friday of their 6 week cycle. Never before have we seen a group of dedicated and motivated people such as the Sweat Nation’s boot camp group. 05:30am is a hard time to wake up but everyone was there smiling, stretching and preparing for the morning’s routine.
When we arrived we were greeted by Barbra Jambga the group’s mentor and her team. ”Barbs”, as she is affectionately known to the group, has been training people from all walks of life for the past 11 years. She says that the best part of camp is ”seeing people show up regardless of the time or weather”. For her it’s a sign that the group is now motivated more by their results, preferring to attend than to skip a day due to a ’very good excuse’.
The actual session was fun and intense. There was no pressure to go above your limit, which is right at the heart of Sweat Nation’s ethos. SN believes in giving ”Your personal best every time”. So if you thought boot camp was about being yelled at by a trainer you’re wrong. It’s about seeing yourself grow as you are pushed and yelled at by yourself. The trainer only serves the purpose of encouraging you to remove the doubt and personal barriers you place on your ability to work out. For example, when you see a 60 year old lady bust out 10 push-ups like it’s nothing, know that to her her personal best has been reached.
After our session we sat down with Barbs to ask her a few questions about boot camp.
Q. So why should you join a boot camp?
A. Because it’s fun, it’s in a group setting, and it’s cost effetive. Fun because it focuses on using energy as the source of your results. The group setting allows you to develop a team spirit which is very motivating, and it’s cost effective because as opposed to getting a trainer with a gym membership you get the personal trainer for a flat fee for the same quality, instruction and attention.
Q. Is boot camp better if you have a specific target?
A. Yes. There are all sorts of goals and targets that we get to hear about when people come to start. They want to shed pounds for their wedding, or they’re going to climb Kilamanjaro etc. During our pre-cycle assessment we meausre your weight, girth and test your fitness level. We then use that information coupled with your goal to help you track your progess and push you to achieve the results you want.
Q. What have you heard from your group that they love most about boot camp?
A. They love that they get to push really hard and that they get to see their results. They also love the group setting and sense of belonging to a family. It’s far easier to stay motivated as a group because sometimes it’s the group that keeps you going when you think you’ve reached your limit.
Q. What makes a good boot camp?
A. The group, the cost, the trainer and finding out what you like. It’s important you aim for an experience that makes you comfortable but above all helps you get the results you want. Sweat Nation offers the authentic boot camp experience. When you think boot camp you think rough and dirty and we have all of that.
Q. If you had to say one thing to someone who was considering boot camp what would it be?
A. Try it. Sweat Nation caters for everyone and their fitness levels, so you’re always going to move at a comfortable pace. The energy that you get from training doesn’t simply disappear when you end training. It follows you to work, home, and anywhere else you might need it. That energy transfer will encourage you to take on life with the same purpose and motivation each time.
Sweat Nation runs in 6 week cycles, 3 days a week at $180 dollars ($10 per session) a cycle. Before you get started you must attend a pre-cycle assessment which costs $10 and is manditory for your own health and safety. The next pre-cycle assessment is on the 14th of April with the next cycle starting the following week on the 19th. However, if you read and follow the Kefalos blog you are entitled to save (on to your phone) the e-voucher below and you can get a free assessment. The assessment can be used for you to either start boot camp or to get a good understanding of where your health and fitness lies.
We hope you enjoyed reading this as much as we did writing it. Next up: Boxcercise.