First of all, before joining a boot camp in Austin, make sure a Boot Camp-style program will help you achieve your fitness goals. For many people, Boot Camps are a short-lived experience that can provide quick, but often not lasting, results. If you are someone who tends to commit whole heartedly to a grueling workout routine for a month or two and then fall off the exercise wagon completely for another few months, this may not be a good fit. Consider finding something that you actually enjoy, rather than 6 a.m. torture session, and do it moderation – two to three times a week. This way, you are not setting yourself up for failure and can achieve lasting results.
Action: Ask other participants how long they have been with the Boot Camp you are looking into and see if it is the type of program and community that supports long-term membership and sustainable results.
· Action: Look at the instructors and participants: do they represent the end goals you want to see in yourself? If not, you might consider another program. If you want a dancer’s body, dance. If you want a runner’s legs, run. If you want a long lean body, do Yoga or Pilates.
Finally, if you are set on a Boot Camp, the most important thing to remember is to find one where the instructor is nationally-certified and knowledgeable about body mechanics and alignment. Look for a program that will educate you about proper form and technique, and not just overload your body with heavy weightlifting and challenging anaerobic work that simply can’t be executed properly by someone just starting their fitness program.
· Action: Ask instructors where their certification came from. Ask them a few questions about how they integrate alignment awareness into the program. Try to get a sense if they are accustomed to suggesting modifications for different levels. If you’re not sure what this kind of instruction looks/sounds like, check out our video on the perfect pushup!
At RedBird in Austin, we offer a Boot Camp-style training programs, such as our Pilates-Cardio circuit-training program. However, we also require that all participants also attend our Pilates mat classes so that they have a deep understanding of form, alignment and posture, as well as the necessary core strength to execute challenging anaerobic and plyometric exercises without injury. If you go through a Boot Camp program where you are not taught about exercise technique and proper body alignment you will simply continue to develop the muscles of the body that are already over-developed and fail to strengthen the weaker, tighter muscles – resulting in a highly imbalanced body. Worst of all you are likely to injure yourself and cause permanent damage to your body – especially your back and spine.
Our RedBird philosophy is to educate clients on correct exercise technique, postural alignment and breath patterns, as well as the purpose for each movement, the intention of the work, and the objectives of program. With this knowledge, practitioners become stronger, more self-aware movers and thinkers, throughout all aspects of their lives. We encourage you to seek a program that delivers the same commitment to education and precision of movement – not only for your results but also for your safety and health.
For more videos on how to perform exercises with proper alignment and technique, check out our Youtube channel.