I am starting a new, more vigorous fitness program to combat post-hysterectomy body fat. It is a bootcamp available for all ages, and I expect I will be above the typical age as a new participant. I dont necessarily have a lot of extra weight (I am 5.5 and weigh 134 lbs) however, I am unfit and my waist measurement and BMI are well out of bounds. I do not do much weight training, and my trainer will incorporate that to my regimen. I expect to have soreness and fatigue. How do I know what I am capable of without getting hurt? I dont have an athletic history, most of my current exercise program is cardio based. Thanks for your input.
This is one of those questions I really wish people would ask more often.
Let me just start by saying that bootcamps can be great. First from a trainers perspective it is a great way to get a larger number of people to work with at once. This means the cost can be much more effective for the participants, which means client turnover should slow down a little. From a marketing perspective we can offer something the gym can’t, the confinement of walls. This really means we can sell exercise as being anywhere and at anytime. True story, I have personally worked in barns, parking lots and backyards at 5am and 8pm (I know that sounds very dr seuss-ish, but I would even work with a cow and fish! Ha) So, as for a business model, bootcamps are a great way to go.
The problem that exists is the same that there is for any “group” learning environment. People will be at all different levels. There will be just a single instructor (that means two eyeballs) watching over a wide range of people. Just like in grade school, there can be certain things that happen in camp that just slip by the teacher. The difference, we are taking about your health, wellbeing and whatever dream you may have.
My advice is great like anything you would buy. Be the educated and informed customer. Watch a few sessions and do some evaluation of your own. Look not only at what they do but the level of coaching and engagement the instructor brings to the workout. Go and to whomever is running the camp. Find out about their background and ask them tough hypothetical questions. Bootcamps are really a dome a dozen and there are many instructors that flat out don’t have skills. So challenge their ideas a bit. I know, as a trainer, this makes me more prepared.
With all that being said, if I were you, I would just sign up for individual training or find a smaller group. It doesn’t matter you age nor your medical history, each individual person brings their own baggage to the camp and really needs some prescriptive exercise. This means that some sort of assessment process is certainly warranted before you begin training.
For me, when I work with large groups, I can break everyone into smaller (and more appropriate groups) by taking the first session and using an FMS screen. Basically, it is seven different exercises, that allow me to categorize everyone into their appropriate workout level. That way I can run a class that allows for the most advanced and the most beginner of people. This works well, because it also gives the participants a goal to chase in terms of how they move.
One on one training is superior because we can go more in depth with what you may NEED yo exerciser as opposed to what you may WANT to do. I understand there are cost issues, so if you get anything from my words it is to look for am instructor that gives as much individual consideration possible while in a group setting.
hope this helps,