TEXfit gives you an extra element of resistance: the weather. If it’s super warm, you burn more calories as your body works to keep you cool. If it’s super cold, your body burns more calories trying to stay warm. At first it can be challenging, but once the sweat starts to pour down your face, you realize the combination of the heat, cold or wind, along with constant repetitions, is doing your body a favor. There are also some great benefits to exercising in the great outdoors that are not fitness-related. Science shows that getting vitamin D from sunlight increases overall health. Being outside and taking in some form of physical activity is shown to reduce stress levels, increase healthy endorphins and decrease the bad stress hormone cortisol. Camp Gladiator campers love the program because it’s outside. They don’t want to be inside, even in the dead of winter or summer. They feel and see the benefits of being outdoors and taking in fresh air. Campers move constantly at a rapid pace, which burns a lot of calories. You can usually expect to burn between 500 to 1,000 calories during one hour-long session. Campers love to compare how many calories they burned in a workout. Some campers have even burned 1,200 calories in a single one-hour session. High intensity intervals of strength training, mixed with bursts of cardio, can give you a total body workout while torching fat.
CARDIO AND WEIGHTS Most classes involve using indoor equipment, hand weights or require some kind of rhythm. In an hour-long boot camp, you’re getting your cardio as you are toning muscles with strength training. This is a plus for those who dread doing cardio. Another perk to the cardio in boot camp is that even though it is done for a shorter duration, the intensity level is higher and more effective. Combining cardio and strength training is essential for weight loss because you need the fat-burning cardio paired with the musclebuilding strength training to get results.
BUILD CONFIDENCE Once you finish your first class, drenched in 56
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sweat, heart pounding and muscles fatigued, you will get a burst of energy and confidence knowing you endured and completed a session. Challenging workouts build confidence and self-esteem. It feels great to know you did something good for your body and mind.
BANISH “I CAN’T” FROM YOUR VOCABULARY Boot camp classes will push you beyond your mental or physical block. There is no slacking,
regardless of your fitness level. You are forced to push through all barriers with the help of your instructor. If you are concerned about an injury or not being able to do an exercise, make sure to find a program that encourages a “go at your own pace” format. It is beneficial to have someone there encouraging you. Some of us need that extra push. The instructors are there to help you find your inner warrior, which exists in everyone. Boot camp teaches you discipline and
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