(AKA The mad scientist that lives inside Missy’s head)
One of the main questions I get from people checking out Edge Body, current members and personal training clients is “What are the workouts like?”.
Or people often want to know:
- “Can I come to a class every day?”
- “What days are leg days?”
- “Do you make us run?”
People are sometimes confused as to what the term “boot camp” actually means. Boot camp is often used as an umbrella term that includes a number of fitness methods and exercises. These could include traditional strength training, cardio, plyometrics (i.e. jumping), non-traditional equipment, bands, aerobics (i.e. kickboxing), etc. And every place you go will do it differently, so I wanted to write this blog to give some insight as to how I program (aka design & plan) for our “boot camp” workouts at Edge Body Boot Camp.
When programming, I make sure to use sound science based principles to help keep members reaching their goals and injury free, as well as creativity to give members a unique experience each class.
This results-focused methodology encompasses the following:
The workouts are different every single day. This means that both the workout structure and exercises change with each day. For example, you won’t be doing a ton of running and pushups on back-to-back days. The main reason behind this is the “overload principle”. This simply means that to improve or get better at something, you need to constantly challenge your body and work harder…to get stronger, you need to push yourself to lift heavier weight, etc. So every day is something different to purposefully challenge your body which helps you continually progress and avoid strength and weight loss plateaus. Variety = improvements = reaching your goals.
Additionally when I say every day is different, that also includes week over week. Edge Body does not have a set routine. So I don’t always program a lower body workout on Mondays for example. I promise you that no two weeks will look that same.
The other day I overheard a member talking to someone on their first day saying, “I’ve been coming over a year and I’ve never done the same workout twice. I love that!”
In layman’s terms – if one day kills your legs, then rest easy that your legs will get somewhat of a break the next day. The exercises planned in each daily workout are put together with balance in mind. Balanced purposefully so that muscles have enough time to recover between workouts and balanced so you’re working on muscle groups evenly. This can improve things such as posture, overall strength and reduce the risk of injury.
3. Modifiable & Customizable
“Won’t I be the only one who doesn’t know what they are doing?”
NO, absolutely not!!!
We have all fitness levels and all shapes and sizes in our classes. My trainers and I provide modifications to all workouts to fit everyone’s individual needs. Even in a group atmosphere, we want you to feel the one-on-one attention. Do you have injury limitations? Haven’t exercised in years? No worries, we will help you feel successful in the workouts to progress you appropriately and make sure we help you get your desired results.
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Ok yes, the workout structures vary day by day, but they are all meant to be challenging. With that being said, the average class length is about 45 minutes including a warm-up at the beginning. Some workouts may be a little shorter than that and some may be a bit longer. Regardless of length, I guarantee it will always challenge you AND that varied length is by design.
5. High Intensity
As stated in #4, the length may vary slightly, but I want to push people out of their comfort zone. That’s when the magic happens. You become stronger, healthier, hit those weight loss goals and avoid plateaus. Some days the focus may be moving heavier weight and another day may be more focused on increasing that heart rate. Regardless, the workouts are more high intensity in nature to help you reach your potential and your goals. (But remember high-intensity is different for everyone so don’t forget about #3; we modify based on your individual fitness level.)
I’m sure you’re asking yourself why is this a category?? Well, the benefit of coming to a group training environment led by a trainer, is that you perform the workout for that day! Not the workout you talked yourself into doing on your own. Most people have a hard time pushing themselves to do things they aren’t great at. But that is truly when we become healthier and stronger. No one ever reached goals by taking the easy way out. So I program a variety of things to challenge your strengths AND your weaknesses. So one day may include running and box jumps, while another workout will have you flipping some tires. The workouts are also programmed with cardio and strength in mind, so that you will work on both during the week. Runners need to lift and lifters need to increase that HR. You won’t know what is coming each day, but your body will thank you for that challenge! This goes along with that overload principle from #1 above.
I promise you will never be bored! Hopefully, the majority of the workouts will be something different you may not have done before. But I love to constantly jazz things up and put workouts together in creative ways, so that you may even have a little “fun” pushing yourself to get through a class workout.
I hope that helps put some reasoning to the “why” you see the workouts you do and gives you confidence there is a method to the madness. I plan our workouts in one to two week blocks so I can ensure your workouts include the methodology above to help you get results. As an added bonus, I think this helps add a layer of fun in that the workouts are “unknown” until you arrive for class. Additionally for some…I won’t say any names (aka my husband)…they may dislike “leg day” and would skip class that day if it was a known “leg day”.
As always, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. This is our passion and we are always here to answers any questions.
That’s this week’s Tip from the Trainer!