Are extreme sports the secret to better fitness results?

It’s not by accident that “extreme sports” programs are all over TV these days.  After all, this is America and we want the best results and we want them fast.  This is why you see so many infomercials selling P90x, Insanity and other similar workouts that promise “extreme” results.

But before you jump into one of these extreme training programs, you should consider a few things, not the least of which is your personal safety and the sustainability of such programs.

Why do P90x and Insanity have so much appeal?

For starters, the people who make these programs have great marketing people which will always help create a buzz.  But more than that, on the surface they appear to be “different” or “unique” which appeals to people who are frustrated with their weight, fitness level or general lack of commitment to staying in shape.  Maybe these people have joined a gym and exercised a few times a week, but didn’t see the results quickly enough or got bored so gave up, only to come back and try again later.  Many people go through this same cycle over and over, leading to constant losing and gaining weight with no real satisfaction.

Fighting this problem of “exercise boredom” is critical for long term fitness, which is why it is one of the core elements of our fitness boot camp program.  But doing this safely and with supervision we believe is more important than doing it in “extreme” fashion.

A word of caution about “extreme” exercise

There are many exercise programs out there that promise to get you in tiptop shape in no time. Programs such as P90X and Insanity are intense programs that, if followed correctly, can in fact do exactly that.

The problem is that “followed correctly” clause in there. These programs can be extremely hard to follow for a number of reasons:

  • First of all, they are extremely intense, which is why they work so quickly.
  • If you are new to exercise or not so fit however, you can easily injure yourself if you don’t do the exercises properly.
  • They also require a lot of exercise, over hour a day or more in some cases.
  • If you don’t do any exercise and suddenly try to do over an hour of extremely intense physical activity, you’re going to burn out, get bored or hurt yourself, none of which leads to the desired result.

So how can you lose weight and get fit at a reasonable pace that won’t have you giving up so quickly?

Our solution – boot camp!

A boot camp program is the perfect answer to this. With boot camp, you work directly with trainers, so you know you’ll be doing the exercises correctly, avoiding injury. You’ll have the constant motivation of your own personal trainer (link to personal trainer page), as well as other exercisers in your program, and if you get bored, your trainer can change the routine to keep you interested while keeping you on track to get fit.  You’ll get all the good parts of tough home programs or joining a gym, but with customization to your specific needs so that you’ll know it works.

Of course, boot camp may or may not work as quickly as these other programs, but if you follow the advice of your trainer and continue to do the work, you will see results, and that’s a guarantee.

If you’re serious about fitness, but you need a change of pace, don’t go back to programs that are too intense, or join a gym where you’re left to fend for yourself. Boot camp is all of these things wrapped up in one efficient and effective package that will keep you motivated and have you in the best shape of your life before you know it. That’s a promise.