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EBCF Volunteer Squad mission is to give back our community. Every year we volunteer at the North Texas Special Olympics Spring Games. All of our boot campers and their,  family, and friends are honored work with these special athletes. It's a humbling experience and one that we cherish for a very long time! EBCF is a strong supporter of our local community. In addition, we are proud to have hosted fund raising events for other great organizations such as the MDA of Dallas, and C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors.

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”  – Anthony Robbins

At Elite Boot Camp Fitness we often get asked “what other exercise should I be doing between the Boot Camp classes?” There is generally an attached question of “how many Boot Camp Classes should I be doing?”. The answers vary from person to person. As rough guideline, I try to ensure my lifestyle has physical activity at least 5 times a week, with a possible sixth session that focuses on recovery. As I love being outside I also try and undertake as many of these sessions in an outdoor environment.

 

Although there are many scientific and evidence based guidelines on how much exercise and what type, I find it comes back to a couple of key things. Firstly, how much time can you reasonably devote to exercise, and be able to sustain without losing interest or burning out. I am very big on the idea of active lifestyle, and although we’ll focus on getting results quickly, the effort needs to be maintained so that the hard work is not lost. This happens regularly and I am sure I have done it myself, we start January or Spring is coming and we get supercharged to get fit and look good! Then slowly but surely we realize our busy lives are still there and the amount of sessions we are doing starts to drop off. So, my first focus is to structure around being realistic and practical on how much time you should devote. Ideally, three sessions is the minimum amount that I would like to work with. The body is a wonderful thing, and needs to be challenged regularly to get results.

 

Secondly, what is your goal? Like I said, we focus on results but our bigger focus is a sustainable active lifestyle. Results will come, and they will come quickly, but the longer term results will take commitment, perseverance, and resilience. If you are carrying some hard to shift body fat or have difficulty running more than a short distance, then some of these goals will take time, after all it did take time to be where you are now. So it’s about being realistic with yourself. We’ll take the time to talk through your goals, the time you can commit, and whether you want your lifestyle to reflect your commitment to your goals.


Now, I often hear about things that may stop someone from doing three or more Boot Camp classes, such as time, cost or injuries. With the exception of time (talked about above) let’s look at each them. In terms of cost, there is the concept of “prevention is better than cure”. That is, staying healthy is a lot easier than trying to get it back or get poor health treated by health professionals, and it is lot less expensive.


There is also the lifestyle review. Look at your personal expenditure and be honest with yourself, how much do spend on maintaining your vehicle, your wardrobe or your social life. These are worthy things to spend your money on, but remember your only get one body and it is worthy of maintaining as well…..see my previous point prevention is better than the cure. As for the cost of Boot Camps, they will vary a little, but overall they are one of the most cost effective ways to train, as they require very little more than a nice open outdoor area, some equipment to have fun with, and a lot of teamwork!

 

As for injuries, there are definitely situations where an injury should be looked after and taken through the correct rehabilitation process, but there are also ways to ensure there are sufficient alternative exercises or graduated exercises so that you can continue to be active without overloading the injured area. Our philosophy is some exercise is better than no exercise. This highlights a key principle of Boot Camps, that of cross training. In simple terms, when we talk about cross training, we are talking about ‘active rest’. This involves our Boot Camp sessions being different from session to session, and ensuring different muscle groups and energy systems are being targeted. The quickest way to get injured is to perform exercises incorrectly, and this is often caused by fatigue, which is in turn often linked to over-training. So, through active rest you can continue to train, we just ensure we don’t repeat the same classes.

 

So, how much exercise between a Boot Camp? It comes down to time, cost and injuries. The last thing I would like to see is someone motivated to have a healthy lifestyle sabotage themselves by overdoing it (i.e. over-training). Finding they are spending too much money on other memberships, equipment or other classes. Finding they are running out of time because they are doing too much physical activity, or they are getting sore, because they have been running every other day. This then results in enjoyment being lost, and the commitment and resolve being tested and eventually failing…So let’s chat, talk through your goals, your realistic commitment and whether anything else is needed on the side.

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