This past weekend I went to my second boot camp class at Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in Manhattan. My preconceived notions were that only people who are trying to lose weight and don't have the self-discipline to push themselves during a workout go to boot camp, but I was proved wrong during both classes. Boot camp is about more than just losing weight–the class helps tone, provides variety, and a sense of being part of a team. Although the instructors are marines and try to push you to the next
level, everyone is in the same boat and gives each other words of encouragement. I also like the fact that the instructors wear army pants with the Warrior Fitness Boot Camp tee shirt that is mandatory for all participants to wear as well. It provides a feeling of unity.
What is great about Warrior Fitness Boot Camp is that there are men and women in all different levels of shape. There are people who are marathoners and do boot camp as cross training, and people who simply want to get in better shape. The layout at Warrior Fitness is perfect to work all different muscles. We run up stairs
(sometimes with weights), there is a small running track circling an obstacle course with monkey bars, hurdles, walls to climb over, a rope to climb up, and a walled tube to climb through. There is also space on the sides of
the track where the team does jumping jacks, pushups, sit ups, etc. It really does have everything for a complete
workout in a relatively small space.
I was sore for two full days after one boot camp class, but it didn't make me want to quit. Quite the opposite in fact–it makes me want to continue to work hard to get in better shape and to transform my body. Warrior Fitness Boot Camp sounds intimidating, but once you're there, you will be given encouragement and you will feel good about yourself afterward even though you'll be sweating profusely and mentally begging for a water break throughout the 60 minute session. It is rewarding. You might even become so addicted you start doing back-to-back classes. Warrior Fitness Boot Camp brings out the warrior in you.
My only complaint is that it's really expensive. It's $60 for 3 introductory classes which is doable, but the cost only goes up from there. Three months unlimited can set you back $1500. Boot camp is highly addictive after you get over the being sore and being ordered around part. If you can afford it, it's definitely worth giving a try. There is no doubt that you will be in shape after attending Warrior Fitness Boot Camp for a few weeks.