Group training boot camps and classes can produce amazing physical and well-being benefits for anyone, no matter the fitness levels. Boot camps not only get people active and fit, in a safe and fun environment, but provide motivation, accountability and social opportunities that aren’t often found when training alone. The following will highlight the positive benefits you can receive when training in a group.

Motivation

If you are someone that finds it hard to motivate and push yourself to get the physical results you want or struggles to get off the couch and down to the gym, boot camps are for you [1,2,3]. Our group training classes, fusion fitness, modified strongman, primal fusion and strength and conditioning, are led by energetic trained professionals, who’s main goal is to motivate and push you to your limits, while ensuring you are not at risk of injury [3]. Additionally, the varying classes provide various exercises and motivational music tracks, which help prevent boredom and staleness, ensuring each class is unique, exciting and motivating [1,2].

Social opportunities

One of the most beneficial aspects of group training, is the social aspect. Boot camps are generally made up of anywhere from 5-25 peoples, all of which are from different cultures, backgrounds and ages [3,4]. Not only does this allow you to get to know people in your community, but evidence suggests is more beneficial in increasing the energy and commitment you put into training, meaning you are more likely to attend a workout and train harder than ever, resulting in better physical and psychological adaptions, such as weight loss, mood, strength and cardiovascular health [3,4,5]. Group training is also shown to reduce levels of anxiety, depression and stress, as individuals have a larger support system and more people to talk to, than if they trained alone [5].

Accountability

Continuing on from the social opportunities gained though boot camps, group training is more likely to keep you accountable when pursuing your health and well-being goals. Simply put, it’s a lot easier to justify skipping a workout to yourself, than it is to a large group of people. If you miss a class, there are going to be 10-20 people asking ‘where you were’. This is because the people and instructor you train with, are dedicated to improving your health and well-being, through keeping you accountable for attending classes [1,3].

Guidance

Unlike training alone, boot camps provide you with guidance and knowledge from trained experienced professional [2]. These experts are trained to provide effective and safe exercise for all levels of capability, from novice to advance [2]. Not only do the instructors appropriately design effective workouts for a variety of people, but they also ensure important components of a workout are included such as warm-ups, cool-downs and flexibility, aspects that are often ignored when training alone [2].

Physical benefits

The most important positive benefit of joining a boot camp, is the overall health, fitness and specific adaptations gained through physical activity [2,3]. Our range of boot camps are designed for not only improving your strength, endurance and well-being, but also offer training toward a variety of specific exercise goals. If you are after a high intensity workout, that includes body weight and resistance training exercises to lose weight fast and build your cardiovascular endurance, SHQ Fusion is for you! If you are up for a challenge to build your overall strength through sled pulls, tyre flipping, farmers walks and more, our SHQ MST (modified strongman training) meets your needs. If dynamic movement conditioning, through use of full body primal movements such as lifts, crawls, swings and jumps, to build strength, aerobic and anaerobic endurance is something you are interested in, give SHQ Primal Fusion a go. Lastly, our functional strength and conditioning caters toward a change in strength, conditioning, power and performance, through use of the big lifts.

 

  1. DuVall, J. (n.d). The Pros and Cons of Group Training. Retrieved June 2, 2017 from http://www.mensfitness.com/weight-loss/burn-fat-fast/the-pros-and-cons-of-group-training
  2. Dolan, S. (2016). Benefits of Group Exercise. Retrieved June 2, 2017, from http://www.acsm.org/public-information/articles/2016/10/07/benefits-of-group-exercise
  3. Wolfe, L. (20150. The Advantages of Group Exercise Classes. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/512900-the-advantages-of-group-exercise-classes/
  4. Treiber, F. A., Baranowski, T., Braden, D. S., Strong, W. B., Levy, M., & Knox, W. (1991). Social support for exercise: relationship to physical activity in young adults. Preventive medicine, 20(6), 737-750.
  5. Williams, P., & Lord, S. R. (1997). Effects of group exercise on cognitive functioning and mood in older women. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 21(1), 45-52.