If you haven’t experienced a SoCal Bootcamp workout, there’s never been a better time to check one out. With a different fitness deal being thrown at you every time you open your email, it’s tough to pick a routine that will not only kick start your year but motivate and power you through to the end.
In Southern California, the ubiquitous fitness boot camp is your best friend and worst enemy. It will make you sweat, curse and cry but also slim you down and tone you up. Here, we break down the best of the boot camps to ensure that you walk away with wobbly legs and a steady routine. A SoCal Bootcamp can help you rapidly reach your fitness goals.
Los Angeles County
On any given Saturday in Los Angeles, you can find most of the city’s parks packed full of kettle bells, yoga mats and obstacle courses. But for those of you who prefer to savor the weekend and instead, get your workouts in Monday through Friday, Bootcamp L.A. is the one for you. The four week intensive program operates pre-work hours from 6:00a.m.-7:15 or 8:30a.m., or in the evenings, after you’ve put in your 9-5. During your workout, you can expect stretching, weightlifting, running drills, and calisthenics (a form of exercise that uses your body weight, as opposed to equipment or apparatus). Instructors focus on motivating each individual in ways that work for them – if you’re a retired athlete, your trainer may speak to you differently than they talk to your camp-mate who is new to an exercise regime. Bootcamp L.A. also focuses on healthy eating diet strategies. Along with the standard boot camp packages, you can sign up for a healthy nutritional consultant or The Fit Club, where members share tips and successes throughout their personal journeys.
At Next Level Fitness in Palm Desert, members who want to opt for a more intensive, results-driven workout enroll in Fit in 42. Trainers guarantee results in this program that runs for 42 days and includes customized exercise routines, personal evaluations to test your current health and determine your goals, and is focused on sustainable fitness results. Upon enrolling, you can narrow your focus to losing body fat, energy and endurance, building lean muscle mass, or learning how to eat better. Steering away from the “one size fits all” theory, Fit in 42 prides itself on the most personalized approach for personalized results.
Wired Fitness in San Diego offers programs that extend beyond your typical “get fit” routine. With three different locations, members can enroll in bridal programs, backyard training sessions or outdoor, coed, corporate, or youth fitness boot camps. Classes start as low as $6 and focus on reducing stress, developing strength and endurance, and improving balance and stability. The boot camp gets you up and out in the morning, starting at 6:00a.m. and running for 60 minutes to jump start your day.
Fit Body Boot Camp in Orange County utilizes the group exercise mentality to hone in on motivation and accountability as key aspects of a fitness routine. The gym mixes things up with different trainers to lead each session, plus boot camps offered at various times throughout the day, so you don’t have to rely on morning or evening sweat sessions. Combining circuit, cardiovascular, endurance and resistance training, this boot camp wants participants to leave energized and happy. The program lasts for 21 days, costs $29 and allows you to go as many times per week as you can.
The Camp Transformation Center in Camarillo stands behind their fitness program so much that they pay for people to take their challenge. For six weeks, co-owner Dr. Saman Bakhtiar asks for full dedication and minimal excuses. Or no excuses at all. Rather, he believes that a pledge toward better fitness is a full-fledged effort and pushes for client’s success through total commitment to his proven program of weights, cardio and food plans.
Sweat Outdoors in Santa Barbara takes advantage of its setting on the beautiful California coastline and leads boot camps on local trails, parks and beaches. Launched in 2011, Sweat’s dynamic workouts take place over the course of four weeks. Trainers are joined by volunteer physical therapists to make sure that workouts are safe and effective, regardless of your experience level. If you’re looking to get into a fitness routine and would like a longer commitment, you can enroll in their 14-week program that focuses on fundamental skills and form. For the more advanced programs, members can expect core work, cardio and plyometrics, or “jump training.”
Visit a SoCal Bootcamp workout and challenge your body beyond its comfort level. As different as each boot camp may seem, the ultimate goal is the same: To embrace fitness (outdoors or in the gym) and most importantly, to get you up and moving!