How to be a Fitness Bootcamp survivor

Fitness Bootcamp was never meant to be easy. Every January dozens of people turn up to Jason’s session in the hope that this time they’ll be able to blitz the bulge and get to the level of fitness they’ve always dreamed of. Only a handful of those hopefuls survive the first few sessions.

Being a survivor isn’t about being fit, or strong, or athletic. Bootcamp is open to all fitness levels and exercises can always be tweaked to suit a person’s ability. Everybody has to start somewhere.

Being a survivor is not about the size you wear or the shape you’re in, it’s about having willpower to keep going even if you’re lagging behind everyone else, even if the task ahead of you seems impossible, even if you feel like crying/being sick/legging it to your car and never coming back. Jason will support you, your fellow Bootcampers will support you, you just need to suck it up and keep going.

If you do that then you’ll reap the benefits. You’ll gain confidence in yourself, you’ll realise exercise can actually be fun and addictive, you’ll get so much stronger and fitter and you’ll naturally and safely lose weight and change shape.

Here are six ways to survive Fitness Bootcamp (trust me, you’re going to need them):

Never ask what we’re going to be doing

Don’t even let your mind wander over the possibilities. You’ll only talk yourself out of going. And chances are you’ll never be able to guess – all the sessions are different and sometimes Jason will throw in a surprise. Like going into the sea.

Do what you’re told

Follow instructions unless you want a penalty, like having to sprint up and down the steep shingle beach…with the tide out…three times in a row.

Never complain

You will probably want to complain a lot, like when you’re halfway through a set of 50 sit ups and you’re told you’ve got another 50, and then another 50. But you’re 100% better off keeping your mouth shut. Again, serial complaining will land the whole group with a penalty. Jason loves penalties.

Laugh

So far you’re probably thinking – why on earth would I want to put myself through this torture? The truth is, it’s never as bad as it seems. In fact it’s a whole lot more fun than it seems. Sometimes we get to race with space hoppers, roly poly down the Wish Tower slopes and play tag rugby. Other days the exercises are so challenging, laughing is the only way to get through them.

Breathe

It sounds pretty obvious but you’d be surprised how easy it is to neglect your breathing. When the going gets tough, take a deep breath out and in. You’ll be amazed at how much energy it gives you.

Believe in yourself

This is probably the most important point. Don’t limit yourself by thinking negatively. In bootcamp you’ll find yourself doing things you never thought you’d do. You’ll push your boundaries, you’ll exceed your personal weight and fitness goals – but only if you believe you can do it.

If you think you could be a boot camp survivor, get in touch. Come along to a session and start making incredible changes to your body, health and your life. Just prepare to to be challenged!