Outdoor fitness boot campBy CURRY ROSATO
those middle and high school days when P.E. class involved push-ups on
the mat, pull-ups on the bars, sit ups with the help of a partner and
wind sprints? Those days are back and there's no better way to get in
shape than participating in David Clair's Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp.
Good news - this time around you'll get FIT and have FUN!
started operating Outdoor Fitness Boot Camps in 2003 as a way for
adults to get fit, achieve their health goals, enjoy Colorado's
beautiful outdoor setting, and have fun and stay motivated in a small
"The Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp's main focus is to
have its participants achieve their own personal health and fitness
goals, and to have FUN. We want to make fitness fun," says Clair.
focus at camp is to achieve full body functional fitness integrating
strength, balance, flexibility, core, power, and conditioning, using
fun individual, partner or team routines or activities. Through
functional fitness, one is able to participate in their daily
activities and active pursuits with more vigor, less fatigue and less
chance of injury."
The results are in. Over the course of four
weeks (one camp session) participants report an average core strength
and muscular endurance increase of 50%, and recovery heart rates (a
measure of cardiovascular fitness) drop of 15 beats/minute.
get started, participants complete a thorough questionnaire that
includes setting a series of their own health and fitness goals. These
goals include a four-week goal [the length of the camp], a three-month
goal and a one- to two-year goal.
The questionnaire also asks
participants to prioritize different health and fitness areas in which
they would like to improve, including cardiovascular fitness, core
strength, upper body and/or lower body strength, as well as losing
weight and improving personal nutrition.
"It is important that I
understand what each camper is trying to achieve so I can better tailor
the camp around their objectives and interests," explains Clair.
have the option to sign a Behavior Contract, which helps them identify
what they would like to change, how they will make this change or what
they will substitute for this behavior, and most importantly, how they
will reward themselves for making this change.
In addition, each Fitness Camp begins and ends with an optional Fitness Assessment.
this assessment we create a benchmark for each participant's
cardiovascular fitness, core strength and upper body strength and
endurance. We also offer a free body composition test so individuals
can learn their percent body fat and percent lean body mass," says
There is no such thing as a typical
day at Fitness Camp because each day has a specific goal, which makes
each day different. "Campers work every day on their core strength and
cardiovascular fitness, and we alternate every other day with routines
and activities that will stress either their upper body or their lower
body," says Clair.
Camp begins with a light warm-up and
stretching, then moves into activities such as jumping, bounding, stair
climbing, lunging, jump roping, or doing sets of push ups, pull ups or
"We often set up obstacle courses or a circuit of
'fitness stations' around the field for campers to individually push
themselves to complete. Friendly competitions are also a part of camp
as we may find ourselves doing relay running races or some other,
sometimes wacky event, like a burlap bag race (much tougher than you
think)," says Clair.
In an effort to get the heart rate going,
every other day includes a short game of ultimate ball (similar to
ultimate Frisbee, but with a ball), soccer or basketball.
of camp is often spent on a trail for a 'full body' backwoods
experience. "Participants either 'power walk' or jog and every few
minutes will regroup for an upper body or lower body strengthening
routine. It really is an ideal setting for cardio and strength interval
training," says Clair.
If all this boot camp fitness fun sounds
fun to you, there's good news. Fitness Camp is for everyone because it
is appropriate for all fitness levels. "Each day's activities are set
up so that each person can participate at the level that they feel
comfortable," says Clair. In addition, you'll receive lots of attention
because this small group-training program is limited to twelve.
camp includes two levels: beginner and performance. "Though the goals
of the camp are similar, the beginner level camp generally takes things
slower, spends a bit more time working on proper form and injury
prevention, and is a perfect introduction for someone who has not
exercised for a while or is hesitant to jump right in to our
performance level camps," says Clair.
Camp includes an added
bonus to help keep participants motivated on days off. Each Friday,
Clair sends out an emailed weekend workout to help motivate
participants during the weekend.
Camp participant and local mom,
Randi Curtis, signed up for the Women's Only Fitness Camp session as a
way to have fun exercising outside. She was thrilled to hear about the
day care situation as well.
"I thought it would be fun to do the
old school P.E. class type activity," says Curtis. Because she had such
a positive experience the first session, Curtis immediately signed up
for a second consecutive session.
"It's light competition in a
fun and easy environment," says Curtis. "The camp made me stronger and
I have more energy. Most importantly, I had fun and met some amazing
women. We laughed, talked about our kids and exercised, all at the same
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