This was an intriguing piece to write. While I’ve been hearing about workouts like P90X and the Insanity for a while, this is the first time I’ve looked into such fitness fads. The feedback from our experts seemed to discourage these trends. Yes, you might get ripped abs and such, but the style of intimidation to motivate is certainly not for me. And given my past injuries, I’m betting that the environment of these classes may not be conducive to adapting for limitations.

Is a boot camp right for me?

with advice from Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS,
Jim Liston, M.Ed., CSCS
and Mark Salandra, CSCS

Trends come and go for everything, and fitness is no exception. A variety of high intensity workouts, often labeled as “boot camps,” are infiltrating gyms and selling DVDs via infomercials. They promise rock-hard abs and easy-to-learn routines, but do they deliver healthy bodies as advertised?

There is no standard definition or regimen for a “boot camp.” The name is applied to a wide variety of workouts, depending on who is offering the training or class. Mark Salandra, the founder of (one of Physiquality’s partner programs), points out that one boot camp workout might stress calisthenics, while another emphasizes military-style drills. Some even incorporate martial arts moves and plyometrics.

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