Most BirminghamMoms probably consider rearing children a boot camp in its own right, but there is another version in Birmingham.
Adventure Bootcamp for Women is a program is for those who want to jump start their workout routine with a minimum of fuss and equipment. I recently attended – and survived! – a boot camp experience, and it was both challenging and fun.
Boot Camp sessions are led by certified instructors in outdoor locations around town: Mountain Brook at McElwaine Baptist Church off Montevallo Road, Vestavia at Wald Park off of Hwy 31, and Hoover at Veteran’s Park off Valleydale (near Spain Park High School). Participants arrive ready to work out with a mat, small hand weights, and a water bottle. The instructor supplies everything else.
Sessions are outside. At first I found this daunting because I admit I like climate control and outdoors it is usually 1) hot, or 2) cold. However, activities in shaded areas of the park alternate with sunny spots that keep the experience moderate overall. It was refreshing to be outside for something other than playground supervision or a ballgame.
I am not an athlete and admit I am quickly bored; the thought of circling a track dozens of times makes me numb. Adventure Boot Camp is circuit training, though, so instead of one interminable run, exercises are switched frequently enough to keep you engaged and wondering what’s next. Brief runs are interspersed with jumping rope, drills, crunches and squats.
Part of the appeal of Boot Camp is also the comaraderie that develops among the participants. No one wants to wimp out on the other gals in the group, and their encouragement is helpful.
Workouts are held each weekday with programs from three sessions to five sessions per week. Packages start at $199 for four weeks. Each Bootcamp is independently operated so session times vary, though all Birmingham camps offer an early morning session. If you live near a camp, you can probably get back from a morning workout in time to see the kids off to school. For just a moment in Boot Camp you can stop being the family drill sergeant and let someone else worry about what to do next.