Can You Go Overboard With Your Workout Program?

Here at Boot Camp San Francisco, we’re all about celebrating hardcore workouts and the energizing feeling of accomplishment that comes from getting fit and healthy. However, as with anything in life, there’s also a balance needed. Keeping in balance is tough. Going “overboard” can mean straying too far to the left or to the right. On one hand, you can be too easy on yourself and fail to make the progress you could have made. On the other hand, you can be too hard on yourself and end up with an injury that you could have avoided. It depends on your personality which side you’re likely to stray to. However in this article, we’d like to address the people who are likely to push themselves too hard.

If you’re naturally hard on yourself, you probably simply tough it out no matter what amount of pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. You exercise your insane willpower in pursuit of your goals, and you usually reach them. You get such a thrill out of reaching a difficult goal that it makes the journey worth it. You say to yourself, “Pain is just weakness leaving the body,” and then you make your body do what you tell it to do, no matter how much it protests.

Up to a certain point, this is an awesome mentality to have. However, it’s also possible to take just one step beyond that point and stray too far. So here are a few well-intentioned cautions if you’re always hearing your friends and family beg you to take it just a little easier.

1. Listen to your body.

It’s one thing to push through a bit of pain and fatigue. It’s another thing to have your body screaming at you to stop because something is seriously wrong. The trick lies in knowing the difference. If you’ve been out of shape for years and you’re just starting to get back into working out, a much milder level of physical exertion could seriously hurt you. More seasoned athletes are typically much more aware of the level of exertion that they can—and can’t—handle. Either way, listen to your body.

2. Listen to your instructor.

One of the great things about a boot camp workout is that you have instructors and fellow athletes who are all joining forces to motivate each other and press one another to new heights. There are days when you need that voice from outside yourself telling you in confident tones, “YES, you CAN do one more rep.” (Let’s face it, more people are on the other side of the continuum, where they don’t know what they can accomplish because they stop when it hurts and therefore fall short of tapping into that last five or ten percent of their full potential.) However, if you ever hear an instructor asking you to do less, you should pay attention to their request. It would be a rare thing to hear, but if an instructor feels strongly enough that you are going to do damage to yourself that they ask you to lighten up, you should realize it is a serious request.

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Should Your Workout Program Require You To Have a Lot of Equipment?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been guilty of getting an expensive set of exercise equipment, only to have it gather dust and sit unused in your basement, garage, or office.

It happens to the best of us.

You want to lose weight and get in shape, so you resolve to work out.

Then you discover that despite your best intentions, it just isn’t happening. So you look for a way to gain leverage over yourself, coerce yourself to do what you know in your head you really want.

“Aha!” you think. “I was going to go jogging because it’s free, but I just never get around to it. I know what I’ll do. If I spend money on a gym membership, then I’ll have to go, because I won’t want to lose my money.”

But you spend your money and the gym keeps charging you a monthly fee and you keep not going.

And then you get even more creative. “OK, I didn’t go to the gym because I had to get in my car, make sure I had my gym bag and a clean change of clothes, and have time for a workout and a shower. BUT–if I could do it at home, it would be different. I’ll get this piece of equipment and I’ll put it in the house where I’ll see it every day. Then I can’t fail to work out consistently.”

Nope. As soon as the novelty wears off, your elliptical or treadmill becomes nothing more than an expensive clothes drying rack.

So what’s the solution?

Why is it that even when we spend good money on an exercise program, treadmill, elliptical, or set of gym equipment, we can’t seem to make ourselves do what we really want to do?

The answer is not in finding the “perfect” equipment or the “right” time of day to do it.

The reason it’s hard to work out consistently is because working out takes discipline, and unless you have something built into your workout that charges up your discipline muscle at the same time that it’s building your athleticism, you’re likely to come up short.

They say it takes an average of 66 days to build a habit. That’s a lot longer than the longevity of most people’s discipline. And if your discipline runs out before you get through the sore stage of beginning a workout program, you’re doomed to just keep running laps around the same track: You start a workout, you quit, you beat yourself up, you start again, you quit again, and around and around it goes.

That’s where Boot Camp San Francisco comes in.

Believe it or not, the discipline factor is one of the things that comes with the workouts.

You have an instructor who keeps you motivated.

You have workout buddies who miss you when you’re not there.

You have a consistent workout schedule that happens, rain or shine.

And you actually enjoy yourself when you work out.

It’s like magic. All of a sudden, you break through that wall of discipline running out and sabotaging your workout habit. Don’t spend money on expensive equipment. Spend money on acquiring the most elusive thing of all that you can’t buy in any store: discipline.

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A Workout Program That Will Speed Up Your Body’s Response to Training

Have you ever wished that as you worked out, your body would respond faster, get stronger quicker, and just overall adjust more rapidly to the new style of fitness training you’re doing? Believe it or not, with boot camp workouts, you actually get this effect. Here are some tips from our workout program in San Francisco for how to get your body’s maximum response to your workout.

Balancing What You Can Handle

If you work out in a way that’s slow to moderate, your body is going to adjust and be able to deliver slow-to-moderate outcomes. For instance, if you are used to an hour of brisk walking, you could conceivably do that for a year and never feel like jogging. In other words, your body’s natural tendency is not necessarily geared up to attain ever-increasing feats of athleticism. This is especially true once you’ve passed your prime: If you don’t watch out, your body will begin to decline even faster, trying to tell you that you can’t do the things you used to do, and luring you ever-so-gently into a sedentary life.

So what secret weapon do you have at your disposal to fight against this tendency?
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