In Fox Cycling's continuous quest to find enjoyable ways of getting fit, we're introducing a boot camp every Saturday morning 10:30-11:30, and here's General Jools herself to talk about it.
FoxBlog: So what's the point of a bootcamp session?
Gen. Jools: BootCamp training is completely different to studio cycling. The exercises and drills we do work different muscle groups and energy systems. You will find your over all fitness improves and your power and endurance on the bike will improve too!
FoxBlog: Sounds quite hard.
Gen. Jools: BootCamp is an intensive way of training which is suitable for all abilities. It's outdoors and perfect for connecting with the elements.
FoxBlog: All abilities?
Gen. Jools: BootCamp is suitable for anyone. People are put off by thoughts of (scary music) RUNNING.. But we have had huge success in banishing those voices. I use a technique called Corps Running. It's safe and nurturing for those who are new or nervous... But it also pushes the more athletic to the max! Come and see!
FoxBlog: What do people need to bring with them?
Gen. Jools: Bootcampers will need to have trainers, a water bottle and clothing suitable for exercising outdoors. We will do some exercises with weights and kettle bells, some with body weight alone and HIIT sets using sprints and drills. Everyone works at their own pace and supports yet pushes one another.
FoxBlog: What does it involve?
Gen. Jools: The workout has a mixed profile and you won't know what's coming next. You can challenge yourself as much or as little as you like. The routines change all the time so you are using all parts of your body.. There's massive focus on safe technique and building good form.
FoxBlog: The FoxBootcamp is now in its third week - have you had any feedback from your recruits?
Gen. Jools: I have had various post-BootCamp messages from clients saying how they felt their muscles 'awakening' (my phrase, not theirs)... You can expect a healthy dose of reaction from your muscles ...you will feel invigorated and relaxed by the end (or done-in)!
FoxBlog: What is the focus? What aims do your recruits have?
Gen. Jools: BootCamp has something for everyone. If it's general fitness gains, muscle growth and fat reduction this style of training has a great pedigree and track record. Adding at least one bootcamp session a week will be a massive bonus to your regular workout sessions at Fox.
FoxBlog: Why start now?
Gen. Jools: Why start now? ... It's never too late to take on a new style of training. It's winter right now, do remember 'Summer bodies are made in the winter'. Plus your inner warrior is only gonna stay quiet for so long! Just come and try!
FoxBlog: How does this differ from a bootcamp class anywhere else?
Gen. Jools: This BootCamp is much better than any BootCamp you will have done before.. What else would you expect of a Fox BootCamp?! To be honest I'm not a huge fan of making people do press-ups in the mud.. But group motivation and team effort will make you dig deeper than you thought you could!
FoxBlog: How will people be able to measure their improvement?
Gen. Jools: As you progress you will start to find the various sets much easier.. And then it's up to you to take yourself as far as you want to go. Weight loss, improved strength and stamina will make you feel more alive and healthy. As your muscles respond you will feel leaner and fitter.. Possibilities will open up as you push yourself to take on new physical challenges.
FoxBlog: Why is it important to have measurable results?
Gen. Jools: Target setting will mean that you give yourself a goal to aim for and a bench mark for your own success. One of my BootCampers is working towards being able to run 5k.. Each week she is adding on distance and finding more endurance.. Other BootCampers are using our strength training to build upper body fitness. This helps with cycling as it means the upper body can move dynamically.. Others just want to slip into skinny jeans! We've got it covered, whatever your goal.
FoxBlog: Do your recruits need a particular level of fitness, or need to do any preparation before they start?
Gen. Jools: Before you start you just need to make sure that you are fit to train. If you've joined any of our Fox Studio classes you will be fit for BootCamp. We start slow and steady with a foundation of good technique and we always listen to what are body is saying. You work at your pace.
FoxBlog: The Bootcamp happens every week, can recruits dip in and out, or would you recommend several sessions booked at a time?
Gen. Jools: Ideally you should aim to make exercise a regular part of your self-care routine. Regular progressive exercise, good diet and rest will reap rewards. Booking on for several BootCamps will mean that you learn safe technique and give yourself a great chance to explore what your body is capable of doing. Come and see. I promise you won't be disappointed.
And there we have it, it's a Bootcamp that's suitable for all abilities - and challenges everyone. And that's not all; the results are measurable too - and there's nothing more motivating than that! Join General Jools every Saturday morning at 10:30 outside the studio, and don't forget, you may call her 'Sir'!
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