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What is a boot camp class?

Fitness boot camps are a heart-pounding way to boost your fitness level. Boot camps are led by a fitness instructor and are based on the concept of military boot camps — intensive workout programs to get new recruits into shape, quickly. Fitness boot camps encourage camaraderie, and the group momentum helps participants get through fast-paced intervals of cardio, isometric training, strength training and endurance drills. Classes may range anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and usually meet multiple days per week. Boot camps often run a specific duration of time, say four to six weeks, which creates a team-like environment for class members. Other boot camps run year-round and students purchase package pricing for classes, similar to subscriptions that allow them a set amount of classes per week or per month.

Boot camps can be held indoors at a gym, outdoors in a park or on a beach, in a backyard — anywhere there’s room for running, jumping and sweating. Some instructors also provide DVD and online boot camps. You can also find boot camps tailored to your heart’s desire, such as bikini boot camp, or boot camps for new mothers. Boot camps offer an intense workout and are usually led by energetic instructors pushing you to do your best, but unlike military boot camp drill sergeants, fitness boot camp instructors typically don’t use intimidation or punishment to spur you on. Check with your doctor before starting a boot camp if you have health concerns, and always let your instructor know ahead of time if you have injuries.

How much is a boot camp?

The cost of fitness boot camps depends on how often you go, the package you are purchasing (or if you are paying a drop-in fee), the location of the bootcamp, the equipment the instructors provide, and the background and reputation of the instructor. Smaller towns and areas with a lower cost of living typically have lower rates for boot camp services than big cities and regions with a higher cost of living. If you’re paying per class on a drop-in basis, expect to pay anywhere from $12 to $25 or more, depending on the region and the instructor. When you purchase a package of classes, typically the more you buy at one time, the cheaper each class is. The same boot camp class might be $20 for a drop-in student, $15 for a student who pays for 10 classes per month, and $10 for a student who pays for 30 classes a month. Studio space can also affect costs, so if your boot camp takes place in a high-end gym with top-of-the-line equipment, the prices will likely be higher than a class that meets in an outdoor space with limited or no equipment. Shop around to find the right type of boot camp class and the right instructor for you.

Reviews for San Francisco private personal trainers
Catherine L.
I hired Jackie initially because I liked his attitude: it was his confidence that I respected. To give you some context: I fired my last trainer because he had more attitude than I liked, so I warned Jackie during my complimentary phone consultation that I was extra and asked him if he could handle it. "I'm gonna say yes." I also liked how much time he took to listen to me about my fitness goals as well as why I was leaving my last trainer. He empathized with my less than excellent experience with him, which I appreciated. After hiring Jackie, I was very impressed with the template he made for me, illustrating the plan to meet my goals. I learned things that I've been trying to ask my last trainer, who wouldn't teach me. Like my singing instructor said, "Students don't come back to learn, they come back to check in." Even though I've been learning a lot from Jackie, I appreciate the experience I'm getting. Every time I meet with Jackie, he is right on time. He's also very accommodating in that he's willing to meet me at my preferred time, early on the weekend--who does that? I've never had a trainer train me at 6:00 AM on a Saturday or Sunday. One time, Jackie even trained me the day I needed an emergency session because I was so stressed. He's also very efficient with the time as I've noticed we would end exactly at the time we're supposed to--he has Impeccable timing. Not only is he accommodating in terms of scheduling, but I'm very grateful for how I don't have to buy in bulk. I understand the value and discounted prices of buying in bulk, but after doing that right before another shutdown at my last gym, I was traumatized. I like to pay as I go, so that my money isn't just sitting somewhere, when I can be making money off of it elsewhere. One time, I overslept during a 6:00 AM session and Jackie was So nice about it, he wasn't even upset! He just brushed it off and rescheduled for a time later in the day. What I especially like about Jackie is that he isn't a snake oil salesman. He doesn't make me train more than I want to or try to tell me that I need to workout more than once a week, especially when I do dancesport and rehearse all the other days of the week. He doesn't try to sell me supplements or tell me what supplements I should take. He also doesn't try to have me eat things I don't want to. What I like about Jackie's facility is how it's private: it's not open to the public, it's just for personal training clients, it's a fully-equipped gym, so only a limited number of people can be there at a time, which makes it safer and much more comfortable for me b/c of COVID. Also, no need to wait or fight for equipment! My favorite thing about the facility: the energy. Jackie and the owner (if no one else) don't mind my singing. I actually was discouraged to sing in my last gym, so I didn't feel accepted. One of my goals is to be able to strength train and sing opera at the same time, which Jackie is more than supportive of letting me do. I almost forgot: Jackie's very calm, which I need in my life, obviously, because I'm extra 🤣 Thanks for being awesome, Jackie!
Jackie L. Fit (Weight Loss/Manage Pain/Strength)Jackie L. Fit (Weight Loss/Manage Pain/Strength)
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