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6 Reasons To Self-Torture With Boot Camp, Where To Find It & How To Style Up For It


This article was co-written by fitness buds MizzFIT & Jo Anne Keck


Boot camp workouts are back and gaining momentum with fitness-oriented women across the country. We're talking torture here...the kind that robs you of an extra hour of sleep, gets you yelled at, pierces your ears with short, sharp whistle-blowing and makes you cry every time you hear the word "push-up". So what's the draw and why are women getting so into it? Find out below...



  1. You'll get your workout out of the way and feel energized all day long. When you exercise first thing in the morning you don't have to exercise after work or at night! You can even go out and enjoy yourself, guilt-free! Imagine that! Plus your body will feel firm and toned. That's a nice confidence booster!
  2. You'll get a huge calorie burn that continues post-workout. I can't give you an exact number but many fitness magazines estimate up to 600 calories per boot camp session. It's a vigorous workout so you'll experience a greater post-workout metabolism increase compared to other workouts that are more tame. This is called exercise afterburn. It means you'll burn an additional 15 percent of the total calories expended during your boot camp workout. Woo hoo!
  3. You'll discover a whole new level of motivation (that's always been inside of you). Boot camps are intense and your coach will most likely push you to new limits, meaning you'll workout a lot harder than normal, motivate to do exercises you would never do on your own, and see better results. Let's be real, when else are you forcing yourself to do athletic drills that incorporate field sprinting, crab crawls, burpees, lunge jumps, plank holds, plyometric jumping and 2 minutes of straight sit-ups or push-ups? Probably never. But there's a chance you'll start doing it more often once you know that you can. 
  4. Group exercise is rewarding (yes, even with strangers). Why? Because you'll never groan alone and the moral support from fellow bootcampers will get you through the toughest challenges. You'll cheer other bootcampers on as they reach their athletic goals which will inspire you to work harder to reach yours. The dynamic creates a positive and fulfilling experience. How can you have a bad day after that?
  5. You'll become more alert and disciplined - whistles are dangerously good that way! Morning boot camps increase your energy and give you a headstart on your day which in turn makes you more productive. You'll feel focused and goal-oriented. You'll develop a can-do approach to many situations in life and maybe even decide that giving up is never an option.
  6. You'll hang on to lean muscle mass. This is a big deal because lean muscle tends to dwindle once you hit 30, especially in women. Boot camps are known for intense multi-joint exercises mixed with cardiovascular training--a winning combo to help you maintain and increase lean muscle throughout your body. Expect creative drills that alternate between strength training exercises and require you to shuffle or run from one point to another. It's a fun way to target all your major muscle groups at once. Your clothes will feel less snug and your friends will comment on how svelte you look!



Most membership-based gyms offer early morning boot camp-style classes or month-long boot camp challenges. Meetup is a great resource for finding weekend boot camps in nearby parks or community centers. My personal favorite is LACEY STONE'S BOOTYCAMP, offered in NYC and LA as a semi-private 4-week long program. Bootycamp is focused on improving your overall fitness with a special emphasis on the booty. The booty is not to be undervalued. It's one of the first things people check out on the single's scene and definitely one of the last when you walk away. Celebrity trainer/fitness personality, Lacey Stone, created Bootycamp to fight saggy booty syndrome so that men and women can feel confident about their rump shaker. There's no excuse for covering it up when you can do something about it.

Bootycamp takes place outdoors in the Spring, Summer and Fall months twice a week at 6.30am. NYC sessions are held on Perry Street Pier in Hudson River Park with amazing views of the river and invigorating fresh air. You couldn't ask for a better outdoor setting which franky, beats the gym. Athletic drills combine cardio and strength training using your own body resistance, and I'm not going to lie--they're challenging. Lacey is personally invested in Bootycamp even though tv appearances and fitness reality shows have her crisscrossing the country. Her handpicked coaches are 5-star and if you have specific questions or would like to register, email her directly at The cost of Bootycamp may vary depending on the program but expect to pay somewhere between $300-350.



Boot Camp Couture
Made for smooth running with a liner that's anti-microbial and sock-like.
Oslo by Robic All Purpose Stopwatch (6 Pack)  - $45
Time your drills with this compact stopwatch in vibrant colors.
Mondetta Performance Gear Gym Bag - $50
This gym bag fits EVERYTHING and has 2 secure water bottle pockets.
adidas Steel Waterbottle - $20
Boot camp calls for hydration! This waterbottle fits MPG's Gym Bag perfectly.
Sonic 2 Performance Pull-over from MPG - $60
Stay warm in this sem-fitted pull-over that wicks sweat away and stays secure with thumbhole cuffs.
Fila's Toning Resistance Pant - $55
This pant will make your workout a tad bit harder so you can burn more calories!
Fleet Performance Tank from MPG - $44
Show some skin without compromising chest support. This top is sleek & super sexy.


written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit



Say what's on your mind!

alicia November 30th, 2010 9:33AM

I'm a huge fan of the Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp. The classes are ridiculously challenging and you see the difference in 5 sessions.

MizzFIT November 30th, 2010 10:11AM

Hi Alicia,

I haven't yet checked out Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp but I'm dying to. Do you know where they meet during winter months? Thanks for your comment!

Sandy December 2nd, 2010 7:09PM

I have not done Bklyn Bridge Boot Camp, but I know folks who have, and I am a believer, but I am too injury prone to do it. Ariane is doing a holiday challenge.. here is the link

MizzFIT December 3rd, 2010 6:37AM

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for sharing this link. I just check out the Holiday Challenge and very well might join it! Sounds like a deal and so inspirational for losing inches and weight. If you don't mind my asking, why injury prone? Is there any way I can suggest some classes that are better suited to your fitness needs? Let me know. I'm always here to help! Thanks for commenting.


Deborah H December 3rd, 2010 1:04PM

I completed Organic Body Sculpting (tm) Pre-Holiday Bootcamp with Nikki B and literally saw my body change shape over the course of three weeks - and I'm already a fitness instructor! She helped me carve out new cuts in my musculature just in time to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.

Check out the info and my review on Yelp:


MizzFIT December 4th, 2010 7:31PM

Hi Deborah,

Thanks for posting about Nikki's bootcamp. I'm not the biggest fan of her approach but I'm so glad you had a great experience and saw immediate results. Thanks for commenting!


Sandy December 6th, 2010 7:27AM

Thanks mizzfit,
Recommend away.... I am going to give you loads of info, I hope you do not mind. I do not work out every day. I do take days off, and now i totally believe in body work. Yes, I am prone to injuries, and I am also pretty competitive, so no boot camp classes for me. Getting a heart rate monitor has helped me with that... I have had wrist issues, tennis elbow, tendonitis. I had to wear a splint for a year for my right hand in 2007, and then recently tore ligaments in my left hand. Have no idea how it happened, but my occupational therapist thinks that i have loose ligaments. I still suffer from shoulder impingment. I also have foot issues.. morton's neuroma and a couple of weeks ago, just pulled a muscle doing nothing. I am also incredibly tight. I go to Reebok and Sports Club/LA - Rock Center,UES, I love it there, so I basically spin, pilates (private sessions), cardio kickbox (no punching bags!), zumba, and before my injury, I also took strength training and yoga. I try and vary my workout. and for almost year, I was good, no injury..I also have exercise ADD... I went to Bar Method in Soho, and love it there... will go there next year, when my hand is healed..and thanks to Scoop St., Groupon, Lifebooker etc... I plan to go to Power Pilates, Gleason's Gym, Kula Yoga, Abhyasa Yoga center, TRX training, Belly dancing, Pole Dancing. I am now in love with yamuna studio. And I plan to go back to yoga in the meantime, I was thinking of doing Bikram with my passport to prana card. I think if I focus on yamuna and Jill Miller's Yoga Tune up, 2011 will be the first year, of no major injuries. But i would love your input.. and I can't wait to get some recommendations!

MizzFIT December 8th, 2010 8:37AM


Very interesting about loose ligaments. While I was reading what you wrote, I couldn't help but think BodyArt might be the perfect workout for you. BodyArt was created by fitness pro/celeb Robert Steinbacher. It combines yoga, pilates and dance with classical breathing techniques to provide stabilization training and mental relaxation. This workout vacillates between holding poses and slightly faster cardio moves to open up your tight spots, release tension and make you more aware of your body as a whole. You can take this class at Crunch gym and the best part is that all you need is a mat. If you can take it with Robert, try that because he's really inspirational. I can always find out his schedule for you or find out who are some of the best instructors. Let me know if you're interested. I really loved this class when I took it and think it might suit you. Otherwise, let's keep brainstorming. Thanks for writing me!


Sandy December 9th, 2010 11:58AM

You got me, I pride myself in being in the know.. I never heard of BodyArt... You are incredible!!!!!
I need to work on my breathing as well. I will definitely check this out. I wonder if Zenergy at Reebok is like Body Art.... hmmm... thanks again!!!

MizzFIT December 9th, 2010 12:49PM

From the looks of your workout choices, you are very much in the know and I'm impressed! Here's an article I wrote about BodyArt & Zenergy and feel free to reply back with any questions. They are similar workouts for sure!


NishNeteerofs March 2nd, 2011 2:47PM

It's not that I wanted to be an actor; it's that I didn't want to be a dancer! I was trained in traditional Chinese dance, and after working so hard it seemed unfair to just disappear into a group.