Here's the thing. I have worked out in a lot of different studios, environments, groups, gyms, etc, and I love how each and every single one of them bring their own vibe to the table. And yes. Each and every one of them have things I do and do not like about them, but because they all are striving towards helping people achieve their fitness and health goals, I applaud them. Because in my opinion, you can never have too many people out there supporting and encouraging each other towards better health.
Can I get an amen?
The first time I walked into Burn Boot Camp in Corvallis, OR, was before they even really opened for business. I was going with one of my closest friends (who is literally my twin because we thrive off of healthy living, people, and Jesus -whoo!) to a vacant Maurice's retail store in a strip mall where we heard some workout camp would be. At the time, Burn Boot Camp Corvallis was building their physical location, so in the meantime, they decided to begin building their community as well - which later I really admired. I'll explain more on that later.
So my friend and I had heard about these free boot camps through Facebook. Since we were always down for new challenges, ESPECIALLY if they were free, we thought, why not go and try it out? So we went. Looking back now, we both laugh because we remember specifically saying "oh, we hope this is a good workout.." while we walked into the vacant Maurice's retail store to our first ever Burn Boot Camp workout. Going into it, we completely had doubts and didn't think that we could get a solid workout in an empty retail store with a fitness camp that was just starting out.
WE WERE WRONG.
And we suffered - in the best way possible - for a few days afterwards. In short, our first day was leg day and because Burn Boot Camp is based off of intense, self-paced HIIT workouts - and because we of course pushed ourselves to our limits - we (or me, speaking for myself, even though we both were super sore afterwards) got one of the best workouts in a very long time.
And it was great!
So of course we continued to go back! Again to the vacant retail store until they opened their actual Burn Boot Camp gym location a few spots down, and then we became regulars to the point where the owners would see us parking out front and type our names in on the iPad's sign-in list before we even walked in.
The other great part about this was that, since we continued to go, we got closer to other regulars and began to be a part of the Burn Boot Camp community that was quickly building in Corvallis. Being familiar with the people working out around me, as well as the coaches leading, completely made my Burn Boot Camp experience. Because they knew me, they pushed me to go even harder in my workouts, which was both a love-hate relationship. But honestly, why workout if you are going to leave feeling like you could have done more? Give it your all, man.
The community that Burn Boot Camp in Corvallis created right off the bat was inspiring - and quite frankly, refreshing. Through each workout session, the coach would have us high five our neighbors at least 10 times, if not more, and also would make us buddy up with people. This usually is intimidating to people which is completely expected in group exercise settings, but because of the uplifting, come-as-you-are, positive atmosphere that Burn Boot Camp had created, it brought more people together and because of that, it helped us stay more accountable as we continued to come back.
Yes, the workouts that were planned for us always pushed us to our limits. I never left looking like I hadn't just taken a sweat shower, but I was proud of it. Each set of each workout had allowed me to push myself to my personal limit, which I thought was cool because it allowed everyone to get the best workout for their bodies and their fitness level. Of course, slacking off wasn't an option there. Coaches would come around the room and help you finish a set if you needed that extra push, plus the upbeat, banging music and instructors voice over the speakers always helped get your mind away from the crazy idea of being tired.
Basically, the best way for me to describe Burn Boot Camp's workouts would be addictively insane. And I loved it.
Because of the uplifting community, constant encouragement from others inside and outside of the gym (thanks to their Facebook groups), positive vibes, and workouts that make you sweat - oh, and I forgot to mention free childcare and focus meetings - I think practically anyone and everyone can thrive at Burn Boot Camp. I haven't come across many gyms that do such a great job at achieving all of these aspects that I think are important to have in a fitness setting, but Burn Boot Camp does. I encourage you to find one near you and try them out (free 14 day trial - click here).
Plus please feel free to comment any funny/inspirational/other stories of the experiences you have had at a Burn Boot Camp.