The new star of the fitness scene, bootcamp brings together self-improvement and the team spirit at the heart of athletic training.
You thought it was just for muscle-bound Marines, made has been by today’s slow-life fashion. Bootcamp, however, is making a comeback in women’s fitness routines, in a new and improved version better suited to today’s tastes: start with military training, drop the humiliation and the sadistic glorification of suffering, keep the team spirit, the drive to keep being better than your best, and the quest for performance. The architect of the return of the bootcamp? Kirk Meyers, founder of the very instagrammable Dog Pound studio. New York headquarters for fashion insiders, the studio is frequented by the cream of US models and actresses. Having gained notoriety on social networks, the bootcamp phenomenon soon crossed the Atlantic. Going from Midtown Studio to the intimate gym at Simone’s place, bootcamp lessons are flourishing all over the capital.
Coordination rhymes with motivation
Under the watchful eye of an instructor, participants do several repetitions of strength-training exercises focusing on abs, squats, ropes, jumps, and push-ups, to build endurance and coordination as well as strength. The most important part? Small group training, as explained by Anthony Chapert, former army veteran converted to bootcamp master at Klay: “Our Cross Army classes are practiced in small groups, with a maximum of 8 people. This is the critical element, so that we can give encouragement to each of the participants, and observe their progress. Motivation is fundamental, and team spirit among the group members is also key.”