Boot camps are the result of the complete fragmentation of self, the misunderstanding of exercise and a genius marketing campaign built on making money off your confusion.
Okay, maybe I have a little anger towards boot camps. Why, you may ask?
First, a “specific exercise program” is not something that should break you down. Instead, an exercise program should be well thought out and based on your daily life. It should include specific goals to work you through a full range of motion with thoughtfully chosen exercises that strengthen and stretch the entire body. The right exercise program will help your daily movement become better and more efficient because it is based on correct movement, posture and alignment.
Second, the fitness industry is flooded with “trainers” who don’t know how to create the right program for you because they basically only know what they experienced from their own high school sports careers. They need to make money and have bought into and marketed the “boot camp that is different, insane and only the toughest, most dedicated people can handle” because they don’t know any better.
Third, boot camps are based on the idea that you CAN out-exercise a bad diet. The more you kill yourself, the more you don’t have to watch what you eat. If I had a nickel for every time I heard “I did my boot camp today so I’m ok to eat this cheeseburger (or cookie)”, I’d be ridiculously wealthy.
Fourth, boot camps do the right exercises wrong and the really dumb exercises wrong too (burpees, anyone?).
Fifth, boot camps never address or train a base-level of strength, posture or alignment. Putting Mary, the stay-at-home mom who can’t sit, stand or walk correctly, or Phil, who sits behind a desk for eight hours a day, through complex moves and strenuous exercises like burpees, box jumps, overhead presses, deadlifts and bar squats is nothing short of insanity.
Sixth, boot camps breed an atmosphere and mentality that is all about “killing yourself.” Who cares if your form sucks during a 1,000-bicep-curl challenge or if your knee or back is compromised in your max-out deadlift competition? In this atmosphere, your body should hurt because pain is no longer a signal that something is wrong. Instead, pain means the exercise is working. In reality, it isn’t.
Seventh, boot camps don’t teach you how to take care of your body. How could you learn to listen to your body and understand how it works when boot camps aren’t concerned with those things? How can you tell if you’re learning to not only do an exercise with proper breathing, posture and alignment, but do that exercise more efficiently, if you have a different routine every day? Bootcamps are about muscle confusion (which is not a real thing) and mental confusion to keep you believing that tire flips and burpees are a good and necessary part of a daily workout routine.
Exercise should never be something that sets you up for injury. Proper and correctly done exercises should be something both you and your trainer understand. Boot camps are not how you are designed to exercise and should never be part of a daily, weekly or monthly exercise routine. The VIVE Workout, on the other hand, should be part of your daily life because it is a base-level workout that builds a solid foundation of strength and flexibility to correct posture, alignment and incorrect movement. VIVE workout builds you up to walk, sit, stand, jump and run the way you were designed to look and feel your best.