You don’t have to ever do another bootcamp again.

IMG_1133Boot 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 carefully work you through a full range of motion with thoughtfully chosen exercises that strengthen and stretch the entire body. The right exercises will help your daily movement become better and more efficient, because these exercises will help 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 only know what they experienced from their own high school sports careers. When you have an industry flooded with people who need to make money, then their boot camp must be “different, insane and only the toughest, most dedicated people can handle”. These trainers are ignorantly promoting and making money off men and women that think that “muscle confusion” is a real thing.

Third, boot camps are based on the idea that you CAN out-exercise a bad diet and the more you kill yourself, then 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 crappy food”, I’d be ridiculously wealthy. Every trainer knows that exercises really don’t make a difference in weight-loss and if you really want to help your low back pain and give your knees a break, then quit eating crap; and for the love of Nikes, quit doing burpees, planks and jump squats when you have serious weight to lose.
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 and 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 that 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 100 rep bicep-curl challenge or if your knee or back are 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 that exercise is working. When in the real world, pain is a really good indicator that something is wrong.

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 do an exercise with proper breathing, posture and alignment, if you have a different routine every day? Bootcamps are about mental confusion to keep you believing that really stupid exercises are a good and necessary part of a daily workout routine.

Exercise should never be something that sets you up for injury. 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.

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