Boot Camp vs. Gym: Pros & Cons

Congratulations! You’ve decided to exercise (again). So what do you choose, boot camp or gym membership? There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Incidentally each benefit can also be a con, depending on your personality and goals.

Gym in Chula Vista

The main reason to go to a gym is convenience. There likely is one down the street from your work or home, and it may be open non-stop. You don’t have to worry about being late for a class (typical of the boot camp concept). You can work out whenever you feel like it.

Or never…

Exercising in a gym chiefly revolves around a set of repetitive routines. Unless you have ironclad discipline, you will get bored and quit. Should you need reinforcement, chances are the cost for a personal trainer is extra.

To break the monotony you can attend classes at a gym. Most offer a variety of group workouts. There again, those may not be included in the membership. Or there may be just a few classes scheduled. Not so convenient anymore.

Gyms can be more affordable than boot camp. Most clubs have deals for first timers. But once you are hooked, be careful of the conditions of the membership: commitment, ways to opt out and – well, yes – extra fees.

Boot Camp in Chula Vista

With boot camp locations sprouting up more and more, location convenience might not be an issue anymore.

What you gain most from joining a boot camp is efficiency. The workouts are designed to challenge your muscles (and your mind, sometimes).

Routines vary from one to the next, and address every muscle group: your body doesn’t get into habit and no area is favored for another.

A significant reason pro-boot camp is the group dynamic. There is extreme motivation to draw from a community. Your classmates can cheer you up and even become your friends. Then again, if you are not a social person, a gym and its machine fit you better.

You also receive more attention from trainers who can adjust the exercises to your capability or physical condition.

Most boot camps provide nutrition coaching  (though typically at an extra cost). But if weight management is an important factor of your desire to workout, a personalized program is certain to ensure better results.

Boot Camp or Gym?

Ultimately, your decision lies in your goals and expectations, your degree of engagement and your budget.

Beauty Fit Boot Camp is the best of both worlds. It offers many classes so you can always fit one in your schedule.

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