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Why I Prefer Group Fitness

I really enjoy working with individuals to help them reach their fitness goals, whether it be one-on-one or in groups. However, I prefer the group dynamic for two reasons: the camaraderie that ensues leads to levels of motivation amongst the trainees that I alone cannot generate, and I get to challenge myself with managing and reacting to the different levels by having to modify the workout on the spot to accommodate each individual. Who doesn’t like a challenge?
For the first few years of Train with TMax, I ran a series of 4-week fitness courses, called “bootcamps”. The word “bootcamp” according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, “by 1941, U.S. Marines slang, said to be from boot (n.) as slang for “recruit,” which supposedly dates from the Spanish-American War and is a synecdoche from boots, leggings worn by U.S. sailors.” But that definition is not helpful in anyway, so continue reading below for further explanation.
More recently, this military term that was used to describe the short but intense training that soldiers would get before being ready to fight in war, is being used to describe short but intense exercise courses, designed to reap the most results in the shortest amount of time, generally 6 weeks or less. Since dropout rates in long term exercise programs (12+ weeks) are astronomically high, bootcamps are supposed to offer quick and fast results that meet our insatiable appetite for instant gratification.

Generally, it takes about 12-16 weeks to see substantial results from a fitness plan, however, you can begin to notice results in a much shorter time. I chose four weeks as the duration for my trainings because it is a short enough time period that people don’t feel overwhelmed, but long enough that one can see results. And, since I track your progress, you can see a difference in strength and endurance in your numbers, in addition to improving how you feel. This is my goal. To get people to the point where they see and feel their fitness efforts are not in vain, realize they can be successful with their fitness goals, and then want to continue to pursue those goals.

I know starting a new exercise program can be scary or difficult, and you’re not sure what method is best for (i.e. Zumba, yoga, crossfit, swimming, etc.). This is part of why we offer free classes every Saturday for people to come out and try my method to see if it will work for them (currently only offered in Pamplona, Spain). Then, when they decide they enjoy the trainings, they sign up for the 4 week course (a.k.a bootcamp) and begin their journey to reaching their fitness goals.

Check out us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube to get an idea of the types of trainings we do. Then, when you decide that it could be worth your time, come on out and bring a friend with you!


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