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Boot Camp: Fall fitness program features new schedule, workouts

Previous Boot Camp participants take part in early morning workouts. This year’s Fall Boot Camp runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 24. (File photo)

Previous Boot Camp participants take part in early morning workouts. This year’s Fall Boot Camp runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 24. (File photo)

Published: September 4, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (September 4, 2014) -- Summer is winding down and cooler weather is approaching, but the 2014 Fall Boot Camp is keeping the heat alive with its intense workouts designed to get participants in tip-top shape.

Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center’s 2014 Fall Boot Camp runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 24, meeting from 8:30-9:45 a.m., and participants will meet five days a week to incorporate different elements of fitness for each day throughout the six-week program, said Kristina Rach, fitness specialist and certified personal trainer.

“We’ll add and change up some things, and we try to add a few things during each boot camp because we do get repeaters, so we want to try and make it a little more intense for them,” said the fitness specialist.

Each day will consist of a different element: endurance day, which could involve running or any exercise for an extended period of time; field day, which will involve functional training; game day, which will involve some sort of competitive sports activity; intensity classes, which will incorporate plyometrics-type exercises.

Another thing that will most noticeably change is the weather, and Rach said people should dress appropriately as the weather begins to cool down.

Rach added that people should bring plenty of water and remember to stay hydrated throughout the workouts, and also advised that people stay away from sports drinks, energy drinks and coffee.

Cost of registration is $100 – $30 due at signup and the rest due on the first day – and includes weekly consultations to keep track of progress, a T-shirt, as well as access to all group fitness classes for the duration of the program, which Rach said people need to take full advantage of.

“You can come in and do this for an hour a day, but if you don’t go home and eat properly and take advantage of the fact that we’re offering six weeks of free classes, then you might not reach the goals and see the gains that you want,” she said. “This is really for you, it’s not for us.”

Boot camp also utilizes facilities unique to the installation, such as the NCO Academy obstacle course, and the many trails found on Fort Rucker, including Parcours Trail, the Beaver Lake trails and the trails found at the Fort Rucker Riding Stables, depending on where the workouts will take place that week, she added.

“Most of the activities will be performed on location during those weeks and we will use whatever is available at the sites to perform the exercises,” said the fitness specialist.

The program doesn’t use traditional weights and fitness machines in order to get results, but utilizes objects found at the locations to perform certain activities, such as tires or slosh pipes, which are essentially nine-foot long, four-inch wide PVC pipes that are filled two-thirds of the way with water capped at both ends that Rach said provides a nontraditional way to provide a total-body workout.

Because of the intensity of some of the workouts throughout the program, Rach suggests that people who are interested have some sort of fitness background before signing up, but if they are highly motivated, then the program might be right up their alley.

“Boot camp is a commitment and people should know that before jumping into it,” she said. “You’re going to get out of it what you put in, so if you come in just for a one-hour session and leave, you’re going to get the minimum results out of the program.

“It is motivational and inspiring to see people transform and change throughout the program,” said Rach. “I don’t like the word can’t – you’re unable to or you choose not to.”

For more information or to sign up, call 255-3794.

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