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Time Out Bahrain staff
Adult Boot Camp at Royal Country Club This one runs in the evenings in the club’s landscaped gardens, weather permitting. It’s run by fitness trainer Victoria Arichea a CYQ level 2 gym instructor and, according to the blurb, ‘It’s a challenging class for improving fitness and endurance, toning muscles, burning calories and controlling body fat… running through a range of body weight exercises and some light weights in a circuit’. Mixed class, 60 minutes. Thursdays 7pm, Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views. Cost BD2 members / BD3 Riffa Views residents / BD4 non-members. Call (17 750 777).
Boot Camp Predator No excuses, just sweat! That’s the motto of the Predator boot camp. Like the Predator workout from Amed of the Latin Dance Studio, the boot camp is born from the concept of a permanent lifestyle change - looking after your appearance, health and body, how you eat, dress, interact with society and yourself.
The long-term Predator workouts run over 69 days but the boot camp requires a shorter but equally as tough commitment with participants taking to the great outdoors in the wilds of Barbar and using their surroundings to perform some pretty strenuous manoeuvres such as lifting rocks and improving core strength by balancing on ropes tied between trees!
This is military-style tough with workouts based on the original forces’ grunt training – we’re thinking ‘drop and give me ten’ – alongside elements of martial arts such as muay thai, boxing and capoeira. Mixed class, 90 minutes. Saturdays 9.30am, Barbar/Budaiya. Cost BD 30 for four sessions.. Call (33 042 202).
Power Fit at Life Fit Boss Sarah Al Hamad said: “We call our class Power-Fit which mixes boot-camp training with gym and fitness training to create an intensive work-out. “The class is led by Stephane Karam, a PT professional he’s qualified as a level 3 PT with the YMCA.
“Participants get a high intensity cardio work-out mixed with plyometric training, pump training and military-style circuits. The class is changed every time to challenge regular participants and it’s suitable for people of all levels as the trainer will organise options for each fitness level.
“It’s a fun atmosphere with everyone getting to know each other and bonding through mutual exertion!” Mixed classes, 45 minutes. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.15-7am. Free for members, BD5 per class for non-members. Course of 10, plus two free, BD45. Call (17 692 424).
Sharon’s Fitness Bootcamp This used to be called the Fat Blaster and it’s easy to see why. Trainer Sharon Linde explains: “I have classes in Hamala at the compound where I live. We work outside as much as possible and work with tyres, TRX and any bar, rope, step or swing we can find to make the exercises challenging and varied. “I like to teach clients how to use what they have at their disposal so they can apply it when they go on holiday.
“The benefits are: getting out of the gym environment yet at the same time experiencing a tough but safe workout ; working with a group which makes it fun and sometimes creates a competitive spirit which pushes the person out of their comfort zone and, best of all, the client never knows what to expect as the classes are always different.
“I work with heart rate monitors as this is not only for safety (which helps to accommodate for the different age groups) but it is also used as a tool in the class as a challenge (ie. how many reps of push-ups must you do to burn ten calories?) Also it’s great to see how many calories the client burns each lesson.
“Classes range from mums and kids over the holidays to ladies and gentlemen of any age.
“In summer I also offer aqua boot camp sessions.” Timings 8.30am and 9.30am and 5.30pm and 6.30pm on various weekdays. Hamala. Cost – monthly, three classes per week, BD60 or two classes per week, BD40. Individual training BD15 per hour. Call (66 385 537).
Tribal Takeoff Four sessions aimed at improving the efficiency of natural human movements. These include running, jumping, climbing, lifting, squatting and carrying. By improving efficiency, the participant will be able to move more effectively with less energy wasted, minimising the rates of injury and progress to greater fitness competencies.
Coaches are Craig Heslop and Danielle Love. Their qualifications include: personal trainer and strength conditioner through the New Zealand College of Fitness, MovNat level 2 coach, AFAA qualified personal trainer, TRX personal trainer, level one Crossfit coach, Aus Swim coach and CPR. Two programmess running in April. First starts Mon, April 1, second Mon, April 15. The four sessions run over two weeks on Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm at St Christopher’s School (sports academy) Saar. Cost BD40. Call (39 473 710).
Ultimate 45 boot camp If you’re in Amwaj, this is the one for you. Instructor Cody Burchall told us: “Ultimate 45 is not your normal bootcamp, it’s a body challenge workout, focussed on the method of max interval training. The workout covers plyometric drills on top of non-stop intervals of strength power, resistance, ab and core training movements. I use a combination of equipment in the circuits from dumbbells, and resistance bands to body weight and cardio.
“Ultimate 45 means the circuit runs for 45 minutes and each exercise for 45 seconds.
“The aim is to work at your maximum rate with minimal rest so you can burn up to 700 calories per session!
“The class aims to burn calories, lose weight, tone up and build strength. All combined with a healthy diet.
“I have people who started my classes a few months ago and couldn’t do a push up and now they can do man pushups!
“Another example is a person who wanted to lose a lot of weight, get fit and healthy. They started with me three months ago and have lost nearly 10 kg but the healthy way, without fad diets.”
Cody’s a certified level two and three fitness instructor and personal trainer through. She’s also a TRX instructor, trained in Zumba fitness for adults and kids and a sports nutritionist. Women’s classes, 45 minutes, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.45am. Amwaj Lagoon. Mixed Wednesdays, 7pm, Tala Leisure Centre, Amwaj. Call (37 743 431).
In case you’ve been living under a rock, welcome back to the world, this is a boot camp, and no we’re not suggesting you join the army! According to Wikiedia: ‘Boot camp training often commences with dynamic stretching and running, followed by a wide variety of interval training, including lifting weights/objects, pulling rubber TRX straps, pushups/situps, plyometrics, and various types of intense explosive routines. Sessions usually finish with yoga stretching. Many other exercises using weights and/or body weight, similar to CrossFit routines, are used to lose body fat, increase cardiovascular efficiency, increase strength and help people get into a routine of regular exercise. Many programmes offer nutritional advice as well. It is called ‘boot camp’ because it trains groups of people, may be outdoors and may or may not be similar to military basic training.’
Plyometrics: what is it? Also known as ‘jump training’ or ‘plyos’, it’s exercises based around having muscles exert maximum force in as short a time as possible, with the goal of increasing both speed and power. This training focuses on learning to move from a muscle extension to a contraction in a rapid or ‘explosive’ way, for example with specialised repeated jumping.