Challenge Your Body: Homemade Bootcamp

As I write this, I’m sitting in the mountains of British Columbia overlooking a crystal-clear lake. The stars at night are so riotous that they absolutely take my breath away.

It sounds idyllic, and it is, but I’m also pretty darned sore from my fourth day of hiking, yoga, weight training, and cardio. I’m at a hiking bootcamp and thoroughly enjoying the experience of having my butt kicked, royally, by a whole team of people who have an ever-so-slightly sadistic glint in their eyes. (Or maybe I’m just imagining that…)


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Sometimes we’ve been doing the same fitness routines for so long that we need to do something, anything, to shake things up. I’m here today to suggest a bootcampÔÇöand you can design your own at home.

This will require some prep work. You’ll need permission from family members to shift your schedule for the bootcamp. Even better, have them join you. You’ll need food prep, and perhaps some fitness or exercise gear. Maybe even a spiffy new pair of tennies to give you a little extra motivation. Plan for just a week of time.

Also, you need to decide how you’re going to bootcamp. Yes, there is the traditional calisthenics in cammo gear in the backyard, but you could also…

  • Design a program with a personal trainer for free weights and cardio.
  • Work with gym staff to use a variety of their equipment and group classes to hit the gym hard.
  • Do a Pilates or Yoga bootcamp where you go in every day for sweat, toning, and relaxation.
  • Head for the hills and hike like a maniac (I’ll have lots of empathy for you…).
  • Take a one-week membership to a boxing club. There’s nothing like skipping rope and thumping objects to torch calories.
  • Whatever else your heart can dream up that involves a lot of moving and a lot of sweat.

When you’ve mapped out a plan, make sure that it’s safe for you to do. The goal is not to end the week with a trip to the emergency room at the local hospital. If you need to check with a doctor, please check with a doctor.

Then, set a date, get excited, get your family and friends excited, and go! Like a horse out of the gate, go for it with gusto, with the fun of adventure, with the thrill to see if you can really do this after all.

Feel yourself overcoming a little fear, and perhaps some sore muscles, and dig deep for the gumption you’ll need to succeed and surprise your family, friends, and yourself.

Sounds exhilarating doesn’t it? It is … trust me, it totally is.

Have you ever tried a week long intense bootcamp of some sort? Does this post inspire you to try one now? Let me know what you’re planning and I can point you to websites and give you some advice if you need it.

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson runs her own successful fitness blog at Lisa Johnson Fitness and is frequently seen hanging around Twitter @LisaJohnson. She also runs a few Pilates studios, Modern Pilates Boston.


  1. One of my favorite things about getting outside of the gym is the amount of variety that you can incorporate into your workouts.
    The suggestions you’ve given are sure to keep things fun all the while challenging your body to respond to new stimuli!

    Thanks for the article!

  2. Thanks Johnny ­čÖé

  3. You could always skip the extra planning and organization by finding a local Crossfit gym

  4. How many hours a day of exercise should be considered when planning my own bootcamp ? Xxx

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