Give Shaping Up Solo for Summer the Boot

Give Shaping Up Solo for Summer the Boot

Summer will be here in a few short months and if, like many South Africans, you’ve stopped exercising and succumbed to your favourite comfort foods during the cold winter months, you’re probably not looking or feeling your best. While getting back into exercising is a great place to start, it can be difficult doing it on your own. Fortunately, with Adventure Boot Camp you don’t have to.

Built on a dream of providing an outdoor health and fitness programme to as many women as possible, Adventure Boot Camp launched over a decade ago and – with camps in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and other areas – has since helped thousands of women all over the country to change their lives. The four-week outdoor exercise programme offers workout programmes, fitness instruction, nutritional counselling and motivational training packed with fun and energising activities designed to help campers reach their fitness goals.

Boot camp offers a number of benefits over solo training. For starters, the group nature of boot camp is more likely to hold you accountable. It’s easy to miss a gym session or put off going for a run when you are exercising on your own and there are no consequences. But when you bail on a boot camp class, you’ll be letting yourself down AND your fellow Campers and trainer too.


Here are some other reasons why boot camps beat lone workouts:

Getting tougher together: Boot camps foster camaraderie since you are with people who are all there for the same goal, working side-by-side to achieve it.

More motivation: When you have the support of those around you, the motivation to complete a 60-minute training session once or more a week comes a lot easier as they spur you on.

Upping endorphins: Researchers at Oxford’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology have found that the endorphin levels of those who exercised in groups was twice that of those who did it alone. It is this dramatic endorphin boost that has been credited for turning exercise from a chore into a treat.

Mixing it up: When training by yourself, it’s not uncommon to get into a rut – doing the same workouts day in and day out – which can make you feel unmotivated. One of the biggest boot camp benefits is variety, with workouts that include short distance running, skipping, ab exercises, focused core work, Pilates, circuit training, team work, free weights, mat work and more. In addition to ensuring that you have fun and don’t get bored, this is the best way to get different muscles moving and ultimately reach your desired results.

Better for your budget: Cost is always a consideration and, generally speaking, you pay far lower prices to be a part of a group training class than you would for a one-on-one session. Plus, at Adventure Boot Camp, the more camps you do, the cheaper it gets.

Access to extras: Adventure Boot Camp’s costs cover your session and give you access to useful information, tools and custom meal plans in the Camper Zone, along with free nutritional advice from a dietitian, special offers and exclusive discounts on top brands.

Exercising as a group is the way to a healthier, happier you this summer. To sign up, visit, If you’re still unsure if boot camp is your bag, download a free class voucher and pop in at any location to experience it first-hand.


Get It Durban October 2017

Michelle Markham, Goddess of waste
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