Live in boot camps accommodate clients who need intense supervision and accountability for eating, sleeping, and most of all-training correctly. A firm commitment is required on the part of the client in order to comply with such a regimen. Customary in the fitness industry, services are prepaid upon signup. Financial commitment plays a strong factor in following through once the self-doubts begin.
FIVE hours of exercise daily?
How much exercise is an unfit, overweight person capable of participating in, anyway? Scenes of obese contestants on the Biggest Loser TV show bring up these questions. What is not shown is the behind the scenes pre-conditioning workouts that basically get you in shape to start getting in shape. There is a progression to the activities as with any good fitness program. The program begins at the level of the participant’s capability.
Did anyone get the license number of that truck that hit me?
Then it hits you. You wake up and, “whoa!” You really feel your body. There will be an initial period of muscular soreness that will come in waves of delayed onset. That is, not so much the next day but the day after that will be when you feel the most discomfort. Movement is the best remedy for the soreness and you will be getting plenty more movement. Depending on one’s attitude toward the body discomforts, this can be an encouragement indicating that results are forthcoming. Some people will feel guilty for letting themselves go physically and they will view the discomfort as self-punishment.
Support and encouragement are necessary to get through the second week.
Usually, after the first week in a month long program the client starts to realize how much effort they have made and they become overwhelmed at the thought of continuing. This is a natural stage that many go through. However, the first stage is the most difficult. The initial accomplishment in making a change for oneself is what carries them through the hard phase. Then, the body begins to respond.
Hey, I see a muscle when I flex!
Most individuals can recognize results within a week to ten days. Muscle tone, and excess water weight changes become apparent. Then, within 2-3 weeks there is no doubt that the mirror is becoming a daily friend and your best encouragement. Others will notice and comment at this phase about the noticeable difference in your appearance.
The results you begin to realize at this point will make your program self-perpetuating. Once you have established the 3-week habit, plus gained the know-how and confidence in your new health regimen there will be no turning back.
After all, you have worked hard and are worthy of results to show for it. Why would you give up your goal? Giving up usually doesn’t happen after a person has actually learned to live in bootcamp. You will actually make different choices based on maintaining your hard-earned efforts. Your confidence will soar; you can hold your own in any gym or exercise group. You are a live-in boot camp graduate and have the stuff that it takes to keep it up.
Debra Stefan is the founder and director of “Live-In-Fitness” residential services in the greater Las Vegas area of Henderson, Nevada for weight-loss guests offering weekend fitness getaways to 30-90 day programs enabling behavioral change for a fit lifestyle. She is the first to offer a residential weight loss boot camp Biggest Loser retreat program outside of the institutional format.
Expertise includes certifications in Personal Fitness Training, Group Exercise, Youth Fitness, Senior Fitness, Golf Fitness, Jumprope Coach, and Master Yoga Instructor. She served 2 years as a full-time resident instructor for the Integral Yoga Institute of Los Angeles.
A classically trained dancer, Debra performed in the Tropicana Hotel’s “Folies Bergere” and MGM Hotel production, “Hallelujah Hollywood” in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a top finalist in the Ms. National Fitness premiere competitions 1985–1986, special guest performer in 1987 and NPC National Physique Committee expert judge.
Debra made headlines and became a local fitness icon when she broke the 1981 Guinness Book of World Records with 10 hour Jumprope marathon as a public fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy. Additional jump rope achievements are as follows:
Accredited Jumprope instructor-UNLV’s Athletic Department & School of P.E.
Nevada State Board of Education Accredited Jumprope Instructor for P.E. Teachers
U.S.A. Jumprope Federation -Coach/Tournament Director
AAU- Amateur Athletic Union- Coach/Tournament Director
Developed “Henderson Star Skippers” AAU Jr. Olympic competition/show team
1981 Guinness Book of World Records- broke record with 10 hour Jumprope marathon
Today she has 37 years of professional involvement in the fitness industry and continues education to stay current with the ever-evolving industry. She is a true veteran fitness professional.
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