First of all, thanks! Now that you have signed up and paid for your block, we can welcome you properly into our community and get you access to all to all the extra goodies that come with a Cambridge Bootcamps membership. You will need to join our OUTFIT site and the appropriate camp group. On the front page, you’ll see a step-by-step guide of what to do next – which does include filling out a medical form, which you will need to bring with you to your first session.
We really look forward to seeing you at your first block – welcome aboard!
You probably already have an idea in your mind about what Bootcamp is all about, whether you’ve participated in one before, heard about it through a friend, or even just browsed our website. Please don’t be afraid! Our camps offer a total programme for all different points of fitness with different levels provided for every exercise we do within our 45 minute interval training sessions that are comprised of a warm‐up, workout and cool‐down stretching.
The workout is always changing but usually relies on bodyweight exercises instead of fancy equipment. You are encouraged to work at your own pace and we offer 3 options for every exercise to make it easier or more difficult as preferred. It’s important to us that no-one feels excluded or under pressure as they embark on their own journey of conditioning and strength training. Please let your instructor know if you have any injuries, as modifications and/or substitute exercises can then be recommended. The post‐workout stretching that you will be led through at the end of a session, will help with the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that you might experience one to two days following your first few bootcamp sessions; however, you should be stretching at home as well with your foam roller and especially your hip flexors a couple of times a day!
We also offer nutritional advice that is not a regimented plan but an aid in understanding our food and help in gaining a healthy perspective towards it. This additionally comes with that all important support you need from your trainer, our online support sites brimming with information and all the like-minded women you’ll be training with.
Clothing includes athletic tops or vests and old t-shirts that are comfortable and allow for movement. Long-sleeved tops for under your tees or lightweight waterproof jackets may be needed for the cooler months or more inclement weather. Hoodies are great to wear while doing the warm‐up and cool‐down exercises and can be quickly thrown over top of a tee‐shirt when the weather gets chilly and the hood pulled up to shield your ears from the cool winds. Make sure that it isn’t too restrictive but also that it isn’t too baggy such that it would get in the way. We have some great hoodies that you can personalise!
Either choose a pair specifically made for fitness, or wear a baggier pair of sweatpants – the more stretchy the better, to allow for full range of movement. Shorts, Capri pants and full-length track bottoms are the most popular choices.
Trainers that have been sized properly for your feet while wearing athletic socks are your best option. There is often sprinting and running in our bootcamps and you will also need to move laterally, so choose a shoe that offers good ankle support and cushioning. Shoes can get very wet in the snow or rain and you might decide to invest in a pair of waterproof trainers. If you can, go to a specialist shop where employees are well‐trained in shoe selection and fitting to choose your footwear. Often you can then find the same size and model at discount retailers such as Sports Direct.
Gloves keep your fingers warm, dry (well, somewhat!) and clean. Any style will be fine but make sure that you still have good range of finger movement.
A sports bra is an absolute must as our Bootcamps will have you working yourself hard and regular bras will not provide enough support or motion control for working out in. Sweaty Betty has a basic guide to choosing the correct sports bra.
Additionally, you will need a mat which you will use often for exercises (especially core) that require you to take to the floor and for your cool down stretching period. Yoga and fitness mats that roll or fold are best and you can find examples of the most common types our ladies use via our shop. It is also recommended you bring a towel to dry off after a rainy session.
We also recommend bringing plenty of water with you, especially in the warmer weather. It is very important to drink water throughout exercising to insure that you are replacing any liquids lost through perspiration. Come prepared with at least 500ml of water, preferably in a sports bottle that has easy access to fluid during the workout.
We include a cool down period within our session that incorporates a variety of stretches such as abdominal stretches, hip flexor stretch, quadricep stretch, posterior shoulder stretch, tricep stretch, illiotibial band stretch, calf stretch and hamstring stretch.
However, when you return home, we advise plenty of water to keep your levels topped up all day to stay hydrated. Additionally, magnesium supplements or oil are essential for someone who is training regularly as it produces energy and the fuel that drives each of your body’s cells, replenishing the minerals and lessening the build up of lactic acid. Also you will need to pick yourself up a Foam Roller – but keep this at home for daily stretching and massage. You can purchase one via our shop.
Absolutely not! At Cambridge Bootcamps, we do not believe in fad ‘diets’. What we impart to you is our knowledge and experience in an easy-to-understand format for you to make an informed choice about your nutrition moving forward. In order to achieve maximum results from Cambridge Bootcamps, it is imperative that your nutrition is also on track, as you cannot out‐train a bad diet! However, we do not enforce our wisdom in this area; we simply provide you with a factual guide that will help change your perspectives and your relationship with food for the better.
Our nutrition plan will aid you in the decisions you make regarding your food choices that will enhance your Bootcamp experience and help you see the change in shape when you combine a healthy eating regime with your regular exercise. The removal of harmful elements such as alcohol, caffeine, wheat, dairy and sugar from your daily intake will not feel like a sacrifice but will make your consumption a more efficient fuel so that your engine runs more smoothly!
Any change in your lifestyle presents challenges but you can contact us at: cambridgebootcamps@gmail com or your trainers and fellow Bootcampers are online through the support forums to cheer you on! Your comrades have also posted a wide range of delicious recipes in the Food Porn group on the site and on the SMART group for you to try out. Plus, Cambridge Bootcamps regularly holds 21‐28 day challenges where participants consistently lose between 5 and 17 inches by following the elimination plan and doing regular exercise. Measurements are taken before and after the challenge as definite proof that bootcamp plus smart eating WORKS and is a huge step forward in achieving your personal goals!
Your nutrition plan, SMART group and Food Porn site can be accessed once you have signed up for Bootcamp.