I appreciate the link OldSchool and will continue to educate myself on the possibilities
As I try to flesh out what I'm seeking, I'm beginning to see that perhaps it doesn't exist b/c of the nature of a strength-training program--that it's not suitable to a group-based format; better solo or with coach. Do you agree?
Boot camp style classes can be beneficial in teaching some basics of weight lifting. At least the one I've gone to. Mine did a mix of things with dumbbells and kettlebells (pick your own weight), to hit almost every part of body. Then things like stair running, sprints, burpees, etc. thrown into the mix. I also liked the variety, every class was different in some way. Everything was done at a fast pace and lots of reps for the most part, but I left feeling like I had been worked hard. After a while of doing that I decided to go to an actual weight room so I could do things like squat, deadlift, bench with weight heavier than 25 lb dumbbells, but I think boot-camp was a great starting point. I still go to the class a few times a month when I need a lighter workout, but it still ends up kicking my butt!
I think that it is kind of hard as a group. The way we do say, box squats is to set up and then everyone takes a turn in small groups of 3 or 4. It's annoying to work with people that lift a lot more or less than you do as you end up reloading and unloading the bar OR end up working at a lighter weight. Now, when we work up to a 1 rep max, it's less annoying- you just keep adding weight. Plus, you have the added benefit of a spotter. But it can get old when someone wants to go up in 10lb increments on a dead lift....As I try to flesh out what I'm seeking, I'm beginning to see that perhaps it doesn't exist b/c of the nature of a strength-training program--that it's not suitable to a group-based format; better solo or with coach. Do you agree?
So, I like working with someone who lifts similar weights to me, but hate lifting with people who lift a lot less or a lot more.
Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!
Strength training doesn't lend itself to group classes. Boot camp style is muscular endurance rather then strength training. Strengs = how heavy a box you can lift. Endurance = how far you can carry it. Strength workout increases endurance as well; endurance workout does not increase strength. In a group fitness setting, an instructor cannot provide enough supervision when heavy enough weights to stimulate strength development are involved. If it is strength that you are looking to increase, Starting Strength or Strong Lifts 5x5 on your own in a friendly facility will do the trick or hiring a personal trainer if you prefer more companionship than the hellos of the regulars.
My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.