Fall Boot Camp seeks to change lifestyles
Boot Camp participants bear crawl up a hill during one of their early morning workouts on Fort Rucker. Boot Camp is just one of the many classes the installation offers for people to get in shape, and the fall session runs Sept. 30 to Nov. 8.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (September 19, 2013) -- As cooler weather looms ahead, people sometimes find it harder to find motivation to keep up with their workouts, but one program on Fort Rucker helps to push people to their peak.

Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility's 2013 Fall Boot Camp will begin Sept. 30 to get people to a new level of fitness and maintain a healthy lifestyle, according to Kris Rach, Fort Rucker fitness specialist and certified personal trainer.

"I want to get people out of their comfort zones and into a fitness level that they might not be used to -- we push people through their own limitations," she said. "We like to push people beyond their own mental barriers and help them break through to the level that they are able to achieve and maintain throughout the year.

"Some people set barriers in their minds that they are either afraid of pushing through or just don't want to," Rach continued, "but I tell every participant, no matter what class, that there is no such thing as 'I can't.'"

The Boot Camp is a six-week program, and will begin with orientations Sept. 27 with two sessions available at 6:30 and 8:15 a.m., and all who sign up are expected to attend one of the two, said the fitness specialist.

The program will feature a variety of workouts ranging from plyometrics, agility drills, running, obstacle courses, cardio, endurance and strength training.

Rach said the majority of the workouts associated with the Boot Camp take place outdoors to show people different ways to exercise, and with cooler temperatures ahead, people should make sure to dress accordingly.

"We like to do 99 percent of the classes outside because we want people to realize that you don't have to be in a gym to workout," she said. "We'll do a lot of running on the horse trails and bike trails, as well as doing some cross training."

There will also be days that the participants will spend training in a pool where people will not only be doing laps, but also participate in various cardio and body resistance exercises, said Rach.

The program also incorporates many fitness classes that are available at both Fortenberry-Colton PFF and the Fort Rucker PFF, and people that are signed up for the Boot Camp will have access to all the group fitness classes available during the six weeks of the program.

Participants will also have access to weekly consultations to keep track of fitness progress and t-shirts available to those who complete the program.

Many facilities on Fort Rucker have gotten involved with the Boot Camp to allow the participants to utilize facilities at Lake Tholocco, Beaver Lake, The Fort Rucker Riding Stables and even the NCO Academy, said the fitness specialist.

"The NCO Academy has been really helpful in the past and we even got to use some of their facilities for the Boot Camp," she said. "The whole point of the program is to really get people out of their comfort zones."

An added benefit of the Boot Camp is that it gives participants the opportunity to network and make new friends to work out with, said Rach, which is something that can be a motivator itself.

The program will run weekdays from Sept. 30 to Nov. 8 in two sessions -- the 6:30-7:30 a.m. or the 8:15-9:15 a.m. session. Cost to sign up is $100 per participant -- $30 deposit and $70 due before classes start. Spots are limited to 25 people per session.

"Boot Camp is not for the faint of heart or for people who like to pick and choose the days they want to attend," said Rach. "To get the maximum result out of the program, people need to show up and perform every day, eat healthy and take the classes offered at both gyms -- it's 100 percent commitment from both them and us."

The Fall Boot Camp will also be special in that Lynn Avila, founder of the program, will be returning.

The program is available to anyone that has access to the fitness facilities, including active-duty military and their Families, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and contractors, but not contractor's spouses.

For more information or to register, call 255-3794.

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