Spring 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 spring Boot Camp starts April 1 and runs through May 10.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 14, 2013) -- With many people getting ready for beach season, fitness specialists on Fort Rucker have the perfect way for people to work toward that beach body before they hit the sand.

Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility's 2013 spring Boot Camp will begin April 1, but it is no April Fool's joke and will do more than help people achieve the perfect beach body -- it will help them get to a new level of fitness and maintain a healthy lifestyle, according to Kristina 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," she said. "We push people to their own limitations.

"We like to push people beyond their own mental barriers and help them break through to a fitness level that they are able to achieve and maintain throughout the year," said Rach. "Some people set a barrier in their mind that they are either afraid of pushing through or just don't want to, 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 March 29 with two sessions available at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., and all who sign up are expected to attend one of the two, said the fitness specialist.

The program will run from April 1 to May 10 in two sessions -- the 6:30-7:30 a.m. or the 8:30-9:30 a.m. session -- and the cost to sign up is $100 per participant. Payment must be presented during signup and spots are limited to 25 people per session, said Rach.

The program will feature a variety of workouts ranging from plyometrics, agility drills, running obstacle courses, cardio and endurance training, 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 weather warming up, the spring boot camp is more popular than its fall and winter counterparts.

"More people prefer to do the spring Boot Camp because it's usually warmer, and 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 swim laps, but also utilize the pool deck to do pushups, lunges and some weightlifting before getting back into the pool, 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.

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."

Another benefit of the Boot Camp is that it gives participants the opportunity to network and make new friends to work out with, said Rach.

"People can get workout buddies and lots of people continue to work out together after the Boot Camp is over," she said, adding that once people sign up, they are granted access to a Boot Camp Web page that they can post schedules of their workouts or simply ask people that are interested to join in a run.

"This 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 program is available to anyone that has access to the fitness facilities, including active duty and their Families, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and contractors

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

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