Frame Four Week Boot Camp
If you’ve been hiding your winter body away in denim jeans and cosy knits for fear of revealing an extra few inches, with summer around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about streamlining your shape.
Forget the fable that you have to spend hours in the gym to tone and tighten, the words on the tip of every fitness expert’s tongue are high intensity interval training. The short, sharp bursts of aerobic activity are one of the quickest ways to wield weight loss and provide the core of Frame’s new boot camp classes, alongside strength training.
What is Frame’s Four Week Boot Camp?
Hailed as the home of the indoor boot camp, Frame Camp is the fourth and newest addition to Frame’s line-up of signature classes. Although the course won’t see you completing military style training in your local park, don’t think that because the boot camp takes place in a trendy Shoreditch studio, complete with hot showers and hair tools, that it’ll be a breeze.
Frame Camp is a month-long course with four 30-minute high intensity cardio and toning classes each week. While the sessions are short in length, they consist of high-energy circuit style exercises, gruelling hill sprints and intense interval training all performed to blaring music (which thankfully helps distract from aching limbs).
What does Frame’s Four Week Boot Camp involve?
Forget running on the treadmill for hours on end, Frame’s classes are fun, quick and most of all effective. You can expect to burn between 350-500 calories a class depending on your weight and fitness levels. The sessions are split into two sections – half is spent performing high intensity interval and hill training on the treadmill, with two minutes spent running at your base level (a speed at which you could comfortably run for 30 minutes) before the 40 second sprints, followed by short periods of recovery, begin.
By the end of your six minute sprint intervals, you’ll be running 3 mph faster than your base level - designed to increase your endurance, speed and maximise fat-loss - before coming back down to your starting speed and increasing the incline intermittently throughout a series of hill climbs to help tone your glutes and quads.
As well as fat-blasting treadmill sprints, the class also focuses on a full body strengthening and toning. From push-ups performed on vibrating power plates to weighted lunges and squats, the regimes vary depending on the trainer, so your body is constantly being challenged with different exercises. Finally, you’ll cool down and stretch your worn limbs.
As there are only eight people in each class, you receive one-on-one coaching from the trainers who’ll correct your form, encourage you to increase your base speed and spot if you’re slacking.
Does Frame’s Four Week Boot Camp Work?
‘Yes - the first session is undoubtedly difficult, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while but the beauty of the boot camp classes are that you control your base level so you can push yourself as much as possible and there are a variety of weights to choose from for the toning section,’ our tester explained.
‘You’ll feel achey the day after but hot showers and massaging in a remedy for aching muscles, such as Weleda’s Massage Balm with Arnica (£10.50), into limbs will help to ease muscle ache and get you ready for your next class.’
‘One of the best things about Frame’s Four Week Boot Camp is that you’ll notice an almost immediate improvement in your fitness. After just a few short sessions you’ll start to ramp up the speed of the treadmill and instinctively reach for heavier weights. Your speed, endurance and strength dramatically improve and thanks to the interval style of training, your body will start to tone and tighten within just a few weeks.’
‘Frame’s fitness experts recommend cutting out alcohol, reducing your salt intake and opting for whole foods, that are as close to their natural state as possible. If you clean up your diet and attend the recommended four classes a week, the pounds will start melting away and your body will start to take on a new shape.’
‘As the classes are short they’re easy to stick to, while the friendly atmosphere, motivational trainers and sense of camaraderie amongst your class mates means you’ll want to keep coming back. You’ll also have picked up a whole host of tips and tricks to keep you inspired after your boot camp for when you go it alone.’
If you’re looking to kick-start your fitness in time for summer or your weight loss regime has become a little stale, Frame’s Four Week Boot Camp is an affordable solution that’s incredibly effective and easy to stick to.
Red Rating: 10/10
Frame’s Four Week Boot Camp: How much and where?
There are two Frame studios to pick from - Shoreditch and the newly opened Queen’s Park. The Boot Camp costs £180 and Frame is offering 20% off its boot camps throughout June 2012.
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