Extra: One, two, three, four! Push and pull and do some more!

The idea of having a burly man in army boots screaming at me at 6am to drop and do 20 push-ups never quite appealed to me.

But things have changed since the boot camp boom a couple of years ago and now there are more ‘‘fun’’ options, The Ponds personal trainer Darren Baxter tells me.

‘‘Some people don’t react well to the yelling and I found you get more results by encouraging and motivating people,’’ he said, clearly with the benefit of experience behind him.

Nowadays boot camp classes are mostly run like outdoors circuits.

I squatted and lunged and sprinted my way through one of Baxter Basics’ classes last week and my shocked muscles were sore for three days afterwards. (Note to self: Up the ante in my exercise routine.)

‘‘We’re very results-focused and 95 per cent of people are there to lose weight and increase fitness,’’ Mr Baxter said.

The class, which was run by personal trainer James Larsen, had a mix of men and women and the circuit had lots of partnered work.

One exercise had four different weight options and the skipping ropes were of different lengths for people of different height.

If you’re thinking of giving it a try, ask the trainer about the structure of the class structure — or better yet, ask for a free trial to see if you actually like it or not.

Baxter Basics offers a free seven-day trial for anybody wanting to give it a go.


Baxter Basics: Has classes with plenty of partnered work at Northmead, Kellyville and The Ponds. Details: 0423 206 744.

Urban Boot Camp: Has classes at Merrylands, Castle Hill, Greystanes and Parramatta. Each one-hour session is aimed at weight-loss and muscle toning.

United Bootcamp: Has classes at Blacktown and at Stonecutters Ridge. Also Body Blast, Boxing Core Velocity and Kettle Bell classes.

Looking Good, Feeling Great: Is at Penrith, Glenmore Park and Jamison Park. Try their kick boxing or boot camp/Pilates classes. Details: 0403 691 855.

Want us to give it a go? If you want us to try a class out for you email your suggestion to fcauchi@fairfaxmedia.com.au.


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