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Bootcamp for Beginners

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Military-inspired boot camp classes have been around for a while and are growing in popularity. If you don’t like working out in gyms, bootcamp classes may be for you. Most classes are held outdoors in all types of weather. Classes usually last for one hour and include a warm-up and cool-down.

If you’ve never taken a bootcamp class expect to be sore and tired, but in a good way. Classes consist of running, calisthenics, aerobics and weight training. Some programs are held Monday through Friday, working different body parts or doing different activities each day. For example, you may do upper body and lower body two days a week plus one day of core work, long runs or hills.
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Biggest Loser as Marines at Camp Pendleton

The Biggest Loser is leaving their fancy gym and state-of-the-art fitness equipment at home when the contestants head to Camp Pendleton to live and train like some of the most fit and motivated people in this great country: the Marines.

Tonight’s episode, which is only one hour, wastes no time as two Marines pile the contestants into military trucks and the gang embarks on the fitness test of their lives at the largest Marine training facility on the west coast. The week’s workouts are led by a select group of Marines that takes the contestants, including Frado, a former Marine himself, on grueling hikes with loaded backpacks, forces them to complete early morning rifle exercises and intense obstacle courses that build their physical and mental strength and endurance.
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