Avoiding Boot Camp Injuries

In addition to being a super tough workout the Long Beach L9 Boot Camp can be a fun and exciting way to exercise. It’s one of the most exhilarating exercise activities that you can do in Long Beach CA.  And the health benefits are incredible.

Participating in the Long Beach Level 9 Boot Camp say it is also a form of body mind exercise and mental clarity, as well as better concentration are welcome side effects from L9 group exercise classes.  Outdoor group exercise classes are popular because Level 9 produces results for 100% of the clients who follow the system correctly.  It is a proven fact that group fitness classes like L9 Boot Camp can even improve your personality in the aspects of fairness and good sportsmanship, teamwork and even leadership.

It is very important to know your body’s limits, which is what Level 9 Fitness is all about.  Training at a level 9 out of 10 means you’re always near your breaking point but you never cross the line.  Training at a constant level 10 can actually put you at risk for serious injuries.  Participation in a Boot Camp without careful guidance from your fitness trainer can be dangerous if you’re inexperienced and have not learned body awareness.  Accidents and injuries usually occur from poor form, using incorrect sized weights or training at a level 10.

Weights, Bands & Outfit

Bring the corrects weights as advised by your boot camp instructor.  Wear comfortable clothes that allow your body to move freely.  The right shoes will ensure good support for running, jumping and doing stair work.  Always bring a resistance band that is correct for your fitness level.  Your trainer can help you decide which band is right for you.

Physical Examination

All new clients are encouraged to see their doctor for a full physical examination before they participate in their first session of boot camp.  You need to consult with your doctor about any pre-existing injuries and make sure your trainer is fully aware of and injuries, past or present.  A pre-existing Injury will not automatically exclude you from a group exercise program but your trainer must be made aware so he/she can provide modified exercises to replace any dangerous movements that could put you at risk of additional injuries.

Warm Up & Stretch

Before staring a boot camp session you must warm up and stretch your body, especially in areas that feel tight or sore.  A proper warm up and stretch is so important because this will prepare your body for each workout. Always warm up before you stretch.  Cold stretching (before you’ve warmed up) can actually cause stress to the muscles and can even result in torn ligaments and stressed joints.  Stretching improves blood circulation in the muscles.

Body Awareness

Body awareness is often overlooked by boot camp and personal training clients because they feel comfortable knowing they’re exercising under the strict supervision of a professional.  This is no excuse for avoiding the important process of developing good body awareness.  Your trainer can see what you do but he/she can never feel what you feel.  Having strong body awareness will help you to avoid injury and also get the most out of every single workout by knowing your own limits and pushing to Level 9.

Recovery

You’ll definitely feel muscle burn, not to be confused with pain, during every Long Beach Level 9 Boot Camp.  It is important to push through the burn to your best ability.  This will result in a raised threshold for muscle burn over time, and in turn better results. Use your recovery time between sets and circuits to stretch and drink water.

Post workout soreness will generally occur for 24 to 48 hours after each exercise session.  This is normal because lactic acid builds up in torn muscles as the repair process is happening.  Proper care for sore muscles includes: drinking large amounts of water, maintaining a whole foods diet and lots of movement.  When you’re sore you’ll be tempted to lay down or try to rest the muscles but you’ll actually be allowing muscles to become tighter.  Instead try to move and at the very least take long walks between boot camp sessions.

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Post Written by Jed Miller