• No excuses

    Boot camps provide the push to achieve fitness goals
  • With the New Year and its resolutions looming large, it's time for a gentle nudge — OK, a firm push — in the direction of better health, fitness and well-being.
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    • Boot camps gain popularity
      On the rise for more than a decade, boot camp-style workouts will gain in popularity through 2012, according to a 2011 report by the American Council on Exercise. Some local health clubs, including...
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      Boot camps gain popularity
      On the rise for more than a decade, boot camp-style workouts will gain in popularity through 2012, according to a 2011 report by the American Council on Exercise. Some local health clubs, including Oz Fitness and Grants Pass Family YMCA, host weekly boot-camp classes. Independent boot-camp programs enroll members for flat fees on a month-to-month basis. Sessions in early and late morning, as well as evening, are offered, depending on the instructor. See www.southernoregonbootcamp.com and www.tiazza.com for the programs profiled here or call 541-292-3343 or 541-621-4812, respectively.
  • With the New Year and its resolutions looming large, it's time for a gentle nudge — OK, a firm push — in the direction of better health, fitness and well-being.
    Motivation is the X factor built into local boot camp-style workout programs. Drill sergeants they're not, but these instructors won't tolerate slacking off, self-defeating dialogue or giving up on one's goal. When their troops think they can't do another push-up, these leaders urge them up off the floor to struggle through one more.
    "There are no excuses, and there are no shortcuts," says Tiazza Rose, who operates coed boot camps in Ashland and Medford. "Nobody's ever died doing it."
    That's not to say campers don't feel like dying, at least on the first day.
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