By Carley Bennecke |Staff Writer|
Free boot camp workouts are available at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center
Every Friday for the past two years, personal trainer Ronald Gonzales-Trujillo has hosted a boot camp themed workout for members of the Rec Center.
Boot camp workouts are high-intensity and high volume drills that are made simple so each participant has a chance to learn and keep up.
“We also keep the movements straightforward so the personal trainers can keep up with watching participants,” said Gonzales-Trujillo. “We want to make sure each member is getting our undivided attention. Also – safety first!”
Each boot camp session begins with a warm-up. After the warm-up, each trainer will set up their own station. Members then break off into groups and workout at each station for two minute intervals then rotate to the next station.
Each station offers something different. Some stations have dumbbells, free weights, and other workout equipment. After multiple rounds at each station, the class finishes with a cool down.
Gonzales-Trujillo prefers his station to have just your body as your workout tool.
“I like to focus on only using your body as equipment,” said Gonzales-Trujillo.
“Competitive drive makes the group work harder!” continued Gonzales-Trujillo.
Maria Williams, student and boot camp workout attendee, prefers exercising in a group environment.
“I love the gym, I love working out. I do well on my own, but in a class setting the other students help push you. It has more intensity and that’s what I want in a workout,” said Williams.
Gonzales-Trujillo reminds students that the boot camp class is fun, exciting, and challenging
“It’s not an attempt to make you sweat and throw-up,” said Gonzales-Trujillo. “It’s about a personal trainer quality workout, and making sure the members are working at a level they’re comfortable with.”
Emily Hill, personal trainer and group X instructor at the Rec Center, agrees that the boot camp program is designed for tough fun.
“It’s a great workout for every level. It’s challenging but it’s also exciting. It’s open for everyone,” said Hill.
Hill said her station will always vary from Gonzales-Trujillo’s station.
“Ron and I have different methods of training,” said Hill. “It’s good to have several teachers with different styles teaching a class. Participants will get diverse viewpoints and they will respond differently to different types of encouragement.”
On the other hand, the one thing that Gonzales-Trujillo and Hill will always have in common is their love for seeing students’ results.
“I see a change in the students who partake in the boot camp program,” said Hill. “The first class they’ll be dying, but then after a few weeks of attending they’re having a good time and doing the workout with no hesitancy.”
Traci Simpson has been attending Friday boot camps for over a year.
“Of course I see results!” said Simpson. “Once I also started paying attention to my nutrition, I could see muscle definition. I had a higher endurance level. I was happier and had more energy during the day.”
Boot camp workouts are offered for free at the Rec Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at noon in room 205.