Boot camp fitness programs are quite tough on the body and mind and you definitely require some mental preparation before you decide to sign up for one. Going with a blank mind might cause you to quit halfway through the course as you are bound to be in for a culture shock. Even if you choose the best boot camp class in the world you need to be able to tell whether to take the grind.
Can you handle difficult change?
You need to be able to adapt to the lifestyle of dangerously fit boot camp fitness if you want to achieve best results. Expect having to go through really long and grueling exercise sessions and being told to report to camp at 5 a.m. Bootcamp life is not similar to a daily jog at the local park or a friendly session of table tennis. You will have to do obstacle training, endurance building, heavy duty cardio and a lot more.
If you are naturally adaptable and can handle challenging situations then living the boot camp life will be easier for you.
Can you quit complaining?
A pet peeve of all participants who have been in bootcamps is muscle ache. Understand that you will be in pain for most of your initial workout sessions. This happens due to tiny muscle tears in your body as you push and stimulate the tissue. If you cannot handle pain and complain constantly at the slightest irritant then clearly boot camps are going to be difficult for you. You need to ask yourself whether you can gracefully and in an unbiased manner accept the rigour and discipline of bootcamps.
Learn to listen to your trainer
At boot camps you have only one best friend, your trainer/instructor. If you cannot accept his/her instructions unconditionally then you will never survive the bootcamp grind. Your trainer means the best for you and in order to learn all the exercises properly you need to listen to your trainer. Get past all the ego issues, over confidence and half baked knowledge banks that you might have and carry out the tasks given by your trainer with an open mind. If you can do this boot camp life is going to be relatively easy for you.
Can you follow diet advice?
You need to follow diet advice given by the bootcamp instructor if you really want to achieve your fitness goals. You may not like of all the advice being given but you need to have the self discipline required to follow it. You need to start eating the correct balance of lean protein, healthy fat and complex carbohydrates along with judicious quantities of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.
If you keep cheating on your diet plan by consuming chocolates, burger, fries, pizzas, colas or drinking up bottles of beer then there is no point in joining a bootcamp.
The decision of going to a bootcamp should be preceded with a self analysis session where you ask yourself whether you can really imbibe the culture of fitness and hard work.